Purpose built modern accommodation set in 42 acres of open parkland in the north west corner of Cambridge.


A recent addition to Churchill College, Cambridge, Cowan Court provides newly-built (2016) state of the art accommodation in beautiful settings, a 10-minute walk from the historic city centre. 

This residence provides 68 superior double ensuite rooms over three floors with lift access, including three accessible rooms and basement storage. Large triple glazed windows, all with outward looking views.

History to the present day

Founded in 1958, Churchill College is the National and Commonwealth Memorial to Sir Winston Churchill. Nobel Prize winners Francis Crick, discoverer of the structure of DNA, and Anthony Hewish, the discoverer of the pulsar, were amongst its founding Fellows.

Food and Drinks

Full English and continental breakfasts are included and are served either in the college Buttery or the main Dining Hall between 07.30am and 09.30am.

For lunch and dinner, guests are welcome to use either the dining hall or the buttery on a cash basis subject to opening hours and occasional private bookings.

Please note this is not self-catering accommodation, the student kitchen facilities are not for external guests.

The Buttery bar is open throughout the day for snacks and drinks (subject to some restricted opening times). It provides the perfect space for catching-up with emails whilst relaxing with a refreshing drink, and a piano is available for those with a musical bent.

Grounds and gardens

The spacious grounds are home to an extensive collection of contemporary sculptures from a variety of well-known artists. They provide the perfect backdrop for an hour or two relaxing in the sun with a cool drink and a good book.

Other facilities

Additional facilities for residents include an on-site laundry, a TV room, an all day bar and café (subject to some restricted opening times) and sports facilities including squash and tennis courts and a multi-gym. Sports equipment, irons and hair dryers can all be borrowed from the Porters' Lodge.

Double ensuite rooms include desk, free WiFi, fridge, toiletries, hair dryer and hospitality tray with tea & coffee making facilities and are offered at highly competitive rates.

The College cannot accommodate pets.

Parking, which is at a premium in this city, is free, but subject to availability on a first come, first serve basis and cannot be reserved or guaranteed.


Disabled access available for some rooms

21st century buildings

Breakfast Included

Parking (free)

No smoking




Free broadband access (wired)

Free broadband access (wifi)

Squash court

Tennis court

Luggage storage

Linen included

Towels included

Hair dryers

Central heating

Bring your own travel cot

Food and Drinks

Continental breakfast (included)

Cooked breakfast (included)

Lunch available (at additional cost)

Dinner available (at additional cost)



Nearby Recreations

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)

Historic houses


Golf course (a short drive)

Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

Cowan Court (Churchill College), Cambridge - Reviews


Based on 59 reviews
Service 4.5
Rooms 4.6
Food 3.9
Value 4.2
Overall Experience 4.5

I forget the room number but it was i on the second floor of Cowan Court. The only thing I want to say here is that I did not want to leave my room!
Mrs Barbara O

Very friendly and helpful service from the porter on arrival. Lovely room, spotlessly clean and spacious. Lovely view over the playing fields of the college. Breakfast was a help yourself buffet with a good selection of hot and cold food. The bar was comfortable and again service was good and friendly. Parking on site fairly close to the room. The location was perfect for walking into Cambridge. We were slightly anxious before arrival about whether it would be "student standard" accommodation, but it was actually hotel standard and we will use it again if we were in the area. Happy to recommend. Thank you.
Mrs Liz C

The room was good, clean and tidy. Nice outlook. Quiet. Fridge with water and milk inside. Good location. Good choice at breakfast. What more do you want?
Mr John C

Felt like we were on holiday!
Mr Robert A

Porters were very helpful and we really enjoyed our stay.
Mr Steve L

Arrival Info

Address: Churchill College, Storey's Way, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CambridgeCB3 0DS, United Kingdom

Check In: 14:00 (2:00pm) - 23:30 (11:30pm) (no arrivals allowed outside this window)

Check Out: 02:00 (2:00am) - 10:00 (10:00am)

Check in/out are dealt with at the Porters' Lodge. Rooms not vacated by 10.00am on the day of departure will automatically be charged a £30.00 late check out fee.

There is plentiful free parking on site. However, please note spaces cannot be reserved, it operates on a first come first serve basis.

From the City Centre

Storey's Way is the second turning on the right as you come out of Cambridge along the Madingley Road to the M11 and A428. This junction is marked with a traffic island in the middle of the road. Turn into Storey's Way and Churchill College is on the left.

Arriving by Rail

Cambridge railway station has a frequent service from London Kings Cross, the Midlands and the North and a direct link from Stansted Airport, as well as plentiful local services. Cambridge railway station is situated only 2 miles from Churchill College.

Arriving by Bus

The Citi 4 bus stops near to the College on the Madingley Road. The service operates on Mondays to Fridays from 07.00 to 19.30 with a 15-minute service frequency between the Madingley Road Park & Ride bus station and Addenbrooke's Hospital site.