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Downing College, Cambridge

University residence

Downing College, dating from the early 1800s, has a unique setting amidst 20 acres of lawns and trees. While the college environment itself is quiet and peaceful, the museums, shops and River Cam in the very heart of Cambridge is only a few minutes walk away. Downing College is an ideal location for visitors on a leisure break or in Cambridge on business. 

Their spacious bedrooms are fully equipped for the modern-day traveller, with facilities such as a flat-screen television, a spacious desk and free Wi-Fi. A hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities are also provided and bedrooms are cleaned daily by the College Domestic Assistants. There is free car parking available within the grounds, subject to availability; please request when you are making your booking. 

Please note:

Downing College is unable to provide accommodation for anybody who is required to self-isolate. The College does not offer twin bedrooms however should you wish to request one, the Conference Team will endeavour to accommodate your request.

The College is unable to accept bookings for children of 16 years and under, or for Stag and Hen parties. Guests of 16 - 18 years must be accompanied by an adult (21 or over). 

Check in: 14:00 (2:00pm) Onwards (no arrivals allowed outside this window)

Check out: 06:00 (6:00am) - 09:30 (9:30am)

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Free WiFi

Free parking


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Based on 317 reviews
Downing College, Cambridge

4.8 5 0.5

We stayed here last year, in the same room, so we knew what to expect. The porter’s are all very friendly and helpful. The room is of a high standard with a lovely view, which we enjoyed. The air conditioning was very welcome as the temperature was in the 30s during our stay. The on site parking...

Downing College, Cambridge

4.8 5 0.5

Perfectly situated for exploring central Cambridge. Exceptionally helpful and friendly staff. Delicious and substantial breakfast. Well equipped and comfortable room. Only missed 5 stars across the board because the bed was a little too firm and the pillow a little too hard for my taste. My...

Downing College, Cambridge

5.0 5 0.5

Really enjoyed my stay at Downing College. Staff were extremely friendly and helpful and the room was very quiet, clean & comfortable with a good view of the library! Proximity to town was great and the Heong Gallery Exhibition space an added bonus. I would definitely stay here again. Thank y...

Downing College, Cambridge

4.5 5 0.5

I came with a friend and we stayed at Downing College for 2 nights. The accommodation was excellent; the staff were all very friendly and helpful and the location was perfect; an excellent spot from which to explore the city.

Downing College, Cambridge

5.0 5 0.5

Room better than many hotels - excellent bathroom and quiet aircon. Lovely view across college grounds. Breakfast very high quality with cheery staff. Would definitely return.

Downing College, Cambridge

5.0 5 0.5

Our second stay at Downing College and was just as good as our first. Porters and staff all very helpful and friendly, nothing too much trouble.

Downing College, Cambridge

4.5 5 0.5

Really friendly porters office, on site parking and great central location for university Xmas meal

Downing College, Cambridge

4.5 5 0.5

The room was very large and comfortable and also the bathroom. Easy parking and good location

Downing College, Cambridge

5.0 5 0.5

Dowing and the porters were great, comfortable room and lovely breakfast. I will be back.

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Facilities & information


19th century buildings

Parking (free)

No smoking

Historic property


Free broadband access (wired)

Free broadband access (wifi)

Shared gardens

Tennis court



24 hour security

Linen included

Towels included

Iron/ironing board

Hair dryers

Central heating


Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)


Golf course (a short drive)

Tennis courts (walking distance)

Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

Arrival information and directions

Address: Downing College, Regent St, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CambridgeCB2 1DQ, United Kingdom

Guests should check-in and out at the Porter’s Lodge, located at the entrance to the College on Regent Street. It is possible for guests arriving before 2.00pm or departing after 10.00am to leave a small amount of luggage at the Porters' Lodge.

On arrival, all Guests are required under the Immigration (Hotel Records) Order 1972 to complete a registration form giving full name and address and nationality. Non-UK guests will also be required to provide the number and place of issue of their passport, their nationality and their next destination. These records must be kept for at least 12 months and be available for inspection by any police officer. 

How to Find Downing College:

By Train: Downing College is situated about ¾ of a mile (15 minutes walk) from the station and is served by regular buses and taxis.

By Bus: Cambridge's main bus station, Drummer Street is only a 5-minute walk from the College.

Parking on-site is free but is subject to availability, so please ensure you add a parking request to your reservation at the time of the booking in the "Additional information" section of the booking form. If parking isn't available Downing College will contact you to suggest alternative parking facilities.

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