Comfortable, modern ensuite and standard bedrooms a short walk away from Cambridge city centre, boutique shops, museums, restaurants and the river Cam.


Murray Edwards is a modern, inspirational College that is delighted to welcome visitors and offers cheerful, friendly service in a relaxed atmosphere. The College is a pleasant 10-minute stroll over Magdalene Bridge and the river Cam to historic Cambridge city centre.

Our bedrooms are used by students during term and are bright and airy. Fair Trade tea/coffee with biscuits, as well as toiletries, towels and bed linen are all included.  All rooms have free WiFi internet access. Many of the rooms overlook beautiful informal gardens.

The Porters' Lodge is staffed 24 hours a day and the friendly, helpful Porters are happy to help with queries.

All rooms are within easy reach of the Porters' Lodge and dining hall.

Some rooms are situated on the ground floor and many bedrooms and most other areas of the College are accessible by lift. There are a limited number of rooms which are suitable for guests with access needs and we encourage those guests to complete a PEEP form, which is available on our website If you require further information on accessibility, please request this in the "Additional Information" section of the booking form.

History to the present day

The college was founded in 1954 to enable more women to take places at Cambridge University. At that time, the college had no name and no endowment, so was known as New Hall until June 2008, when Ros Smith (a New Hall graduate) and Steve Edwards gave the college two transforming gifts, an endowment of £30 million and a name, Murray Edwards College.

The college still has all-female students, but has male Fellows and members of staff. The unique circular dining hall, affectionately known as the "Dome" was designed by Chamberlain, Powell and Bonn and completed in 1965. Most of the original buildings are now Grade II listed and have undergone extensive renovation.

Food and Drinks

Full English breakfast is included in the room cost and available in the dining hall from 8:00 to 9:00am on weekdays and from 8:00 to 9:30am on Saturday and 9:00 to 10:00am on Sunday.

Although they are not able to cater for lunch and dinner, there is a wide range of pubs offering good food and several excellent Indian restaurants all within a 5 -10 minute walk of the college.

If you just need a snack, there is a hot drinks machine in the bar area close to the Porters' Lodge and also snack/cold drinks machine downstairs in the bar.

The College bar is not available for general use and if open, is reserved for use by guests of private functions happening in college.

Grounds and gardens

The College has beautiful, informal gardens for guests to enjoy, but please note that the Fellow's Garden is reserved for use by Fellows only.

Other facilities

The College is home to the unique New Hall Art Collection, which contains nearly 350 contemporary works by women artists. The Collection includes works by Maggi Hambling, Barbara Hepworth and Paula Rego. Much of the art work is on display in public areas of the college, so if you'd like to take an informal tour, an information leaflet is available from the Porters' Lodge.

We are also a successful venue for a variety of events, including weddings, conferences, meetings and dinners. Should you wish to learn more about this aspect of Murray Edwards College, please visit our website


20th century buildings

Breakfast included

Free car parking (on site)

No smoking



Free broadband access (wired)

Free broadband access (wifi)

Shared gardens

24 hour security

Linen included

Towels included

Central heating

Food and Drinks

Continental breakfast (included)

Cooked breakfast (included)

Nearby recreations

Pub (walking distance)

Pub (a short drive)

Museums (walking distance)

Museums (a short drive)

Historic houses


Golf course (a short drive)

Tennis courts (walking distance)

Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

Age restrictions

Children welcome

Minimum age 5


Based on 622 Reviews
Service 4.3
Rooms 3.9
Food 3.9
Website 4.2
Value 3.9
Overall Experience 4.1

Good choice for conference in Cambridge. Well-chosen options for breakfast. Several good eating choices within 10 minutes walk.
Prof Brian P

My stay went well. I was very well looked after by the lady just back from holiday. I booked to share a bathroom for economy, but it was all so convenient, that I was delighted. The toilets are amazing!! The breakfast was excellent in the beautiful dining room. The art was special. I appreciated being able to park my car safely. Access to town was easy by bus and by foot. I recommend staying at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge. Thank you.
Mrs Pamela B

Very friendly and helpful porter. Car parking was really useful.
Mr Roman K

Secure parking , pleasant staff , comfy bed clean towels provided and clean linen and a superb breakfast ,what i expected was above all my expectations , will be staying here again next year, looking forward to it already
Mr william W

I'd use Murray Edwards again
Mrs Elizabeth L

Fully met my expectations for university accommodation. Surroundings are lovely.
Mrs Patricia B

Lady on reception that greeted us on arrival - what a lovely woman. Environment/ surroundings - exceptional - breakfast likewise - thank you - every chance we may return.
Mr John T

The ME contemporary art collection is excellent and added significant value to my stay, as did parking facilities. I will stay here again on future visits.
Dr bharti P

I really enjoyed my stay; I have returned since, and hope to do so on further occasions, too, Murray Edwards is excellent.
Mrs julia O

Everyone at Murray edwards delightful
Mrs Joanne P

Travel Info

Address: Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0DF, United Kingdom

Check in: Monday to Friday, from 12:00 Noon. Check out: By 9:00am.

Check in: Saturday & Sunday, from 2:00pm. Check out: Saturday & Sunday: By 10:00am.

To check in, please go to the Porters' Lodge, where you will be given directions to your room, a key and swipe card. Access to the college after 11:00pm is by the main front entrance at the Porters' Lodge.

The College is easy to reach by road, with good access from the M11, A14 and A428. If you're using sat-nav, the postcode CB3 0DR/number 61 will bring you straight to the main car park on Storey's Way.

The railway station is a 10-15 minute taxi journey away and access from the Park and Ride site on Madingley Road is simple - just hop off the bus on Bridge Street and walk up the hill.

Parking for bicycles is close to the Porters' Lodge at the front entrance.