Bed and breakfast accommodation in the unique historic surroundings of a traditional college dating from 1596, in the centre of Cambridge.


Sidney Sussex College is pleased to offer clean, simple accommodation in the unique historic surroundings of a traditional college in the heart of Cambridge.

Bedrooms can be chosen within the grounds of the college in either Blundell Court, Garden Court, Cloister Court or Sussex House. There are also bedrooms located outside of the College about 5 minutes walk away, in Sidney House and Cromwell Court.

Most bedrooms have a wash hand basin and you will be provided with towels and soap. Bathrooms are shared between 4-5 bedrooms unless you are in an ensuite room. All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities, internet access and are serviced daily by the Housekeeping staff.

Please note that a project to build new kitchens started in the Master's garden in October 2018. This will affect the views from some bedrooms and may also result in noise and disturbance on the main College site during daytime working hours until August 2020.

History to the present day

Founded in 1596 Sidney Sussex is a very well-kept secret - whether it is Elizabethan brickwork, charming Cloister Court, the haunting Chapel, exquisite Rococo Hall, medieval cellars or beautiful ancient gardens - they all lie behind a rather self-effacing wall of Roman cement. Sidney's history is an even better-kept secret including the precise point at which Oliver Cromwell's head is buried. 

As one of the smaller Colleges, Sidney Sussex has a strong community spirit and is known for its warm and friendly welcome to visitors.

Food and Drinks

All rates include breakfast prepared by the College’s award-winning chefs. Please note that during the building project it may be necessary to temporarily relocate the dining room to another room within the College.

Breakfast times are displayed at the Porters Lodge and outside the dining room. Please check the current times as these may change according to the time of year.

If you require breakfast before 7:30am please let us know and a continental breakfast can be arranged if requested prior to arrival. Please make your request in the Additional Information section of the booking form.

The College student bar is not open out of term, however, the city centre location means there are numerous bars and restaurants located only a short distance away from the College.

Grounds and gardens

Sidney Sussex has two outstanding courtyards surrounded by Grade I listed buildings dating from 1596. The small and friendly atmosphere of the College can be sampled in the Fellows' Garden and Cloister Court where guests can sit and enjoy the peace and quiet in magnificent surroundings.

Other facilities

Internet access is available in all bedrooms; in most areas wireless access is possible. Personal log in details will be provided on check in.

The College is unable to offer parking on site, however, there are several car parks located closeby. A Park and Ride scheme is also available which allows car parking for up to 72 hours. 


No disabled access

Breakfast Included

Public car parking for a charge (nearby)

No parking

No smoking


Historic Property



Free broadband access (wifi)

Shared gardens

Garden furniture

Luggage storage

Linen included

Towels included

Iron/ironing board

Central heating

Food and Drinks

Continental breakfast (included)

Cooked breakfast (included)

Nearby Recreations

Recommended walks

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)

Historic houses


Tennis courts (walking distance)

Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

Sidney Sussex Hospitality Ltd, Cambridge - Reviews


Based on 2571 reviews
Service 4.3
Rooms 3.8
Food 4.1
Value 4.1
Overall Experience 4.2

The booking process was easy and worked well. I received a friendly welcome at the porter's lodge and was provided with keys, codes and all directions required. The room was clean and comfortable (excellent view out towards the tower of St John's College Chapel) and very much what I expected. The availability of free wifi was very welcome and made use of via clear instructions. Breakfast was excellent and efficiently served. Altogether a very satisfactory stay that suited my requirements well.
Dr (male) Andrew M

Fantastic staff at Porters Lodge
Mr Kevin R

Quick and easy booking in and out. Room a little dated but very clean. Breakfast had good choices. All staff very friendly. Would recommend and use again.
Mrs Wendy F

Basic but comfortable room, nice staff, very good location.
Ms Erzsebet A

Booked last minute very quick and easy Nice quiet room Lovly evening walk round the garden and perfect breakfast right in the middle of Cambridge
Mrs Jackie A

These rooms are just what you'd expect from student accommodations. Nothing fancy but clean and secure. Breakfast was standard fare as well. Nothing bad, nothing to write home about. But you are VERY centrally located - and the porter allows you to leave your bags in a secure location on the ground floor after check out which was very useful for us.
Mrs Ayesha C

We had a really good experience with Sydney Sussex and all the staff bookings etc. It was 100% they were very accommodating and we would highly recommend them.
Mrs Anne C

Excellent room.
Mr Peter S

We always enjoy staying at Sidney Sussex College - very central for everything. Our rooms were MUCH better than last year. They were quiet and at the back overlooking the Master's garden which was beautiful.
Mrs Joanne O

Very nice experience and staff is super friendly and helpful. Breakfast takeaway was a brilliant idea too.
Ms Chloe Q

Arrival Info

Address: Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CambridgeCB2 3HU, United Kingdom

Check In: 13:00 (1:00pm) - 23:00 (11:00pm) (arrivals normally allowed outside this window if your travel plans can't be adjusted)

Check Out: 06:30 (6:30am) - 10:00 (10:00am)

Rooms are available to check in from 1:00pm on the day of arrival. On the day of departure, guests are required to vacate bedrooms and return keys to the Porters' Lodge by 10:00am to enable the rooms to be serviced for incoming guests.

Guests should check-in at the Porters' Lodge at the front of the College (opposite Sainsbury's on Sidney Street).

The Porters' Lodge is open for check-in and check-out between 06.00am and 11.00pm. Outside these times, a night porter is on site to deal with emergencies only.

The main gate by the Porters' Lodge is closed at 10pm. Room keys also unlock the wicket gate (the small door within the main entrance gate).

Please note that, despite their title, College Porters do not carry guests' bags.

The College is unable to offer parking on site, however, Park Street Car Park is available a short distance from the College. 

The railway station is approximately 25 minutes walk from the College. Bus and taxi services are available outside the Station entrance.