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The Stephen Hawking Building, (Gonville & Caius College), Cambridge

University residence

Just a short walk from the heart of the city making it a good location for a leisure break or business trip. Offering single, twin or double ensuite rooms with complimentary breakfast. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, a hospitality tray and toiletries.

Historic Cambridge has much to offer including museums, galleries, botanic gardens, punting on the River Cam, walking tours of the city or explore by bike following the excellent network of cycle paths in and around the city. Cambridge is easily accessible from all major road networks.

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

Check out: 00:00 (12:00am) - 10:00 (10:00am)

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Based on 171 reviews
The Stephen Hawking Building, (Gonville & Caius College), Cambridge

4.8 5 0.5

Very helpful and friendly staff in the Porter's lodge, great breakfast and location. Our room was without hot water during our stay due to a technical problem affecting the whole building, however as this was probably one of the hottest weekends of the year, a cold shower was almost welcome ! T...

The Stephen Hawking Building, (Gonville & Caius College), Cambridge

5.0 5 0.5

I stayed in The Stephen Hawking Building, (Gonville & Caius College), Cambridge over two nights as I attended a conference at the University of Cambridge. Ideally, and idyllically, located - the accommodation is a 10 minute walk from the city centre (with beautiful architecture and gardens to see...

The Stephen Hawking Building, (Gonville & Caius College), Cambridge

5.0 5 0.5

Perfect. No fuss stay. Porters were kind and helpful. Room was great, generous supply of tea and coffee and some very tasty biscuits! Breakfast was great and staff clearing up was very on top of everything. I do feel people would be able to walk in anonymously to eat as we weren't asked for any p...

The Stephen Hawking Building, (Gonville & Caius College), Cambridge

4.4 5 0.5

Wonderful service, friendliness and location. If I had one gripe (and it’s really minor) the eggs at breakfast were vile. Time to buy better quality supplies. They tasted cheap and fishy.

The Stephen Hawking Building, (Gonville & Caius College), Cambridge

5.0 5 0.5

All the staff we interacted were really lovely and willing to help. Reasonably priced stay close to everything we wanted to see in Cambridge.

The Stephen Hawking Building, (Gonville & Caius College), Cambridge

4.8 5 0.5

Very decent stay and excellent location for university open day

The Stephen Hawking Building, (Gonville & Caius College), Cambridge

4.8 5 0.5

Fiendly staff, good breakfast, decent rooms.

The Stephen Hawking Building, (Gonville & Caius College), Cambridge

5.0 5 0.5

Immaculate, peaceful and very comfortable

The Stephen Hawking Building, (Gonville & Caius College), Cambridge

5.0 5 0.5

excellent- have been before

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Facilities & information


21st century buildings

Public parking nearby (free)

Private parking (charge)

Public car parking for a charge (nearby)

No smoking

Child friendly


Room Only (no kitchen facilities)

Bed only (no kitchen facilities)

No Official Rating



Free broadband access (wifi)

Electric Vehicle Charging

Shared gardens

Outdoor terrace

Garden furniture

Luggage storage

24 hour security

Linen included

Towels included


Clothes dryer

Washing machine

Bicycle storage

Bring your own travel cot


Recommended walks

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)

Historic houses


Golf course (a short drive)

Tennis courts (walking distance)

Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

Arrival information and directions

Address: The Stephen Hawking Building, 5 West Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CambridgeCB3 9DS, United Kingdom

Guests are invited to check in and out at the Porters' Lodge, situated at the entrance to the West Road site. The Lodge is open 24 hours a day and is able to meet the needs of the guest. However, despite their title, the College Porters do not carry guests' bags but are there for advice and support.

Please be aware the College has two sites, all accommodation is located on West Road.

On-site parking is subject to availability, Please note this must be pre-booked and is charged at £16.50 per night.

Please speak to the Conference Office (Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm) should you wish to enquire about parking. Contact details can be found on your booking receipt.

Free on-road parking is available between 5pm and 9am on West Road.

How to get here:

  • By Train:

The railway station is located 1 mile south of the city centre. Cambridge is on a branch of the East Coast Main Line and is easily accessible from all parts of the country. Train times can be searched for using the National Rail Enquiries website.

There is a frequent train service between Cambridge and London to both King's Cross and Liverpool Street. The King's Cross service is quicker and takes about 45 minutes. Trains leave roughly every half hour during the day. There is a 5 or 6 hour gap between around midnight and about 6am when no trains run between the 2 cities.

If you are travelling from Scotland or the north it is advisable to change at Peterborough.

You will need to take either a taxi or a bus to Caius, it is approximately a 30-minute walk. There is a taxi rank immediately adjacent to the main entrance and you should direct the driver to the Gonville & Caius Porters' Lodge on West Road. The Universal bus runs every 15-20 minutes from the railway station (stop 8) to West Road between 7.15am and 7.45pm on weekdays, and between 8.30am and 7pm on Saturdays. You should ask for a ticket to West Road, University Library.

  • By Car:

If you are using SatNav then you will need the post code which is CB3 9DS.

From the north:

Leave the M11 at Junction 13, taking the A1303 toward Cambridge. Follow the A1303 (Madingley Road) to the end where you come to a mini-roundabout. Take the second exit, turning right on to Queen's Road. From Queen's Road take your first right on to West Road. The Porters' Lodge is located on the left-hand side.

From the south:

Leave the M11 at Junction 12, taking the A603 towards Cambridge. Follow the A603 (Barton Road) for approximately 1.5 miles into Cambridge and turn off left into Grange Road. From Grange Road take your 3rd right (opposite Rugby Club) on to West Road. About 300 metres, just after West Road Concert Hall you will see the Porters' Lodge located on the right-hand side.

  • By Coach:

National Express coaches stop at Parker’s Piece in the city centre, which is a walk of approximately 15-20 minutes to West Road. There are regular services to Cambridge from London Victoria, London Stansted Airport and many other towns and cities throughout the UK.

The Stagecoach X5 service runs daily between Cambridge and Oxford, also connecting Bicester and Milton Keynes amongst others.

  • By Air:

Of the four main London airports (Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton and Stansted), Stansted is by far the most convenient for Cambridge.

Stansted Airport is just 28 miles south of Cambridge. Easy access is provided by coach or car via the M11. A regular rail service operates between Stansted Airport and Cambridge and takes approximately 30 minutes.

London Gatwick, London Heathrow and London Luton are all within 1-2 hours drive of Cambridge and also accessible by public transport via connecting bus and train services in London.

  • By Sea:

Harwich is the nearest passenger port and is located 68 miles south-east of Cambridge. There are connecting passenger services to Esbjerg (Denmark) and Hook of Holland. Good road and rail links from Cambridge make Harwich International easily accessible.

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