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St John's College, Cambridge

University residence

St John’s College celebrated its 500th Anniversary in 2011. The College was founded on the site of the 13th-century Hospital of St John in Cambridge, expanding over the subsequent five hundred years to become the largest of the Oxford and Cambridge Colleges by area.

St John's has magnificent gardens and extends onto the famous Cambridge Backs beyond the River Cam, with its courts connected by the beautiful Bridge of Sighs. Although the Main Gate of the College leads right into the heart of the city, the College courts provide a serene and peaceful environment for guests.

The Bed and Breakfast offer bedrooms in recently refurbished rooms situated through out the college. These rooms accommodate students during Term time. Both twin and single rooms are available and all have ensuite facilities. Please note that twin rooms have separate  single beds in different rooms and are connected with a small lounge.  The college does not have double beds within the College.

The College has been awarded a 4* rating by Visit England, for the last three years, the last audit being in September 2020   


Check in: 14:00 (2:00pm) - 23:00 (11:00pm) (arrivals may be allowed outside this window if your travel plans can't be adjusted however this is subject to availability)

Check out: 06:00 (6:00am) - 10:00 (10:00am)

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Top facilities

Free WiFi

Breakfast included


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Based on 343 reviews
St John's College, Cambridge

4.8 5 0.5

We stayed for our daughters graduation (from a different college). Location was ideal. Being central it meant everything we needed was in walking distance The rooms were clean. The porters were helpful, lending us an iron, and letting us keep our bags in the portes lodge after we checked out, so...

St John's College, Cambridge

5.0 5 0.5

Housekeeping- Fantastic! Clean and welcoming! Love the cookies and slippers! Buttery- It was a huge treat to grab breakfast every morning. Anya always handled breakfast beautifully, had such a wonderful smile on her face and made wonderful coffees! Jose and Jason were a few of the others that we...

St John's College, Cambridge

4.2 5 0.5

Good value last minute one night stay. Accommodation was basic but all necessary amenities provided. Getting onto the wifi was a little frustrating though as the verification link took several attempts to work and we had to redo the whole process when we woke up in the morning. Our room was up 4...

St John's College, Cambridge

5.0 5 0.5

Everything was good. In particular the staff in the Porters Lodge were very friendly and helpful and the breakfast was excellent, especially the scrambled egg which was of the highest quality

St John's College, Cambridge

5.0 5 0.5

We loved staying here, great friendly service and wonderful accommodation to experience. It was a perfect location for my family's special occasion. Will definitely return.

St John's College, Cambridge

5.0 5 0.5

Fourth time (I think) of staying at St John’s. Lovely helpful staff, great buildings, good breakfast. Oh, & the plants in the borders are superb-good gardening.

St John's College, Cambridge

5.0 5 0.5

We had a lovely stay The building and ground is very special Comfortable facilities would definitely recommend

St John's College, Cambridge

5.0 5 0.5

Excellent value compared to a local hotel and a lovely way to see a university college from the inside.

St John's College, Cambridge

5.0 5 0.5

Amazing place to stay

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Facilities & information


16th century buildings

Breakfast included

Public car parking for a charge (nearby)

No parking

No smoking

Historic property


Free broadband access (wired)

Free broadband access (wifi)

Shared gardens

24 hour security

Linen included

Towels included

Hair dryers

Central heating


Cooked breakfast (included)



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Arrival information and directions

Address: St John's College, St John's Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CambridgeCB2 1TP, United Kingdom

On arrival, please check-in at the Forecourt Porters Lodge situated on the corner of Bridge Street and St John’s Street. If coming by train, taxis are positioned outside the station concourse and if you ask to be dropped off at Forecourt Porters Lodge. If arriving early, luggage may be left at the Forecourt Porters Lodge and the Porters can also store your baggage following check-out, whilst you have a last look around the College or City.

Please show your booking confirmation to Porter, who will provide you with your room keys, a map of the College and direct you to your room.

Despite the term “Porters”, it is not part of a College Porter’s duties to handle luggage. You must carry your own luggage to your room. The Forecourt porters Lodge is open 24 hours.

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. 

Travel information:

There are two rail stations in Cambridge, you require the main station and not Cambridge North.

The College is unable to offer parking on site,  Parking is available at the Park and Ride on Madingley Road on the A428  nad just off the M11 or Newmarket Road with the bus from both of these locations dropping off just outside the College on Bridge Street.

The main Railway Station is approximately a 30-40 minute walk from St Johns, or there are various bus services, Nos 5 or 6, which will get you close to the College. There is also a taxi service available outside the Railway Station which is approximately £10.

The Coach terminal, in the centre of the city, is a 10-minute walk to the College.

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