B&B accommodation in recently refurbished rooms at this 16th Century Cambridge College.


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 our guests.

The Bed and Breakfast offers bedrooms in our recently refurbished  rooms situated in North Court ,Chapel and  in Third Court. These rooms accommodate students during Term time. Both twin and single rooms are available and all have ensuite facilities. The rooms are serviced daily. The twin rooms have separate beds in different rooms and connected with a small lounge.  We have been awarded a 4* rating by Enjoy England, for the last three years, the last audit being in August 2016.  Please note there are no lifts to any of the rooms.


History to the present day

St John’s College was founded on the 9th April 1511, its charter sealed by the executors of the foundress, Lady Margaret Beaufort (mother of King Henry VII) who had begun the process of transforming the ancient hospital of St John the Evangelist, Cambridge, into a college for students in the liberal arts and theology.

College alumni have included the classicist Roger Ascham, the social reformer William Wilberforce, the poet William Wordsworth, the physicist Paul Dirac, and the athlete Christopher Brasher.

Food and Drinks

The rate includes a full English Breakfast, served in the Buttery Dining Room between 08:00-10:00. which is located in 2nd Court, next to the College Bar

We are unable to offer dinner.

The College Bar,  is open from 12.30-14.30 and again from 18.30-23.00(22:30 on a Sunday),  their is a range of snack food available, Fairtrade Coffee and Tea and also offering a selection of International lagers and local beers plus a superb range of wines and Champagnes, including our own College labelled Port and Sherry.  These make for the perfect gift and a permenant reminder of your stay at St Johns. It is one of the best traditional colleges. We look forward to seeing you in the Bar

We have carried out Allergy Awareness training with our staff. All our staff are fully trained, in food hygiene to way beyond the minimum level, and we have a continuous training programme, for all the Catering Staff. We have won awards for our local sourcing of food products and we are a member of the Sustainable Restaurants Association with a 2 Star rating and  we were one of the first  within  the Univesity sector to have achieved the Case study on top of the 2 stars.

Grounds and gardens

In Tudor times the landscape of St John's was strikingly different from today. On part of the present site of New Court and the Cripps Building lay fish ponds which had once served the brethren of the Hospital of St John.

To the south of these, where the sandy Broad Walk now crosses St John's Meadow, was the Close, surrounded by trees and ditches. Beyond the ditch at the western edge of the meadow stretched pasture and open arable fields.

By the seventeenth century, the gardens at St John's had expanded and taken on a more formal aspect, along with with the creation of a bowling-green in 1625;  An avenue of tall limes, with one hundred metres of yew hedges on each side, lead down to the Queen's road gate of the College, beside the Fellows' Garden and the wildlife haven of the Fellows' Wilderness.

Allow time to walk by the beautiful River Cam which flows through the college, and  to view the world famous Bridge of Sighs of which Queen Victoria was a great admirer.

Other facilities

Rooms are serviced daily and included in the room rate. There is also 24hrs security. 

Wi-Fi is offered throughout most of the College, it has to go through the University net work, and information is included in the folder in the room. 


Guests are welcome to view the Chapel, and to attend if a public service is taking place. 

We are active members of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce.


16th century buildings

Breakfast included

Public car parking for a charge (nearby)

No parking onsite

No smoking

Minimum age 16

Historic Property


Free broadband access (wired)

Free broadband access (wifi)

Shared gardens

24 hour security

Linen included

Towels included

Hair dryers

Central heating

Food and Drinks

Cooked breakfast (included)


Nearby recreations

Recommended walks

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)

Historic houses


Theatre (walking distance)

Age restrictions

Children welcome

Minimum age 16

St John's College, Cambridge - Reviews


Based on Based on 1004 reviews
Service 4.5
Rooms 4.3
Food 4.4
Website 4.4
Value 4.3
Overall Experience 4.6

Very enjoyable stay. Towels and bed linen good and accommodation very good as a base to explore Cambridge. Breakfast food was good and staff in dining room and at reception were helpful and friendly.
Mrs Elizabeth L

It was lovely. I would love to go there again
Dr Diptimayee S

at St.John s College, Cambridge... very positive experience; excellent service, good [plain] digs, just right
Prof Paul K

Loved my stay, woudl come back with pleasure.
Dr Jane M

It was my first time in Cambridge & i was there for a wedding. The Reception was in St. John's College so from that point of view staying in St. John's was ideal. But it was also ideal for getting out and around Cambridge. I can't fault the accommodation. From being greeted on arrival at the Front Desk the Staff were customer focussed. My room was clean, comfortable, and it was nice to be in the College grounds in a beautiful setting, and the breakfast in the restaurant had a amazing choice. Definitely would stay there again, and advise others visiting to do so. It was a lovely experience
Mr Francis F

We had a fantastic stay at St John's college. The grounds are really beutiful, the location in the city ideal and the breakfast was one of the best we have ever had. The apartment we stayed in were basic but clean and had everything we needed. Would highly recommend a stay at St John's!
Ms Caroline S

Wonderful atmosphere and enjoyed more than a hotel, although would have been quite wet going for breakfast if the weather was poor. My room had a lovely view over the main quad and church tower which I really enjoyed - very quick to heat up. I was with 2 friends who were in the north court through the archway and were right at the top of the building - a long way to carry the suitcase. I would take less luggage another time. Staff pleasant and helpful. I would have appreciated a map of Cambridge on arrival but when I asked at the Porter's desk the office staff ran one off for me.
Mrs Judith T

Fantastic time, lovely location thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Mrs joanne K

What a unique experience! My husband and I absolutely loved this visit to Cambridge and staying on such a beautiful campus made the experience truly memorable. Make sure to take advantage of a stroll through the grounds, they are stunning!
Mrs Nectaria C

We really enjoyed our stay at St Johns College. I would recommend it as a unique experience for friends and family visiting Cambridge.
Mrs Amy H

Travel Info

Address: St John's College Cambridge, Cambridge, CB2 1TP, United Kingdom

Address: St John’s College, St John’s Street, Cambridge CB2 1TP

Check In: From 14:00- 23:00 Check Out: By 10am

Parking is available, for a charge, nearby. There is a public multi-storey NCP car park in Park Street, adjacent to the College, or you can use Castle Hill car park.

Check in: From 2.00pm     Check out: By 10.00am

The Porters will be pleased to store your baggage following check-out, whilst you have a last look around the College or City.

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. 

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 Forecourt Porters Lodge

Please show your booking confirmation to the 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.

The College is unable to offer parking on site, the nearest car park is the NCP car park on Park Street which is very close by. Parking is available at the Park and Ride on Madingley Road or Newmarket Road with the bus from both of these locations dropping off just outside the College on Bridge Street.

The 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 minutes walk to the College.