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Downing College, Cambridge
Downing College, Cambridge
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Queens' College, Cambridge
Queens' College, Cambridge
Queens' College, Cambridge
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Clare College, Cambridge
Clare College, Cambridge
Clare College, Cambridge
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Westcott House, Cambridge
Westcott House, Cambridge
Westcott House, Cambridge
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Murray Edwards College, Cambridge
Murray Edwards College, Cambridge
Murray Edwards College, Cambridge
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St Edmund's College, Cambridge
St Edmund's College, Cambridge
St Edmund's College, Cambridge
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Westminster College Cottages, Cambridge
Westminster College Cottages, Cambridge
Westminster College Cottages, Cambridge
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Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge
Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge
Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge
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Wychfield (Trinity Hall), Cambridge
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Selwyn College, Cambridge
Selwyn College, Cambridge
Selwyn College, Cambridge
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St Catharine's College, Cambridge
St Catharine's College, Cambridge
St Catharine's College, Cambridge
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Christ's College, Cambridge
Christ's College, Cambridge
Christ's College, Cambridge
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Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
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St John's College, Cambridge
St John's College, Cambridge
St John's College, Cambridge
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Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
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Hughes Hall, Cambridge
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The Stephen Hawking Building, (Gonville & Caius College), Cambridge
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Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
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Trinity Hall, Cambridge
Trinity Hall, Cambridge
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Girton College, Cambridge
Girton College, Cambridge
Girton College, Cambridge
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King's College, Cambridge
King's College, Cambridge
King's College, Cambridge
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WYNG Gardens (Trinity Hall), Cambridge
WYNG Gardens (Trinity Hall), Cambridge
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Harvey Court (Gonville & Caius College), Cambridge
Harvey Court (Gonville & Caius College), Cambridge
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Swirles Court (Girton College), Cambridge
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Clare College, Cambridge
Clare College, Cambridge
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Histon Road (Lucy Cavendish College), Cambridge
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Westminster College, Cambridge
Westminster College, Cambridge
Westminster College, Cambridge

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Bed and breakfast accommodation in Cambridge University colleges

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  • A unique backstage pass providing the opportunity to stay in a historic Cambridge college during your visit to this heritage-rich city, whilst helping to generate revenue contributing to the upkeep of these iconic buildings.
  • These B&B or self catering rooms are mostly located in central Cambridge
  • Re-trace the footsteps of graduates such as Newton, Darwin, Wordsworth, John Cleese, and Prince Charles; eat in the college hall, wander through the college's gardens or take a punt along the river followed by a drink in the college bar.
  • A great alternative to staying in budget Cambridge hotels, hostels or bed and breakfasts.

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Our second stay At Westminster. We were again struck by the overall quality of the College, the rooms and the breakfast. Most notable was our friendly and really efficient welcome by reception. It could not have been a better stay.

Westminster College, Cambridge

Excellent...shall want to book again. The only reason I put 'good' on the rooms section is simply that on the corridor for 8 rooms there was only one loo and one shower . Perfectly understandable though! Thank you.

St Catharine's College, Cambridge

Downing College is an amazing place to stay! Right in the centre of Cambridge and such a wonderful setting.

Downing College, Cambridge

particularly helpful and friendly porters at this college.

St Catharine's College, Cambridge

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and wished we could have stayed longer but had other commitments, I would definitely recommend the University as a place to stay and hope to come again.

Downing College, Cambridge

I have already recommended you to friends and intend to return

Christ's College, Cambridge

Beautiful venue especially for a wedding. Thank you.

Downing College, Cambridge

Wonderful room and en suite bathroom. Very clean. Seamless check in and friendly staff. Thank you!

Girton College, Cambridge

Stayed here twice now and both times I have had very enjoyable stay. Westminster College is a perfect location for Cambridge centre, the breakfast is excellent and the rooms very clean and comfortable. Very good value for money.

Westminster College, Cambridge

Cambridge Visitor information

An introduction to Cambridge

With Cambridge, the word unique takes on a new meaning. Founded as a University in 1209, the city today has preserved much of its outstanding beauty and original character as a quiet place of thought.

Visit Cambridge to wander among its narrow medieval streets or “The Backs”, the outstanding series of college gardens and grounds that lead down to the river. Study architecture of every period and of almost every century, and inspect the University’s many important literary, artistic, and scientific treasures. Some ideas include ghost walks, MP3 guided walks, visiting the Fitzwilliam Museum and of course, no visit to Cambridge is complete without punting down the River Cam!

“Such a balance of garden and building, of shape and form, of peace, quiet and constantly changing scene is only achieved once in the world” (R Tibbs, 1972).

It should be understood that colleges are designed primarily for students: not for children or adults expecting a high level of luxury. However, with this in mind, the colleges do meet level of comfort that we expect most visitors to be happy with, and we will welcome any feedback where this is not the case.

Dates of Cambridge's academic vacations

Rooms are mainly available during the academic vacations.

Easter: mid-March to mid-April
Summer: mid-June to mid-October
Christmas: beginning of December to mid-January

Getting to Cambridge

From London: the best options include train or bus. Trains leave every half an hour from London Kings Cross or London Liverpool St (enquiries: 08457 48 49 50; www.nationalrail.co.uk). The approximate journey time is one hour and the return fare is £15.00 to £17.70 depending on time of travel.  The walk from the station to the centre of Cambridge takes about 20 minutes, or you can take a taxi from the rank at the front of the train station, the approximate cost of which is £5-£6.

Parking: Cambridge is generally not very car friendly, with pedestrianised zones and one-way systems. Some colleges (including Churchill, Downing, Fitzwilliam, Jesus, Lucy Cavendish, Murray Edwards) offer on-site parking facilities, or alternatively there are large car parks in the city, with more information here  We would advise against using the Park and Ride services as they don't allow overnight parking.

If travelling from an airport to Cambridge, the best options are either hiring a car or taking a coach: www.gobycoach.com.

History of Cambridge

Whilst Cambridge possibly existed in Roman times, and grew into a Norman market town (the name of the town mutated from Grentabrige or Cantebrigge (Grantbridge) its University has made it was it is today.

The University was formed in 1209 when a group of Oxford scholars moved to the town to escape the violence prevelent in Oxford at the time. But even in these days the University was having problems of discipline (!). Students belonged to no particular body, were not responsible to any person and came and went in an irregular manner. By 1231 Cambridge students were sufficient in numbers and apparently so unruly that Henry III issued a number of writs for the punishment of the disorderly.

It was the solutions to these disciplinary problems, thought up by Hugh de Balsham, Bishop of Ely from 1257 to 1286 that was to sow the seeds of todays college system. He placed the scholars (now known as the "scholars of the Bishop of Ely") in two houses next to the Church of St Peter on the Trumpington Road. This became known as "The House of St Peter" and thus gradually the college system began to evolve, and Peterhouse, the first Cambridge college, was born.

In 1318 the University was officially baptised with a Papal Bull from Pope John XXII. Other colleges followed soon after: Trinity college (originally called Michaelhouse) was founded in 1324 by the Chancellor of the Exchequer of the time, Hervey de Stanton, and Clare college, originally called University Hall, was next in 1326. Pembroke college was founded in 1347 by the wife of the Earl of Pembroke and the following year, Edward Gonville founded a college of his own which came to be known as Gonville Hall: this was then refounded by Dr John Caius in 1557 to give us Gonville and Caius.

Most colleges were founded by wealthy individuals from the Church, Government or landowners. Corpus Christi, founded in 1352, is unusual in that it is the only college which sprang directly from members of the town. Christopher Marlow, Shakespeare's famous contemporary, was a student at the college and one can still see his rooms in the old court.

King's College founded in the fifteenth century: Henry VI intended it to form part of a double foundation with Eton and in doing this there is some evidence that he was repeating the plan of William of Wykeham, who had founded Winchester and New College, Oxford. Queens' was founded by Margaret of Anjou, wife of Henry VI, and later, William IV's wife Elizabeth Woodville became a co-founder (thus Queens' rather than Queen's). This has not unnaturally be described as the first outward symbol of the reconciliation of the houses of York and Lancaster.

The fifteenth century also brought two other colleges: John Alcock, the then Bishop of Ely, founded Jesus in 1469 and Robert Wodelark, a Provost of Kings College, founded St Catharine's in 1473.

Now with 31 colleges, the University has gradually grown in size, stature and influence on the world: its graduates have reached the highest levels in science, the Church, government, and business throughout the world.

Some notable alumni and academics

15 British Prime Ministers including Robert Walpole, considered to be the first Prime Minister of Great Britain
Oliver Cromwell - Lord Protector of England (1653-58) - Sidney Sussex
Sir Isaac Newton - mathematician, physicist, astronomer, alchemist, theologian, and author- Trinity
Charles Darwin - developed theory of natural selection - Christ's
Francis Crick, James Watson, Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins - established 3D model of DNA
Sir Ian Wilmut - cloned Dolly the Sheep in 1996 - Darwin
Sir David Attenborough - naturalist and broadcaster - Clare
Stephen Hawking - physicist, cosmologist, and author - Trinity Hall
Rowan Williams - former Archbishop of Canterbury - Magdalene
Sir Ian McKellan - actor - St Catharine's
Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie - actors - Queen's and Selwyn
Sandi Toksvig – TV personality - Newnham
Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell - Astrophysicist who discovered pulsars – Murray Edwards
Mishal Husain – broadcaster and presenter – Murray Edwards
Tilda Swinton – actress – Murray Edwards
Zadie Smith – novelist – King’s
Carol Vordemon – presenter - Sidney Sussex
Naomie Harris - actress - Pembroke College
Arianna Huffington – creator of the Huffington Post - Girton 
Baroness Brenda Hale – President of the Supreme Court of the UK – Girton