Christ's College, founded in 1505, is centrally located and offers accommodation in an historic setting.
Christ’s College is an oasis of calm in the very heart of the city. One moment you are in the quiet and tranquil gardens, then pass through the 500 year old Great Gate into the busy shopping centre. Christ’s College is the perfect location for visitors who are on a leisure break or are in Cambridge on business.
The accommodation available houses undergraduates during term time. The rooms are therefore not equipped to four star hotel standard, but they are clean, comfortable and situated in a quiet location in the heart of the College. Offering, Standard (shared bathroom facilities) or Ensuite Single, Twin or Double rooms.
All rooms are equipped with tea and coffee making facilities as well as a welcome pack of toiletries. Towels are also provided. All rooms are serviced daily by a College ‘bedmaker’.
Please note the College is not able to accept bookings for Stag and Hen parties.
Additionally, it does not accept bookings for anyone under 21 years of age and therefore the accommodation is not suitable for families or young children.
History to the present day
Christ's College was first established as God's-house in 1437 by William Byngham, a London parish priest, for training grammar school masters. Shortly after receiving its Royal Licence from Henry VI in 1446, God's-house was forced to move from its original site, as this was needed for the King's new project (what was to become Kings’s College). God's-house moved to its present site in 1448 where it was re-founded in 1505 as Christ’s College by Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII. Lady Margaret has been honoured ever since as the Foundress.
First Court dates from the 15th century and is the oldest part of the College. The Master’s Lodge, Chapel and Hall are all found in First Court as are Charles Darwin’s rooms. Charles Darwin studied here between 1828 and 1831.
Copies of the College history and postcards, as well as Darwin related products are available from the Porters’ Lodge.
Food and Drinks
Some of the room rates include a Full English breakfast, served Monday to Friday in the Upper Hall between 7.30 to 9.30am and on a Saturday and Sunday morning between 8.00am to 10.00am. Please note that not all room rates include breakfast, some are room only - please ensure you book the correct rate for your requirements.
The East Anglian Breakfast
The catering team at Christ’s College have been working hard to deliver breakfasts with the lowest carbon footprint possible and their new East Anglian breakfast is believed to have the lowest carbon footprint out of all of the Colleges.
All breakfast items on the new menu come from suppliers within a 50 mile radius of the College; free range eggs from Norfolk, mushrooms from Bungay in Suffolk, tomatoes from Ware in Hertfordshire, sausages from a free range pig farm in Lincolnshire, bacon is cured in the College kitchen using pork from Suffolk and potatoes grown on a farm in Ely.
The East Anglian Breakfast is the latest in a series of changes that the College has made to its catering operation. Over the last two years the College has successfully reduced packaging by bulk buying essentials and removing individual packets of cereal, jam and sauces from its dining halls. Guests now also have a fresh yoghurt bar where diners can make themselves a bespoke yoghurt with additional accompaniments, giving greater choice and reducing landfill at the same time!
Grounds and gardens
Christ’s College has extensive gardens laid out over four Courts. The Fellows’ Garden, which is open 5 days a week, has beautiful herbaceous borders and is home to the famous Milton’s Mulberry Tree. There is also the Darwin Garden, created as part of the celebration of the bi-centenary of his birth, and which features a sculpture of a young Charles Darwin and also the Darwin Walk.
Whilst guests are most welcome to walk through the grounds of the College at all times, they are respectfully requested not to walk or sit on any of the lawn areas around the College grounds.
Should you need the use of an iron and ironing board during your stay, there is an ironing room in the P staircase laundry. There are also coin operated washing and drying machines available for use.
The Porters' Lodge has a few hairdryers that can be loaned for a £5.00 refundable deposit.
Internet access, including WIFI is available in all rooms. Rooms will also be provided with an ethernet cable, guests need to bring their own laptop. Details on how to connect to the internet can be obtained from the Porters' Lodge.
Address: Christ's College, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 3BU, United Kingdom
Check In: 14:00 (2:00pm) - 23:30 (11:30pm) (arrivals normally allowed outside this window if your travel plans can't be adjusted)
Check Out: 00:00 (12:00am) - 10:00 (10:00am)
Address: Christ’s College, St. Andrew’s Street, Cambridge CB2 3BU.
After 11pm a night Porter is on site to deal with emergencies. The Porters will be pleased to store your baggage following check out whilst you have a last look around the City.
It is regretted there is NO parking at College.
On arrival please check in at the Porters’ Lodge on St Andrews’ Street. Please show your booking confirmation to the Porter who will provide you with your room key, a map of the College and direct you to your room. Despite the term ‘Porter’, it is not part of a College Porter's duties to handle luggage; you must carry your own luggage to your room.
Also, on arrival at College all guests will be requested to complete a Guest Registration Document (As required by the Immigration (Hotel Records) Order 1972). Guests will need to give their name, address and nationality. Non UK guests will also be required the number and the place of issue of their passport as well as their next destination. These record must then be kept for 12 months.
The railway station is approximately a 20-minute walk, or there are various regular bus services which will drop you close to the College. There is also a taxi service available outside the station entrance. The bus station is also located within a few minutes walk of the College, and the National Express buses terminate on Parkside, which is a 5 minute walk to the College.
As the College is a place of study and many of our Fellows’ live and work on site, guests are asked to respect their privacy and conduct themselves in a manner befitting an historic academic institution. All staff at Christ’s College are friendly and welcoming and guests are asked to treat them respectfully.