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 guests.

The Bed and Breakfast offers bedrooms in 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 twin rooms have separate beds in different rooms and connected with a small lounge.

The college has been awarded a 4* rating by Enjoy England, for the last three years, the last audit being in September 2018 by Visit Engand.  


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 08.00am -10.00am, which is located in 2nd Court, next to the College Bar.  The college is unable to offer dinner.

The College Bar,  is open from 12.30pm -11.00pm (10.30pm on a Sunday), there is a range of  crisps, Ice creams, nuts, tea and Illy coffee and also a selection of International and local lagers and beers. There is also a good range of Gins and Fevertree Tonics. Plus a superb range of wines and champagnes, including the house Champagne Pol Roger and the college's own labelled port and sherry. These make for the perfect gift and a permanent reminder of your stay at St Johns. It is one of the best traditional colleges. 

Allergy Awareness training has been carried out with the staff.  They have Allergy Accreditation. All staff are fully trained in food hygiene to way beyond the minimum level, and there is a continuous training programme for all the Catering Staff. The college also won Gold and the top prize in the Cambridge Business Food Sustainable Awards in March 2018. They are members of the Sustainable Restaurants Association with a 2 Star rating and members of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, and The Universities Caterers Organisation.

Grounds and gardens

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 are no lifts to any of the rooms. There is also 24hrs security. 

Wi-Fi is offered throughout most of the College, it has to go through the University network, 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. 



No disabled access

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

Food and Drinks

Cooked breakfast (included)


Nearby Recreations

Recommended walks

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)

Historic houses


Theatre (walking distance)

St John's College, Cambridge - Reviews


Based on 1160 reviews
Service 4.6
Rooms 4.3
Food 4.4
Value 4.4
Overall Experience 4.6

Very friendly staff
Dr (male) Alistair L

Excellent staff at St. Johns. We were made to feel welcome and at home from the beginning to the end of our stay. The hospitality was superb. The Porters Lodge, the barman and the breakfast room staff were all professional, kind and caring. Thank you St. John's for a wonderful experience.
Mr Ian S

Fantastic experience! Not cheap, but an amazing place to stay. No pots, pans or microwave, so plan on dining out or at the Buttery (which is excellent!)
Mr Charles A

Beautiful college and the best accommodation we have so far during our UK trip. The porter who helped us with Check-in was very nice and friendly.
Ms Emily C

An enjoyable stay. Friendly & obliging staff.
Mr Michael G

A friend and I had a short break tourist break in Cambridge. All St. John’s staff were very helpful. We were in good rooms and minor issues, eg a light bulb were sorted promptly. Would happily recommend.
Mrs Gill H

Everything was way more than expected. What fun to look out our window and watch the punting and walk across the bridge of sighs and meet up with other travelers at the breakfast table. Everything about stay here was extraordinary

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Cambridge and hope to return. Many thanks
Mr Steven R

St John's College in the sunshine - fabulous!
Dr Nick M

Wonderful experience thank you
Mrs Elizabeth C

Arrival Info

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

Check In: 14:00 (2:00pm) - 23:00 (11:00pm) (arrivals normally allowed outside this window if your travel plans can't be adjusted)

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

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 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 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.

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, 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 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 minutes walk to the College.