When it comes to staying in a Cambridge College, accommodation options go beyond the stereotypical image of traditional student bedrooms. Whether you're planning a conference or meeting; looking to reward your team with an incentive visit to Cambridge or looking for a city break with a difference, university accommodation caters for a diverse range of guests. We have put together this guide, with insights and contributions from University Rooms, the online travel agent for accommodation in universities around the globe, to help you navigate your way around staying in a Cambridge College.


Planning Accommodation in a Cambridge College for a Conference or Meeting

College accommodation could complement your meeting or conference perfectly.  Gone are the days of the conventional student bedroom and in its place is modern accommodation designed specifically for both work and relaxation. Some University bedrooms  feature double beds and are complemented with private bathrooms, a desks and quite often, beautiful views! They also include bed and bathroom linens and some offer hospitality trays for added comfort. Most importantly, Wi-Fi is readily available in most bedrooms, facilitating seamless work options for attendees, whether it's catching up on emails or making last-minute presentation tweaks.

Check in / check out takes place in the College’s Porter’s Lodge located at the front of the College and guests will be met by the porters. If you have delegates travelling from overseas, do ask your chosen College about the possibility of an early check in / late check out.

Helpful Tip: Check the type of bedroom you’re booking.  A ‘Standard’ bedroom in the academic world typically means a bedroom that shares a bathroom with other bedrooms. This can be anything from a ratio of 1:2 to 1:8. These rooms may be a suitable option if some of your attendees are on a small budget such as PhD students. Look for bedrooms that mention ‘en suite’ for a bedroom with its own private bathroom.


The Cost Effective Option

Many Cambridge Colleges  offer affordable rates without compromising on basic amenities. A peaceful stay is typically assured as many Cambridge Colleges have a minimum age requirement and noise level restrictions are in place. Some Colleges offer accommodation throughout the year with the collection of keys and accessing your room typically a straightforward and seamless process.


Incentivising your team

If you're captivated by the architectural marvels and historical significance of Cambridge, check out our themed incentive programme here for ideas. Options include access to entire grounds, guided tours, and the chance to stroll where notable alumni once walked.


Catering for the Cambridge Experience

Do check your catering options when booking. For B&B guests, breakfast will be included and served with a touch of historic charm. Picture yourself indulging in a self-service morning feast within the College's picturesque buttery or grand dining hall, setting the tone for a day of exploration and learning.

For those staying in College accommodation for a  conference, check with your organiser to see if dinner has been included. If it hasn’t, fear not! Cambridge boasts a myriad of culinary delights, from Michelin-starred restaurants to cosy independent bistros and gourmet pubs.

Are you a group organiser?  Check out our food and drink incentive program for tantalising ideas to elevate your event here.

Need a pick-me-up during the day? Check with the College and ask if there is a coffee shop on campus that you are permitted to use. If not, there are plenty of eateries in and around the city! See more here.



Unwind and enrich your stay. Many Colleges feature complimentary art exhibitions or experience the magic of the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival set amidst lush College gardens during the summer months.


Travelling to the City

Cambridge is easily accessible from all corners of the world. For more information read here.

Embrace the eco-friendly ethos of Cambridge and opt for public transportation to navigate the city's charming corners or try the traditional Cambridge way – bike!


The Fine Print

Be mindful of room capacities to ensure everyone's safety in case of emergencies. While the Colleges do not offer room service, staff at the Porter's Lodge (the reception area of the College) are always ready to assist and can offer advice of places to visit and see. Please note that the porters will not carry suitcases to bedrooms unless it’s an accessibility requirement. If you’d like to know more about accessibility in some of the Colleges, visit AccessAble for more information.

Many Cambridge Colleges also offer conference facilities and accommodation packages tailored to the needs of working professionals. If you’d like to check availability for your conference, talk to us here.


Whether you're coming to Cambridge for a conference, seeking budget-friendly accommodation, or simply craving that wow factor, accommodation in a Cambridge College caters for a diverse range of needs and preferences. By understanding what each guest requires, you can create your Cambridge experience with confidence and create memories that last a lifetime. For more ideas on creating the Cambridge Experience, click here.


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