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Murray Edwards College, Cambridge

Comfortable, modern rooms a short walk away from shops, museums, restaurants and the river Cam.

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  • 20th century buildings
  • Free car parking (on site)
  • No smoking


  • Free broadband access
  • Shared gardens

Food and Drinks

  • English breakfast (included)

Nearby recreations

  • Pub (walking distance)
  • Museums (walking distance)
  • Historic houses
  • Gardens
  • Tennis courts (walking distance)
  • Recommended restaurants (walking distance)
  • Theatre (walking distance)


Murray Edwards is a modern, inspirational College that is delighted to welcome visitors and offers cheerful, friendly service in a relaxed atmosphere. The college is a pleasant 10-minute stroll over Magdalene Bridge and the river Cam to the historic city centre.

Bedrooms are bright and airy and include complimentary Fair Trade tea/coffee with biscuits, as well as toiletries, towels and bed linen.  All rooms have free wired internet access. If you forget to bring your cable, the Porters Lodge have a limited supply available for hire. Many of the rooms overlook beautiful informal gardens.

The Porters' Lodge is staffed 24 hours a day and the friendly, helpful Porters are happy to help with queries.

All rooms are within easy reach of the Porters' Lodge and dining hall.

Some rooms are situated on the ground floor and many bedrooms and most other areas of the College are accessible by lift. There are a limited number of rooms which are suitable for guests with access needs. Ideally those using wheelchairs should be accompanied by a companion. If you require further information on accessibility, please request this in the Additional Information section of the booking form.

History to the present day

The college was founded in 1954 to enable more women to take places at Cambridge University. At that time, the college had no name and no endowment, so was known as New Hall until June 2008, when Ros Smith (a New Hall graduate) and Steve Edwards gave the college two transforming gifts, an endowment of £30 million and a name, Murray Edwards College.

The college still has all-female students, but has male Fellows and members of staff. The unique circular dining hall, affectionately known as the "Dome" was designed by Chamberlain, Powell and Bonn and completed in 1965. Most of the original buildings are now Grade II listed and have undergone extensive renovation.

Food and Drinks

Full English breakfast is included in the room cost and available in the dining hall from 8:00 to 9:00am on weekdays and from 8:00 to 9:30am on Saturday and Sunday.

Although we are not able to cater for lunch and dinner, there is a wide range of pubs offering good food and several excellent Indian restaurants all within a 5 -10 minute walk of the college.

If you just need a snack, there is a hot drinks machine in the bar area close to the Porters' Lodge and also snack/cold drinks machine downstairs in the bar area.

The college bar is not available for general use and if open, is reserved for use by guests of private functions happening in college.

Grounds and gardens

The College has beautiful, informal gardens for guests to enjoy, but please note that the Fellow's Garden is reserved for use by Fellows only.

Other facilities

The college is home to the unique New Hall Art Collection, which contains nearly 350 contemporary works by women artists. The Collection includes works by Maggi Hambling, Barbara Hepworth and Paula Rego. Much of the art work is on display in public areas of the college, so if you'd like to take an informal tour, an information leaflet is available from the Porters' Lodge.

Arrival information and how to find us

Address: Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0DF, United Kingdom

Check in: Monday to Friday, from 12:00 Noon. Check out: By 9:00am.

Check in: Saturday & Sunday, from 12:00 Noon.

Check out: Saturday & Sunday: By 10:00am.

To check in, please go to the Porters' Lodge, where you will be give directions to your room, a key and swipe card. Access to the college after 11:00pm is by the main front entrance at the Porters' Lodge.

The College is easy to reach by road, with good access from the M11, A14 and A428. If you're using sat-nav, the postcode CB3 0DR/number 61 will bring you straight to the main car park on Storey's Way.

The railway station is a 10-15 minute taxi journey away and access from the Park and Ride site on Madingley Road is simple - just hop off the bus on Bridge Street and walk up the hill.

Parking for bicycles is close to the Porters' Lodge at the front entrance.

More photos of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge

Pearl House Single en Suite College gardens Pearl House Twin Ensuite The Dome at sunset Storey's Way entrance
New Hall Art Collection - Hodes Bicycle parking Buckingham House bathroom Stairs to the Dome dining hall Our friendly Porters

Customer feedback

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, September 2013: I wish I'd had a room like that when I was at university! 4/5

, September 2013: Lovely setting - the gardens were great 4/5

, August 2013: We had a lovely stay and we would stay again when visiting Cambridge 5/5

, August 2013: Convenient, very clean, great staff - excellent value for money. Thank you. 4/5

, July 2013: rooms v nice, one of the two was a disabled suite, so bathroom quite utilitarian in feel, but well equiped breakfast nice, staff really friendly beautiful surroundings, just a great environment to spend a day in Cambridge 5/5

, April 2013: We found all the staff to be courteous and most helpful. I hope you wont mind me suggesting that the bacon and fried eggs at breakfast time be cooked in very small batches through out the service time, rather than a tray of each being served over a longish period. To balance this comment, the wedding meal on Saturday was very good as was the service. Thank you all. 4/5

, April 2013: Thank you for your hospitality. 4/5

, September 2012: Clean, nice shower, well set up apart from no obvious place to hang large damp towel. Friendly catering staff. 4/5

, September 2012: Comfortable 4/5

, August 2012: staff was great! 4/5

, August 2012: The Porters are lovely, enjoyed our stay and the art. 4/5

, August 2012: I very much enjoyed my stay at Murray Edwards for Thomas and Tania Heberts wedding, the college was clean and staff were friendly towards us. I felt my room was a good size with good facilities. 5/5

, August 2012: Very friendly and helpful reception staff 4/5

, August 2012: I was most impressed by the sheer courtesy and helpfulness of the staff at the porter's desk. 4/5

, July 2012: Excellent breakfast, comfortable room and a short stroll into town. I would stay again. 4/5

, July 2012: Really enjoyed my stay - nice setting - gardens lovely, art work in the collect exceptional and the College cat was very nice too 5/5

, July 2012: The rooms were basic in amenities but comfortable, bright and very clean. The setting at the Pearl house amoung the gardens was really lovely. The employees at the porter lodge were the best part of the experience - they were helpful, cheery and assisted in many ways, whether checking in or for advice about town. 4/5

, September 2011: Very pleasant room, with lovely grounds. Overall very comfortable and enjoyable stay 4/5

, September 2011: All the staff with whom we interacted were friendly, helpful and accommodating. I enjoyed our visit very much. The convenience of being able to stay on campus was a big factor in our enjoyment. 3/5

, August 2011: My room was very pleasant, nicely furnished, comfortable bed, spacious, and very useful large mirror. En suite is good, however, the shower is not designed very well as it was too easy to flood the bathroom floor. Breakfast was excellent, good variety and very satisfying. 4/5

, July 2011: Murray Edwards met our expectations. The rooms are fine, not flashy, but functional, and the location is very good. Just a short walk to the center. The college staff were very helpful, but don't trust the taxi firms. 4/5

, July 2011: The staff of Murray Edwards could not have been more helpful or obliging 5/5

, July 2011: Had a very successful stay. The porters were very friendly and helpful. We plan to stay again! 4/5

, July 2011: We had a really pleasant stay, everyone was very friendly and helpful. Thank you very much. 5/5

, June 2011: I was pleased with the room and it is nice that there is tea and coffee making facilities. It is so convenient staying on campus. 4/5

Dr. K. Malik, August 2010: Very clean, comfortable and quiet work environment. Excellent overall service and a high standard breakfast provided. 5/5

Peter Powell, August 2010: Friendly, helpful staff and comfortable accommodation conveniently situated for exploring the city. Will most certainly recommend it to others and make use of the facility again ourselves. Many thanks, Peter and Gill Powell 5/5

Marjorie Cross, August 2010: Dining Room cold & (early) breakfast plates cold, so hot food went cold quickly. Otherwise, all very much enjoyed & appreciated. 4/5

David Lyon, August 2010: The price was only average considering the basic facilities ie no TV, radio etc and the 'institutional' breakfast, although adequate, was not freshly cooked and so a bit cold However, the location was excellent for the city centre 4/5

Stuart Shurlock, August 2010: Being on a restricted income, I prefer not to use taxis ! The college info did not mention buses at all except to state there is a stop on the Huntingdon Road. Belatedly, I discovered that the very frequent Citi 7 bus route stops about 150 metres from the college in Histon Road, and also runs direct to/from the station. Definitely worth a mention ! 4/5

Clare Rourke, August 2010: Very helpful staff in porters lodge and enjoyable stay 4/5

Judith Cole, July 2010: Room was very spacious and clean. Very friendly staff at the porters' lodge and at breakfast. The college is a nice walking distance from Cambridge centre. 4/5

Stephen Green, July 2010: Was more expensive than a normal B&B. However, would recommend to anybody, excellent, friendly staff, room was large, comfortable and quiet. We arrived 90 minutes early, but room was ready and waiting and next day checked out, but no problem leaving the car in carpark all day. Breakfast was excellent and very substantial. Highly recommended. 5/5

Helen Brown, July 2010: Excellent alternative to booking a hotel. Would definitely stay at Murray Edwards again. Car parking facility proved invaluable. Thoroughly recommend all round. 5/5

saturnino tascón, July 2010: Murray Edwards College was quite near from the city center, the reception was kind and rooms were right. We only missed a hair-dryer in the rooms and a tv in one of them because the other room had it. breakfast was great 4/5

John Cragg, July 2010: Shower curtain very ineffective ! Availability of car parking relatively close to town centre was useful. 4/5

Sheila Cowsley, July 2010: We enjoyed our stay. The location was very convenient for getting to the centre of Cambridge. We found the room comfortable but felt the tariff was a little high. The shower was not very practical as it wet the floor of the whole bathroom. It also required a deep clean and the control was difficult to use. The Reception and dining staff were very helpful. Because of the convenience we would consider staying again. 3/5

George Naufal, July 2010: The porter people were absolutely wonderful. 4/5

VIVIENNE JANOWSKI, July 2010: Brilliant!! Will definitely come again. Spotlessly clean, so much so I walked barefooted on the carpet and I rarely do that outside my home. The porteress (is that what you call a female porter?) was lovely and very helpful. The shower was amazing. The sheets crisp and clean. The breakfast was yummy but it would have been nice to have been able to take a pot of tea or coffee to the table because my cup of tea got cold real only quibble!! Many thanks for the lovely experience. 5/5

HELENA BARTON, July 2010: Lovely deluxe room, with TV. 4/5

Mrs Sabrina Gwynn, July 2010: Following my booking I received a lot of help in finding somewhere suitable to eat. We enjoyed our meal at the Castle Inn. Fortunately we arrived there at about 8.45pm as it stopped serving meals at 9pm which we hadn't been told! Our room was well appointed and very comfortable. My father was a little bothered at not being able to find loose sugar to put on his cereal at breakfast. They only had lumps for hot drinks. However this was only a minor point and we very much enjoyed our brief stay. ! 4/5

Jacqueline Frye, June 2010: I congratulate whoever devised the idea of booking out rooms to the general public. I wish I'd known about it sooner. High quality accommodation with excellent service. 5/5

Fraser Whineray, June 2010: Very pleasant. Porters very helpful. Beautiful college. 4/5

Mr and Mrs R Ashton, June 2010: We were very impressed by the cleanliness of the room and the bathroom - wonderful shower! It was very light and airy too. 5/5

Bonita Croker, June 2010: Difficult to find. Had a very good stay. Cambridge is lovely. Excellent service. It was nice to be able to park and not pay for parking, stay the night and still see some more sights on the day we left. Thank you very much 5/5

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