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St John's College, Cambridge
B&B accommodation in recently refurbished rooms at this 16th Century Cambridge College.
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- 16th century buildings
- Breakfast included
- Public car parking for a charge (nearby)
- No car parking
- No smoking
- Minimum age 16
- Historic Property
- Free broadband access
- Shared gardens
- Hair dryers
Food and Drinks
- Continental breakfast (included)
- Recommended walks
- Pub (walking distance)
- Museums (walking distance)
- Historic houses
- Theatre (walking distance)
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 our guests.
Our recently refurbished guest rooms, situated in North Court and Third Court, accommodate students during Term. Both twin and single rooms are available and all en suite, and all rooms are serviced daily. Please note there are no lifts. The twin rooms have seperate beds in different rooms within your own area. Each area has a small lounge
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 rates include a full Continental Breakfast, served in the Buttery Dining Room between 08:00-09:15. which is located in 2nd Court
We are unable to offer dinner.
Snacks are available in the College Bar, both at Lunch time and in the Evening, where Teas, Coffees, a selection of International and Local Beers plus a superb range of Wines and Champagnes, including the College Port are available for consumption or even to take away as presents, where appropraite.
Grounds and gardens
In Tudor times the landscape of St John's was strikingly different from today. On part of the present site of New Court and the Cripps Building lay fish ponds which had once served the brethren of the Hospital of St John. To the south of these, where the sandy Broad Walk now crosses St John's Meadow, was the Close, surrounded by trees and ditches. Beyond the ditch at the western edge of the meadow stretched pasture and open arable fields.
By the seventeenth century, the gardens at St John's had expanded and taken on a more formal aspect, along with with the creation of a bowling-green in 1625; An avenue of tall limes, with one hundred metres of yew hedges on each side, lead down to the Queen's road gate of the College, beside the Fellows' Garden and the wildlife haven of the Fellows' Wilderness.
Guests are welcome to view the Chapel, and to attend if a service is taking place.
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
There are no lifts available in the College
The College Bar may be used, it is open both at Lunch and evenings. It is situated in 2nd Court.
Arrival information and how to find us
Address: St John's College Cambridge, Cambridge, CB2 1TP, United Kingdom
Address: St John’s College, St John’s Street, Cambridge CB2 1TP
Check In: From 14:00- 23:00 Check Out: By 10am
Parking is available, for a charge, nearby. There is a public multi-storey NCP car park in Park Street, adjacent to the College.
The Porters will be pleased to store your baggage following check-out, whilst you have a last look around the College or City.
On arrival, please check-in at the Forecourt Porters Lodge situated on the corner of Bridge Street and St John’s Street.
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. After 23:00 a Porter is onsite to deal with emergencies.
The Railway Station is approximately a 30-40 minute walk or there are various bus services, which will drop you close to the College. There is also a taxi service available outside the Railway Station.
The Coach terminal, in the centre of the city, is a 10 minutes walk to the College.
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Mrs Kristi Webber, October 2013: I didn't know what to expect from staying in a "dorm" and I was quite pleasantly surprised! The service at the front desk was beyond helpful - they even shared with me a cup of their own stash of coffee! They were friendly, helpful and humorous. The room was unbelievable - I didn't know it was going to be 2 bedrooms plus a small kitchen and bathroom! I was impressed with the small details like the nice bathroom bag of supplies and the kitchen snacks that were provided . The location cannot be beat. I enjoyed a run through the college backs, and an early morning walk through quiet Cambridge. I had a great stay, and would absolutely stay here again. Thank you so much staff! My advice for parking is to stay at Castle Park - it was crazy cheap compared to the other nearby lots (I stayed a Sunday night), and a reasonable distance/walk away. Just make sure you have coins!
Dr Elaine Shaw, October 2013: Everything was absolutely wonderful. I wish I could have stayed longer.
Miss Audrey Pion, September 2013: Pretty impressive bedroom and breakfast.
quite an experience to be for a nights or a few days in a college
hope to do it again soon
Mrs Christine Taylor, September 2013: Excellent in every way.2 very small points.No bath mat provided.Also the bed was not against a wall[head end] and there was no head board.But those tiny issues did not detract from a great stay.
Dr Daniel Lewis, September 2013: The room was excellent, far exceeding my expectations, and the location in college was superb. I felt I had received a really premium room with a great view, when presumably I could have been given any old room!
Mrs Myra Dean, September 2013: Porters always deserve a mention for being very pleasant and helpful!
Mrs Jan Peters, September 2013: Fantastic surroundings, very good -sized room and bathroom ( plus a kitchen ) and friendly welcome.
Mrs Jean Blakemore, September 2013: Excellent facilities and efficient and friendly welcome. Our party was a large one of up to 28, and all expressed themselves extremely satisfied.
Ms Catherine Hill, September 2013: I just loved it all. Nice big spacious apartment rather than a cramped ensuite room, moisturiser in the toiletries, shower sufficiently hot enough
Mr richard king, September 2013: very good reception at all times. Most helpful.
Mrs Helen McCormac, September 2013: Fantastic weekend in Cambridge with friends. St John's College is magnificent and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The staff are very helpful. Highly recommended.
Dr Beyers Oosthuizen, September 2013: A brilliant experience. Wonderful to be privy to the atmosphere of such an illustrious institution. A bonus to be in the heart of Cambridge. Only the shower was poor, luke-warm, feeble pressure. Will recommend it to friends. Very friendly service by all staff members I encountered.
Ms Kathleen Earley, September 2013: Small, cosy, picturesque top-floor room right by the river, quiet and comfortable, with sensational rooftop views back and front. Free goody bag of toiletries a lovely plus.
Miss Antonia Galloway, September 2013: Places to stay in the centre of Cambridge are hard to find, so was delighted with the service and standards at the College, even though it was a last-minute booking. Staying at my father's old College added a special dimension to a very special trip. The service was far more friendly and professional than at some 5* hotels I've stayed at! Value for money was excellent. The only slight drawback was a radiator which made strange gurgling noises in the middle of the night; if I'd been staying for more than 1 night I would have mentioned it but for an overnight it didn't really matter.
Mr PAUL FROST, September 2013: We will certainly stay with you in the future
Miss Carolina Evaristo Scarton, September 2013: I really enjoy my time in St John's, it is an amazing College (the most beautiful in my opinion). The staff were kind and helpful. The room was very clean and all the facilities were perfect.
Only one thing that I dislike: there were no wi-fi signal in my room (It was not a big issue for me, since I was there for holidays. But, if someone go for business, it is something to be worried about).
Ms Ann Curtis, September 2013: Very friendly welcome and fantastic way to see and live "behind the scenes" inside a historic and very beautiful college and grounds. We will definitely do it again and highly recommend the experience!
Ms Gretchen Hawk, August 2013: The entire staff at St. John's was extremely friendly and helpful. They were undergoing a kitchen re-vamp and thus served a continental breakfast, which is why I rated the breakfast less than excellent; however, the breakfast staff went above and beyond to be helpful.
Mr Andy Moore, August 2013: Staff at St John's were very friendly and helpful.
Miss Stephanie Ross, August 2013: Really enjoyed our stay and loved looking around the college. The only comment I would make about the room is that it was too hot so it may be worth leaving a window open in there to get some air though. Really enjoyed staying here though and will come back!
Mr Peter Salenieks, August 2013: The college provided character and ambience, as well as a convenient location from which to explore Cambridge.
Miss Kelley Swain, August 2013: Really lovely, suite room with office that I wasn't expecting. I didn't have the breakfast so can't comment, but would be glad to return to try it!
Mr Francesco Benigno, August 2013: Great service, excellent atmosphere, could be possible improve the breakfast and the involvement of the college creating special possibilities for the visitors to be more integrated
Mrs Muguette BONNAIRE, August 2013: Eveything was fabulous, we were so happy to stay in such a historic spot. Every people is helpful, the rooms are quite comfortable and clean, and there is a very large choice of food and beverage for breakfast. The buildings and the park are simply amazing.
Mr Steve Canham, August 2013:
Mr Mark Rackham, August 2013: An amazing weekend in a magical place. Thank you
Mr William Church, August 2013: Excellent size room. Access to a student kitchen would have improved the experience, but all in all very good. I plan to recommend to friends and/or return.
Miss Gemma Parker, August 2013: Fantastic rooms and brekkie, really good value for money!
Mr Paul Marshall, August 2013: the facilities, porters, breakfast, everything was excellent. we had a superb break and would recommend st john's to all.
Mrs Marian Kendall, August 2013: It would have been helpful to have some cutlery and a tea towel.
The room was huge and I could have had my 21st birthday in it.
Bed comfortable too.
The porters were SO SO SO helpful and I loved everything about it!
Mr John Rowan, August 2013: Our room was cleaner and better presented than many hotels we have stayed in. Thank you St John's College.
Mr philip atkinson, August 2013: We had a very enjoyable stay at St. John's. We so liked walking in the gardens.
Mr Tim Thorlby, August 2013: The best views I have ever had from any hotel room!
Mr linda malone, August 2013: It was very special staying in such traditional and beautiful surroundings. We were pleased with our rooms which had lovely views of buildings and gardens and were quite spacious and comfortable. The Continental breakfast was good. It was wonderful to be in the midst of all the colleges and places of interest. Thoroughly recommended!
Ms Christine Gittins, August 2013: A perfect stay. Quality of the room wasexcellent value for money and the checking in and out was a pleasant experience. The porters were extremely helpful. The location was perfect.
Ms A Braithwaite, July 2013: All staff were very professional and courteous - Porters, Dining-room staff, Cleaners.
Miss Helen Parry, July 2013: Had a great stay in St John's. Found it to be central, convenient and full of character. The porters were very helpful and friendly and there was a great choice for breakfast. Loved staying in a college.
Prof Adrian Bedford, July 2013: The best experience staying at a UK university. Not only in terms of the location, building and facilities, but also in terms of hospitality. Highly recommended.
Mrs Martine McGuire, July 2013: Excellent service and room spacious and very comfortable. Only minus point was we would have found a microwave useful in the room, but that was all.
Mrs Pauline Mann, July 2013: Thank you for another great stay! I'll be back - maybe next year if not he year after. The whole experience was again wonderful.
Mr Philip West, July 2013: rooms very comfortable. Nice to have tea and coffee facilities. Would have been nice to know there was a kitchen and facilities I advance
Miss Leda Sammarco, November 2012: I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at St John's College. As well as an ensuite bathroom, there was a kitchen too, which was great. The rooms were very comfortable and one was particularly spacious. I thought the breakfast was excellent with a good selection of food - I appreciated the Yeo Valley yoghurt! It was great to have table service too for tea and coffee as this avoided long queues and the dining area was very spacious. It was nice to be near the centre of Cambridge and it was very peaceful at night too. The porters were very helpful and friendly. I would definitely stay here again.
Dr Ed Koiddle, October 2012: very enjoyable place to stay
Mrs Diana Windram, October 2012: We enjoyed our clean comfortable suite which was serviced by a very friendly and helpful lady. The porters were helpful and knowledgeable and staying in such a beautiful institution enhanced our stay in the city. we were impressed and will certainly use University Rooms again.
Diana and Andrew, Hammersmith, London
Mr bryan smith, October 2012: Great great great place to stay, makes you feel a part of Cambridge would definitely recommend St Johns
Mrs Catharina Olsson, October 2012: Lovely environment for a B&B-stay. Loved the college, the air, the overall experience and the city of course. Will return with my teenagers and husband!
Prof Anthony Grant, October 2012: This is a service of which I shall gladly avail myself again!
Mr Stuart Rowan, October 2012: We had a great time, thanks, and would recommend your B&B anytime. You have a beautiful college and grounds and it is somewhere we had wanted to visit for years. However, it would be a great help if you could state clearly, on all correspondence/websites that there is no parking! We were fortunate in that you came to our rescue, but it could have cost us a fortune if we had had to leave our car in the NCP car park overnight.
Mr Alastair Stone, October 2012: Having met at a college party in St John's College in 1963, this was a real 'pilgrimage' for my wife and me. Everything worked out just fine.
- the college porters were helpful and friendly.
- the room(s) were fine - loved the hot water in the shower!
- the breakfast was outstanding
- it was nice to be so close to Trinity St, King's Parade etc
We hope to return again!
Ms Jennifer Wallis, September 2012: Lovely environment to stay in - the college was quiet and felt safe even when returning late at night. Friendly porters on the front desk, and nice to have kitchen as well as en suite facilities in the rooms.
Ms Rachel Stevenson, September 2012: Great accomodation close to major sites, good value, would stay again.
Dr Jilska Perera, September 2012: very large room with a small kitchen and bathroom. all items provided were good except the hot chocolate and extras such as a hair dryer and radio were much appreciated.
WiFi did not work in the room but could be accessed in the Porters lodge.
The surroundings were awesome and I look forward to my next stay.
Mr PETER MENZ, September 2012: Will stay again
Miss Sarah Bentley, September 2012: We stayed in St John's college for one night in a twin room with an ensuite bathroom. The porters were incredibly helpful and friendly and the room was very clean. The breakfast was nice and much better than anything I ever had at University! Overall it was a great experience to stay in such a lovely college which is also well located a couple of minutes walk from central Cambridge.
Mr Patrick Van Beirs, September 2012: We had a nice stay !
Mr Paul Davies, August 2012: The porter in particular was very frindly and helpful. We would definitely stay again.
Dieter Lukas, August 2012: Great, spacious and quiet apartment, friendly and helpful staff, good breakfast.
Mrs Margarete Brosig, August 2012: Everything at St. John's was just perfect, especially the Porter's Lodge was a very friendly and helpful place with outstandingly well informed staff. We enjoyed the beautiful surroundings as much as the opulent breakfast and the special atmosphere of this historic place. There was nothing left to wish for.
Ms Joanne Beggs, August 2012: Wasn't clear that we were booking an apartment with two bedrooms from the website. Lovely apartment, though and fantastic location which was the main reason for booking.
Mrs Sheena Maclean, August 2012: Porters very friendly and helpful.
Mr Peter Howells, August 2012: We also had a dinner for 12. The whole experience was beyond our expectations and good value for money. My wife, whose surprise 40th party was the reason for the weekend, said it was one of the best day that she had ever had. Well done to all involved
Mr derek allard, August 2012: excellent value - everyone from the porters to the cleaners were so polite and helpfull - we'll be back
Miss Patricia Wood, August 2012: very pleasant time. able to explore the grounds when college closed to the public (although not the Hall or Chapel)
Ms Marlis I. Walkhoff, August 2012: Very friendly and helpful.
Mr Roland Ward, August 2012: We had a great stay. Thanks to the bedmakers, the porters for their help, and to Fabian in the bar for a warm welcome.
Miss Emma Whipday, August 2012: A very enjoyable visit, thank you!
Miss Michelle Yuen, August 2012: Excellent location and I was pleasantly surprised with the nice bag of toiletries provided in the room. I will definitely recommend St John's College to friends.
Prof Vlad Manole, August 2012: We really enjoyed staying at St. John College. Great experience!
Ms Sidonie Bohdanowicz, August 2012: Great place, fantastic experience.
Mr Robert Dunbar, August 2012: A thoroughly pleasant experience, one we would certainly recommend to anyone seeking College accommodation in Cambridge
Mrs elizabeth rushmore, August 2012: Porters extremely helpful. Room facilities good and spotlessly clean. Good varied breakfast menu served with a smile. So glad we chose this interesting option for our stay in Cambridge.
Ms A Braithwaite, August 2012: Staff were very helpful and nothing was any trouble for them. Thank you.
Mrs Judith Forshaw, August 2012: The rooms were clean and well appointed - better than we had expected - and we felt privileged to be able to stay in the college, right in the centre of town, at a very reasonable (for Cambridge) price.
Prof Vural Ozdemir, August 2012: Excellent service, please keep up the good work! and would be interested in staying again in winter session as well when I visit Cambridge in the future.
Mrs Trinh Middleton, August 2012: We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at St John's and would love to return next year. The accommodation was perfect, spacious, quiet and very clean. The service was friendly and efficient.
Miss Linda Barker, August 2012: Fairytale buildings including the Bridge of Sighs, beautiful extensive gardens backing onto the river. A tranquil Oasis in the centre of Cambridge with all cafes pubs shops on doorstep. Twin room had 2 bedrooms, kitchen with fridge and a hairdryer. Merry Wives of Windsor performance in the garden Saturday night and we popped into the college bar after. Excellent breakfast.
Mr christopher mann, August 2012: Really enjoyed the St John's experience and will recommend to all our friends.
Mr philip atkinson, July 2012: A very enjoyable experience, the staff pleasant and helpful, location perfect. Hope to return.
Ms marie helene nass, July 2012: I will definitely recommend St John's College
Miss Susanna Collins, July 2012: the seclusion and peace of the college made it a great place to stay
Dr Grzegorz (Greg) madejski, July 2012: This was one of the nicest hotel stays of my life. Can you imagine
this - a little suite above the Bridge of Sighs for less than $100/night? Truly wonderful. And, despite the age of the building - everything worked!
Mr John mojecki, July 2012: Porter assistance was excellent and very comprehensive. Breakfast quality and service was outstanding. A very enjoyable visit.
Mrs Loretta Brennan, July 2012: Really impressed - great to find reasonably priced accommodation right in the heart of the city centre - suited our purposes perfectly, but would recommend to others, if I was staying a few days longer, probably would have taken advantage of the kitchen facilities. Having individual rooms was also a bonus.
Dr Hemesiri Kotagama, July 2012: Loved the stay in a 450 year old room. The facilities the design and the atmospher at St Johns is the same at University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka. In fact the design of rooms and furniture is the same. Sir Ivor Jennings a scholar and Professor from Cambridge University was who initiated and was the first vice chancellor at University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka. Wonderful experience. Thank you very much.
Dr sarah bregant, July 2012: wonderfull location and welcome
Mrs Pauline Mann, July 2012: Wonderful stay - College Porters very helpful, breakfast great, whole experience very good.
Mrs tracy rubery, July 2012: An amazing experience to stay in one of the very old universirt rooms overlooking the river. Really a 'Cambridge' experience worth taking!
Dr Claudia Soria, July 2012: It was a truly great experience, thank you! I hope to be back again.
Mrs Jill Carlstrom, July 2012: atmosphere plus plus, great breaki and service, highly recommended, proximity to all that Cambridge had to offer.
Mrs Ann Jones, July 2012: We cannot recommend St Johns College and the porters more highly. The location is brilliant. The porters: Tim, Colin, Paul, John and George were so kind and friendly and went the extra mile every time we have any query, including changing the lock on the Oak when we couldn't lock our door. We really felt like we couldn't have topped our Cambridge experience. Anyone staying in Cambridge would find St Johns unbeatable for location, service and style. Thank you all so very much. Ann (Welsh) and Belinda (Australian)
Mrs Janet Marner, July 2012: I'm glad you gave me this opportunity to respond as I was going to write a note anyway. Will certainly recommend B & B at St. John's - loved staying in the college and feeling all that history around us. Thoughtful touches like the teatray (especially!) and hairdryer and toiletries were above the service given by some ordinary B & B accommodation. We were comfortable and warm in a rather chilly early July. Breakfast had excellent choice available and friendly, efficient staff. Porter pleasant and helpful. Enjoyed Cambridge v. much - could have done with even more time, but staying in the college gave one a feeling of being part of it for a short while. Thanks.
Mrs Marie THOMPSON, July 2012: VERY well situated, wonderful single "ensuite", bedroom very quiet. A privilege to be in this college
Mrs Patricia Keating, July 2012: Cambridge is a great spot but staying at St. John's College made all the difference! Wonderful service and very welcoming staff. A memory to be treasured.
Mr Ron Harris, September 2011: Excellent location; all staff were very helpful; surprised that there were no opportunities for discounted parking arrangements but overall a good experience.
Mr nicholas marsh, September 2011: The accommodation was faultless and the location superb.
The Buttery where breakfast was served was better than many 4 or 5 star hotels when it came to choice, quality, service and setting.
I would have no hesitation in booking St. Johns College in the future and will also be recommending friends to this hidden gem.
Miss Ruth Boxall, September 2011: Our first experience of college rooms. Our twin en suite was actually even better - a flatlet with our own door with 2 single study rooms, a shower room and little kitchen with fridge, sink and electric hobs. It was spotlessly clean and towels were changed each day.
We enjoyed walking across the Bridge of Sighs and onto the Backs in the evening.
The porters were helpful with information, polite and friendly and the breakfast staff very efficient.
The booking service was very simple and efficient. We would certainly book again.
Mr Hans Peter Schapitz, August 2011: It was a great experience to live in an old historical building without missing the comfort. I´ve enjoyed staying in your college and the special atmosphere. I´ll come back anytime. I like Cambridge and I like their people.
Dr Sumi David, August 2011: Everything was fantastic - the porters were very helpful and allowed me to keep my bags in the Porters' Lodge the next day until I was able to come and collect them. I asked for some advice on the best walks around the gardens of St John's and the porter very kindly took the time to map out the ideal route; as a result, I had an amazing walk around St John's!
Prof Andrew Jones, August 2011: Super stay in a lovely college
Susan Jepson, August 2011: Very nice accommodation, great location so near to other colleges and city centre. Porters Lodge staff very helpful and allowed us to leave our bags before and after our stay.
Dr Edna Wong, August 2011: wonderful location and very helpful staff
Mrs Ruth Chylik, August 2011: Thanks for everything - it was the perfect way to spend time in Cambridge!
Mrs Angela Lane, August 2011: WE WERE DELIGHTED WITH THE EXPERIENCE AND WOULD USE SAME AGAIN
Ms Sue Mussett, August 2011: St John's was an excellent base for the weekend with stunning buildings and grounds. Rooms were comfortable, breakfast was fine and all staff we met were very friendly.Would definitely stay again.
Dr Pamela Parker, July 2011: The rooms were nce and clean and very comfortable
Elaine Hernen, September 2010: Had an excellent stay in amazing rooms! Porter's lodge really helpful and supplied info and first aid supplies when needed. Other members of college very friendly and informative about the history of the college. Good breakfast slightly spoiled by one grumpy female server - other kitchen staff extremely nice. Proper fresh orange juice too!
Nicholas Hammond, September 2010: A good nights sleep in comfortable accomodation. Helpful porters and a great breakfast. All in all a great experience. I would certainly book again! Nick Hammond
Martin Frame, September 2010: Very welcoming. A great experience.
Dale J Elliott, August 2010: My wife and I loved this experience. Ian at Porter's Lodge was very helpful. The room was excellent and this is the best value for money in Cambridge. A friend of ours satyed at a hotel and it cost him more than 150 quid. We will recommend this to all and will certainly return.
Mrs Clare Annal, August 2010: Had A fantastic weekend, St John's College has some amazing architecture and loved 'The Bridge of Sighs'.Really impressed with rooms and toiletry bags were a nice touch. The Porters were very friendly and helpful and I have been promoting your rooms to everyone.Added bonus for married couples they can get away from a snoring partner with the separate rooms ! I think thats something to promote, Many Thanks for great weekend.
Tony Burnside, August 2010: Would recomend staying at St Johns college - the staff at breakfast went overboard to make us welcome and look after us! Wonderful to wander through the college before breakfast before all the tourists came in too!!