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You will have the rare opportunity to experience life in one of Cambridge's historic Colleges. Enjoy the fellowship of dining in a magnificent hall and sharing relaxed conversation with like-minded students with a wealth of life experience.

Accommodation is in single rooms normally occupied by undergraduates. You can choose a basic room with a bed and washbasin; or one with en suite bath/shower facilities. Breakfast and evening meals are included in the cost. A number of twin en suite rooms are available in Queens’ College (twins are for spouses, partners and siblings, only). Double rooms are not available.

For details of specific accommodation options, please see the 'accommodation tab' on the relevant programme pages.

The Colleges

Gonville & Caius College

Distinguished for having produced fourteen Nobel Prize winners, this beautiful College, dating back to medieval times, is situated near the hustle and bustle of the lively market, restaurants and cafés. The College offers a choice of traditional standard rooms located in the heart of the city centre and modern en suite rooms set within extensive private gardens close to the teaching site. Read more »

Newnham College

Set around large secluded gardens, this graceful College is just across the road from your lecture rooms, yet still within easy walking distance of the historic city centre. Meals are served buffet-style and taken in the airy dining hall overlooking the colourful gardens. Read more »

Queens' College

Overlooking the River Cam, Queens’ boasts the famous Mathematical Bridge and some of the most iconic views in Cambridge. The College offers a magnificent dining hall, historic courtyards, quiet gardens and modern rooms: the best of both worlds. Read more »

Selwyn College

With its extensive and peaceful gardens backing onto the teaching site, Selwyn is very convenient for your lectures as well as offering a choice of traditional and modern rooms. The city centre is easily reached by a variety of walks past famous Cambridge landmarks. Read more »

St Catharine's College

Situated in the very heart of the city on one of the original medieval routes, St Catharine's College is close to both King’s College and Queens’ College, yet just a short walk to the main teaching sites. St Catharine's offers graceful architecture and delightful courtyard gardens. Read more »

Accommodation fees

The accommodation fee pays for a single room, breakfasts and evening meals, unless otherwise stated. Places in all Colleges are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis once you have been accepted to the programme. If requested in advance, couples will be assigned to adjacent single rooms where possible. Twins are for spouses, partners and siblings, only.

All rooms must be vacated after breakfast on your departure date. We reserve the right to charge students for any loss or damage to College property.

Accommodation allocation

If your first option is full, you can add yourself to a waiting list and select a second choice. Colleges will try to meet specific room requests and additional requirements, but this may not always be possible. Please note that room sizes may vary considerably.

Unfortunately we are unable to confirm specific room allocations prior to arrival, nor are the Colleges. We kindly ask you not to contact the Colleges directly.

Early arrivals / late departures

Unfortunately we are unable to provide College accommodation before or after our programmes. However, if you would like to arrive early or depart after your programme has finished, you may be able to book a room directly with the Colleges once your application has been accepted. Further information will be available on our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Alternatively, you can book a room through or

Getting to the Colleges

From the railway station:

If you are arriving with your luggage, you may prefer to take a taxi from outside the station. Alternatively, regular buses run from the railway station to the city centre. Most buses stop around Drummer Street bus station. From here, either:
walk to your College (this could take another 20-30 minutes), or
take a taxi to the College, or
take a Citi 4 or Uni 4 bus from Emmanuel Street Stop 4 (destination Madingley or Cambourne) get off at West Road or Grange Road and walk to your College.

On foot: it is quite a long way from the train station to the city centre and can take between 45 minutes to 1 hour to most Colleges (part of this is along a busy road).

From the bus station:

  • National coaches and buses stop at Drummer Street station or on Parkside
  • If you are arriving with luggage, you may prefer to take a taxi from here to your College
  • Alternatively, walk to your College. This could take another 20 to 45 minutes
  • Take a Citi 4 or Uni 4 bus from Emmanuel Street Stop 4 for Madingley or Cambourne to get to West Road and Grange Road and walk to your College from here

Gonville & Caius College,0.118210,18

Newnham College,0.108522,17

Queens' College

Selwyn College,0.106119,18

St Catharine's College







The University's International Summer Programmes are an embodiment of our mission 'to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence'.

Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge