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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 site. 

St Catharine's is easily identifiable by its unique open sided Main Court and beautiful red brick façade. The College is currently undergoing a refurbishment as part of a remodelling of the most Central Spaces which is due to complete in the September of 2022.

The history of the College is reflected in the names used for its intriguing mix of old and new buildings. St Catharine’s College was founded in 1473 by Robert Woodlark, former Chancellor of the University. Dr John Gostlin bequeathed the Bull Inn to the College. The building of the main courtyard began in 1674, and the Chapel was completed in 1704. Mary Ramsden left money to the College in 1745 for new staircases. The McGrath Centre is the newest addition to the College, completed in 2013.

St Catharine’s provides served buffet-style dinners (on most evenings) and a traditionally-served Closing Dinner in the temporary Main Hall. Breakfast is self-service, also in the temporary Main Hall.

We would like to advise you that St Catharine’s College will be undergoing an exciting refurbishment project during the summer. As a result, there may be scaffolding erected in Main Court and Chapel Court. There will be no evening or early morning work taking place, so we do not anticipate too much disruption to you during your stay.

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Please note:
No ground floor en suite rooms. Some rooms are accessible by lift.

Facilities include en suite rooms only; wifi access in rooms; bed linen and towels; tea/coffee facilities in room; laundry room; computer room; Chapel; modern College bar

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