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St Catharine's College facilities include:

Standard and en suite rooms; wifi access in rooms; bed linen and towels; tea/coffee facilities in room; laundry room; computer room; Chapel; modern College bar
Please note: No ground floor en suite rooms are available. Some rooms are accessible by lift.

Please note: There are no dinners in St Catharine's on Saturday evenings, so the Saturday night/Sunday morning overnight fee covers bed and breakfast only.   

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 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. In 2013 the McGrath Centre was built which includes a lecture theatre, bar and Junior Common Room. The latest phase of renovation works was completed in August 2022 and has revitalised the facilities at the heart of the College’s Island site on Trumpington Street. The centrepiece is undoubtedly the new dining hall, kitchens and surrounding areas, which have been completely renovated to an extraordinary standard.

St Catharine’s provides served buffet-style dinners (on most evenings) in the Senior Combination Room or College Dining Hall and a traditionally-served Formal Friday Dinner in the Senior Combination Room. Breakfast is self-service, and is served in the Main Hall.


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Photo Credits: Dining Hall - Ian Ollson; Senior Common Room - @acambridgediary