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Dining in College
MA Dinner and Graduation
Certificates and Transcripts  

Park & Ride
Parking in College

Dining in College

Subject to availability, those with MA status are entitled to dine at High Table at College expense once a term (no gowns needed). A guest is welcome at an extra charge. For more information about how to make arrangements to dine in College click here.


MA Dinner and Graduation

Six years and one term after matriculating, a Bachelor of Arts is entitled to take his or her Master of Arts degree, either in person or in absence, provided that two years have elapsed since the BA degree was awarded. The Praelector’s Secretary, Elaine Hurrell, will contact all those who become eligible each year in January and invite them to attend the Congregation in March. Please note that the information on the alumni database will be used for this, so if you haven't updated your details for a while, please do so using this page.

If, for any reason, you cannot attend the March ceremony, you may proceed at another ceremony by prior arrangement - but most newly eligible alumni return to receive their MA degrees in March.

A special dinner is arranged for the Graduands the evening before the Ceremony.

When you have confirmed with the Praelector’s Secretary that you wish to attend, then your Senate House tickets will be sent out accordingly.

Certificates and Transcripts

Degree certificates and transcripts are obtained through the University Student Registry. If you would like a letter simply confirming that you were a student at St Catharine's, please contact


Due to the high number of students in residence there is now only one guest room available for the use of Members and their partners. It is available at a modest charge for a maximum of two consecutives nights. Please contact the Porters’ Lodge (01223 338300) to check availability and make a booking.

College also participates in an out-of-term B&B scheme called Cambridge Rooms. All bookings are taken online and St Catharine's alumni are entitled to a discount (please contact us to obtain the promotional code).

Regrettably, we are prevented from allowing anyone under the age of sixteen to stay in St Catharine's accommodation under the terms of the College insurance.  This includes rooms booked for attending events which occur outside of University term time. We hope you will find suitable alternative accommodation in the extensive list below to enable you to return to St Catharine's for one of our many Members' events throughout the year.

Below is a brief description of a selection of hotels and B&Bs which we hope you may find helpful when arranging your visit to Cambridge. There are, of course, many more to choose from and you will find more information about places to stay and more at

The Varsity Hotel
The The Varsity Hotel is situated in the city centre, on the banks of the river Cam just opposite Magdalene College.
Prices start at £195 and price includes use of the health club.

Arundel House Hotel
This is a privately owned hotel conveniently located on Chesterton Road in a terrace of fine Victorian houses. It is only a short walk away from the centre – along Bridge Street or across Jesus Green, and about 15 minutes walk away from St Catharine’s.
Prices start at £75 for a single and £95 for a double bedroom with continental breakfast.

Doubletree by Hilton Garden House
Garden House is approximately 5 minutes away from the College, situated on the banks of the river. It boasts a great array of amenities including a 24 hour business centre, free Wi-Fi internet access in all public areas and the health club with an indoor heated swimming pool.
Prices start at £180 per night.

Hotel du Vin
Located on Trumpington Street, this hotel is part of a chain of luxury and boutique hotels. It offers stylish accommodation and excellent food and wine. Hotel du Vin is about 10 minutes walk away from St Catharine’s.
Prices start at £169 per night.

Hotel Felix
Just over a mile from the city centre, this hotel is within easy access to the M11 and A14 North. It offers luxurious accommodation and award-winning, critially acclaimed food.
Prices start at £200 per night.

Regent Hotel
Regent Hotel was completely renovated a couple of years ago after a fire. It is a small, privately owned hotel situated on Regent Street backing onto Parker’s Piece
Prices start at £107 for a double bedroom with continental breakfast.

Travelodge Cambridge Central Hotel
This is situated in the city centre close to the station. Double room £62 per night. The hotel does not have a car park; there is a pay and display car park in front of the hotel and a multi-storey 200 yards from the hotel.

Travelodge Cambridge Orchard Park Hotel
This is situated on the outskirts of Cambridge close to the A14 Jct 32. Double room £62 per night. A double room can be booked for £32 in advance but this is non-refundable.

Premier Inn Cambridge (A14, J32)
Convenient for those visiting from south of the city or wishing to take in a bit more of the area, this hotel is on the edge of Cambridge. Rates start around £72 for non-refundable bookings.

Premier Inn Cambridge North (Girton)
This hotel, situated a short bus-ride from the city centre, has parking and is adjacent to the family-friendly Beefeater restaurant and pub. Prices for a room are from £73 (non-refundable).



Art House Bed & Breakfast
Situated on Milton Road with ample off-street parking. All rooms are en-suite and full English breakfast a speciality. Prices start at £75 for a double and £95 for a double bedroom and breakfast.


The Cambridge Guest House
Situated on Milton Road with ample off-street parking. All rooms are en-suite and full English breakfast a speciality.
Prices start at £35 for a single and £50 for a double bedroom.

Duke House Cambridge
Situated alongside Christ's Pieces with limited parking (available on prior agreement). All rooms are en-suite and full English breakfast a speciality. Prices start at £120 for a double room and breakfast.

Warkworth House
Warkworth House located just off Parker’s Piece, behind the Parkside Police Station. All rooms are en-suite.
Prices start at £65 for a single and £80 for a double bedroom.

Regency Guest House
Overlooking Parker’s Piece (Regent Street side). Most rooms have shared facilities.
Prices start at £45 for a single and £75 for a double bedroom with continental breakfast.

Park & Ride
City operates an excellent Park & Ride service from five sites easily accessible from major routes in and out of the city. More information (including directions, timetables and opening times) is available on the Cambridgeshire County Council website.

Parking in College
We regret that the College cannot provide parking but there are two multi-storey car parks conveniently located within walking distance: Lion Yard by Corn Exchange and Park Street near the Round Church.

Last modified 5th November 2014