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Alumni events FAQ

Please see below answers to questions which you might have when booking or attending a St Catharine's Alumni event. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, please contact us

1. Can I bring my partner to a Members' Reunion or 'Ten Years On' event?

We would like to be able to welcome back for the Reunion as many Alumni as possible; regrettably we are unable to accommodate guests who did not matriculate from St Catharine’s within the specified years. We hold a range of events throughout the year, to which partners and guests would be most welcome. Please see the Alumni Events page for more information.

2. I am experiencing difficulties booking: what should I do?

Please email to notify the Alumni Office of the issue, describing the difficulty and which event/ticket options you were trying to book. 

3. The event is full: do you have a waiting list?

The College and external venues have a maximum capacity. Once capacity has been reached, we operate a waiting list policy. We will let people on the waiting list know as soon as possible in the event of a cancellation enabling them to attend.

4. I am attending an event: please can I have my friends' contact information to see if they are coming?

Due to Data Protection regulations, we are unable to give out contact details without a person’s permission. However, we are happy to pass on a message to your contemporaries to encourage them to book, or to assist with re-establishing contact.

5. I have booked, so why does my name not appear on the guest list?

The guest lists online are updated manually, so there is some delay between a booking being taken and the guest appearing on the list. To see when the guest list was last updated, please look for the note at the bottom of the last page. If you believe that you have been missed off the list as you booked before the list was updated, please email

6. Do you have any information about Society Branch Events?

The St Catharine's College Society has branches around the UK, as well as groups abroad, which organise gatherings throughout the year. Please click here to visit their website for a list of branch contacts to enquire further.

7. Does the Alumni & Development Office organise the MA Dinner?

The MA Dinner is organised by the Tutorial Office. Please click here for more information.

8. Do you cater for dietary requirements?

We are able to cater for dietary requirements, if we are informed with suitable notice before the event. Our online forms include a box for you to indicate any requirements at the time of booking. If you did not complete this box on your booking form and you have a dietary requirement, please do let us know as soon as possible. 

9. What is the provision for disabled facilities?

There is disabled access to all main areas of College. However, none of the bedrooms are accessible, nor are there any ground floor bedrooms, but some can be accessed by lift. Please click here for a range of alternative accommodation, or contact us for more information.

10. What is the accommodation in College like?

Accommodation is available for events which are held out of term only, when the students are not in residence. All rooms will be within the main College site and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that bedrooms in College are basic, single study bedrooms, with only a limited number of en-suites available. Please click here for a range of alternative accommodation. 

11. What time can I check in?

Check in is at 2pm unless otherwise specified, and at the end of your stay we politely ask that you vacate your room by 10am.

12. Can I leave my luggage?

Overnight guests can leave luggage in the Porters’ Lodge if wishing to explore Cambridge for the day. However, the Alumni & Development Office can accept no responsibility for belongings left unattended, either during the event itself or for the remainder of your time in Cambridge.

13. My partner and I are a 'Catz couple'; can we have a double room?

Accommodation offered for Alumni Events is in single student rooms. Should you require a double room, please click here for a range of alternative accommodation.

14. Do you have parking in College?

There is no parking available at St Catharine’s, however guests can be dropped off in front of the Porters’ Lodge. The nearest public car parks to College are Park Street and the Grand Arcade (formerly Lion Yard). We strongly recommend making use of the Park and Ride facilities around the outskirts of the City during busy periods, as the centre of Cambridge can become difficult to access. 

15. What is the dress code? Do I need a gown?

The dress code for each event will be specified on the event page on the website. Gowns are not required for Alumni; Fellows (including Commoner, Honorary and Emeritus) will be notified if gowns are to be worn.

16. What time does the Bar open?

The opening time for the Bar is 6.30pm, unless otherwise specified.

17. When can I see the seating plan?

The seating plan will be available on the day of the event, and will be displayed prior to the meal. If you have particular seating requests, these can be indicated in advance and will be taken into account when the plan is prepared. Please be aware that seating plans may be subject to last-minute changes.

18. Can I get a refund if I cancel my booking?

Regrettably we are unable to offer a refund if your place is cancelled within three working days of the event. We cannot accept responsibility if weather or disruption to travel prevents you from attending an event. Requests for refunds will be considered on an individual basis, and refunds issued at the discretion of the Alumni & Development Office. 

19. Will photos be taken at events?

Photographs may be taken at events, both by the Alumni & Development Office and by other guests of the event. Photographs taken by the Alumni & Development Office (or a photographer on our behalf) may be used in publications, communications, social media, and on the website. If you are not happy for your image to be used in this way, please let us know. We cannot accept responsibility for photographs taken by other guests. 

20. Can I bring my child (under 18) to Alumni Events as my guest?

For Alumni events held in College, minors are not permitted to attend dinners. Depending on the programme, it may be possible to welcome your child at a daytime event, such as a talk or recital; for advice, please contact the Alumni & Development Office. Please note that under-16s are not permitted to stay overnight in College. For Alumni Events held at an external venue, the Alumni & Development Office will be led by the policy of the venue regarding minors. 

21. Can I smoke in College?

The whole of the St Catharine's site, including the Bar, bedrooms and all outside spaces, is non-smoking. If you wish to smoke, please leave the College site. 

22. Do the Dining Hall and Bar accept card payments?

The Dining Hall and Bar accept payments by card (credit and debit). 

Contact details

Alumni & Development Office
+44 (0)1223 338337
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