Frequently asked questions

Dining in College

All those with dining rights are eligible to dine at High Table free of charge once a term, during Full Term, when Fellows are signed in. Alumni with dining rights may bring one guest at a cost of £40.32. Members are especially encouraged to dine on Tuesdays and Sundays, when a large number of Fellows are usually present. On Sunday evenings this will typically include the guest preacher and other attendees at Choral Evensong, which starts at 6.00pm and to which members are warmly welcomed. Alumni who would like to take up their dining rights should be in touch with the Alumni and Development Office (01223 338337 or to make a booking, who will liaise with the President to ensure that High Table will take place. A fact sheet containing further information can be downloaded 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. (For March 2016, this will be those who matriculated in 2009.) 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

College guest rooms

Due to the high number of students in residence, there is now only one guest room available during term time for the use of Members and their partners. It is available at a modest charge for a maximum of two consecutive 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 University Rooms. All bookings are taken online and St Catharine's alumni are entitled to a discount (please contact us to obtain the promotional code). 

Parking in College

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

Hotels and B&Bs in Cambridge

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 Visit Cambridge webite. Please also visit TripAdvisor for reviews and recommendations. 

  • 5 Chapel Street B&BA restored Georgian townhouse in Chesterton with three ensuite bedrooms and a good quality breakfast. Prices start at £90 for single occupancy, and £100 for double occupancy. 
  • Archway House B&BA small, silver award winning bed and breakfast, 20 minutes walk from the city centre. Prices start at £45 for a single room, and £75 for double occupancy. 
  • Arbury Lodge Guest House: A family run guest house, approximately 1.5 miles from the city centre, with a range of rooms available. Prices from £75 including breakfast.
  • The Cambridge Guest House B&B: Situated on Milton Road with ample off-street parking. All rooms are en-suite and full English breakfast a speciality. Prices start at £75 per night.
  • Citystay Apartments: Self catering serviced apartments at a variety of locations throught the city. 
  • Doubletree by HiltonFormerly known as the Garden House Hotel, the Doubletree is approximately 5 minutes' walk from the College, situated on the banks of the river. It boasts a great array of amenities including a 24 hour business centre, lounge, parking (for an additional charge), and the Marco Pierre White, Steakhouse Bar & Grill Cambridge. Prices start at £114 per night.
  • Duke House Cambridge B&B: 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 £110, including breakfast.
  • The End House B&B: The End House offers ensuite accommodation in a restored Edwardian house. Prices from £135 per night. 
  • Hilton Cambridge City Centre: This hotel is located very close to both St Catharine's and the Grand Arcade shopping centre. Facilities include a fitness room and free WiFi. Prices from around £120 per night.
  • Hotel du VinLocated 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 £159 per night.
  • Hotel FelixJust 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 £220 per night.
  • Moller CentreLocated on the grounds of Churchill College, this facility offers a range of comfortable, fully equipped ensuite double bedrooms with extensive views of the spacious College grounds.
  • Premier Inn Cambridge North (Girton): With a bus stop opposite, this Premier Inn has good access to the city centre while benefiting from free on-site parking. Rooms from £107.  
  • Regent HotelRegent 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 £127.50.
  • Sayle House B&B: A family run bed and breakfast located a 15 minute walk from the city centre. Receives excellent reviews on TripAdvisor. Double rooms available from around £150 per night. 
  • Travelodge Cambridge Central HotelThis is situated close to the station. Saver rate available from £42 per night (double occupancy, non-refundable). 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 HotelThis is situated on the outskirts of Cambridge close to the A14 Jct 32. A double room can be booked for £38 in advance but this is non-refundable. The Premier Inn can be accessed from the same junction (rooms from £49).
  • Travelodge Cambridge Newmarket Road Hotel: The closest Travelodge to the city centre. Saver rate available from £42 per night (double occupancy, non-refundable). Parking at the hotel is limited, but there are designated parking areas and car parks nearby. There is also a Premier Inn on Newmarket Road (rooms from £55 per night).
  • The Varsity: Located close to the river and just a few minutes' walk from St Catharine's, The Varsity has a restaurant, spa and roof terrace. Prices from £255 per night. 
  • Warkworth HouseWarkworth House located just off Parker’s Piece, behind the Parkside Police Station. All rooms are en-suite. Prices start at £75 for a single and £95 for a double bedroom.
  • Westminster College: Close to the Backs and a short walk from St Catharine's, the Alumni & Development Office are pleased to recommend the facilities at Westminster College. Please note that accommodation is not available to those under 16 years of age.
  • Worth House: A guest house with a four-star Gold Award, outside of the city centre. Prices start at £75.