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Colleges of the University of Cambridge

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King's Parade, Cambridge. CB2 1ST • (01223) 337733
King's College and Chapel, Cambridge
King's College and Chapel, Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is not a campus university and the independently founded colleges are located throughout the city of Cambridge, rather than on one central site. Each constituent college has its own administration and rules for the admittance of both students and visitors.

Cambridge is made up of 29 undergraduate Colleges, including four for mature students and three women-only Colleges. The University’s oldest college is Peterhouse, founded in 1284. The relatively small number of students at each college allows for close and supportive personal attention to be given to the academic development and welfare of each student.

The colleges of the University of Cambridge have different visiting hours and charging policies. Opening hours are subject to examinations and holidays and you should check the college website before planning your visit. During the Quiet Period prior to and during the University examinations most colleges are closed to all visitors. The exact dates of the Quiet Period vary from year to year, according to term dates but as a rough guide, the Quiet Period runs from early May to mid June.

Entry is usually to the grounds and chapel only, and some colleges require an official guide to be present. Colleges with individual listings on this website are indicated with an asterisk.

Notable Colleges offering free visitor entry currently include Trinity Hall*, Gonville & Caius*, Christ's College*, Magdalene College*, Emmanuel College*, Pembroke College*, Jesus College*, Downing College* and Peterhouse*.

Notable Colleges charging admission include Kings College*, Trinity College*, St John's College*, Queens' College*, Corpus Christi College* and Clare College.

Features:

Free Entry at Certain Times.

No easily accessible wifi. No smoking.

Opening Times:

Opening hours are subject to examinations and holidays and you should check the college website before planning your visit. During the Quiet Period prior to and during the University examinations most colleges are closed to all visitors. The exact dates of the Quiet Period vary from year to year, according to term dates but as a rough guide, the Quiet Period runs from early May to mid June.

Booking:

Advance booking is not required.

Location:

Located throughout the city centre though King's Parade is probably the best place to start your visit.

Getting There:

National Rail Cambridge railway station: 20-30 minutes walk.

Parking:

Parking available nearby - payment required.

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Colleges of the University of Cambridge, King's Parade, Cambridge. CB2 1ST • (01223) 337733

Last Updated Friday 29 April 2022

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