Two different sites offering a variety of comfortable rooms which are available during University vacations and only a short distance from the town centre.


Clare College is Cambridge's second oldest College, boasting 17th century architecture and gardens just a 5 minute walk from the city centre and with sites either side of the River Cam

Accommodation is located in Memorial Court on Queens Road or at the College's Chesterton Lane site.

Single and twin rooms are offered, with either ensuite or shared bathrooms in comfortable student accommodation during vacations.

Important notice: The College is unable to accept bookings for stag and hen parties or similar.

History to the present day

Clare College is the second oldest of Cambridge's thirty-one colleges. It was founded in 1326, and generously endowed a few years later by Lady Elizabeth de Clare (Lady de Burgh), a granddaughter of King Edward I (1272-1307.

The College was founded in 1326 and was the first of the Oxford and Cambridge foundations to provide for a Master, Fellows and Scholars in a single community. It remains today a society of teachers and students brought together by a common interest in learning, teaching and research.

Food and Drinks

A full English breakfast is served for guests staying at Memorial Court in the Old Court Buttery (self-service cafeteria) each morning from 7.30-9.30am. The Buttery is a 5 minute walk from Memorial Court.

Continental breakfast is available for guests staying at Chesterton Lane from 7.30-9.30am and is served in the Castle End dining room. Please note, on days where there are few people staying at Chesterton Lane, you may be given a voucher for breakfast at a nearby cafe.

Grounds and gardens

The gardens of Clare College are some of the most admired in Cambridge and reflect a beauty and repose which belie their position, situated as they are in the middle of the city. Sited on the ancient fenland and bounded on three of its four sides by dykes and on the fourth by the River Cam, the garden stands as a fine example of a twentieth century English garden.

Unfortunately the College Gardens are closed from August 2018 until further notice.

Other facilities

Free wired and Wi-Fi broadband in bedrooms.



17th century buildings

21st century buildings

Breakfast Included

Public car parking for a charge (nearby)

Minimum age 16


Historic Property


Free broadband access (wifi)

Luggage storage

Linen included

Towels included

Food and Drinks

Continental breakfast (included)

Cooked breakfast (included)

Nearby Recreations

Museums (walking distance)

Historic houses

Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

Age restrictions

Children welcome

Minimum age 0

Clare College, Cambridge - Reviews


Based on 1105 reviews
Service 4.3
Rooms 3.9
Food 3.9
Website 4.2
Value 4.0
Overall Experience 4.2

Comfortable beds; good linen; good location
Mrs Fiona N

Very friendly staff, clean facilities and very close to the Cambridge University Library / town. I will certainly repeat my experience!
Ms Elisabeth d

Clean and comfortable college accommodation with ensuite facilities. Friendly and helpful Porter in the Porters Lodge who was able to help with any questions or assistance that was needed. I would definitely stay here again. Great value for money.
Mrs Katie G

What an amazing and beautiful place to stay. Room was basic but so much space; not only a bedroom and ensuite but out very own living room with comfy chairs and a view onto a gorgeous courtyard. Very quiet and relaxing and so nice to be able to see the buildings, bridge and gardens of Clare College from inside. The breakfast was as good as any five star hotel with cereals, yoghurts, fruit, full english, pancakes and danish pastries. Situated in the centre of Cambridge, five minute walk through the college and you are in teh centre. I would highly recommend Clare College as a fantastic place to stay.
Ms Paula W

A special honour to stay in a wonderfully historic setting i this great college.
Dr Charles W

Real student accommodation-so no frills. Nevertheless clean, comfortable, friendly & what a fabulous setting.
Dr (female) Moira M

We've stayed in several colleges and this is our favourite. The location is a bit quieter, 10 mins walk from the city centre, making it less noisy. And the college has a very friendly feel to it.
Mr Andrew M

Friendly porters Spacious rooms: bedroom and sitting room Very clean bathroom, good shower (but no bath mat, surprisingly!) Excellent food for breakfast, delightful staff all smiling at 730am on a Sunday morning! Beautiful environment, privileged surroundings of the College, full of history, central location, all contributed to a memorable experience!
Mr Giles P

The rooms at Clare College where a little on the simple side as they are normally used for conferences and summer schools, but the building itself and the surroundings were very nice. The porters at the lodge were also very helpful. The location, being a 5 minute walk through the college gardens to the city center was also excellent. Would strongly recommend it for the experience of staying at a college.
Mr Andrew W

Wonderful magnificent experience. We stayed at both Clare and St Johns. Loved them both in differwnt ways. Clare had such a cosy feel to it. So still at night time, the magnanimous tree in the centre of memorial court lit up is lovely as a centre piece. Porters were friendly and helpful- giving an ice pack to help a terrible migraine! Very helpful. Rooms were clean and comfortable. Though beds a bit springy and awkward but the overall environment was so beautiful and just being around Cambridge as an alumni with time to relax and absorb the beauty and notice the finer details and intricacies of the architecture that seems divinely inspired was a lovely experience. Breakfast was lovely too with cooked breakfast, dairy free, vegan options also.
Ms Aaliyah S

Travel Info

Address: Clare College, Memorial Court, Queens Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CambridgeCB3 9AJ, United Kingdom

Check In: 15:00 (3:00pm) - 23:30 (11:30pm) (arrivals normally allowed outside this window if your travel plans can't be adjusted)

Check Out: 00:00 (12:00am) - 10:00 (10:00am)

Please check out promptly. If you do not check out of your room by the time shown above, Clare College reserve the right to charge you for an additional night. This charge will be made to the card which was used to book your room and you will be notified by email.

On Arrival: Visitors register at the appropriate Porters Lodge, where a room key or access card will be issued. Rooms will be available from 3.00pm on the day of arrival.

Please note delegates should register at Memorial Court or Chesterton Lane and not at Old Court, Trinity Lane. Please note a £20 charge will be made to your credit or debit card if your room key is not returned.

Security: The main site gates at Memorial Court and Trinity Lane will normally be locked at midnight but the Memorial Court Porters Lodge is staffed 24 hours a day. It is strongly recommended that delegates lock their rooms at all times. The College is not insured for loss or theft of any items belonging to visitors to the College. Chesterton Lane porters lodge closes at 11.00pm.

Cycles: There are cycle racks at the front of Memorial Court where delegates are welcome to leave their bicycles. Please note that the College cannot accept any responsibility for bicycles and delegates should ensure they use a secure lock. Cycles may not be taken through the College grounds or courts.

How to Find Us:

By Rail: Cambridge Station is about a 25 minute walk from Clare, but buses run every 8 minutes into the centre of Cambridge and taxis are available for hire at Cambridge Station.

By Road: Cambridge is linked to London and the M25 by the M11 motorway. Exit at junction 12 for Barton Road or Junction 13 for Madingley Road.

By Coach: There are frequent services between London Victoria Coach Station and Drummer Street Bus Station in Cambridge. Most services will terminate from Cambridge Bus Station, from here it is only a 5-minute walk to Clare Old Court.

NB: If taking a taxi from the city centre, be sure to ask to be dropped off at Clare College, Memorial Court in Queen Road or Chesterton Lane. Not Trinity Lane.

Please note if you are using a sat nav the postcode for Memorial Court will take you to the rear of the College where parking is prohibited. Please do not park in the University Library car park. Once you get to Queens Road just follow that along the backs until you reach a black and yellow sign saying Clare College, Memorial Court. This is the main entrance.