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COLLEGE ROOMS  ('on-campus' accommodation)

I have block-booked rooms for LFG09 participants in several centrally located, venerable colleges. Once conference registration opens, the rooms will be available on the first-come-first-served basis. Late booking may not be possible, or may incur an extra charge which will be reflected in a higher rate.

  • All rooms are within a few minutes' walk of the conference venue.
  • All rooms are in the very heart of the old town; some may overlook courtyards, and some overlook streets. They are in modern buildings, but within the old colleges themselves, among historic buildings. You will likely have your breakfast in the old dining hall.
  • They are typical Cambridge student accommodation; although they are modern and comfortable, please don't expect high hotel standard. However, linen, towels and soap are provided, and the rooms are serviced Monday-Friday. All rooms should have access to a small shared kitchen (a so-called 'gyp-room').
  • Only SINGLE rooms are available, no double or twin rooms.
  • The earliest possible check-in date is Friday, 10 July (not all rooms), and the latest possible check-out date is Friday, 17 July.
  • Room rates, including cafeteria breakfast:

Single standard room (with washbasin; shared facilities)£45.50/night
Single en-suite room (with shower or bath)£57.00/night
Single en-suite room (with shower or bath, and a small fridge)£65.00/night

  • Optional: internet access (ethernet) is available for a one-off room connection fee of £8.00.

(limited availability)

I have been able to reserve two very basic student guest rooms (multi-bed 'dorms') at my old College, Pembroke, which are suitable for 2 or 3 students sharing. Please e-mail me if you are interested and I'll let you know whether the rooms are still available. More information:

  • Pembroke College is slightly further from Trinity than the other college rooms that I've booked for LFG09, though it is closer to the railway station where you might arrive.
  • There are two rooms: a twin room (£23/bed/night), and a 5-bed room (£20/bed/night). Ideally, they should be used by at least two people per room (i.e. not for single occupancy), so please find a friend or two to share.
  • At the moment, the rooms are available from Friday, 10 July (check-in day) until Thursday, 16 July (check-out day). If necessary, I can find out whether an additional night (Thursday night, 16 July) might be possible.
  • These are standard rooms with a washbasin. The wc and bathroom are just outside in the corridor, shared between the two rooms.
  • Ethernet or wi-fi are not available.
  • Breakfast is not included, but it is available for cash from the College servery; or you can have breakfast in one of the cafes or bakeries in town (there are a couple right outside the College, including a very famous one, Fitzbillies). The twin room has a kettle, cups, and teabags. In the building, on other floors, you will find several small kitchens/gyp-rooms which should have some basic food preparation facilities (kettle, sink, fridge, electric rings, etc.).


  • Through this website you can book rooms in the few colleges which have made their rooms available to members of the public: www.cambridgerooms.co.uk
    Some colleges may have double or twin rooms available.
  • Below is a selection of B&Bs, guest houses and hotels nearer the city centre.
  • Please scroll to the bottom of the page for selected high-end hotels.

Regency House

7 Regent Terrace, Cambridge CB2 1AA
+44 1223 329626

Tariff: Single £52.00, Twin £72.00, Double £72.00, Double en-suite £82.00.

Open all year round, Regency House is a charming 1850's Victorian town house offering a high standard of accommodation in the very heart of Cambridge. The front of Regency House looks out over the stunning 25 acre Parker's Piece - while the rear gives access onto Regent Street, with its wealth of fine restaurants and shops. Rooms are cleaned on a daily basis and are provided with duck down duvets, bath sheet, hand towels, tea and coffee facilities, hand basin and thermostatic electric controlled radiators. A hairdryer and iron are available on request. All room prices include continental breakfast. Credit cards incur a 3% surcharge.

The Bridge Guest House

151 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8RJ
+44 1223 247942

Tariff (2008): Single £45.00, Double/Twin £65.00 (2 people), Family £75.00 (3 people).

Prices are per room per night & inclusive of breakfast and VAT. All rooms are en-suite with TV. Residents' Lounge with TV & free internet access. Free forecourt parking. Free wi-fi.

The Bridge Guest House is a family run business situated opposite Hills Road Sixth Form College on the A1307 close to Addenbrookes Hospital, Homerton College and Botanic Gardens. The railway and the bus stations are only a short distance away. There is easy access to bus services and the historic town centre, and the Cambridge University Colleges are only a 15-20 minute walk away.

Fenners Hotel

146 Tenison Road, Cambridge CB1 2DP
+44 1223 360246

Tariff: Single from £55.00, Double from £70.00.

Fenners Hotel is located conveniently between Cambridge city centre and the train station. All rooms are en-suite and non-smoking with colour TVs, tea and coffee making facilities and wireless internet access. We offer Full English and Continental Breakfast as well as lunch and evening meals, laundry facilities, sky TV, car parking, 24 hour access.

Warkworth House

Warkworth Terrace, Cambridge CB1 1EE
+44 1223 363682

Tariff: Single from £55.00 - £65.00, Double/Twin from £75.00 - £85.00, Superior Double from £85.00 - £95.00, Family (4 bed) from £95.00 - £105.00.

Warkworth House is a 4 star rated, family-run Victorian guest house located close to the centre of Cambridge, on a quiet side road just off Parker's Piece. All rooms are individually decorated and have en-suite facilities, colour TV, and coffee/tea making facilities. Internet access (including wireless) available in lounge. A Full English Breakfast is served every morning. Limited car parking is available.

Lensfield Hotel

53 Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1EN
+44 1223 355017

Tariff: Single from £65.00, Double/Twin (sole occupant) £90.00, Double/Twin £99.00.

The Lensfield Hotel is an established family run hotel in a splendid central location within walking distance of most of Cambridge's colleges, museums, entertainment and shops. It offers high standards of personal service in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. 4 AA diamonds, 30 rooms, limited parking.

  • North of the city centre (hence further away from the railway station and the centre):

Alexandra Gardens B&B

3 Searle Street, Cambridge CB4 3DB
+44 1223 870370

Tariff: Single en-suite £45.00, Double en-suite £65.00 (for two guests). £10.00 supplement for single night stay. Residents street parking £1 per day.

A pretty Victorian terraced house, Alexandra Gardens B&B is a friendly and comfortable family home quietly located in Searle Street close to Jesus Green, the River Cam and just a ten minute walk to the centre of town. The self-contained accommodation includes cotton sheets and large bath towels, TV, free wireless internet access, and tea and coffee making facilities. Continental breakfast is included. The house is non-smoking, and there are two friendly cats. Unfortunately the accommodation does not have disabled access.

Carlton Lodge Guest House

245 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 1AS
+44 1223 367792

Tariff: Standard single £23.00, Single en-suite from £48.00, Double/Twin en-suite from £60.00, Family or triple en-suite from £75.00.

Small family-run B&B within walking distance from the historical centre of Cambridge. A choice of small single rooms with shared facilities, as well as larger single, double and family rooms with private shower and toilet. All rooms have colour TV and tea & coffee making facilities. Free internet access.

Worth House

152 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 1DA
+44 1223 316074

Tariff: Single from £35.00, Double/Twin from £55.00, Triple from £75.00.

Worth House has been newly renovated to offer comfortable, spacious accommodation within this Victorian home. Our rooms are very comfortable and spacious, fitted and decorated to a high standard; all have 26in colour television with a wide range of digital freeview channels, clock/radio alarms, hairdryers, tea and coffee making facilities, handmade cookies. Free wireless broadband internet.

Kirkwood House

172 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 1DA
+44 1223 306283/711705

Tariff: Single from £40.00 - £70.00, Double/Twin from £60.00 - £90.00.

Kirkwood House is a delightful Victorian house. We are located on Chesterton Road which is part of Cambridge ring-road making journeys by car, taxi or one of the frequent buses very easy. We are also very close to the river, alongside which a short stroll will get you to the city centre. The bedrooms are tastefully decorated in a traditional style, but with a modern feel in pine and warm colours. All rooms are well-proportioned and equipped, all are en-suite and all have colour TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Our rooms are fully centrally heated. Two of the bedrooms are on the ground floor (enabling us to accommodate prams, pushchairs and the elderly). The rooms are cleaned daily with fresh towels and hospitality trays provided. Each room comes complete with a hairdryer, soaps and shower gels, luggage holders and radio alarm clock. Free wireless internet access is also provided in all our rooms. Some rooms are located at the rear of the property. An iron is available on request.

Acorn Guest House

154 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 1DA
+44 1223 353888

Tariff (rooms in main or annexe house): Single £50.00 - £75.00, Double £65.00 - £95.00, Twin £80.00 - £120.00.

Situated near the river Cam, this attractive yellow brick house has been carefully extended and renovated to provide comfortable accommodation and a homely atmosphere. All of our tastefully decorated rooms are en-suite. Our rooms are bright and airy and offer both modern and traditional furnishings. All are fully equipped with colour TV, hairdryer, complementary tea/coffee making facilities and direct dial telephone. An iron and ironing board are available upon request. Two of the bedrooms are on the ground floor. Rooms may be allocated in the main house or annexe. The annexe (Hawthorn House) is situated a short walk away along a quiet road opposite the main house.

  • A selection of high-end hotels:

Hotel du Vin

Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1QA
+44 1223 227330
send e-mail or request callback through the hotel webpage

Advertised price range for a double room: around £170 - £380/night.

This appears to be the best rated Cambridge hotel, with quirky architectural features, stylish bedrooms, hand-sprung mattresses, Egyptian linen, 'monsoon' power showers, great food and wine, and high speed wireless internet access available in all guest rooms. It is located just south of the city centre, not far from the railway station, and within reasonable walking distance of Trinity College (i.e. about 0.6 mile which, according to Google Maps, should take about 11-12 minutes to walk). I would recommend asking for a garden room, since the street can be quite busy and therefore noisy. I couldn't find any information on the web about air conditioning, though I hope they do have it (even though it is not common in the UK since the summers here can be quite feeble).

Doubletree by Hilton

Granta Place, Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RT
+44 1223 259988
send e-mail through the hotel webpage

Advertised price range for a double room: around £250 - £300/night.

This hotel is more predictable, modern, with great views of the river (as it is located by the river), and a bit closer to Trinity - so less to walk. Both wireless and wired internet are available. I've read some reviews and in general they are quite good - though avoid room 118, as apparently it has a noise problem (one can hear the beeping of the dishwasher at the end of its cycle in the kitchen!).

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DT
+44 8714 234876
send e-mail through the hotel webpage

Advertised price range for a double room: around £150 - £300/night.

One of the most central hotels in Cambridge which is also the closest to Trinity College. A glance at reviews suggests that is probably quite average as far as hotels go, but should be comfortable. It is modern and has both high speed wireless internet and air conditioning (in case we did have a boiling hot summer for a change). It is located on a busy street and above the entrance to a large car park, so it may be good to specifically request a quiet room (in particular, one away from the car park entrance).

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