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Downing College, Cambridge

University residence

Downing College, dating from the early 1800s, has a unique setting amidst 20 acres of lawns and trees. While the college environment itself is quiet and peaceful, the museums, shops and River Cam in the very heart of Cambridge is only a few minutes walk away. Downing College is an ideal location for visitors on a leisure break or in Cambridge on business. 

Their spacious bedrooms are fully equipped for the modern-day traveller, with facilities such as a flat-screen television, a spacious desk and free Wi-Fi. A hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities are also provided and bedrooms are cleaned daily by the College Domestic Assistants. There is free car parking available within the grounds, subject to availability; please request when you are making your booking. 

Please note:

Downing College is unable to provide accommodation for anybody who is required to self-isolate. The College does not offer twin bedrooms however should you wish to request one, the Conference Team will endeavour to accommodate your request.

The College is unable to accept bookings for children of 16 years and under, or for Stag and Hen parties. Guests of 16 - 18 years must be accompanied by an adult (21 or over). 

Check In: 14:00 (2:00pm) Onwards (no arrivals allowed outside this window)

Check Out: 06:00 (6:00am) - 09:30 (9:30am)

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Price range
£141.00 - £174.00

Top facilities

Free WiFi

Free parking


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Based on 1,370 reviews
Downing College, Cambridge

4.8 5 0.5

We had a very enjoyable stay. The college grounds and buildings are beautiful. Our room had everything we needed and was exceptionally clean. All the staff we met were really helpful and friendly and the service was excellent. For us it was a real bonus that parking was included. Location-wise it...

Downing College, Cambridge

4.0 5 0.5

We were allocated room 78 online; but this room was on a VERY busy and noisy street. We had chosen Downing as it was described as a quiet and peaceful setting on the website, which this room definitely wasn’t. The porters were magnificent, however, and enabled us to switch rooms to one on the inn...

Downing College, Cambridge

4.4 5 0.5

Exceptional quality accommodation in a new block. Far superior to other college rooms but much cheaper than a hotel. Only criticism is that had to queue 30 mins to check in as a conference had arrived at the designated earliest check-in time. Excellent breakfast in womderful surroundings. The gro...

Downing College, Cambridge

4.8 5 0.5

We were really impressed with the accommodation. Staff were very friendly, our room was super comfortable and the grounds were amazing. It was so central we managed to cram in a lot of sight seeing. We would definitely book again if visiting Cambridge.

Downing College, Cambridge

4.2 5 0.5

Great location for seeing the sights of the city and for eating dinner in terms of restaurant choices and prices. Very friendly and helpful staff. Would have preferred a larger bed.

Downing College, Cambridge

5.0 5 0.5

We had a wonderful stay at Downing College! I would highly recommend.

Downing College, Cambridge

5.0 5 0.5

Great location and large, clean room.

Downing College, Cambridge

4.8 5 0.5

Porters are extremely nice!

Downing College, Cambridge

5.0 5 0.5

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Facilities & information


19th century buildings

Parking (free)

No smoking

Historic property


Free broadband access (wired)

Free broadband access (wifi)

Shared gardens

Tennis court



24 hour security

Linen included

Towels included

Iron/ironing board

Hair dryers

Central heating


Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)


Golf course (a short drive)

Tennis courts (walking distance)

Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

Arrival information and directions

Address: Downing College, Regent St, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CambridgeCB2 1DQ, United Kingdom

Guests should check-in and out at the Porter’s Lodge, located at the entrance to the College on Regent Street. It is possible for guests arriving before 2.00pm or departing after 10.00am to leave a small amount of luggage at the Porters' Lodge.

On arrival, all Guests are required under the Immigration (Hotel Records) Order 1972 to complete a registration form giving full name and address and nationality. Non-UK guests will also be required to provide the number and place of issue of their passport, their nationality and their next destination. These records must be kept for at least 12 months and be available for inspection by any police officer. 

How to Find Downing College:

By Train: Downing College is situated about ¾ of a mile (15 minutes walk) from the station and is served by regular buses and taxis.

By Bus: Cambridge's main bus station, Drummer Street is only a 5-minute walk from the College.

Parking on-site is free but is subject to availability, so please ensure you add a parking request to your reservation at the time of the booking in the "Additional information" section of the booking form. If parking isn't available Downing College will contact you to suggest alternative parking facilities.

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