University accommodation in two different locations only a short distance from Cambridge city centre.


Lucy Cavendish College student accommodation is situated within a 10-15 minute walk of the city centre, but away from the hustle and bustle. The College offers free WIFI and car parking to its guests whilst staying in College, at the main College site.

Clean and comfortable, the student rooms are ensuite, centrally heated and bath and hand towels are provided, as well as complimentary toiletries. Tea and coffee making facilities are provided either in the bedroom or a nearby kitchen, which is equipped so that guests can prepare snacks if they wish.

History to the present day

Lucy Cavendish College was established in 1965 as a college at the University of Cambridge for women aged over 21. Women from a variety of backgrounds come to Lucy Cavendish where they can study at this world-class university at a time in their lives that suits them.  The College is named after Lucy Cavendish, a leading Victorian campaigner for the reform of women’s education.

Food and Drinks

Breakfast is provided unless otherwise specified.

There are a wide range of gastro pubs and restaurants within a 5 - 10 minute walk of College. 

Grounds and gardens

There is 3 acres of informal gardens linking all their buildings. There are a number of garden benches dotted around where guests can relax and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the College. You are welcome to walk on the grass!

Other facilities

Launderette facilities, including iron and ironing board, are available on site.

Hair dryers for loan and plug adaptors for sale are available from the Porters' Lodge. There is a television room available for guests to use and a computer where you can check your emails.


Disabled access available for some rooms

19th century buildings

20th century buildings

21st century buildings

Breakfast Included

Parking (free)

No smoking

Children welcome



Free broadband access (wired)

Free broadband access (wifi)

Shared gardens

Self-catering facilities

Children's cots

Linen included

Towels included

Central heating

Food and Drinks

Self-catering facilities

Continental breakfast (included)

Nearby Recreations

Recommended walks

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)

Historic houses


Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge - Reviews


Based on 335 reviews
Service 4.3
Rooms 3.8
Food 3.7
Value 3.9
Overall Experience 4.1

Room and bathroom good size. Bed very comfortable. Use of kitchen a bonus. Beautiful gardens. 5 min walk into centre and parking a bonus. Porters were lovely and really helpful.
Ms Sarah D

Had a wounderfull time at Lucy Cavendish and in Cambridge Thank you so much
Mrs Kirsten B

The kindness and professionalism of the porters were exceptional. The breakfast was also very nice, and the place is wonderful. In future visits to Cambridge I will strongly consider the college as a place to stay (if there are rooms available).
Mr Hugo H

I had a lovelys tay at Lucy Cavendish College. The ensuite room was big enough for one person and the bed was firm but comfortable. If you do not mind the doorm room-style and being located a short walk away from pubs and bars, Lucy Cavendish College provides great value for money.
Mrs Katja J

Very good. Excellent welcome - mulled wine and chocolate biscuits.
Mr Kevin S

The staff was very helpful.
Ms Safinaz M

Pleased with a accommodation. Stayed with our toddler and she loved our room as it had plenty of cupboards (with pots and pans), drawers, sofa and a chair and a very spacious room arrangement. It was a bit chilly at night so we switched on the electric heater. Would definitely stay again.
Mrs Katherine L

Mr Victor A

Delightful and warm reception. Enjoyed senior porter! However , it would be nice to have internet that worked in the room.
Mrs Cammy H

Staff were excellent: friendly and helpful. The grounds are lovely. The linen was clean, but for the price I would expect minor repairs to have addressed before I arrived (shower fittings, the stained carpet and water stained wall). A kettle would also have been useful.
Dr Elizabeth W

Arrival Info

Address: Lucy Cavendish College, Lady Margaret Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CambridgeCB3 0BU, United Kingdom

Check In: 14:00 (2:00pm) - 23:00 (11:00pm) (arrivals normally allowed outside this window if your travel plans can't be adjusted)

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

On arrival, please report to the Porters' Lodge (first building on the left as you come into the College's private road) where you will be given a key and directed to your room(s).
By Road: M11 Junction 13, turn right at sliproad traffic lights, then go straight over next traffic lights, continue straight for a mile. When you can see that the road terminates at a mini roundabout about 150 metres ahead, you will come to a pedestrian crossing with traffic lights, look for a left turn marked 'Huntingdon, A14, Arbury, Shire Hall'. Take this, then first left into Lucy Cavendish College.  
Car parking is available at the College.
On Foot: Lucy Cavendish College is 10 minutes to the north of the city centre, just off "The Backs". It is situated on the corner of Lady Margaret Road and Madingley Road.
For guests who are allocated a room at our Histon Road student accommodation, further instructions will be given on arrival at the Porters' Lodge.