Magdalene College is located in historic Cambridge. Offering a variety of student accommodation in ancient and modern College buildings.


The College of St Mary Magdalene is located in the centre of Cambridge beside the bridge on the River Cam, from which the city takes its name. This ideal location means that visitors are within easy reach of shops, restaurants, cafés, bars, clubs and pubs, as well as historic buildings and places of interest.

Offering a selection of standard single rooms with shared bathroom facilities or ensuite, which are located in both the historic section of the College and in the more contemporary conference building.

History to the present day

Magdalene (pronounced "maudlin") College began life in the early 15th century as a Benedictine hostel, in time coming to be known as Buckingham College (1428), before being re-founded in 1542 as the College of St Mary Magdalene. It is now one of the 31 constituent colleges of the University of Cambridge. Its re-foundation as Magdalene College was largely the work of Sir Thomas Audley, Lord Chancellor of England under King Henry VIII. Audley also gave the College its motto, 'garde ta foy', keep your faith.
The College's most famous son is Samuel Pepys, whose unique library was donated to the College upon his death. It is now housed in the Pepys building, the College's most architecturally significant single building.

Food and Drinks

Tea & Coffee making facilities are available in the bedrooms.

A continental breakfast is included in Ramsay Hall servery.

Within easy walking distance there are a variety shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.

Grounds and gardens

The College Grounds are open to the Public between 6.00am - 6.00pm.

Other facilities

A coin operated launderette is available for guest use.

Newspapers can be purchased from the newsagents opposite the main College entrance on Magdalene Street.


No disabled access

15th century buildings

16th century buildings

17th century buildings

18th century buildings

19th century buildings

20th century buildings

21st century buildings

Breakfast Included

No parking

No smoking

No Official Rating

Historic Property



No Internet access

Linen included

Towels included

Central heating

Food and Drinks

Continental breakfast (included)

Cooked breakfast (additional cost)

Nearby Recreations

Recommended walks

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)

Historic houses


Tennis courts (walking distance)

Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

Magdalene College, Cambridge - Reviews


Based on 2 reviews
Service 4.5
Rooms 4.5
Food 2.0
Value 4.5
Overall Experience 4.0

Excellent staff, clean room, lovely linen and toiletries. Just remember that the toilet and bathroom might be a floor up or downstairs. Rooms were allocated so that each block was single gender and I didn't see anybody on the stairs when I went for my shower. Porters always wonderful.
Dr Hayley M

Arrival Info

Address: Magdalene Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CambridgeCB3 0AG, United Kingdom

Check In: From 2.00pm      Check Out: By 9.30am

To check in please report to the Porters Lodge.


Coming from the North:

Follow the A1 southbound towards Cambridge.  The A1 will turn in to the A14. Follow the signs for Cambridge City Centre.  This will bring you in to Cambridge on Huntingdon Road. Follow this road down (it will turn in to Castle Street).  When you reach a cross roads with a Church on your left, Magdalene Street is straight on.  (If you are going to Cripps Court, turn left at these traffic lights and Cripps Court is approx 150 metres on the left hand side with black wrought iron gates).

Go straight on at the lights for the main College Porter’s Lodge which is approximately 50 metres down on the left (the 2 big wooden gates).

Coming from the South:

Head Northbound up the M11 until Junction 13.  Turn Right on to Madingley Road.  This will lead you in to Cambridge.  Follow this Road until you reach a mini roundabout.  Turn Left on to Northampton Street.  At the 2nd set of traffic lights, turn right on to Magdalene Street. (If you are going to Cripps Court, go straight on at these traffic lights and Cripps Court is approx 150 metres on the left hand side with black wrought iron gates).

The main College Porter’s Lodge is approximately 50 metres down, on the left (the 2 big wooden gates).

The nearest multi-storey car park is at Park Street, details can be found on the following website

Please note that unfortunately there isn’t any parking available at Magdalene College.