Selwyn offers a great combination of accommodation, close to the city centre - a quick stroll through beautiful gardens.


Selwyn College offers a warm welcome and recently refurbished single ensuite accommodation in Cripps Court. Located on Grange Road within easy access of the M11, the Sidgwick site and a short walk into town. The Porters' Lodge and Dining Hall are in the Old Court on the opposite side of Grange Road. 

The College offers single ensuite rooms with shower. Also provided is bedding (two pillows and duvet), bath towel, complimentary soap and shampoo/shower gel, plus tea and coffee making facilities in the room.

Please note: The College has confirmed that there will be the construction of a new library and auditorium in Ann’s Court at the northern end of the college starting in Spring 2019 and due for completion late 2020, therefore this will be taking place during bookings in Ann’s Court bedrooms with us. I hope you appreciate that no time is a good time for this kind of construction, however any noisy work will not be permitted before 9am or after 5pm and the builders will work to be as discreet as possible during their time here with us.


History to the present day

Selwyn College takes its name from George Augustus Selwyn , who was the first Bishop of New Zealand (1841-68) and later Bishop of Lichfield (1868-78), and in whose memory the College was founded. The College crest incorporates the Selwyn family arms and those of the Diocese of Lichfield. Selwyn was one of the first colleges to become mixed, admitting women in 1976.

Food and Drinks

English breakfast is available from the self-service cafeteria from 8.00am - 9.00am and generally eaten in the Dining Hall.

Visitors are welcome to use the self-service cafeteria on a pay as you eat basis during opening times. The Cafeteria has a selection of drinks, hot food, snacks and sandwiches as well as non-food items such as toiletries, batteries and common medicines. 

The College bar is open 6.00pm - 11.00pm Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday.

Grounds and gardens

Visitors are welcome to use the College gardens but are requested not to walk on the grass in Old Court, to enter the Fellows and Master's garden or play games, Frisbee etc in the gardens.

Other facilities

Internet access is free of charge.

Laundry facilities are available on-site. 


No disabled access

20th century buildings

Breakfast Included

Public parking nearby (free)

No parking

No smoking


Historic Property


Free broadband access (wired)

Free broadband access (wifi)

Shared gardens

Linen included

Towels included

Iron/ironing board

Clothes dryer

Washing machine

Food and Drinks

Cooked breakfast (included)

Lunch available (at additional cost)


Nearby Recreations

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)

Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

Selwyn College, Cambridge - Reviews


Based on 190 reviews
Service 4.4
Rooms 4.1
Food 4.0
Value 4.1
Overall Experience 4.4

very comfortable
Prof (male) nick s

Room was comfortable and breakfast very good - would happily stay again. Recommended.
Mr Richard B

Perfect accommodation as we were attending a wedding at the college, sizable, very clean room with all amenities required. Breakfast was excellent and service particularly from the porters lodge was exceptional, thank you
Mr Stephen A

The accommodation was good, the porters were friendly and helpful,really enjoyed my stay.

would certainly use speedybooker and university rooms again
Miss janet c

Nice refurbished building surrounded by wounderful gardens and old buildings. Peaceful inspiring atmosphere. Rich breakfast, both English and continental. Close to the city centre.
Mrs maria rosaria c

All of the staff were great. Thanks.
Ms Sue L

The booking site was easy to use and the queries team provided prompt responses to my question.
Mr James W

Thank you for the use of your student room. It was clean and warm and comfortable. The rule about vacating the premises by 930 am is not very convenient. The system for dialling taxis from the Porter's Lodge works very well, and they came very quickly.
Mrs Helen B

Clean room, very supportive people
Mr Masaaki K

Arrival Info

Address: Grange Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CambridgeCB3 9DQ, United Kingdom

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

Check Out: 00:00 (12:00am) - 09:30 (9:30am)

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

On arrival, please go to the Porters' Lodge with your booking confirmation where you will be given the key and directions to your room, breakfast voucher and a copy of our Visitors Information with a College map.

Despite the term “Porters”, it is not part of a College Porter’s duties to handle luggage. You must carry your own luggage to your room.

Please vacate your room and return the keys to the Porters' Lodge on the day of departure by 9.30am to enable the rooms to be serviced for incoming guests.


By Car: The easiest way to approach the College by road from the north, south or east is from Junction 12 of the M11. Take the A603 (Barton Road) towards Cambridge. Pass Wolfson College on the left. About 1.5 miles from the M11 you will reach the traffic lights of a pedestrian crossing. Turn left into Grange Road directly after this pedestrian crossing opposite the Hat and Feathers public house. Continue down Grange Road and go straight over the T junction with Sidgwick Avenue and Selwyn College is immediately on the right hand side. Parking is not permitted on the Fellows' car park in front of the Porters' Lodge.

Unfortunately, we do not offer on-site parking. Free car parking is available on some of the roads surrounding the College. 

By Train: Taxi are available for hire from outside Cambridge railway station and the fare should cost under £10 from the station to the College. Regular buses run from the railway station to the city centre.

By Bus: Take a Citi 4 or Uni 4 bus from Emmanuel Street stop 4 destined for "Madingley" or "Cambourne" to reach West Road and Grange Road with stops close to the College.

By Air: You can travel to Cambridge by rail, coach or taxi. Stansted is the closest major airport about 40 minutes away.