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The Stephen Hawking Building, (Gonville & Caius College), Cambridge

University residence
4.6 129
4.6 (129)
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Just a short walk from the heart of the city making it a good location for a leisure break or business trip. Offering single, twin or double ensuite rooms with complimentary breakfast. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, a hospitality tray and toiletries.

Historic Cambridge has much to offer including museums, galleries, botanic gardens, punting on the River Cam, walking tours of the city or explore by bike following the excellent network of cycle paths in and around the city. Cambridge is easily accessible from all major road networks.

Check in: 15:00 (3:00pm) Onwards (no arrivals allowed outside this window)

Check out: 00:00 (12:00am) - 10:00 (10:00am)

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Based on 129 reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Stephen Hawking building of Gonville & Caius. The accommodation was clean and spacious - just the shower caused me some problems as the water went everywhere and there was no bathmat! The Porters were all charming and so helpful with information on just about anything. And the quiet places to sit were very welcome. Breakfast was delicious and special mention to the wonderful coffee shop reached through the breakfast room - good coffee and such welcoming staff!


The facilities are simple, but clean and perfect for someone looking to spend a few days in Cambridge doing work at the University or the Museums. The Porters are extremely helpful. The Stephen Hawking Building is quite far from Gonville & Caius' Old Courts, about a 15 minute walk. But it is a pleasant walk and inexpensive uber ride.


Great breakfast. Most of the service was very good. Breakfast server sighed both mornings when I said I was vegetarian. Porters generally great, although one got angry and accusatory when I asked for an extra blanket; I guess they sometimes have people trying to sneak extra people in. Will come back!


The accommodation as a single room was excellent. The same sized room as a double was somewhat crowded with little room to move. We had challenges with the wifi provision. However it was all pleasant, clean and comfortable and we enjoyed our stay.


The room was clean, well appointed and ideal for exploring the town. The porters were friendly and helpful in providing directions and recommendations. The breakfast options were ideal.


Excellent accommodation. We had a fantastic stay, the porters couldn't have been more helpful. The bed was really comfortable and the location close to the backs is perfect.


Excellent really enjoyed our stay, your staff were all great but a special mention of all the porters who were so helpful and went that extra mile to help all our party of 6.


Everything was great, except for a very lumpy mattress with springs sticking in my back during the night…


Very quiet at night , basic room but clean and had every thing we needed . Porters we’re outstanding

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Facilities & information


21st century buildings

Public car parking for a charge (nearby)

No smoking

Child friendly

Room Only (no kitchen facilities)

Bed only (no kitchen facilities)

No Official Rating


Free broadband access (wifi)

Shared gardens

Outdoor terrace

Garden furniture

Luggage storage

24 hour security

Linen included

Towels included

Clothes dryer

Washing machine

Bicycle storage

Bring your own travel cot


Recommended walks

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)

Historic houses


Golf course (a short drive)

Tennis courts (walking distance)

Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

Arrival information & directions

Address: The Stephen Hawking Building, 5 West Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CambridgeCB3 9DS, United Kingdom

Guests are invited to check in and out at the Porters' Lodge, situated at the entrance to the West Road site. The Lodge is open 24 hours a day and is able to meet the needs of the guest. However, despite their title, the College Porters do not carry guests' bags but are there for advice and support.

Please be aware the College has two sites, all accommodation is located on West Road.

On-site parking is subject to availability, Please note this must be pre-booked and is charged at £20.00 per night.

Please speak to the Conference Office (Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm) should you wish to enquire about parking. Contact details can be found on your booking receipt.

Free on-road parking is available between 5pm and 9am on West Road.

How to get here:

  • By Train:

The railway station is located 1 mile south of the city centre. Cambridge is on a branch of the East Coast Main Line and is easily accessible from all parts of the country. Train times can be searched for using the National Rail Enquiries website.

There is a frequent train service between Cambridge and London to both King's Cross and Liverpool Street. The King's Cross service is quicker and takes about 45 minutes. Trains leave roughly every half hour during the day. There is a 5 or 6 hour gap between around midnight and about 6am when no trains run between the 2 cities.

If you are travelling from Scotland or the north it is advisable to change at Peterborough.

You will need to take either a taxi or a bus to Caius, it is approximately a 30-minute walk. There is a taxi rank immediately adjacent to the main entrance and you should direct the driver to the Gonville & Caius Porters' Lodge on West Road. The Universal bus runs every 15-20 minutes from the railway station (stop 8) to West Road between 7.15am and 7.45pm on weekdays, and between 8.30am and 7pm on Saturdays. You should ask for a ticket to West Road, University Library.

  • By Car:

If you are using SatNav then you will need the post code which is CB3 9DS.

From the north:

Leave the M11 at Junction 13, taking the A1303 toward Cambridge. Follow the A1303 (Madingley Road) to the end where you come to a mini-roundabout. Take the second exit, turning right on to Queen's Road. From Queen's Road take your first right on to West Road. The Porters' Lodge is located on the left-hand side.

From the south:

Leave the M11 at Junction 12, taking the A603 towards Cambridge. Follow the A603 (Barton Road) for approximately 1.5 miles into Cambridge and turn off left into Grange Road. From Grange Road take your 3rd right (opposite Rugby Club) on to West Road. About 300 metres, just after West Road Concert Hall you will see the Porters' Lodge located on the right-hand side.

  • By Coach:

National Express coaches stop at Parker’s Piece in the city centre, which is a walk of approximately 15-20 minutes to West Road. There are regular services to Cambridge from London Victoria, London Stansted Airport and many other towns and cities throughout the UK.

The Stagecoach X5 service runs daily between Cambridge and Oxford, also connecting Bicester and Milton Keynes amongst others.

  • By Air:

Of the four main London airports (Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton and Stansted), Stansted is by far the most convenient for Cambridge.

Stansted Airport is just 28 miles south of Cambridge. Easy access is provided by coach or car via the M11. A regular rail service operates between Stansted Airport and Cambridge and takes approximately 30 minutes.

London Gatwick, London Heathrow and London Luton are all within 1-2 hours drive of Cambridge and also accessible by public transport via connecting bus and train services in London.

  • By Sea:

Harwich is the nearest passenger port and is located 68 miles south-east of Cambridge. There are connecting passenger services to Esbjerg (Denmark) and Hook of Holland. Good road and rail links from Cambridge make Harwich International easily accessible.

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