Christ's College
Christ's College
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
It is said that Poet John Milton sat and wrote poetry under a tree on the grounds of this College, whose famous alumni include General Jan Smuts, John Milton, Charles Darwin and CP Snow.
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  • 0TBC
    Norwich, United Kingdom290 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very good option to stay
    This is a very good option to stay in Cambridge. My room was clean and had everything I needed with big airy windows which could be opened fully. There was a fan in the room and a little pod-style bathroom. The staff were very friendly and helpful and arranged early check in to assist with a wedding I was attending. The breakfast was very good! The choice and the quality was great. The only thing which is an issue is the lack of parking. An overnight stay results in a £33 parking fee at the nearby car park. So that needs to be factored into the cost of the stay.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 20, 2023
  • Thomas M
    Offenbach, Germany7,082 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a Free Visit: Walk around the Courts and Garden
    One of the larger colleges in Cambridge for tourists to visit, Christ's College offers a pleasant glimpse into what student life in Cambridge is about. You can walk around the extensive courts and garden, but not enter the facilities as such. However, entrance is free and available all year-round (see homepage). The garden is especially niece, ideal to take a temporary reprieve fom the bustle and hustle in the city. Founded in 1437, some buildings of the current college date back to the 17th century. Well worth a visit, especially since it's free. You can download a map from their homepage.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 31, 2023
  • Henning F
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice cultural experience
    I can recommend a stay at Christs College if you are interested in seeing a traditional British college from the inside. The rooms are located in the new quarter of the college, and normally used for students lodgings, so they are basic. I can recommend booking a twin room as these seem to have the bigger bathrooms with tub. There are no tvs in the rooms, but this was advertised in advance, and hey if you are in Cambridge you will not sit on your behind watching tv. It is a working college, so when you enter, follow the rules outlined in the leaflet. It is NOT a normal hotel. Students are working at the premises so no loud parties on college grounds. Also worth remembering is that the main gate closes at 22.30 and you need to ring the bell for the night porter if you wish to be let in after hours. Tea is complimentary in the room, but for top marks in this review the cups should have been cleaner. Otherwise it is a fantastic way to stay as you feel the old college culture seep in.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 3, 2024
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Rachel67176
Weldon, UK22 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
Stayed here for the one night, and wouldn’t wish to stay any longer - especially if visiting Cambridge on holiday. Don’t let the beautiful exterior fool you, the actual accommodation is extremely basic and not worth the money. We knew it would be student halls, but these are some of the worse I’ve seen. From the overall musky smell of the building to a lack of air and breeze, it really was an unpleasant stay. Honestly, just book a cheap chain hotel for probably the same price. Also felt unsafe, as there’s no locks on the windows and it was just a case of shutting the door and hoping it was locked. Even though you may be staying when students are on holiday, there are still students around and I think that’s pretty rubbish for them to be quite honest. Bathroom was also a pod, so expect airline style bathroom breaks with no room to manoeuvre. This is a great place if you just want a place to rest your head, but for what I paid I am very disappointed with the overall experience. Just to add this is not an accessible place by any means - steep stairs everywhere, so not ideal for carrying luggage.
Written August 21, 2022
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Thomas M
Offenbach, Germany7,082 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
One of the larger colleges in Cambridge for tourists to visit, Christ's College offers a pleasant glimpse into what student life in Cambridge is about. You can walk around the extensive courts and garden, but not enter the facilities as such. However, entrance is free and available all year-round (see homepage). The garden is especially niece, ideal to take a temporary reprieve fom the bustle and hustle in the city. Founded in 1437, some buildings of the current college date back to the 17th century. Well worth a visit, especially since it's free. You can download a map from their homepage.
Written August 31, 2023
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BonnieRed850
Huntingdon, UK568 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We were passing by and noticed the door was open, so we took a peep inside. The gardens and flowerbeds are superb. We took a good look around without being moved along by anyone and enjoyed the peacefulness of the place. Nice statue of a young Charles Darwin tucked away in a secluded area. Well done Christ’s College.
Written November 17, 2021
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AnselmColom
Grays Thurrock, UK2,902 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
This was our first college tour in the official Cambridge open day. We had not booked but it was early and no issue getting in and eagerly greeted. A lovely college with a mix of new and old buildings. I would say a medium sized college for Cambridge. Excellent location if you like town centre. Rooms were big for students. Lovely gardens. Swimming pool. Darwin and Milton went here as did Ali G! Lol. Very pleased we saw this college and student showing us around was full of knowledge. Impressive
Written July 7, 2022
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Paula B
Dover, UK45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Friends
Central location, good clean accommodation.
The Porters, Colin and Lydia, were so welcoming and helpful in providing information about places to visit and venues to eat. Such a great start to our mini break.
Quiet accommodation in beautiful surroundings.
Written September 9, 2021
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VipinZamvar
Edinburgh, UK113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Solo
Instead of staying in a conventional hotel, the next time you are in Cambridge, try this undergraduate accommodation.
Christ's College is in the centre of Cambridge, and the accommodation is inside the college campus. The room was basic, but spacious, and very comfortable.
It reminded me of my undergraduate days. Breakfast in the morning was in the college canteen. Again reminded me of my undergraduate days in my college canteen.
Would recommend this to all travellers. Of course, this is not available during term times, as the rooms are used by undergraduates.
Written February 9, 2014
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placova
Albany, NY22 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018
Though the college is beautiful, the rooms they rent out are in a hideous building called the "typewriter" hidden in the back. The concrete monstrosity was built by some sadistic architect and looks like a mash up of a Mayan Temple and the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. The warren of randomly placed rooms makes the Winchester Mansion look like an open plan building. You have to drag your suitcases up endless flights of stairs and there is no elevator. The Spartan rooms make a Russian Prison seem luxurious in comparison and if you have the misfortune of being here in the summer, there is, of course, no air conditioning and wide glass windows that turn the concrete cells into baking ovens. This is, without question, the worst place I have ever had the bad luck to stay in. Run, do not walk, in another direction….
Written July 21, 2018
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Sir Denys Lasdun built the "typewriter" building in the landscape form of a cruise liner. His brutalist approach to architecture quite often divides opinion. You are correct we have no lifts and that the rooms are set at the back of the College. Most enjoy the 2-minute walk to them through the beautiful grounds. I haven't stayed in a Russian Prison myself so I can't respond or compare to them I'm afraid, though our listings on sites, such as Booking.com, clearly state the amenities, location and size of the room. We even have pictures of both the rooms and of the building. They are single rooms, basic, but comfortable. Many Students spend up to 8 weeks living and studying in these rooms so for a night or a week, these rooms offer incredible value for money for a city centre location. It's obviously not for you, and I respect that though. Next time, why not try one of our Superior Double rooms or Standard Double rooms. They may be more what you are looking for.
Written July 23, 2018
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nhanle
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The gardens are all decorated for the coming graduation. Everything is brightly colorful, flowers everywhere, I would reccommend to come to the college around end June and start July
Written September 26, 2011
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andylikesfootie
London30 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Solo
I was so disappointed with our stay. Booked 2 single ensuites directly with college, explaining mum is 91 and needed an accessible shower. Seemed to have a sympathetic response. The shower cubicle was a tight fit step-up cubicle and the ancient Mira shower so stiff I couldn't turn it on. Mum with arthritis in hands simply couldn't risk it. Fixed showerhead too, so of little use to her In addition her sink plug was horrible, corroded and grotty. Both rooms were above a cafe and on a street. The noise at night from passers by and traffic, and first thing in the morning, 7, from loud music in the café below was terrible. Pity the poor student who's meant to study here! As another reviewer said Brideshead it ain't. Sad.
Written October 6, 2019
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SednabytheSea
Amsterdam, The Netherlands25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Solo
If you have a heavy suitcase, I can guarantee, you will not be happy taking it up the narrow stairs. The corners and turns might prove to be just too much to arrive in your room in a good mood. However, the priceless quiet and peace you instantly will find once you've entered the gate, in the middle of a crowded Cambridge center, might be worthwhile the climb. The beautiful garden, the helpful staff, the clean and basic accommodation might just be what you like.
Written September 6, 2017
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