Leisure facilities

Student walking through the Bar

King's Bar/common rooms

The bar is a bright, well-used social space open to all members of the College community. It has a pool table, a quiz machine, table football, free wi-fi and daily newspapers. You can buy drinks at lunch times and in the evening. Students often organise events in the Bar, such as debates or live music. There are additional common rooms in a number of the accommodation blocks.

Students in the Coffee Shop

Coffee Shop

King's Coffee Shop sells Fairtrade snacks and drinks throughout the day. It has comfy sofas as well as tables and chairs and provides a relaxed environment for chatting with friends. There is also free wi-fi. See the Coffee Shop flyer.

Students in Chetwynd Court

Chetwynd Court

Chetwynd Court is an outside space normally set up with wooden tables and parasols when it is sunny. It provides a very pleasant and flexible space in the summer term for working, eating or having a break.

Art Centre

Art Centre

King's Art Centre runs life-drawing and other classes you can attend and provides a bright and peaceful space where you can work on your own projects. It holds regular exhibitions by King's students and others. The centre is run by a resident artist. See the Art Centre page.

Steinway piano

Pianos and Music Rooms

There are two Steinway pianos available for student use and two music practice rooms on the College grounds (further music practice rooms are available at the nearby King's School).

King's dark room

Dark Room

The dark room provides chemicals and other equipment for processing negatives and printmaking. See the Societies page.

TV room

TV Rooms

There is a TV room on the main site. There are also TVs in common rooms in several of the hostels.

A still from Metropolis

DVD Library

KCSU (King's College Student Union) have a collection of more than 130 films for students to borrow, as well as a projector available for loan (free of charge). The College Library also has a collection of mainly foreign language films on DVD.

X-Men comic

Comic Book Library

KCSU (King's College Student Union) has a collection of comic books which students can borrow free of charge.

Students in kayaks

Sports facilities

The sports ground is about a mile from College (see the University map). It has rugby, football, hockey and cricket pitches, and several grass tennis courts. King's students also use the hard surface tennis courts and squash courts at King's College School, five minutes' walk from the college. There are also kayaks, canoes and punts for use on the river Cam. See the Sport page.

The Vault gym

College Gyms

King's has a multigym with cardio vascular and resistance equipment, as well as some weights and a stretching area. There is also a separate Freeweights Gym.

Fellows' Garden


Students can use the large, picturesque Fellows' Garden at any time. This is a popular spot in the warmer weather for a break with friends, a pretty place to study, garden parties, and plays after exams. The lawn is an informal curvy shape broken by a flowerbed with a path through it, and surrounded by mature trees and further flowerbeds. There is also a croquet lawn.

Students by the river

Riverside spaces: The west bank and Bodley's Court lawn

The river Cam runs through King's. Students use the private west bank, which is a particularly pleasant place to sit with an excellent view of the river, bridge and College buildings. Bodley's Court lawn (pictured right) is also next to the river, a popular spot for sunbathing, reading and having picnics.

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