Staying overnight at King's

Front of the college

Approaching the front entrance of King's on King's Parade

King's is offering free accommodation on the night of Tuesday 1 July to students who are attending a Cambridge Law Faculty open day on Wednesday 2 July and for whom both of the following criteria apply:

  • you go to school in the North of England, Scotland or Ireland.
  • you are travelling independently of your school or parents / guardians.

How do I book?

  1. Please send an email to including:
    • your full name
    • the name and address of your school
    • a request to stay overnight at King's on the night of Tues 1 July to attend the Law Faculty open day.
  2. We will email you to let you know if we have a room available for you. If the answer is yes, we will make a provisional booking for you and ask you to return two forms to us, which require signatures from a) your school, b) your parents or guardians, and c) you.
  3. You will need to send us the forms by the deadline specified in your email. When we have received both forms from you, we will then email you again to confirm your booking.

How do I get to King's?

To get to Cambridge by train:

  • To check train times to Cambridge from stations around the country and buy tickets, see the National Rail enquiries website.
  • Do note that Cambridge Railway Station is not in the city centre so you will need to allow a bit of time to get to King's. The railway station is about 1.3 miles (1.6km) from King's, at the end of Station Road (CB1 2JW) - see the University map.

To get to King's from Cambridge railway station:

  • You could walk the 1.3 miles (1.6 km) - see the University map. The walk takes just over 25 minutes.
  • You could take a bus (Citi 1 or Citi 7). These buses go from the bus stops as you exit Cambridge station to the bus station in Drummer Street. Note that he buses stop in Emmanuel Street or St Andrew's Street rather than going right into the bus station. The College is a 5 minute walk away from the bus station.
  • You could take a taxi from outside the station (look to your right as you exit the station and you'll see the taxi rank).

If you will travel by aeroplane or by coach, please see the getting to King's page for further information - London Stansted is the nearest airport.

What do I do when I arrive?

You can pick up your room key any time from 4pm on Tuesday 1 July.

Overnight bell

The bell to ring if you arrive late at night

When you arrive at the main entrance of King's on King's Parade (CB2 1ST), please go to the Porters' Lodge. Introduce yourself to the porter on duty and explain that you are attending an open day and have booked a room to stay overnight in King's. If you tell them your name, they will give you your room key (and directions to your room), as well as an envelope with information and your meal tickets. 

Please do not worry if your train will get in late, as the Porters' Lodge is open 24 hours a day - there will always be a porter to welcome you and give you your room key. If you arrive after the front gate is locked, please use the bell on the right of the main entrance (on the wall behind the post box), which rings through to the Porters' Lodge so that the porter on duty can let you in.


If you will arrive in time for the evening meal (6-7pm), you would be welcome to use the King's canteen, and we will provide breakfast on the morning of 2 July. You will find your meal tickets in the envelope that the porters will give you when you arrive. There is information about the canteen on the King's food page, and please don't hesitate to ask the canteen staff if you are unsure about anything.

How do I get to the Law Faculty on 2 July?

The Law Faculty is very close indeed to King's. It is on the Sidgwick Site. So you need to head out the back gate of King's (cross the bridge over the river in King's and walk down the avenue lined with trees to the back gate), then cross Queens' road at the lights just to the left of King's back gate, then go up West Road. You will find the Sidgwick Site up the road on your left. See the map.

It is very easy, but if you have any difficulties, the King's porters will be happy to help.

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