To help organise our work with schools, each Cambridge College is linked to some regions in the UK (information about the Area Link Scheme is here).
The King's Link Areas are some way from Cambridge, in much (but not all) of the North East and in the West Berkshire area. We are aware that in order for students in these areas to attend events in Cambridge, it would normally be necessary to stay overnight the night before.
We can help with this a little! If you are a Year 12 student in a King's link area state school, we may be able to offer you free B&B accommodation in College if we have a room available the night before an event you are attending (it might be a subject masterclass, a department open day, a science festival event, or any college open day if no accommodation is provided by the relevant college).
The accommodation is limited and is for individual Year 12 students (or pairs of students if you have a friend who wants to attend the same event) who will be travelling on their own. This scheme is not for school groups or for students who are not yet in Year 12.
How do I know if my school is in a King's link area?
The areas we are working with for this scheme are:
- County Durham
- Redcar and Cleveland
- East Yorkshire
- West Berkshire
We are sorry if your school is not in one of these areas. We have a page about other accommodation options in Cambridge which you might find useful if your school is not eligible or if we are fully booked for the night you want to stay.
How do I book an overnight room?
- Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org including:
- your full name
- the full name and address of your school (it must be a state maintained school).
- a request to stay overnight at King's, stating clearly your arrival date.
- the date and time of the event you will be attending in Cambridge.
- We will email you to let you know if we have an overnight room available for you. If the answer is yes, we will make a provisional booking for you and ask you to return some paperwork to us which require signatures from a) your school, b) your parents or guardians, and c) you.
- You will need to send us the paperwork by the deadline specified in your email.
- When we have received the signed forms from you, we will then email you again to confirm your booking and give you any further details for your stay in College.
Please note that we will need to receive the signed paperwork one week before you stay at King's, so please email us in plenty of time to request the accommodation.
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 coach, please see the getting to King's page for further information.
What do I do when I arrive?
You can pick up your room key any time from 4pm on the day you arrive.
The bell to ring if it is late at night and the front gate is locked when you arrive
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 event for prospective students 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 normally be able to provide breakfast in the morning. 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. Food will be free of charge.
How do I get to the event I am attending?
King's is in central Cambridge so you will normally be close to the event you are attending. Please see the Cambridge University maps.
Many events for prospective students take place on the Sidgwick Site. For this, 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.
Accommodation elsewhere in Cambridge
We also have a page about accommodation in Cambridge in case needed.