Comfortable, modern ensuite and standard bedrooms a short walk away from Cambridge city centre, boutique shops, museums, restaurants and the river Cam.


Murray Edwards is a modern, inspirational College that is delighted to welcome visitors and offers cheerful, friendly service in a relaxed atmosphere.

The bedrooms are used by students during term, so you are getting a real student experience! However, there are some additional comforts for guests which are, Fair Trade tea and coffee with biscuits, as well as toiletries, towels and bed linen all included.  All rooms have free WiFi internet access. Many of the rooms overlook beautiful informal gardens.

Some of the bedrooms are ensuite and some have shared bathrooms, please be careful to check the room facilities before making your booking.


The Porters' Lodge is staffed 24 hours a day and the friendly, helpful Porters are happy to help with queries. They also keep additional items, including hairdryers and alarm clocks, which are available to borrow.

All bedrooms are within easy reach of the Porters' Lodge and dining hall, where breakfast is served.

Some bedrooms are situated on the ground floor and many bedrooms and most other areas of the College are accessible by lift. There are a limited number of rooms which are suitable for guests with access needs and we encourage those guests to complete a PEEP form, which is available on our website If you require further information on accessibility, please request this in the "Additional Information" section of the booking form.


History to the present day

The College was founded as ‘New Hall’ in 1954; six years after the University began awarding women degrees. We opened our doors to just 16 students in that first year, who resided in temporary accommodation while funds continued to be raised for a permanent home. This came in 1965, with the opening of our current buildings which were designed by Chamberlain, Powell and Bonn.
We adopted our current name ‘Murray Edwards College’ in 2008, following a donation of £30 million from former student Ros Smith (Mrs Edwards) and her husband Steve Edwards.
The name was chosen to recognise the generosity of the Edwards family and to honour our remarkable first College president Dame Rosemary Murray, who studied Chemistry at Oxford University and became one of the first women at Lady Margaret Hall to achieve a DPhil.

A College for Women

The College was founded to welcome all outstanding young women of potential, no matter what their background, to the University of Cambridge – with a mission to provide the best education for female students possible.

More than 60 years later, this remains absolutely at the heart of our existence. We choose to remain a College for women in recognition of the fact that there is still much gender inequality facing women in the world today. Thus there is a need for institutions such as ours which offer the additional focus on women’s education, to make sure our students get the most from Cambridge and, later, to help them meet the challenges of the workplace.

Alumna you may have heard of

Include Sue Perkins, Mishal Husain, Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Tilda Swinton, Claudia Winkleman and our current President Dame Barbara Stocking.

To read more about our strategic direction and ethos, please visit the Murray Edwards College website.


Food and Drinks

Full English breakfast is included in the room cost and available in the dining hall. Breakfast times are

Monday-Friday 08.00-09.00

Saturday 08.00-09.30

Sunday 09.00-10.00

Although the college is unable to cater for lunch and dinner, there is a wide range of pubs and restaurants offering good food all within a 5-10 minute walk of the College.

If you just need a snack, there is a hot drinks machine in the bar area close to the Porters' Lodge and also snack/cold drink vending machines downstairs in the Bar.

If the Bar is not being used for an event, guests are welcome to relax there. The Bar has a television available for guest use. There is no provision to serve food or drinks outside of pre-booked events. There are usually some board games available.

If you are attendimg a conference or event, your organiser should give you full details of all the meal arrangements made for your stay. A copy of this information is kept at the Porters’ Lodge.


Grounds and gardens

The College has beautiful, informal gardens for guests to enjoy, but please note that the Fellow's Garden is reserved for use by Fellows only.

Other facilities

The New Hall Art Collection

The College is home to the unique New Hall Art Collection, which contains nearly 500 modern and contemporary works by women artists. The Collection includes works by Maggi Hambling, Barbara Hepworth and Paula Rego. Much of the art work is on display in public areas of the college, so if you'd like to take an informal tour, an information leaflet is available from the Porters' Lodge.


The College is also a successful venue for a variety of events, including weddings, conferences, meetings and dinners. Should you wish to learn more about this aspect of Murray Edwards College, please visit our website


20th century buildings

Breakfast included

Free car parking (on site)

No smoking



Free broadband access (wired)

Free broadband access (wifi)

Shared gardens

24 hour security

Linen included

Towels included

Central heating

Food and Drinks

Continental breakfast (included)

Cooked breakfast (included)

Nearby recreations

Pub (walking distance)

Pub (a short drive)

Museums (walking distance)

Museums (a short drive)

Historic houses


Golf course (a short drive)

Tennis courts (walking distance)

Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

Age restrictions

Children welcome

Minimum age 5

Murray Edwards College, Cambridge - Reviews


Based on Based on 623 reviews
Service 4.3
Rooms 3.9
Food 3.9
Website 4.2
Value 3.9
Overall Experience 4.1

Good choice for conference in Cambridge. Well-chosen options for breakfast. Several good eating choices within 10 minutes walk.
Prof Brian P

My stay went well. I was very well looked after by the lady just back from holiday. I booked to share a bathroom for economy, but it was all so convenient, that I was delighted. The toilets are amazing!! The breakfast was excellent in the beautiful dining room. The art was special. I appreciated being able to park my car safely. Access to town was easy by bus and by foot. I recommend staying at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge. Thank you.
Mrs Pamela B

Very friendly and helpful porter. Car parking was really useful.
Mr Roman K

Secure parking , pleasant staff , comfy bed clean towels provided and clean linen and a superb breakfast ,what i expected was above all my expectations , will be staying here again next year, looking forward to it already
Mr william W

I'd use Murray Edwards again
Mrs Elizabeth L

Fully met my expectations for university accommodation. Surroundings are lovely.
Mrs Patricia B

Lady on reception that greeted us on arrival - what a lovely woman. Environment/ surroundings - exceptional - breakfast likewise - thank you - every chance we may return.
Mr John T

The ME contemporary art collection is excellent and added significant value to my stay, as did parking facilities. I will stay here again on future visits.
Dr bharti P

I really enjoyed my stay; I have returned since, and hope to do so on further occasions, too, Murray Edwards is excellent.
Mrs julia O

Everyone at Murray edwards delightful
Mrs Joanne P

Travel Info

Address: Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0DF, United Kingdom

You can view our Accessibility Statement via the link at the bottom. If you will require assistance in the event of an emergency, please complete and return a PEEP form, which you can download from the same page

To check in, please go to the Porters' Lodge, where you will be given directions to your room, a key and swipe card, your WiFi code (please ask for an additional code should you be using multiple devices simultaneously) and a copy of our Pocket Guide, which includes a map of Cambridge centre.

Check in: Monday to Friday, from 12:00 Noon. Check out: By 9:00am.

Check in: Saturday & Sunday, from 12:00 Noon. Check out: Saturday & Sunday: By 10:00am.

Access to the college after 11:00pm is by the main front entrance at the Porters' Lodge.


The College is easy to reach by road, with good access from the M11, A14 and A428. If you're using sat-nav, the postcode CB3 0DR/number 61 will bring you straight to the main car park on Storey's Way.

The railway station is a 20 minute taxi journey from Murray Edwards College. This could be longer at peak times. A free taxi phone is available at the Porters’ Lodge.

Access from the Park and Ride site on Madingley Road is simple - just hop off the bus on Bridge Street and walk up the hill.

There is a bus stop for regular buses on Huntingdon Road near the front entrance to Murray Edwards College.

Parking for bicycles is close to the Porters' Lodge at the front entrance.