Staying in a Cambridge College

The University of Cambridge has a unique collegiate structure. Students at the University belong to both departments and colleges, receiving tuition in both, and living and learning in community in the historic College buildings. There can be no better way to experience the atmosphere of Cambridge, than to stay in one of these beautiful old Colleges. This is a unique opportunity to experience what life would have been like for Newton, Babbage or Rodney Hill, as they walked in quiet courts and gardens or breakfasted in the College Hall. 

By special arrangement, we aim to share this collegiate experience with you. Some of the most historic Colleges offer accommodation to the standards of leading hotels, and delegates to ICTP may choose to stay in excellent refurbished, en suite rooms in six of the colleges. They will eat breakfast in the Colleges, and be able to walk in the footsteps of the University’s famous alumni, usually inaccessible to tourists in the city. 

Prices per room will be £99/night bed and breakfast (single room) and £139/night for bed and breakfast (double room). This is excellent value for city centre accommodation, particularly given the unparalleled experience of experiencing Cambridge University 'from the inside'. Double rooms will only be available to those delegates travelling with a registered accompanying person.

College bookings will open when registration opens and rooms can be selected and paid for during the conference registration process. 

Peterhouse is the oldest Cambridge College. It was founded in 1284 by Hugo de Balsham, Bishop of Ely. The beautiful old College buildings are set in five acres of gardens, right in the centre of Cambridge. Although the smallest college in of numbers of academics and students, Peterhouse retains a reputation for excellence and influence. The college is seen as a centre for innovation and has produced five nobel prize winners.

Famous alumni include:

Trinity Hall, known as the ‘Hidden Hall’, is situated in the very heart of Cambridge. Nestled between Clare and Trinity Colleges, Henry James said of it, “If I were called upon to mention the prettiest corner of the world, I should draw a thoughtful sigh and point the way to the gardens of Trinity Hall.”

With its gardens, architecture and position right on the river Cam, it is an ideal location for visitors. It is only a short walk from the conference venue as well as restaurants, bars, museums and attractions.

Downing College was founded in 1800. It is home to a lively and diverse scholarly community, including about 420 undergraduates, 220 graduates and 53 fellows, supported by over 130 staff. 

The College buildings are set in spacious and peaceful gardens in the centre of Cambridge, around a ten minute walk to the conference venues.

Commonly known as Caius (pronounced 'keez') this college is one of the oldest and largest in Cambridge. It was first founded in 1348 as Gonville Hall. In 1557, noted physician and Gonville Hall alumnus John Caius made substantial endowments to the College, enlarging the foundation to such an extent that it was re-founded under its current name. 

King's College was founded by Henry VI in 1441 and is home to King's College Chapel, one of Cambridge's most iconic building. This is an unparalleled opportunity to stay in one of Cambridge's most famous colleges, set in beautiful gardens, between the river and the city centre. The view of King's from the Backs, the large lawned area between some of the older colleges and the River, is one on the most famous of all English views. Possibly the best way to experience this is from a punt - the flat bottomed boats which are used to tour this stretch of the river.

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