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Alumni benefits

As a Johnian, you remain a member of the College for life with a number of associated benefits.

College visitor policy (COVID-19)

Owing to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, St John’s has implemented a number of practical measures to prioritise the safety of its staff, students, Fellows and alumni.

The College is currently closed to all visitors including alumni of the College and University. The College has regrettably therefore suspended on-site alumni benefits for the time being, including the exercising of dining privileges, the booking of guest rooms and the programme of reunion dinners.

St John’s alumni benefits

As an alumnus/a of St John’s, you have access to a programme of alumni events in College and around the world as well as matriculation reunion dinners in College. We will keep you updated on news from College and the alumni community through our publications and monthly enewsletter. You can join Johnian Hub to connect directly with other Johnians.

A guest room in College

If you would like to book College accommodation, please contact the Accommodation and Bookings Office (01223 338691). Please note that children under the age of 16 cannot be accommodated in College. Rooms can be booked for a maximum of three consecutive nights.

All rooms are subject to availability. Rooms are unavailable during the Christmas vacation period.

Table set in the Senior Combination Room

Johnians who matriculated as undergraduates six or more years ago and Johnians who began a course of graduate studies three or more years ago, if not currently in residence, are welcome to dine in College up to three times per academic year at College expense. Exceptions are Saturdays, dates when there is a College function and the month of August.

Accommodation at College expense is available on the night you dine, if a guest room is available.

Dinner bookings should be made through the Assistant to the Fellows’ Steward on 01223 338686, by email at FellowsSteward@joh.cam.ac.uk or using our dining privileges form a minimum of 7 days before you wish to dine.

Water by the Bridge of Sighs

From July to September, Johnians are welcome to use the College punts. Punts cost £10 per hour and are available on a first-come, first-served basis from the Cripps Porters’ Lodge. Pre-booking is not possible. Subject to availability, College punts can be hired from March if they are on the water.

View down the nave of the College Chapel

Johnians are always welcome to attend College Chapel Services. During Full Term, Choral Evensong takes place at 6.30pm every day, and there is a sung service at 10.30am on Sunday. Details may be found on the Chapel webpages.

College members are permitted to climb the Chapel tower with up to seven guests during daylight hours. Keys to the Chapel tower are available from the Forecourt Porters’ Lodge. Please note that guests musts wear appropriate footwear and abide by these Chapel Tower access conditions.

Bookshelves in the Old Library

Johnians and their guests are welcome to visit the Old Library without prior appointment during staffed hours (Monday to Friday, 9am–1pm and 2–5pm). Bags must be left with staff, and all visitors must sign in. Johnians wishing to consult material held in the Library should arrange an appointment in advance by contacting Kathryn McKee, the College’s Special Collections Librarian, on 01223 39393 or by email at km1007@cam.ac.uk. When arranging an appointment, they should specify what material they wish to consult.

The Old Library is closed on certain days throughout the year, and we therefore advise Johnians to contact Kathryn McKee before making a trip to College. Discover more about the College’s Old Library, Working Library and Archives.

The newer College Working Library welcomes all St John’s alumni wishing to visit or study during staffed hours, usually 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Due to limited space, we are unable to offer car parking to Johnians, unless they have booked a guest room in College or parking has been provided for a specific event.

When parking is available, it is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Vehicles are left at the owners’ risk. Public parking is available nearby in Park Street, as well as on Castle Hill and at the Grand Arcade. Cambridge is served by a number of Park & Ride services.

University of Cambridge alumni benefits

Additional University benefits and services are available for alumni and former postdocs. These include the CAM card and cantab email.


St John’s College reserves the right to modify or withdraw its alumni benefits at any time without prior notification.