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In-person alumni benefits

As a Johnian, you remain a member of the College for life with a number of benefits. Here’s an overview of the benefits you can enjoy in-person, in normal circumstances.

College visitor policy (COVID-19)

Visiting College from 19 July 2021

From Monday 19 July, the visitor policy permits St John’s alumni and their guests to enter the College, along with other members of the University and those visiting for specific education or research purposes. From 1 September, Johnians can stay in College overnight. Dining privileges for alumni have not yet been reinstated; this will be reviewed in September.

Access to College will be via the Forecourt wicket gate (opposite Taylors Guild) 9am – 5pm Monday to Sunday.

Alumni are welcome to enter Chapel if it is open. Punts can be used if available; you can book in advance via Cripps Lodge on 01223 338600.

Use of the Buttery, College Bar and other indoor communal College facilities are restricted to staff, students and Fellows only.

Rooms can be booked for overnight stays from 1 September by contacting Availability is relatively limited for the month of September, but please enquire for the latest.

Toilets are available at the Fisher Building, I First Court and E Chapel Court.

No parking is available to alumni on site.

All members of the College and visitors should wear face coverings in enclosed spaces where more than one person is present unless everyone present is comfortable to remove them and mitigating factors are in place. As a courtesy, face coverings should be worn by all if requested.

The site is still closed to the general public, the Great Gate and Queen’s Road gate remain closed, and the increased cleaning regime will continue. The situation will be monitored closely throughout the summer and another review of the COVID-19 policies will be carried out in September.

Please note, Kitchen Bridge will be closed from August 2 as part of the Community Hub work.

Read the full visitor policy here

St John’s alumni benefits

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 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 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.

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.

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.