Alumni Benefits

Owing to the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19, St John's has implemented a number of practical measures to prioritise the safety of its staff, students, Fellows and alumni. We announce with regret that the College is now closed to all visitors. The Development Office has therefore suspended many of its alumni benefits for the foreseeable future, including the exercising of dining privileges and the booking of guest rooms.

Johnians and their guests are welcome to enter the College free of charge during visitor opening times (see Please bring your CAMCard as proof that you are an alumnus/na. Please be aware that the College is sometimes closed at short notice due to unforeseen circumstances.

A copy of our recent Graduands' Guide can be found here, which lists the benefits available to all members of the St John's alumni community.

A room in Third Court


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.



The Combination Room

Dining privileges

Johnians who have been matriculated as undergraduates for 6 years and Johnians who began a course of graduate studies 3 years ago or more, 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 or by email at a minimum of 7 days before you wish to dine.

Further information on dining privileges, including timings, dress code, and bringing guests to dine in College, can be found here




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 Park Street, as well as on Castle Hill and at the Grand Arcade. Cambridge is served by a number of Park & Ride services.


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.


St John's College Chapel


Johnians are always very 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. The keys to the Chapel tower are available from the Forecourt Porters’ Lodge. Please note that guests musts wear appropriate footwear and abide by these conditions.


Stacks in the Old Library

The Old Library

Visiting the Old Library

Johnians and their guests are most welcome to visit the Old Library without prior appointment during staffed hours (Monday to Friday, 9am-1pm and 2pm-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.

Because the Old Library is closed on certain days throughout the year, we advise Johnians contact Kathryn McKee before making a trip to College.

More information about the College's Old Library, Working Library and its Archives can be found here.

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

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