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Eating at other Cambridge colleges

Students and visitors at Cambridge University can sometimes use the canteen of a college or department other than their own, but the various policies are rarely on public display (let alone online), so I'm posting this data from personal experience in the hope that it's useful. Rules might have changed since I last checked.

College members typically have an internal identification card; others pay in cash (bank cards not accepted unless noted below) and can expect to be charged more.

College or departmentWord used for canteenDirections from entranceOpening timesSurcharge for non-membersTypical non-member meal priceLast checked
CaiusHallCollege-member booking required2022
St Catharine'sCafeteria servery in HallDiagonally opposite lodge12-1:30, 6-750% (25%+VAT), bank cards only£62023
Cavendish LaboratoryCanteenBragg building, turn leftClosed down2022
Christ'sUpper Hall2nd court immediate rightCollege members only2022
ChurchillDining HallAhead and up stairs to left12-2, 5:45-7:15Varies (both prices displayed), bank cards accepted£6 (see menu)2023
ClareButteryRight, up steps and down stairs12:30-1:30, 6:15-7:15 (Mon-Sat termtime)32% (10%+VAT), bank cards accepted, but in 2024 they started to say you have to be with a Clare member£52022
Clare HallCollege members only (cash not accepted)2022
CorpusHallFar left corner, up steps behind doorCollege members and their guests only2015
DarwinServeryRight and up stairs12-2 Mon-Fri; 6-7:30 Mon-Thu, 5:30-7 Fri, 8:30-2 weekends (no evening meal at weekends)30% (and bank cards accepted) but you still have to be with a Darwin member£4-52017
DowningServeryThird building on left, far end12-1:30, 5:45-6:4550% (25%+VAT), bank cards accepted£82023
St Edmund'sDining Hallright-hand side entrance and turn right12:30-1:30 not Sat, 6:30-7:45 Mon-Fri when not Formal Hallnot checked yet
EmmanuelHallLeft and first door on the rightCollege members only2015
FitzwilliamButtery served in Hallthrough lodge, path to left (through P), building ahead12-1:30, 6-7 (12-1 & 6-6:30 outside term)?£4-52017
GirtonCafeteriaacross court to right & turn left inside12:30-1:30 Mon-Fri onlynot checked yet
HomertonGreat Hallthrough 1st building, right, left12-1:45 (1:30 weekends), 5:30-7:30 (6:30 Tue)Varies (both prices displayed)£62019
Hughes HallDining HallCollege card required2015
JesusCafeteriaCollege cards only2015
St John'sButterySecond court far-left corner11:30-1:30, 6-8 (7 outside term)Both prices displayed but you still have to be with a St John's member2024
King'sServeryIn door to left, turn right12:15-1:30, 6-7:30 (7 outside term)College members and their guests only2023
Lucy CavendishDining HallWarburton Hallnot checked yet
MagdaleneCafeteriaRamsay Hall. Card reader at entrance allows only College members.2015
Murray Edwards (New Hall)DomePass slope, left, right, up12:30-1:30, 6-7:1510% (and bank cards accepted)£62023
NewnhamButteryRight-hand corridor and keep going12:30-1:45 (1:30 Sat), 6:00-7:15, not Sundays£1.50/person (bank cards accepted)£62022
PembrokeServeryFirst left11:45-1:30 (1:15 weekends), 5:45-6:4567% and you have to be with a Pembroke member (1 per guest)£8-92022
PeterhouseHall/ServeryThrough arch & 2nd left12:30-1:30 (not Sundays), 6-756% (30%+VAT); non-members allowed only in term time£62015
Queens'CafeteriaBack entrance, turn left, protruding doors12:30-1:30 (2pm on termtime weekdays), 5:45-730% (bank cards only)£5-£6 (see menu)2024
RobinsonGarden RestaurantRight, past cafe/bar, enter on right at end of alley and downstairsMon-Fri 12:20-1:40 & 6-7:15; Sat 12-1:30, Sun 12:30-1:30 (no evening meal at weekends)Varies (both prices displayed); bank cards accepted£5.50-£6 (see menu)2016
SelwynServery in HallStone steps on the right12:00-1:30 (weekends 11:30-1), 6-7Prices as marked (discount for Selwyn students)£6-£7 (bank cards only)2024
Sidney SussexHallLeft and on the right-hand side of the courtCollege members and their guests only2015
TrinityServery (in Hall)ahead and up steps to left11:30-2, 5:30-~7both prices displayed (and bank cards accepted) but you still have to be with a Trinity member£7-£8 (see menu) (without prices)2024
Trinity HallCafeteriaCollege members only (cash not accepted)2015
University CentreMain Dining HallSecond floorClosed down2022
West HubCanteenGround floor central (not the entrance cafe)8-2:30 Mon-Frin/a£7.50 (bank cards accepted)2022
WolfsonCafeteriabuilding ahead, upstairs12:30-2:15 (1:30 Sat), 6-7:30college card required2015
Wolfson Court (by CMS)CafeteriaLeft12-1:30 (Sat 1230-, Sun -1), 6-7 (not Sat)??2015

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