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Alumni Privileges

Alumni Privileges of members of the College who are Masters or Doctors of the University of Cambridge

The following privileges for dining, accommodation, and use of the College punts, apply to alumni who hold an MA, or other Masters/MPhil degree, or a higher degree from the University, and who are not current students at the University.

Dining Privileges

High Table
Alumni may dine at High Table as a guest of the College and take wine on any one ordinary evening in each quarter of any year, free of charge. ‘Ordinary’ in this context means evenings other than Mondays following Governing Body meetings, Wednesdays in Full Term, feasts, or other special occasions as designated by the President from time to time.

Subject to the restrictions above, dining is available at High Table in Old House on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. There is no High Table dining in Old House on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Waiter-served dinner is available at Leckhampton on Tuesdays and cafeteria dinner is available on Thursdays. In the summer vacation (from mid-July to the end of September), High Table dining in the Old House takes place on Wednesdays and Fridays only.

Alumni availing themselves of the privilege of dining at High Table as a guest of the College wear an MA gown or the gown of the higher Cambridge degree to which they are entitled. If they have not got the appropriate gown to hand, they should ask the Head Porter, who can usually arrange for a loan.

To book High Table, please email or telephone 01223 761539, with at least two weeks’ notice, giving details of any dietary requirements.

Alumni may bring one personal guest [charged at the current rate], such as a partner, relative or friend, to High Table in the Old House, or to Leckhampton. (Booking should be made through – please provide the guest’s name, dietary requirements and brief details at the time of your booking.) Please note that current undergraduates and those under 18 are not allowed to dine at High Table. The charge for bringing a guest to High Table or Leckhampton is £45.00 or £10.00 respectively.

Guest Night and Formal Hall
Alumni are most welcome to bring guests to the Fellows’ Guest Night dinners organised termly by the Development and Alumni Relations Office.

Due to the popularity of these events, and to ensure we can welcome as many alumni as possible to these evenings, registration is restricted to one guest night per academic year, and a maximum of three guests per alumnus on each occasion. 

Small parties of alumni (and their guests) may also be permitted to dine, at a modest charge, in the body of the Hall on evenings when undergraduate formal hall is served (normally Fridays and Sundays in Full Term).

To book, please email

All the above privileges are subject to the approval of the President, who may occasionally, in order to ensure a convivial balance on High Table in the Old House or at Leckhampton, limit the number of alumni and guests dining on any evening.

Rooms in College
Alumni may occupy a guest room in College, if available, for up to three nights at a reduced rate of £60.00 per night (room only). These are booked and allocated on a first-come first served basis. We are more likely to be able to provide accommodation outside Term. Bookings may be made up to three months in advance, and up to twice a year. We regret that we are unable to accommodate families (other than spouses or partners), or children under the age of 18.

To book please email or telephone 01223 338014, with at least two weeks’ notice.

Correct as of 25.01.2023