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Murray Edwards College
University of Cambridge

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The Porters’ Lodge

The Porters’ Lodge is often the first port of call for a range of enquiries. There is a Porter on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Mail can be collected between 06:00 and 23:00.

Contact the Porters by calling 01223 762100 or emailing

Art Cafe & College Bar

Covering two floors and displaying works from the Women's Art Collection, the Art Cafe is open from 8.30am to 5pm daily, serving coffees, sandwiches and pastries.  It is the perfect place for working, reading a book and catching up with friends.  

In the evenings, this space becomes the College Bar, which is run by students.

The Dome 

The Dome is the College's Dining Hall.  Full details about eating in College are available here.

Rosemary Murray Library

The Library is open to College members 24 hours a day and offers a hybrid service of both in-person and online services. 

Further information


Situated between Orchard Court and Pearl House, the JCR is the undergraduate common room, and is an ideal space for socialising with friends.


The MCR is the postgraduate common room and is situated in Canning and Eliza Fok House. It is open to all postgraduate students, and is a light and spacious area with plenty of comfy seating. There is also a TV and kitchen in the MCR.

Multi-Faith Spiritual Room

The multi-faith spiritual room is in Paula Browne House. You can book up to one-hour slots on the Room Management System. There is a lavatory and hand-held shower next door to the room. 

The space is welcome for any and all to use, whether for prayer or quiet reflection.

The gym

We have a gym on site with cardio machines including treadmills, cross-trainers, bikes, stepmaster, rowing machine, weight machines, and an area for free weights, yoga and boxing.

The gym is open every day from 06:00 to 23:00. Gym membership fees are £18 per Term or £52 per year.

Tennis and squash courts

We have tennis and squash courts on site, both of which are available for students to use.

Music practice facilities

A number of spaces are available in College for music practice, including a dedicated music room.  In addition to a range of pianos, there is also a Steinway available in the Fellows' Drawing Room, which can be booked by students who have Grade 8 in piano.


There are laundry rooms with washing machines, tumble dryers and ironing boards in Canning & Eliza Fok House, Buckingham House, Paula Browne House and Pearl House. These are operated by Circuit through a card (purchased in the laundry) or via the app.

The gardens

Our award-winning gardens are less formal than other Colleges; we actively encourage students to enjoy the space for work and pleasure.  Our gardening team support students, providing social events, flowers to pick, spaces to grow-your-own and produce to eat.  College events include the Murray Edwards Garden Party, Apple Day in October, and May Week student events.