Owlstone Croft


Owlstone Croft is a college owned hostel, located a 10 - 15 minute walk from the central College site. 

The property is situated on a two and a half acre site, adjacent to a nature reserve on the banks of the Cam. It provides self-catering accommodation for over 90 students in 3 accommodation blocks with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. Typically students at Owlstone Croft are postgraduate although there are some 4th year undergraduates.

Charges at Owlstone are made on a quarterly basis meaning that students don't have to vacate rooms out of termtime. The quarters cover Oct/Nov/Dec, Jan/Feb/Mar and Apr/May/June with the possibility of extension in to the summer vacation.

A charge for gas (to include heating during the Michaelmas and Lent quarters), as calculated from meter readings, will be charged in the quarter following the reading. All other utility charges are included in the room charge.

Where the option to choose a quiet Owlstone room is given, these are not specific rooms. All students who give this preference are simply grouped together with the assumption that this will result in a quiet area within the overall block.


Block A

There are 22 different sized bedrooms over 3 floors and charges per quarter for 2021/22 range from £1236.00 to £2160.00.There are 7 bath/shower rooms and 9 separate WCs. In addition there are 6 en-suite rooms  with a quarterly charge of between £2160.00 each.*

Block B

Charges for 2021/22 for a single non-ensuite room, of which there are 67, with a charge of  £1236.00.  The rooms are all approximately 10 square metres and there are 18 bath/shower rooms and 11 separate WCs. 

There is also one single ensuite bedroom priced at £2160.00 per quarter.*

Block D

This block consists of five rooms in total, 4 single and 1 double. All rooms are en-suite. Kitchen facilities are shared.

Charge for 2021/22 for a single en-suite room is £2160.00 per quarter and £2580.00 for a double per quarter.*

*20% additional charge for Non Queens' residents.

General information for all rooms


Connection is available in every bedroom and in the Owlstone Croft computer room.

Internet Information.


Items that are typically provided in a study/bedroom are: bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, desk, office chair, study lamp, bedside table, waste paper bin, easy chair. This list is for guidance only - a full inventory will be provided on arrival.

Bed Linen

A duvet, pillow and mattress protector is provided for each room but bed linen is not. A bedding pack order form will be included in any accommodation offer.

Kitchen Equipment

Each kitchen contains a cooker, larder freezer, larder fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle and a dining area with dining table and chairs.

Other Facilities

Washing machines and dryers (both coin operated), large common room with television (and associated licence), video, DVD player, pool table, table football game, piano, soft seating area and occasional tables.


Several storage cupboards are available for suitcases and boxes. All items must be labelled with your name and room number and must be removed at the end of your stay. For lockable storage facilities, please contact the Supervisor.


Each resident is solely responsible for the cleanliness and maintenance of their own bedroom and bed linen, their personal cupboards in the kitchen and for washing up their own cooking and eating utensils. Kitchens are checked daily, however the cleaner is not responsible for washing up utensils, crockery, cutlery etc. Cleaning equipment is supplied in all kitchens.


Room keys should be collected from the Porters' Lodge at Owlstone Croft (not the main college site) and must be returned to the Porters' Lodge at the end of residence. Alternatively, they can be left in the key box on the wall beside the Supervisor's Office at Owlstone Croft.


Students are responsible for ensuring any problems which may arise with their fixtures or furnishings or in the kitchens or bathrooms are promptly reported by emailing maintenance@queens.cam.ac.uk.


Parking may be used by those residents who have a parking permit. Residents should contact the Head Porter for further details.


View a map of Owlstone Croft

View Floor plans of Owlstone Croft A Block Basement and Ground floor

View Floor plans of Owlstone Croft A Block First & Second Floors

View Floor plans of Owlstone Croft B Block Ground floor

View Floor plans of Owlstone Croft B Block First floor

View Floor plans of Owlstone Croft B Block Second floor

View Floor plans of Owlstone Croft B Block Third floor

View Floor plans of Owlstone Croft D Block First Floor



  • A resident of Owlstone Croft is appointed each year to represent Owlstone residents on the Domus Committee and to liaise with various College departments.
  • Smoking is strictly forbidden at Owlstone Croft. This includes all communal areas as well as inside bedrooms.
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