Image of Exterior of YHA Cambridge
Bed in a single gender shared dorm
Private room


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COVID-19 Industry Standard

In Partnership with The National Tourist Organisation of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

In recognition that this business has confirmed that they have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.

One of YHA’s oldest and best-loved hostels, YHA Cambridge provides superb, modern accommodation for those looking to explore the historic city of Cambridge. The Youth Hostel is in a prime location, only three minutes’ walk from the train station, and gives you a perfect base to take in the magnificent university buildings, beautiful gardens and unique shops which characterise the city.

Recently benefitting from a £1.4m refurbishment, YHA Cambridge has 24 hour access and all the facilities you’ll need to make the most of your visit.

Why guests love YHA Cambridge

  • Central city location
  • Close to main railway station
  • Scholars bar and cafe

Accommodation at YHA Cambridge

The hostel

Dorms are not currently available. 

Following the recent refurbishment, YHA Cambridge now has 126 beds in 32 rooms. We offer anything from single gender dorm rooms and private twin rooms to six-bed family rooms. 10 of the 32 rooms are now en-suite, while there are individually lockable showers and toilets throughout the building available for other guests. Rooms are located on the first and second floors, with four en-suite rooms on the ground floor.

Our reception is open 24 hours and YHA staff are always available and happy to help with anything you need to have a perfect stay. Relax in the comfortable armchairs of our resident’s lounge with a  book by one of the many famous Cambridge authors, or cook up  a storm in our new, state-of-the-art, self-catering kitchen. Hire a board game from reception to pass the time on a rainy day or enjoy our outdoor table games when the weather is nice in our outside courtyard. A luggage room with coin-operated lockers as well as laundry facilities are available for your convenience.

Room breakdown: 3 x 2 bed en-suite, 6 x 2 bed, 1 x 4 bed including double bed, 1 x 4 bed en-suite including double bed with a single bunk on top and a single bed, 8 x 4 bed, 4 x 4 bed en-suite - one of which has one bunk bed and two single beds, 1 x 5 bed including double bed with a single bunk on top, 1 x 5 bed en-suite including double bed with a single bunk on top, 1 x 6 bed en-suite, 6 x 6 bed. Almost all our beds are bunk beds.


Food and drink at YHA Cambridge

YHA Cambridge bar

Eat with us

YHA Cambridge is serving a range of tasty food options, including breakfast baps and a café style menu, for you to enjoy during your visit. A takeaway service is also available.

Breakfast baps

Breakfast baps at YHA Cambridge

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we want to make sure you get off to a great start, so we are now serving delicious breakfast baps. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

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Café style menu at YHA Cambridge

Delve into our café style menu with plenty of delicious options, including paninis, light bites, stone-baked pizzas, and much more. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

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  • 24 hour access
  • Ambulant accessible
  • Cot available
  • Cycle store
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden / grounds


  • Laundry
  • Lounge
  • Luggage store


  • Board games
  • TV

Accommodation options

  • Private rooms available
  • En suite rooms available

Food & drink

  • Cafe
  • Dining room
  • Group catering available
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen

Other YHA products

  • Sole use
  • Trade bookings
  • YHA School Trips

Need to know

Closed facilities: The following facilities are temporarily closed at this hostel due to COVID-19 safety measures - lounge area(s), drying room(s), meeting room(s).

Reception times: 24 hours

Check in: From 17.00

Check out: Before 10.00

Open every day?: Yes

Towels and toiletries: Hand soap is provided next to all sinks. Towels are not supplied as standard but can be rented or purchased from reception. Bedding is supplied in all rooms.

Pets: Pets are not permitted at YHA Cambridge. Assistance dogs are welcome.

Parking: On street parking is available 5pm-9am Monday-Saturday and all day Sunday. At all other times parking is metered with a maximum 2hr stay. Please be aware that there is no coach parking at YHA Cambridge, groups can only be dropped off on Devonshire Road.

Wi-Fi: Free wi-fi is available in social spaces.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served from 7.30 til 9am

YHA Cambridge - Access Statement

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YHA Cambridge

Map references

OS Map: 154

OS Grid Ref: TL460575

Lat/Lng: 52.196688, 0.135516

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9728

Email: [email protected]

YHA School Trips

Located close to the town centre, YHA Cambridge provides a great base from which your school group can explore this beautiful university city. Facilities include Internet access and group catering - perfect for a school trip!

Visit the YHA School Trips website to book your stay.


Volunteering with YHA is a fantastic way to have fun, learn new skills, boost your CV and travel to different places. We have a variety of different opportunities to choose from and volunteering roles to suit everyone.  

The tasks are varied and in return you will meet some great people, who both work and stay in our hostels, as well as enjoying your time off discovering the local area and attractions.

You can find out more and apply to volunteer at this hostel on the volunteering website


Did you know there were two previous Cambridge hostels before the current YHA Cambridge? The first Cambridge Claremont hostel opened in 1934 thanks to the Cambridge University Group. Claremont closed in 1938 and Cherry Hinton Hall opened in 1939. It was a much larger and modern building. The facility was well used in its short career, closing in the outbreak of war and replaced after conflicts by the Tenison Road hostel- the current YHA Cambridge building. On 28th March 1945, Tenison Road hostel opened for business. Did you know this YHA was built in the Victorian times as a town house? Since it opened as a hostel there have been four extensions due to its ever-increasing popularity.

Meet the team

Manager recommends: King's College and St John's College are great places to visit on your Cambridge city break, you can feel the history oozing from the brickwork! For something different, view them on a punt tour and let the tour guide give you a fantastic account of their history. Or explore one of the largest and most opulent Jacobean houses in England: Audley End House. Meander through the magnificent state apartments, glorious great hall and 1880s service wing to discover the workings of this gargantuan mansion.

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