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Bed in a single gender shared dorm
Private room


Covid-19 - Book with confidence

It is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of the current Government guidance. In making a booking with YHA (England & Wales) you are agreeing to adhere to the relevant Government guidance that will apply at the time of your stay. Please bear in mind that the guidance may be different in England and Wales.

The duty of care we have to our guests, beneficiaries, staff and partners compels us to progress and run our hostels with caution and careful consideration in the best interests of the charity and those it serves.

To find out more about our COVID-19 secure enhanced health and safety measures, please read our FAQs.

Temporary changes at YHA Cambridge

For the foreseeable future, the following changes will be in operation at YHA Cambridge. We are sorry for inconvenience this has caused, we're working hard to safely open all areas of our hostels as soon as we can.


  1. Dorms are not currently available.

Private rooms

  1. This hostel offers private rooms with en-suite or shared toilets and showers facilities with extra Covid-secure cleaning regimes.


  1. Self-catering kitchen(s) remain closed.

  2. Lounge(s) remain closed.

  3. Dining room(s) are open to guests for the consumption of their own food.

  4. Luggage room/store(s) remain closed.


  1. We will be serving a limited food and drinks menu for guests to take away.

  2. Indoor and outdoor seating for dining is now open at this hostel in line with Government social distancing rules. All tables and chairs are fully cleaned after use.

Good to Go England

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

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

Our Scholars Grind Café & Bar provides a contemporary, relaxed and cosy atmosphere away from the bustle of this historic city. Offering a broad selection of delicious food, alongside a range of freshly made hot drinks and a well-stocked bar. Open daily to guests and passers-by, let us welcome you to rest your legs and indulge your senses after the day’s sightseeing.


Breakfast 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 provide a full hot and cold breakfast buffet. Cold meats, cheeses, fresh fruit and yogurt are on offer for the health conscious or light eaters. Our new juice station offers a wide variety of fresh juices and smoothies to try. For the hungrier amongst you, a full English breakfast. Vegan and vegetarian options also available. Breakfast is served from 7.30 – 9am and you can get up to 15% off breakfast as part of your online booking.

All day menu

All day menu at YHA Cambridge

Choose from our tasty daily specials or delve into our café-bar style menu experience, think scrumptious bar snacks, trendy English tapas, stone-baked pizzas and piled-high burgers. Vegan and vegetarian options also available. Don’t forget, kids under 10 eat free – get one kid’s meal free with every adult’s meal.

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Supper Club

Supper Club at YHA Cambridge

Join our nightly Supper Club. Share stories and experiences with your fellow travellers while tucking into a delicious two course meal. This is the authentic hostel experience! Don't forget, you can now save up to 15% when you add meals to your online booking.

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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 (currently closed)

Other YHA products

  • Sole use
  • Trade bookings
  • YHA School Trips

Need to know

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

YHA Cambridge Manager Natalie Reed is an old hand when it comes to YHA. With more than a decade of experience behind her, she is determined to make Cambridge the best YHA in the country and has invested her staff with the same passion. The team at YHA Cambridge is always ready with a smile and happy to assist with anything to make your stay one to remember forever. We know all about Cambridge, from the main tourist attractions to the hidden places only locals go to. If there is anything we can do to help you before your stay or while you are here, please let us know immediately!

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.

Trip advisor 2020 Travellers Choice award

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