“I am convinced that the greatest achievement of my studies, beside theological knowledge, is my inner freedom as a person and as a woman.”

Lilija Trimalniece from Latvia, MA in Pastoral Theology

Accommodation and facilities

Residential accommodation
Accommodation is available for academic year 2014-2015 in this Catholic house of prayer and study.  Lady Margaret House is situated on the western side of the city of Cambridge. We are 10 minutes’ walk from the Faculty of Divinity and the University Library, and 15 minutes’ walk from the city centre.

We have resident accommodation for post graduate students, sabbatical visitors and visiting scholars. Study bedrooms (23 in total) vary in size and cost. Room rates range from £365 to £575 per calendar month, inclusive of internet access, all utilities and the cleaning of kitchens, bathrooms and public areas of the house. These rates are subject to a small annual increase.

    All rooms are single with some ‘sets’ that include a bedroom and study. All rooms have:
  • Hot and cold water
  • Desk, chairs, storage space and bookshelves
  • Internet access via WiFi throughout the building.
    General information
  • Bathroom facilities are shared. UK residents are expected to bring their own linen and duvet, but bedlinen is provided for international students.
  • We are self-catering, with two well-equipped kitchens.
  • Two laundry rooms have coin-operated washing and drying machines, and there is a drying area in the garden.
  • A spacious common room is comfortably furnished with a TV/video and piano, and other Institute teaching spaces are available for residents when not otherwise in use.
  • The Institute’s library is on the top floor of the more recent building, with 24-hour access for Institute students.
  • An oratory with the Blessed Sacrament reserved is open at all times to residents. Our larger chapel, attached to the house, is used for weekly Mass, to which all residents are welcome.  
  • Behind the house is a secluded and beautifully maintained garden with a small orchard, large trees, borders and natural areas available as a peaceful place to walk and sit, or for picnics and barbecues.
  • Only in exceptional circumstances is car parking permitted for residents. There are bicycle sheds in the grounds.

Facilities for students

The Institute has its own purpose-built library within Lady Margaret House. This houses a growing collection, currently around 5,000 texts, specialising in Catholic theological and spiritual publications, and texts for student use. Here students may work in a light and spacious environment overlooking the garden, with access to email and the internet.

In addition, all students have access to the libraries of the other houses in the Cambridge Theological Federation, with their extensive provision for theological study. Some of these libraries house specialist collections for research purposes, such as Church history and ecumenism. The Federation includes the renowned Henry Martyn Library for World Christianity and Missiology, as well as the resources of the Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations.

Students registered for awards in association with the University of Cambridge have full use of the Divinity Faculty Library and reading rights in the Cambridge University Library. Students registered for the MA with Anglia Ruskin University have full use of Anglia’s library and reading rights in the Cambridge University Library.

    IT resources
  • All study bedrooms in Lady Margaret House have WiFi internet access. Email and internet access are available in the library.
  • Students have use of the IT support facilities of Cambridge University and Anglia Ruskin University.

Career and counselling services
Students are entitled to access the career and counselling services of their affiliated university. There are very good services in both universities in Cambridge.

Both universities have a Catholic chaplaincy, and Institute students are welcome at either Fisher House (Cambridge University Catholic Chaplaincy) or at Anglia Ruskin University Chaplaincy, which is served from the parish of Our Lady and the English Martyrs very close to Anglia Ruskin.

Social life
Students have access to the student services and social life of their affiliated university, and in the case of Bachelor of Theology for Ministry students, of their Cambridge college.

For further details contact House Manager, Lynda Turner on 01223 741765, lt269@cam.ac.uk

Study bedroom

Study bedroom