Youth hostels, especially YHA ones, do not really have a good name. In Cambridge, the only Youth Hostel is a YHA one and hotel/B&B prices are higher than in the rest of the country so I did not expect that much of this youth hostel. The rooms were the type you would expect in every hostel with bunks cramped into little space. What I liked about them were little cases where you could stow away your wallet or mobile phone for the night. Showers and toilets were not the cleanest, but OK for a youth hostel. And of course, those depend on how early or how late you use them.... Lockers are available for 2,00 GBP/use, similar to those in German or Dutch train stations. Two computers can be used for 3GBP/hour. WiFi is available for 5GBP/24h, although the 24 hours end just 24h after your first logon. If you have your own laptop, a walk to a nearby pub or Café (I recommend the Geldart, 10-15 min. away) with free wifi may be the better choice.
The staff is really friendly and makes a difference in this place. In addition to that, food and drinks are served throughout the day. A full English breakfast is available for 4 GBP (2011) with continental options also available. From 11:00 am until 09:00 pm hot meals are served – pizza, pasta, Fish & chips and the like. Soft drinks are available as well as a small choice of beers, including local ales like “Boathouse Bitter” and “Hobson's Choice”. An excellent place for a youth hostel – just a pity it's the only of its kind in Cambridge.
Directions: Coming from the Train Station, follow the road to the city centre and turn right into Tenison Road (2nd road on the right). The Youth Hostel is less than five minutes away from the station!
Prior to booking we had emailed the hostel to check facilities including parking. Only the information given on the location was correct. Yes there was parking outside but it was time limited and you had to be gone by so early in the morning. We had come from Europe and only had sterling notes and euros. The manager refused to change any money so we could use the parking meters. The rooms was dirty and so tiny we had to move the chair and the rubbish bin out into the hall way just to have any room in the bedroom. You couldnt sleep from all the school ids running around at all hours of the night. At breakfast you had to get all your breakfast at once. The cook couldnt cope with giving you the hot menu section later than the cereal etc so your hot food was cold when you came to eat it. Milk for the thermos to take with you was prohibited even tho you didnt have tea or coffee with your meal - so penny pinching. The town is memorable so is this hostel but for the hostel for all the wrong reasons.
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For those of us who are usually on a (low) budget, Cambridge has a near-central Youth Hostel. The hostel has recently re-opened after a refurbishment. It's just round the corner from the train station, and is a short walk from the centre of town. There are some excellent pubs nearby (such as the Salisbury Arms and the Live and Let Live), too.
16 pounds / night (yes, the UK is expensive!), 12 pounds / night for under 18's. Despite the name, there are no age restrictions on YHA-affiliated Youth Hostels in the UK.
Directions: Close to the railway station.
Hi I am a student in Australia and travelling to Cambridge from 10 july to 29 july. Can anyone tell me how to look for a cheap weekly room. Do the University colleges offer rooms during summer? do students going overseas during summer offer rooms on reasonable rates?
Can't find any information on college rooms; suspect they may be filled up with summer students/ conference visitors etc and not available to ordinary visitors.
Try this link for the Cambridge Youth Hostel;
You could also google the UK pages only on www.google.co.uk for 'cambridge cheap accommodation'.......you'll get lots of links.
Hope this helps a bit.
I stayed in Cambridge YHA in December 2004. Had to pay £18.50/night, which I thought was quite a lot for a somewhat sad place.
Accommodation in the UK is not cheap, particularly in popular tourist towns like Cambridge, and especially in high season (July/ August). Sorry to be the bearer of bad news!
The Youth Hostel Association was set up many years ago (Thirties?)to provide clean, basic accommodation for (originally) young walkers and cyclists. It does not pretend to offer anything but a safe, clean place to stay (with breakfast).
Last year my son was in Cambridge for several weeks and the place where he worked had arranged for him to stay in a dorm. Nice room, private bath, 450 GBP a month.
When I went to see him at the end of July, I wasn't able to find anything I could afford, so we stayed outside of Cambridge. My daughters had gone earlier and were able to get rooms in the youth hostel. Central, no luxury of course, but nice rooms. They didn't have a private bath. If you plan to stay there book as soon as possible! Cambridge is packed with language students in summer.
Enjoy your stay.
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Address: 97 Tenison Rd, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 2DN, United Kingdom