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Visiting Downing

People who have been undergraduates or graduates at Downing (known as members out of residence) are most welcome to visit Downing at any time when it is open. Limited parking is available and to make arrangements please telephone the Porter's Lodge on 01223 334800.

Business meetings in Downing

College facilities are available for conferences and meetings. The College also offers rooms, subject to availability, for Members out of Residence for meetings during term time. Please contact the Conference Office on 01223 334860 or fax 01223 467934 for further information.

Dining Privileges

Members out of residence in the categories below are welcome to dine at High Table twice per full term, the first occasion being free of charge. Appropriate gowns can be obtained on loan from the College on the evening, but you may wish to bring your own. You are eligible for dining rights if you have one of the following:

  • a Cambridge BA or any other Cambridge postgraduate degree, and 19 terms have passed since you matriculated at Cambridge,
  • a Cambridge MA,
  • a Cambridge post graduate degree or qualification and have reached the age of 24 years.

For further information, please telephone the Conference Office on 01223 334860 or email Permission to bring a guest must be sought prior to booking from the Fellows' Steward, Professor Chris Haniff (email

College Guestrooms

As an Old Member you have the opportunity to book rooms at the College. For further information please contact the Accomodation Office on 01223 762063 or email


The CAMcard is issued free of charge by the Cambridge Alumni Relations Office (CARO) to all alumni who have matriculated and studied at Cambridge. It identifies you as a member of the University, allowing you and up to three guests to visit most of the Cambridge colleges, when they are open, without paying an entrance fee.

In addition to giving you automatic membership at the University Centre, the CAMcard entitles you to various discounts, including up to 15% off accommodation charges in some local hotels, up to 25% off at local restaurants and bars and 20% off at the Cambridge University Press Bookstore.

Downing College Alumni Association

For further information on Downing College Alumni Association, please contact Barrie Hunt, Honorary Secretary (email: