Student Services

The College Student Services offices can be found in Chapel Court, right next to the College Library. Almost any information you need within college can be found here, with these offices comprising: Accommodation, Accounts and Admissions, the Senior Tutor, and the Domestic Bursar.


One of the finest college libraries in Cambridge, it is well stocked for most subjects. If it doesn’t contain a key book you need and you think it should you can always request that a copy is bought, and this is usually done without much delay. You can access the library and borrow and return books using the Self-Service Machine 24 hours a day, using your university card.

In the basement there are moving shelves, which are great fun. There are computers and printers on every floor, including the large computer suite at the top. Another essential feature is the Cadbury’s vending machine on the ground floor. Also available are academic journals, past exam papers and OS maps. There’s an audio-visual room with a wide range of CDs, DVDs and videos (not necessarily academic) to watch and borrow.

To find out more make sure you attend one of the Freshers’ Week library tours organised by subject by arrangement with Director of Studies. It’s here that you get to meet the friendly library staff and see what there is for you. Don’t forget your university card if you are visiting late in the evening, you need it to get out!


St John’s houses its fabulous Great Hall, an extraordinary place to have formal dinners. The Buttery Dining Room offers a more casual environment where students can eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner; great food for a very reasonable price.

For more information about dining at John’s, click here.


The Chapel of St John’s College is one of the most recognisable buildings in Cambridge and is home to a lively, welcoming and inclusive community. We aim to provide something for everyone, no matter how great or how little your faith and whatever your background or church denomination.

St John’s College has a distinguished tradition of religious music and, since the 1670s, has possessed a world-famous College Choir, whose main duty is singing the daily services (Tuesday to Sunday) in the College Chapel during the University Term.

The College also has a mixed-voice choir, called St John’s Voices, who sing the Choral Service on Monday. During the University Vacation, the Choir carries out engagements in the UK and overseas, as well as undertaking a busy recording schedule.

Sports and Fitness

Lady Margaret Boat Club

Every St. John’s student is able to join the College’s boat club free of charge and make use of their excellent facilities. Contact the club to find out more!

Fitness Centre

The Fitness Centre, located under Cripps Court Porters Lodge, is John’s own gym, containing treadmills, bike machines, rowing machines, resistance machines, mats, and a few small free weights. And best of all, it is free to use for all St John’s students – no gym memberships!

To gain access to the fitness centre you must first complete a gym induction with our Sports Officer.


Free Weights Gym

The Free Weights Gym is also located under the Cripps Court Porters Lodge and, as the name suggests, here you will find free weights. The gym comprises a cage, barbells, dumbbells, benches, and mats. Again, this is all free for John’s students, you just need to do a gym induction beforehand.

Playing Fields

Just outside St John’s back gate, across Queen’s Road are the playing fields. John’s boasts its own hockey, cricket, rugby, lacrosse and football pitches, netball courts, Astroturf, hard and grass tennis courts, cricket nets and a croquet lawn, which are all available to be booked for free by St John’s students.

Squash Courts

The squash courts, like the playing fields, are available for St John’s students to book free, and are found by the School of Pythagoras.