PLC 2014 Cambridge accommodation information

Cambridge has a wide-ranging variety of accommodation for every budget, from hostels to hotels. This post will provide as much information as possible. Please do ask questions! The PLC Planning Committee suggests the following options:

Accommodation option 1:

Delegates to the 25th Polar Libraries Colloquy may choose to stay at Churchill College. 40 rooms have been booked, with breakfast included. Prices are £59 per room per night. A small number of ensuite rooms are available at a higher price – please contact the college accommodation office to enquire about this.

Front view of College in autumn

Churchill College is one of Cambridge University’s newer colleges and is perfectly placed for both the British Antarctic Survey, the city centre and the Scott Polar Research Institute. Everything is no more than a short bus or taxi journey away and you do also have the option of walking.

Churchill College is the embodiment of his vision of how higher education can benefit society in the modern age… it is committed to outstanding academic achievement; more than twenty of its members have won the Nobel Prize. While it focuses especially on science, engineering and technology, its teaching and research also reflect the intense interest in the arts and humanities of Sir Winston himself, whose own Nobel Prize was for literature. And it builds bridges from academe to business and the professions.

Open, friendly, progressive and outward-looking, Churchill also builds bridges to the wider community…In short, Churchill College provides a most attractive and inspiring environment, as its founder wished, for new generations keen to learn and to meet the challenges of the future.

Churchill occupies one of the largest sites of any Cambridge college, over forty acres close to the University’s expanding science, engineering and mathematics departments. Playing fields adjoin the spacious lawns and quiet courts of the College, whose buildings, faithful to the traditional collegiate pattern, were the first major work of modern architecture in the University — deemed by Pevsner “the best of the new”.

In addition, Churchill College houses an excellent archival collection:

The Churchill Archives Centre houses the papers of Sir Winston, Baroness Thatcher and over 600 of their contemporaries — politicians, diplomats, civil servants, military figures, scientists and engineers. It is one of the most important repositories in the world for research into recent history and a unique resource for studying the art of leadership in diverse spheres. As well as acting as a magnet to scholars, the Centre is developing an extensive outreach programme based on digital technology.

More information about how to find Churchill College can be found here.

To reserve a room, please make your booking using the Churchill College visitors site. Please ensure that you include the following code in the Promotional Code box: SPI21190.

This will ensure that your booking gets added to the existing list of conference delegate bookings.


Accommodation option 2:

If you wish to make your own accommodation arrangements, the PLC Planning Committee recommend that you visit the Visit Cambridge website, as it holds all the information you will need to book somewhere to stay. It is advised that you do this in advance as a Cambridge summer is often a very busy one with many visitors and tourists.

Some Cambridge colleges offer rooms for short stays and more information can be found on the University Rooms Cambridge website.


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