We look forward to welcoming you back to Sidney to dine, stay or hold a special event here. As a member of the alumni community, you are also able to access libraries and academic journals.

Dining rights and how to book

If you are a member of Sidney Sussex College and either hold or are qualified for an MA, other Master's degree, or a higher degree from the University, you and up to two guests have the right to dine at High Table three times per academic year on most Wednesday or Sunday evenings during full term. There is no charge for alumni to dine, however guests do need to be paid for and there is a charge for wine with dinner at £5.95pp, and a charge of £5.95pp for combination drinks.

It is customary for members to wear academic gowns to dinner (a limited supply are available to borrow from the Porters' Lodge). Guests, unless they are members of the University, do not wear gowns.

For more information regarding alumni dining rights, including how to book and requests to bring guests, please contact the Steward.

Bed and breakfast

All alumni are welcome to stay at Sidney Sussex College outside term time. We offer standard single rooms, en suite single rooms and en suite twin rooms. Please visit our booking page to make a reservation or contact the Accommodation Office for more information.

Single room at Sidney
Events and weddings

Alumni are very welcome to hold receptions and social gatherings in the College gardens, as well as private dinners, parties, weddings and conferences at Sidney. We are always delighted to host the weddings of members of Sidney in Sidney Sussex Chapel and in the College's beautiful buildings and gardens. More about getting married at Sidney

For further enquiries about hosting events at Sidney, please contact the Conference Office (telephone: +44 (0)1223 338850; email: conferences@sid.cam.ac.uk)

The Richard Powell Library

You are welcome to use the library at Sidney to pursue your scholarly interests.

Please arrange your visit in advance with the Librarian. Discover more about Sidney library.

Sidney Library
The Muniment Room (archives and special collections)

The College's archives and special collections are housed in the Muniment Room, at the end of South Court nearest Garden Court. The collection contains some rare manuscripts and early printed books, which alumni are more than welcome to visit by prior arrangement with the Archivist (telephone: +44 (0) 1223 338824; email: archivist@sid.cam.ac.uk)

Online journal articles and resources

Everybody who has matriculated at the University receives lifelong access to JSTOR's huge wealth of journal articles and other academic materials.

For more information please consult the University's journals and online resources web page or follow the link to JSTOR.

The University Library reader’s card

All alumni can apply for a reader’s card to access the main University Library.

To find out more about using the UL and the application process for getting your reader’s card, please visit the University Library admissions web page. (The reader’s card is different from your CAMCard).

Cambridge University Library
Further University benefits

You are also eligible for a range of other benefits from the University of Cambridge, including Cam Cards and free access to online scholarship.