Alumni are welcome to visit the college at any time.
We may have porters or custodians on the gates, but if you let them know that you are a Clare alumnus/alumna then they will happily let you through.
Whenever you return to College, please feel free to visit the Development Office (U7 Thirkill Court). We will be delighted to meet you and offer you a cup of tea and a place to relax.
Staying in College
Alumni are very welcome to book accommodation in College out of term time, subject to availability. Members of Clare are eligible for a special rate for bed & breakfast bookings, made via this link. Just enter the code CL756ZX to receive 10% off the price of your ensuite room. All bookings are managed by the Conference and Events Office, who can also help if you would like to book a conference room in College for a private or business event.
Telephone: +44 1223 333203
Dining in College
Due to the ongoing renovation work in Old Court, we regret that alumni dining is not currently available. We expect it to be available from October 2023.
For details of alumni reunions in College, please click here.
Parking in College
Alumni may be able to part in Memorial Court when they are visiting the College, subject to availability. To check availability and reserve a space, please contact the porters with details of your vehicle make and registration number at least 48 hours before your visit:
Telephone: +44 1223 333200
Timetables and further information about Cambridge Park & Ride can be found here.
Alumni may book a Clare punt free of charge, subject to availability and quiet period restrictions. The punts are usually available from Easter onwards. Please contact the Development Office in advance to check availability. As the office is shut at weekends, please contact us the previous week if you would like to book a punt on a Saturday or Sunday.
Alumni holding a CAMCard are also eligible for a booking discount with the punt hire company Scudamore's.
Library & Archives
Alumni are welcome to visit the Forbes Mellon Library, by prior arrangement with the library team.
Alumni of Cambridge University can also access the University Library. On your first visit to the University Library after graduation you will need to present ID and proof of your current address to obtain a Library card.
The Clare Archives contain an extensive collection of papers, publications and records which document the history of the College since its foundation in 1326. If you would like to arrange to visit the archives, request information, or donate documents or other articles, please contact the archivist.
Lady Clare Fund
The Lady Clare Fund was founded in 1934 by members of the Clare Association to provide help on a strictly confidential basis to alumni of the College, or their dependants, who find themselves in financial difficulties. ‘Dependants’ include families of deceased alumni.
Need may arise through old age, ill health, bereavement, or natural disabilities. Help may be given to alumni to continue professional training where external funds are not to be had, or with expenses arising from taking up new work, perhaps following redundancy. For suitable applicants small short-term loans may be available.
The Lady Clare Fund is a registered Charity, separate from Clare College, and reports annually to the Charity Commission. To carry out its charitable work generously, the Fund welcomes continuing support from donations and bequests. Contributions should be sent to the Honorary Treasurer of the Lady Clare Fund.
Applications should be made to the Honorary Secretary, Dr Patricia Fara, or the Honorary Treasurer, Mr Donald Hearn. Anyone who knows of alumni or their dependants in need of help is invited to get in touch:
Lady Clare Fund