Magdalene provides many benefits for its fantastic alumni community.
The College is closed to all visitors and non-resident Members from Monday 24 April until Saturday 17 June for the Easter Term exam period.
Members wishing to visit the College are asked to check in at the Porters Lodge upon arrival.
Magdalene Members are always welcome in College outside of the Easter Exam Term. Alumni are welcome to bring their families to walk around the gardens, visit the Chapel and the Pepys Library.
Please note it is not possible to visit the New Library during full term without notifying the Alumni and Development Office in advance. You can find more information on visiting the New library in the section below.
Do drop into the Alumni and Development Office in Mallory A if you have the time, we are always delighted to see Members!
Visiting The New Library
The New Library is a source of great pride for the College and alumni are understandably interested in visiting this lovely new building. We do however have to be mindful that the College Library is a quiet study space in constant use by our students and we thus hope you will appreciate that we have to limit access in order to maintain a safe and quiet environment.
Visits to the New Library are of course possible but subject to the following parameters:
Out of term: July to September and December to mid-January
Members can arrange visits Monday-Friday, 10.00am-4.00pm. Your visit must be arranged in advance, with a minimum of 2 working days’ notice.
Michaelmas and Lent Terms: October – November and mid-January to March
Members can arrange to visit, Monday-Friday 10.00am - 12.00pm and 2.00pm - 4.00pm dependent on staff availability (as visits must be accompanied). It is not possible for groups to visit, and alumni visiting during term are limited to 2 people maximum.
Easter Term and Easter Vacation: April – June
The New Library is closed to all non-resident Members due to examinations taking place.
If you would like to visit the New Library, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a booking.
Members of the public wishing to visit the New Library should contact email@example.com.
MA Dining Privileges
Dining at High Table
Members fulfilling the below criteria are eligible to dine on High Table up to three times a year free of charge:
- Members who hold their MA Cantab (the MA Cantab is awarded those who have a Cambridge BA, six years after you matriculate).
- Members with a qualifying higher degree (for example, LLM, MMath, MPhil, MBA, PhD etc.) become eligible for dining rights three years after the completion of your studies.
Members can exercise their MA Dining Privileges on Friday evenings during Full Term providing a Fellow is present. If you wish to book to dine on High Table please contact the Alumni & Development Office.
We regret that Members are not permitted to bring a guest on these occasions.
A guest (who must be over 21, and will incur a charge) may however be brought to one of our dedicated Non-resident Members' nights. Please see below for details.
Non-resident Members' (NRM) Nights
Many Members choose to use their MA Dining Privileges at one of the specially organised NRM Nights held twice a term. These are very popular and book up far in advance. NRM Nights are free for Members exercising their dining rights but there is a standard High Table charge of £36.00 for guests.
If you are interested in attending an NRM Night please contact the Alumni and Development Office to check availability.
Dining at Low Table
Dining at Low Table is available on Tuesday during Full Term. Alumni may be accompanied by up to two guests at Low Table. The charges for the 22-23 academic year are:
Alumni dining at Low Table: £12.75
Guests (max of 2 per alum) at Low Table: £18.20
Payment may be made by card at the Buttery on the night, or by cheque (payable to Magdalene College). Wine/Soft drinks can be purchased from the Buttery, or you can bring your own wine (for which there is a corkage charge of £3 a bottle).
Bookings for Low Table must be made a minimum of 1 month in advance. Please contact the Buttery directly to check availability.
Contact the Buttery
T 01223 332114
If you are planning a visit to Cambridge or are returning to College to attend an event, it may be possible to book one of the College Guest Rooms. Bookings are made through the Alumni & Development Office, please do get in contact to check availability.
The alumni punting season runs from July until September and Members can book punts from the Porters' Lodge at a charge of £10 per hour. Punts are available for hire from 8am-10pm each day and must be returned by 10.30pm. Bookings can be made up to 7 days in advance.
Contact the Porters Lodge
T 01223 332100
Magdalene Matters is the College's alumni newsletter. Magdalene Matters covers a range of topics including College, Members' and development news, feature articles and information on upcoming College events.
Please see the Publications page for the latest edition and back copy archive.
Members and their families are welcome to attend Chapel services. Sunday services are at 9am and 6pm and the College Choir sing Choral Evensong each Thursday at 6.15pm during term time. Find out more about the College Chapel.
Private Functions in College
If you wish to organise a private dinner, conference, reception or wedding in College please contact the Conference Office. Members of the College enjoy a 10% discount on normal conference rates.
Contact the Conference Office
T 01223 332138
Transcripts and Degree Certificates
For confirmation of attendance at the University and Tripos marks please contact the Academic Office. To order copies of your degree academic transcripts or degree certificate please contact the University.
Contact the Academic Office
T 01223 760548
The CAMCard is issued free to all Cambridge alumni identifying you as a member of the University. The CAMCard allows free entry into Colleges and discounts at the University Press shop.
Members can arrange for the Cam card to be sent to and collected from the Alumni & Development Office in College if travelling to Cambridge from abroad.
For further details, please see the University Alumni Relations website.