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Alumni Benefits

When you graduate you automatically become an alumnus/alumna of the College and the University of Cambridge.

Magdalene provides many benefits for its fantastic alumni community.

Visiting Magdalene

Members wishing to visit the College are asked to check in at the Porters Lodge upon arrival.

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.

During Easter Term (April - June) to minimise disruption during exam time, it is suggested Members time their visits to coincide with the opening time of the Pepys Library which is open 2 hours a day for 6 days of the week.

It is not possible to visit the New Library during full term without notifying the Alumni and Development Office in advance. It is not possible to visit the New Library during Easter Term. 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 hope you will appreciate that we have to limit access in order to maintain a safe and quiet study environment.

Visits to the New Library are subject to the following parameters:

Out of term: July to September and December to mid-January
Members can arrange visits Monday-Friday, 10.00am - 12.00pm and 2.00pm - 4.00pm. Your visit must be arranged in advance, with a minimum of 2 working days’ notice. It is possible to bring family members with you for your visits but please remember that it is a quiet place of study. Members are asked not to bring guests other than family. Third parties can apply to visit the New Library by contacting to arrange a visit.

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. Visits are dependent on staff availability as all visits during term time must be accompanied by a member of staff. Alumni visits during term are limited to 2 people maximum. Group visits during term time are not possible.

Easter Term and Easter Vacation: April – June

The New Library will be closed to all non-resident Members from Monday 1 April 2024 until Saturday 15 June 2024. No alumni or the public will be permitted between these dates.

If you would like to visit the New Library, please email to make a booking.

Members of the public

Members of the public wishing to visit the New Library should contact

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 to 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 studies.

During the 2023-24 academic year, Members can exercise their MA Dining Privileges on Tuesday and Friday evenings during Full Term provided a Fellow is present. If you wish to book to dine on High Table please contact the Alumni and 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) can attend our Non-resident Members' Nights.

Non-resident Members' (NRM) Nights

Many Members choose to use their MA Dining Privileges at one of our 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 High Table charge of £40.20 for guests.

If you would like to attend an NRM Night please contact the Alumni and Development Office to check availability.

Dining at Low Table

Dining at Low Table is available on Tuesdays during Full Term.  Alumni may be accompanied by up to two guests at Low Table. 

Alumni dining at Low Table: £15.50
Guest dining at Low Table: £19.40

Payment can be made by card at the Buttery on the night, or by cheque payable to Magdalene College. Wine and Soft drinks can be purchased from the Buttery, or you can bring your own wine for which there is a £3.20 per bottle corkage charge.

Bookings for Low Table must be made a minimum of 1 month in advance. Please contact the Buttery to check availability.

01223 332114

Guest Rooms

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.

Punt Hire

The alumni punting season runs from July until September. 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.

Porters Lodge
01223 332100

Magdalene Publications

Magdalene Matters is the College's alumni newsletter covering a range of topics including College news, feature articles and information on upcoming events.

Please see the Publications page for the latest edition and archive.

Chapel Services

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.

Conference Office
01223 332138

Transcripts and Degree Certificates

For confirmation of attendance at the University and Tripos marks please contact the Academic Office.

To order a copy of your academic transcript or degree certificate please see the University of Cambridge Degree certificates and transcripts information.

Academic Office
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 and Development Office in College if travelling to Cambridge from abroad.

For further details, please see the University Alumni Relations website.