The Caius Club was founded over one hundred years ago to sponsor activities for friends of the College, and to "include any Caian who wishes to maintain links with the College and its past and present members".
The founding dinner was held in a famous London restaurant, Oddenino's, now the UK headquarters of Pringles (woollies not crisps!).
Each year we hold a dinner in College during the Easter Vacation, an informal event on the last day of the May Bumps, and a dinner at the Oxford and Cambridge Club in London in October, all with the aim of bringing together old friends and hopefully to forge new friendships too.
Visiting the College
All Caians no longer living in College are always welcome to visit with friends and family. If the College is closed to visitors, please report to the Porters to gain entrance. Caians who wish to bring groups of more than five people into College are asked to contact the Development Office in advance.
All graduates of the College who have been admitted to the degree of MA or PhD of the University of Cambridge (in the Senate House, whether in person or in absentia) may dine with Fellows on the High Table, free of charge, once a term (University Full Term time only). Wine consumed will be charged at the prevailing rate for Fellows. We regret that graduates are not allowed to bring guests and there is a limit of three graduates on any one night. High Table normally takes place every evening except Saturday. Graduates wishing to dine should contact the Development Office as early as possible and no later than two clear working days (Monday to Friday) before they intend to dine.
There are certain evenings when special events are taking place and there is no High Table. High Table does not take place if no Fellows are dining that night. The Development Office will be able to advise. Dinner is at 7.20pm, except on Sundays in Full Term, when it is at 7.30pm. Those dining gather in the Colyton Hall 10-15 minutes before Hall and you should introduce yourself to the Master, or in her absence the senior Fellow presiding. If there is any Fellow that you would particularly like to meet when you dine, please let us know, though of course there is no guarantee that he or she will be able to dine that evening.
Staying in College
The College has a small number of single and twin guest rooms that are available for students’ guests and alumni. These are basic rooms, with a bathroom shared with students. Members of the Court of Benefactors are able to stay in Fellows' guest rooms. For more information, and to book a guest room, please contact the Development Office.
All Caians are welcome to use the College punt during the summer months. For more information, as well as booking, please contact the main Porters' Lodge on 01223 332400.
Caians are welcome to use the College Library for reading during office hours. If you wish to exercise your reading rights, please contact the Librarian.
Caians are invited back to their first Annual Gathering about ten years after graduation and every eight to ten years thereafter, and every year from 50 years after graduation.
You can check here to see which Annual Gatherings have been scheduled for this year. Invitations are usually sent two months before the event. If you have any questions, please contact the Development Office.
May Week Party
As many as we can accommodate of those who have made a gift to Caius during the previous year are invited to the College May Week Party, including a buffet luncheon, musical recitals and tea. Many guests go on to Caius Meadow later in the afternoon to cheer on the Caius boats in the May Bumps, hosted by the Caius Club. For more information, please visit the webpage for the May Week Party.
The Commemoration of Benefactors Service and Feast
In a memorandum, dated 6 November 1352, William Bateman states that the College hold a Service of Commemoration of Benefactors each year between 11 and 25 November. This service is the precursor to a grand feast in Hall, when a series of mouth-watering dishes from the College kitchens is accompanied by a selection of wines from the cellars and musical entertainment from members of the choir. Members of the Court of Benefactors are now invited to the Commemoration Service and Feast.
Please visit the webpage for the Commemoration Feast for more information.
Remember to bring your CAMCard for free access to other Colleges when they're open to visitors and to take advantage of various discounts. If you haven't already ordered one from the University, you can do so here.