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Dining Privileges

Come back and dine in College at High Table. This is an excellent way to visit Sidney and to dine with Fellows and Students during Full Term.

Dining privileges are awarded to members of Sidney Sussex College when they have a Master of Arts, PhD or another graduate qualification (including MPhil, MBA, Med, LLM, PGCE) taken while in residence at the College. These dining privileges start on graduation with an MA or PhD, and 2 years after graduating for the other degrees. They allow you to dine at High Table three times per academic year on a Wednesday or Sunday evening during term time. Alumni are permitted to bring one guest, which is encouraged. Your meal will be free of charge, however, you will be charged for wine and your guest’s meal (for current charges, please contact the Steward’s PA). Dinner starts at 7.30 pm in Hall, with pre-dinner sherry available in the New Parlour from 7.15 pm. It is customary for members to wear academic gowns to dinner (these can be hired from the Porters' Lodge on the day for £10). Guests (unless they are members of the University) do not wear gowns. If you would like to attend Evensong, which commences at 6.00 pm on Sundays (followed by drinks in the Old Library before dinner).

To make arrangements, and to check there will be a High Table on the day you wish to dine, please contact the Steward’s PA, Sharon Bentley ( Availability is limited so we recommend that you book 7 to 14 days in advance to avoid disappointment.


As well as having all of the benefits of the College you are also
eligible for a range of benefits from the University of Cambridge. These
include Cam Cards as well as access to a huge range of online
scholarship free of charge.