Boarding at St Mary's

Empowering girls since 1898

Boarders live in beautifully furbished facilities at Mary Ward House and The Elms.

Boarding life is filled with fun, friendship and laughter; whilst allowing for privacy and quiet moments when needed. Our boarders love living in Cambridge, a culturally vibrant city, with a long history of learning.

We warmly invite you to visit us in the meantime, this collection of videos offer a great insight into boarding life.

A tour of Mary Ward House

Tour our boarding house in the centre of Cambridge, with our Head of Boarding, Miss Claire Elliott.

A tour of The Elms

Visit The Elms, one of our two boarding houses in the centre of Cambridge, with our Head of Boarding, Miss Claire Elliott.

Keeping boarders safe

The measures we are taking to protect our boarders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A home away from home

Mary Ward House is located in a quiet, residential area within easy walking distance of our schools.


Mary Ward House - Year 5 to Year 11 boarders

Younger boarders share beautifully furbished dormitories in Mary Ward House. Girls in Year 10 and 11 share a double room with one other student

The Elms - Sixth Form boarders

Sixth Form boarders live in The Elms, set the grounds of our main school. They have their own single room, plus access to all our onsite facilities.

All our bedrooms provide ample space and are fully equipped with beds, desks, wardrobes, chests of drawers, sinks and safes. Bathrooms are spacious and private, with plenty of showers and hot water for all! There is also an efficient laundry facility.

Mary Ward House floor plans

Christmas at the University of Cambridge

A highlight of the boarding year is our annual Christmas Dinner, held at the University of Cambridge.

Join our Boarders for a Tour

Our Boarding prefects invite you to explore Mary Ward House.

Our experienced, caring team

Meet some of our Boarding Team, who support boarders on a daily basis in this light-hearted video, filmed in Mary Ward House.

Boarders exploring Cambridge

Mary Ward House


The Elms Boarding House (Sixth Form boarders)

Want to know more?

If you would like more information about joining St Mary's School, please contact our friendly Admissions Team.

International admissions


Be part of our friendly boarding community

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Videos on YOUKU for our Chinese boarders

Quick facts
  • Boarding from Year 5 (age 9)
  • c.20% of our school community are boarders
  • Single rooms for Sixth Formers
  • Common rooms
  • Spacious grounds
  • Live-in team of staff
  • School medical officer and nurses

What our boarders say ...

About our sense of community

What our boarders say ...

Support from staff and prefects

What our students say ...

About joining St Mary's from overseas