Boarding at St Mary's

Empowering girls since 1898

Boarders join us from the UK and over 15 different countries, creating friendships that span the world.

Girls live in beautifully furbished facilities at Mary Ward House and The Elms. Every day 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, however this collection of videos will allow you to gain an insight into boarding life.

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.

Virtual tour

Explore Mary Ward House, a beautiful, three-storey property set in substantial grounds. It accommodates 90+ boarders, plus our team of boarding staff who care for boarders before school, each evening and at weekends.



Mary Ward House - Year 5 to Year 11 boarders

Younger boarders share beautifully furbished dormitories with up to five other girls. 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.

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