Every year, over 4,000 students come to Cumberland Lodge for study retreats and summer schools, from higher education institutions across the UK.
University students on a subsidised departmental study retreat at Cumberland Lodge

The legendary residential study retreats at Cumberland Lodge are available throughout the year, for universities, the Inns of Court and NHS vocational training schemes.

We subsidise these retreats from our charitable resources, to encourage the widest possible participation. Bursaries are also available to help students with limited financial means to attend with their peers.

As well as being intellectually stimulating, Cumberland Lodge study retreats allow students to interact with each other in ways that are not always possible within institutions. Many university departments have been visiting for decades and their gatherings have become a much valued tradition.

Our accommodation is intentionally 'low-tech', to help students get away from their screens and mobile devices and enjoy the time and space to reflect, unwind and spend time with their fellow guests. 

Here is a short video from the Philosophy Department at the University of Hertfordshire about their study retreats at Cumberland Lodge:

Regular visitors

These are just some of the institutions that regularly use our facilities for residential study retreats:

  • Birkbeck College London
  • Goldsmiths
  • University of London
  • Gray's Inn
  • Imperial College London
  • Kingston University
  • Lincoln's Inn
  • London School of Economics
  • Queen Mary's, University of London
  • Inner Temple
  • Middle Temple
  • University College London (UCL)
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Reading
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Warwick
  • University of Westminster

To enquire about booking a study retreat or summer school at our subsidised rates, please contact us on 01784 432316 or email us at

St Catharine's Sessions

We strongly encourage all visiting student groups to incorporate a St Catharine's Session into their study retreat programme. This can be facilitated by a member of our academic staff, or run independently.

These group discussion sessions are designed to help students reflect critically on ethical, moral and social issues outside of their own fields of study.


A copy of our Safeguarding Policy Statement can be downloaded from this webpage, and our full policy is available on the Frequently Asked Questions page of this website.