The Punt Society

*Covid-19 update*

The Punt Society has implemented Covid secure rules to allow the return of punt hire on the River Cam.

Punt hire is available to St John's alumni, students, Fellows and members of staff. Hirers of punts may bring guests from outside College.

Punts can be hired between 9am and 9pm. Occupancy is restricted to a maximum of people in a single punt.

Punt occupancy is not restricted to members of the same household.

Please remember to take your rubbish with you off the punt.


Please read the punt hire guidelines before contacting Cripps Porters’ Lodge on 01223 338729 to make a booking.

The Society

The 10 punts run by the Punt Society are available to all members of College, including College staff, from around March to the end of October. Punts cannot normally be booked in advance, and are on a strictly first-come first-serve basis. Bookings from College or large groups may be considered by the President. Please note that there are a few days when punts are not available (e.g. during the May Ball, and some days in the summer holidays when they're booked by College groups).

The punts are moored in the punt pool by the Cripps Porters' Lodge. A University Card must be taken as a deposit. (Non-resident members need either a valid debit card, ID card or driver's licence as a deposit.) The cushions are stored in lockers in the Cripps basement by the Porters' Lodge. The punt poles and paddles are locked to the punts themselves.

You may stay out as long as you want as long as you are back before nightfall. The official time when night starts varies, and is usually displayed at the Cripps Porters' Lodge. Fines may be incurred if you return after this time. When you return, please remember to thread the chain through one of the metal rings on the quay, and to ensure that the chain, paddle and pole are secured by the padlock.

Hire Charges

The hire charges are as follows:

Undergraduates, Graduates


College Staff, Senior Members of College, Non-resident Members of College, Old Johnians, Pupils of College School, Choristers, Members of Choir Association, British Antarctic Survey


Conference Guests


Porters, Punt Society Committee


Payment is due on return - so you can stay on the river as long as you want. The times are always rounded up, eg: punting for two hours and fifteen minutes is charged as three hours. Payment can be taken by cash or by card. 

The Committee

Committee 2021-2022

William Tan ( President

Rupert Gardiner ( Secretary

Lucius Bligh ( Treasurer

Bilal Qureshi ( Maintenance Officer 

Florrie Clark ( Publicity Officer 

Yusuf Story ( Social Secretary 



All enquiries should be directed to the President of the Punt Society:


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