Graduate Admissions


The Colleges

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There are 31 Colleges affilitated with the University, each with its own unique character. Colleges are independent of the University but have a complex relationship with it. It is necessary to have membership of a college to be registered as a graduate student, whether full or part-time. The University provides teaching and research supervision for graduate students, and the colleges provide pastoral support within a stimulating academic community. Colleges also collect fees on behalf of the University. All the colleges within the University of Cambridge accept graduate students, although numbers vary between colleges. All colleges welcome applicants from any country, and of any race, religion or background.

You can indicate a college preference on your application form and if you are made a formal conditional offer of admission by the Board of Graduate Studies, you will automatically be considered for membership of one of the Colleges and are guaranteed a College place.

You should not decline the offer of College membership. If you decline the offer of a place at a College you will not be able to indicate an alternative College preference. Without a College membership your admission will not be confirmed, and you will not be able to take up your place at Cambridge.

However, if there are exceptional circumstances, such as those listed below, you should contact the Graduate Tutor of the College which has offered you a place to discuss the options (which may include a transfer of college although this would be neither necessary nor automatic):

  • Another College has offered you a full or substantial scholarship
  • Disability, other serious medical grounds, religious or special family need that can be better met by another college

If you turn down a college offer you are not guaranteed an alternative.

For an introduction to the College system, please see the section within 'Benefits of studying at Cambridge'.

Details about the services and facilities offered by the colleges can be found in the following guide:

A map showing the location of colleges is available on the following pages:

College List

The colleges are listed below, and link to each college's website.

Christ's College
Churchill College
Clare College
Clare Hall
Corpus Christi College
Darwin College
Downing College
Emmanuel College
Fitzwilliam College
Girton College
Gonville & Caius College
Homerton College
Hughes Hall
Jesus College
King's College
Lucy Cavendish College
Magdalene College
Murray Edwards College
Newnham College
Pembroke College
Queens' College
Robinson College
St Catharine's College
St Edmund's College
St John's College
Selwyn College
Sidney Sussex College
Trinity College
Trinity Hall
Wolfson College


Further information on the colleges, including the answers to questions such as:

  • How likely is it that I will get accommodation in college?
  • Is there a travel fund or any other grants?
  • Which colleges have accommodation for families?
  • Where is the college?

can be found under the 'Key facts and figures' page.