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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:
- Cambridge Colleges - a Guide for graduate Students
- Cambridge Colleges - a Guide for part-time graduate Students
A map showing the location of colleges is available on the following pages:
The colleges are listed below, and link to each college's website.
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.