The 31 Cambridge Colleges – worth a visit?

Cambridge is a university made up of several faculties, departments and schools. Additionally, it has 31 historic colleges built between 1284 and 1977. These colleges are residences for students, responsible for admitting students and providing a home for them. Originally meant to be a safe haven for students they contain rooms, dining facilities, chapels, formal halls, gym facilities, gardens, libraries and more. For both Cambridge and Oxford it has often been more accurate to say that these universities are a collection of colleges rather than one single university.

Cambridge colleges are dotted all over the city and many are magnificent buildings that are worth a stroll through. I have compiled a list of all the colleges below. The links will lead you either to some preliminary information about the college or one of my accounts of what this college is like.



Christ’s College (1505)

Churchill College (1960)

Clare College (1326)

Clare Hall (1965)

Corpus Christi College (1352)

Darwin College (1964)

Downing College (1800)

Emmanuel College (1584)

Fitzwilliam College (1869/1966)

Girton College (1869)

Gonville and Caius College (1348)

Homerton College (1895/1976)

Hughes Hall (1885)

Jesus College (1496)

King’s College (1441)

Lucy Cavendish College (1965)

Magdalene College (1428)

Murray Edwards College (1954)

Newnham College (1871)

Pembroke College (1347)

Peterhouse College (1284)

Queen’s College (1448)

Robinson College (1977)

St Catharine’s College (1473)

St Edmund’s College (1896)

St John’s College (1511)

Selwyn College (1882)

Sidney Sussex College (1596)

Trinity College (1546)

Trinity Hall (1350)

Wolfson College (1965)


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