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About the Colleges

About the Colleges

What is a College?

Cambridge is a collegiate university, which means it comprises University faculties and departments in different academic subjects, and a number of Colleges.

Your College is your base for the time you’re at Cambridge. It’s where you live, eat, do a lot of socialising, receive academic and pastoral support, and where you often (though not always) have your supervisions. Regardless of their College, students on the same course are taught together by the academic faculties/departments, attending the same lectures, seminars and practicals.

Advice on how (and how not) to choose a College, along with an explanation of the key functions that the University (through the faculties/departments) and Colleges are responsible for, can be found in the Undergraduate Prospectus and on our website (

Visiting the Colleges

The Colleges are open for visitors to drop in at the times shown on individual College pages. Please check the opening times carefully as access isn't possible at any other time.

Some Colleges have their own events taking place during 5 and 6 July that require separate booking (see College Open Days for details).

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