(Original post by Mrs Cullen)
On the contrary, I'd say that Girton is one of the friendliest and closest-knit colleges of all, because we tend to socialise a lot more together as a college - simply because we are a bit further out. In terms of socialising with people from other colleges, it's true that you have to make slightly more effort (e.g. in comparison to other colleges that are across the road from each other), but there's nothing stopping you from cycling in to see people. Just the same as at every college, you'll meet people from other colleges from your course, and from any extra-curricular activities you do, so Girton is really no different in this respect other than you have to cycle a bit further!
Also, Girton has an accommodation annexe closer in town where the majority of second years and some third years live - it's on the road backing on to the Sidgwick site, so great for arts students.
You can choose to live there if you'd prefer to be closer to town. Incidentally, it has the same, if not better cooking facilities than the main college, and the on-site cafeteria there does AMAZING food.
In case you're interested, the cooking facilities are roughly like this: one kitchen per corridor (about 16 people) with 1 or 2 ovens with 4 hobs each, 1 or 2 fridges, some have freezers, some have microwaves, all have kettles, toasters and each room has its own kitchen cupboard assigned. They get cleaned every day.
A lot of people eat exclusively in the college cafeterias, as the food is good, and fairly cheap. Every day there are at least two meat and two veggie options, with various sides, a daily soup, a decent salad bar, sandwiches, jacket potatoes, various yoghurts and hot and cold desserts. They're great with special diets too - I am allergic to gluten, and every day they make me a special meal separate from the rest, to avoid contamination. They're really very good.
If you're not put off by the cycle, I'd really recommend considering Girton for your college choice. I was pooled to Girton, but every day I'm thankful that I was, because I've had the best two years of my life there and I literally can't wait to get back after the holidays. The people are so friendly, the college is lovely and I actually really like being that bit further out, because it's quiet, there are no crowds of tourists in the summer and the cycle provides a nice bit of daily exercise. Feel free to ask me any more questions if you're interested!