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Homerton College, Cambridge

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Homerton College
Established: 1768
University: University of Cambridge
Address: Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PH
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 507111
Website: http://www.homerton.cam.ac.uk
Student Union/JCR website: http://www.husjcr.co.uk
Graduate/MCR website: http://www.homertonmcr.co.uk
Admittance: Undergraduates and postgraduates



Homerton is the largest and newest College in Cambridge. The College is also the friendliest in Cambridge, according to a study by Friends Reunited. Despite being the newest Cambridge College, it has a history stretching back to 1768 when it started as an academy for dissenting academics in London.

The College can lay claim to founding the Leyton Orient Football Club when in 1881 former students of Homerton College formed a football section to keep fit in winter. There is now an annual match between the College’s football team and Leyton Orient supporters club to commemorate the event.

Almost all of Homerton's nearly 250-year history is as an independent institution. Homerton moved to Cambridge in 1894 and became an ‘Approved Society’ of the University in 1976. It became a full College of the University when it received its Royal Charter in 2010.

Student Statistics

  • Total Undergraduates in 2015-16 = 551 (269 men + 282 women)
  • Total Undergraduates in 2014-15 = 551 (286 men + 265 women)
  • Students admitted to their current course in Oct 15: 161 (78 men + 83 women)
  • Students admitted to their current course in Oct 14: 167 (81 men + 86 women)

Source: University of Cambridge Student Statistics 2015-16

Homerton Application Statistics See College applications and admissions statistics

Homerton Application Statistics per subject See Application Statistics

  • Homerton has a relatively high proportion of state school students (69.2% of acceptances in 2014 came from a state school background (source)). Of course, these statistics only make sense if we compare them to the percentage of state school applications - 82.6% in 2014.


Out of centre. Not as far as Girton but otherwise the furthest. Space and accomodation compensates for this in the majority of cases, though.

Closest College to the Biomedical campus (inc. Addenbrookes Hospital) and The Faculty of Education. Also located 5 minutes walk from a Nandos, Cinema theatre, Five Guys, Tesco Express and Sainsburys.

A 10 minute cycle ride (mostly flat) would get you to the centre of Cambridge (30 minute walk). 10 minutes walk from the rail station. You can get the Uni 4 bus for £1 with your Uni ID card.


Very Good. No shared rooms and most rooms are en-suite. Rooms are arranged along corridors (as opposed to staircases) and there are weekly cleaning services. Towels are provided and cleaned for you on a weekly basis and your linen are done on a fortnightly basis. So, as you can imagine, some people jokingly call us 'Hotel Homerton'.

The rooms are generally on the small side, compared to some of the gigantic ones I've seen at Selwyn, John's or Trinity. Some people actually find the snug-ness preferable.

Communal laundry and kitchen facilities are offered throughout. Undergrads are guaranteed 3 years' accommodation on-site. The accommodation is fairly modern and so, the central heating is usually good.

All freshers are housed in West House.

Graduate accommodation at Harrison House is more spacious and has better facilities (ovens, washing machines, dryers, etc.)

A new accommodation block for graduates is being constructed next to the sports pitches, due to be opened in Michaelmas 2016.


Formal Hall costs £14.

Normal Hall costs around £5 for a main and two sides. A little more if you fancy drinks or dessert.

Hall is atmospheric and well staffed, very friendly and comfortable to eat in.

The hall food is fairly good quality and the portions are huge. Generally, you'll find that we're more expensive than other colleges, but we do not pay KFC (overhead charges) which nearly all other Colleges do. That's hundreds of pounds per year that they pay which they do not see a single penny of. So, I think it evens out, somewhat. In fact, we may even be getting a better deal on the balance of things.

Hall runs from 12-1:30 for lunch and 5:30-7:30 for dinner on Monday - Friday during Full Term. Additionally, there is brunch (a fried breakfast, with vegetarian options) on Saturday from 11-1, and Sunday Lunch from 11-1.

The Griffin (buttery and bar) is more expensive than some colleges - sandwiches are around £3.50. However, the food is a good quality and it is open some weekends and evenings, and has a good selection of food, soft drinks, snacks and confectionary. Additionally it is comfortable with nice couches and was recently refurbished so is a nice place to eat and study.

One thing to note is that it's pretty easy to bring guests to Homerton for meals. You can use your card to pay for them, so that your special student discount applies to them as well as to you. Most other colleges will check if you are their student, and so guests do not get to enjoy the discounted rates that their own members do.

There are no catered meals for dinner on Saturday and Sunday; however, all college buildings have kitchens which have lockable cupboards, hobs, toasters, a fridge and a microwave, so it is easy to cook meals when you can't go/don't fancy going to hall. Hopefully this will change soon.

Meals can be purchased through the college meal ticket/minimum meal contribution (compulsory payment of £180 a term with rent, for undergraduates) which means no cash required. Cash cannot be accepted in hall, but it is fine in the Griffin (buttery).

Social Spaces

There are both junior (undergraduate) and senior (postgrad) common rooms located in Queen's Wing - they have pool tables and comfy couches. However, they are not used very often despite being comfortable and friendly since not many people live in this block (and hence probably don't know they're allowed to use them).

The buttery/bar is open every day from 8:00am-11pm, and is really comfortable and friendly. It can be a little noisy at times (usually around lunch) but there is a good TV setup (with the controls negotiable with bar staff at quiet times; usually they show football and rugby games if they're important) and lots of space for relaxing.

In summer there is a huge amount of space outside to sit with friends. Good spots include the picnic tables (around the back of West House), the lawn outside Harrison House and the Orchard.

Unfortunately there are a lack of socialising spaces in West House, East House and South Court. However, most people sit in the corridor to socialise or all crowd into one room. This is really common despite the lack of space and often the Freshers' pizza vouchers are spent on many a long evening in the hallway.

Library and Computing

The library, though by no means deficient, is still quite new so you can put in an order pretty much any book you don't find, and would like in the library. It's open 24 hours and apparently is bigger than most other college libraries. The book selection is getting better gradually; it's well stocked for education students and is the only cambridge library you're likely to find modern classics such as 'Where's Wally?' or the Mr Men series. There are no fines issued either on overdue books and a self-scan system is operating for taking books out for those times when the Librarians are tucked up in bed reading. As for computing there are a number of Computers available (14 - including the book search ones) in the Library. And there is a dedicated Computer room open 24 hours located in the old building. The homerton tech bods can be found here: http://www.homerton.cam.ac.uk/itdept/index.html There is also a wireless network students can use on site that has average speeds but signal strength can be poor in some areas such as West House. (first year accommodation block) Every student has a port in the their room from which they can connect to the the internet through an ethernet cable as well as the wireless network.

Academic Performance

Homerton's ranking in the Tompkins Table (which ranks 29 colleges by Tripos results): 25th (2009), 25th (2008), 26th (2007), 25th (2006), 26th (2005), 24th (2004), 25th (2003).


Homerton was declared the 21st sportiest Cambridge College in Michealmas 2009 by The Tab. See The Tab article: The College Cup revealed

The most popular sports are football, rowing, rugby and Ultimate Frisbee, with Homerton performing well in all, especially the latter.

The college has an on site gym with various weight machines and stepper machines. This was opened in 2013-2014


The largest college with 1200+ students. Good cross-section of people. The people here are awesome too. Every college claims to be social etc. but frankly, some are more social than others and ours is one of the most social. People are just fun and outgoing at Homerton. To the person who asked about clubbing, you just get a taxi back to college. There's always Homerton people out, and a 7 seater taxi costs £7.

There is a big acting and drama scene here because there are so many drama students. And many opportunities to get involved on a College level or a Uni-wide level if this is your thing.

If sport is your thing, Homerton is one of the most active Colleges for this. This year Homerton became the second college to field four Men's football teams in the Cambridge leagues. So whatever your level, you'll always have a chance to play. There's a good rowing set-up here too.


You get your bedding and towels washed for you, your room cleaned every week and a Launderette in the building.

  • Dining hall with regular meals. [1]
  • Buttery (for snacks)
  • College Bar
  • Library with about 46,000 books [2]
  • Computer Room
  • Stationery Shop with photocopying and binding facilities, run by the JCR
  • A Graduate Student Common rooms with TV and newspapers
  • Auditorium [3]
  • Music practice rooms
  • Film Library and video facilities
  • Football and hockey pitches
  • 1 Squash Court
  • Grass tennis courts
  • Dance Studio
  • 2 Laundries (coin-operated)
  • College Gym (limited resources)

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