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Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge

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Lucy Cavendish
Established: 1965
University: University of Cambridge
Address: Lady Margaret Road, Cambridge CB3 0BU
Telephone: +44 1223 332190
Website: http://www.lucy-cav.cam.ac.uk/
Student Union/JCR website: http://www.lucy-cav.cam.ac.uk/pages/students/student-union.php
Graduate/MCR website: no
Admittance: mature female undergraduates and female postgraduates


Undergraduate Student Statistics

  • Total Undergraduates in 2007-8 = 104 (0 men + 104 women)
  • Total Undergraduates in 2006-7 = 114 (0 men + 114 women)
  • Students admitted to their current course in Oct 07: 41 (0 men + 41 women)
  • Students admitted to their current course in Oct 06: 39 (0 men + 39 women)

Source: The Reporter Special Issue: Student Numbers 07-08

Lucy Cavendish Application Statistics See College applications and admissions statistics

Lucy Cavendish Application Statistics per subject See Appplication Statistics

100% of Lucy Cavendish acceptances in 2007 and 75% in 2006 were from students with a state school background (source).


Located in the north-west of Cambridge, not far from the Backs, the stretch of the river Cam which runs through the back of a number of the most famous Cambridge colleges. Nearest colleges: St Edmunds, New Hall, Churchill, Fitzwilliam, Girton's Wolfson Court.

  • 0.6 miles from the University Library.
  • 0.78 miles from the Sidgwick site (Classics, English, MML, Law, History, Theology, Economics, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies).
  • 0.86 miles from the West Cambridge site with the Cavendish physics laboratory and the Computer Laboratory.
  • 1.29 miles for the Engineering department on Trumpington Street.
  • 1.49 miles from the Chemistry department on Lensfield Road.
  • 2.23 miles from the railway station.

(All distances measured on gmaps pedometer)

Women only?

It really is totally different to going to an all girls school, the comparison just isn't there. The women's colleges are only (mostly) single sex in terms of the domestic accommodation ie where you (usually) sleep. All your lectures and free time are completely mixed, societies, clubs, additional lectures etc are all mixed. You function in a mixed world, you just go home to clean bathrooms!


There are six accomodation blocks on-site:

  • 2 converted victorian houses called Barrmore (image) and Strathaird House (image)
  • 4 new, purpose-built blocks called De Brye (image), Warburton hall (image), Bertram and Oldham Hall (image)
  • Main off-site accommodation complex is 100 Histon Road, ten minutes’ walk from the College.(image)

There are also a number of college-owned houses including two on Chesterton Road called Lyttleton Colony.

Social Spaces

The Paul Paget room and conservatory is the interconnecting common room, bar and games room containing a pool table, wide-screen TV, movie library, newspapers, vending machines and coffee-making facilities.

The catering facilities at the college also ensure that students meet up regularly over meals.

The Library is also a popular social space.

Student Union

Student views count at Lucy Cavendish, and the Student Union (SU) is an essential part of College life. The SU oversees the vibrant 'Lucy Ents' scene, arranging a variety of events ranging from film and pizza evenings, club nights, and historic walks, to 'pet-a-puppy' sessions to relieve examination stress.


Lucy Cavendish College has one of the most modern libraries in Cambridge; providing both individual study spaces and shared desks in three large open plan reading rooms. These along with the sitting room at the top of the Library, offer fantastic views of the College gardens.

The foyer has a comfortable seating area and hot drinks machine which provides a more informal space for study or relaxing with other college members.

The library holds approximately 30,000 books and a range of journals and magazines

It is is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week except for approximately one week at Christmas.

The library was opened in 2000 by HM Queen Margarethe II of Denmark.

Lucy Cavendish Library Twitter


Printing, scanning and photocopying facilities are available in the Library.

Networked PCs and Apple Mac computers offer a range of software, teaching materials and networked storage space. These can be found in the foyer and the main Computer Room on the lower ground floor.

Internet access is available throughout all accommodation. Buildings on the College site offer Wi-Fi access via the College's own network or Eduroam.

A PC Loan scheme offers help to students without their own computer, and a number of laptops are supplied for emergency use. Members of the College IT team are on hand during the week to offer support to those with computing queries, and there are regular IT surgeries.

Academic Performance

Lucy Cavendish's ranking in the Tompkins Table (which ranks colleges by their Tripos exam results): 28th (2008), 24th (2007), 26th (2006), 27th (2005), 26th (2004), 26th (2003).


There is no high table at Lucy Cavendish so students, staff and fellows all eat together.

Unlike most Cambridge Colleges, students are allowed to walk on all lawns and are encouraged to make active use of the grounds.


  • Canteen and dining hall
  • Cafe style student bar and conservatory
  • 24/7 Library with some 20,000 books and a photocopier.
  • Large common room (Paul Paget Room, Oldham Hall) with wide-screen TV + video, newspapers, vending machines and coffee-making facilities
  • A second common room
  • Music and meditation pavillion with piano
  • Gym with treadmill, exercise bike, rowing machine, cross trainer, weights and multi-gym equipment.
  • 2 laundry rooms


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