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Queens' College, Cambridge

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Queens' College
Established: 1448
University: University of Cambridge
Address: Silver Street, Cambridge CB3 9ET
Telephone: +44 1223 335511
Website: www.queens.cam.ac.uk
Student Union/JCR website: http://www.qjcr.org.uk/
Graduate/MCR website: no
Admittance: Undergraduates and Postgraduates (men and women)


Student Statistics

  • Total Undergraduates in 2007-8 = 526 (305 men + 221 women)
  • Total Undergraduates in 2006-7 = 535 (315 men + 220 women)
  • Students admitted to their current course in Oct 07: 164 (97 men + 67 women)
  • Students admitted to their current course in Oct 06: 167 (100 men + 67 women)

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

Queens' Application Statistics See College applications and admissions statistics

Queens' Application Statistics per subject See Appplication Statistics

54% of Queens' acceptances in 2007 and 56% in 2006 were from state school students (source).


The Porters' Lodge is on Silver Street, though there are two other entrances on Queens' Lane. The river (with people punting) runs through college: the famous Mathematical Bridge connects the older part of the college, closer to the town centre and informally referred to as 'The Dark Side', to its newer buildings. The college is tucked out of the way of the busy King's Parade (the street which at some point is shared by many of the colleges) but still very central and a brilliant location for arts students particularly. We're opposite the Anchor pub and Nadia's cake shop on Silver Street.

  • 0.15 miles from the Mill Lane Lecture Theatres
  • 0.3 miles to the Sidgwick site (where most of the arts departments are).
  • 0.31 miles to the New Museums Site/Dowing site
  • 0.5 miles to Sainsbury's
  • 0.63 miles from the Chemistry department on Lensfield Road

(All distances measured on gmaps pedometer)

College Map

Map of Queens' College


Queens' provides accommodation for three years of your undergraduate degree. The big advantage with Queens' is that you'll probably get to live on site for all three years - a lot of colleges put you in houses away from the main site after your first year. A great advantage of this on-site accommodation is that it means that Queens' has a very strong sense of community and integration through all three years, and one of the reasons why it is a very social college. If you're doing a four year course you to live out in the final year. The college does own some self-catered accomodation off-site, or you can house-share.

First year:

  • Cripps Court (image) Cripps houses about 170 students and is primarily first year accommodation. About 70 of the rooms are en-suite. You share a kitchen between 6-8 people, and it has four electric hobs, two fridges and a microwave. The only issue with this is that with 6-8 people per kitchen, things like orange juice often go missing from the fridge. There's plenty of storage space in the kitchen, in Cripps you get a lockable cupboard per person. Anything you can't fit in there you can keep in your room.
  • Some first years also live in the worse rooms in Dokett or Friars (see below)

Second year:

  • Fisher Building (image 1, image 2) Usually goes to second year students.

Third Year:

  • Old Court (image) This is some of the most popular accommodation and mainly goes to third years.
  • Dokett Building (Friars' Court, image) you get a kitchen between four normally, unless you're on a Peculiar floor and have to share the kitchen below (it's the joy of Dokett that there -are- peculiar floors, much better than the modern buildings which are so uniform). There are two hobs and a fridge in that, and normally a couple of big old wooden cupboards which aren't lockable. So possibly a little less cupboard space, though with only four of you there it's easier to just leave stuff around.
  • Erasmus Building (image 1, image 2, image 3, image 4, image 5, image 6) There are 43 en-suite rooms and one room that is not en-suite. Mainly this accommodation goes to theird years.
  • Friars Building (image)
  • Walnut Tree Court (image) Mainly goes to third years.

The Queens' room ballot is random and has no relation to Tripos results. Languages students on their year abroad are placed in the pool with the year below them. Second years are sorted first and given the chance to choose their third-year rooms, then first years have the pick of the rest. (The first-year ballot is slightly more technical, being effected by sharing preferences, but remains essentially random.) Freshers' rooms are assigned from what is left according to vague preferences listed on some form or other. The nicest rooms in Old Court and Walnut Tree Court are always taken by lucky third years, the rest of whom tend to occupy the Erasmus building or nicer Dokett and Friar's rooms; most people share sets in Fisher for their second year, and the first years end up in Cripps, or the worse rooms of Dokett and Friar's.

You can smoke in the smoking area outside the bar. You're not allowed to smoke even in your room (unlike at a number of other colleges where you can't smoke anywhere except your room).

See the Queens' Accommodation Site which has reviews of many of the individual rooms.

Social Spaces

Library and Computing

Queens' boasts that it has the only free laser printer in Cambridge. You have to provide your own paper. It only prints in black and white, but you can pay to print in colour.

The library, housed in the old chapel, is a wonderful place to work. English and MML collections are particularly strong. Three or four dead fellows are still buried in the crypt. The alarm goes off all the time though, and the clock strikes for five minutes solid at 5.35pm on Sundays, which makes the whole building shake as well as being extremely loud.

Academic Performance

Queens' ranking in the Tompkins Table (which ranks colleges by their Tripos exam results): 16th (2008), 11th (2007), 14th (2006), 8th (2005), 8th (2004), 5th (2003), 5th (2002), 5th (2001), 5th (2000).


Queens' was declared the 5th sportiest Cambridge College in Michealmas 2009 by The Tab. See The Tab article: The College Cup revealed

Rugby Really good, division 1, they got to the final of (but I can't remember if they won or not) the second tier of cuppers (I think it's called the plate) They generally seem a nice bunch and they go on tour and stuff, and they're nice to their girls which is nice. (written July 2009)


Considering its size Queens' does have an amazingly close community. OK, it's nothing compared to the (frankly quite scary) close-knitness that places like Corpus achieve, but in a way I'm quite glad of that. There's always a person who you want to get to know better, and enough people that you can avoid the people you don't want to know.


  • Chapel (image 1, image 2, image 3)
  • Canteen and Cripps Dining Hall (image)
  • Old Hall for formal meals (image 1, image 2, image 3, image 4, image 5)
  • War Memorial Library (general library with around 28,000 books)
  • Old Library (housing special collections of manuscripts and early printed books)
  • College Bar and JCR Common Room with quiz machines, table football and pool tables (image)
  • MCR (Graduate Common Room) with TV, magazines and newspapers, and refreshments.
  • Computer room with computers, laser printer and colour scanner
  • Theatre with 200 seats
  • Music practice rooms and pianos
  • Multi-gym
  • 3 Squash Courts
  • multi-purpose hall (e.g. for Badminton and Table tennis)
  • 2 laundrettes
  • College sports' ground 5 mins cycle ride away with facilities for football, rugby, tennis and other grass sports
  • Boathouse on the river (image)
  • Horn

Student-eye view

Queens' is known as one of the party colleges in Cambridge. This doesn't mean students don't work, but it does mean you can go out any night of the week and see Queens' students out partying.

The Dean at Queens' cancelled all ents for 4 weeks in Lent 2010 following a serious case of vandalism in the college kitchens. Halfway Hall, a special dinner for second years to celebrate them being half way through their course was also cancelled. Varsity Article

Freshers' Week Timetable Example (2009)


  • 08.00 - 15.30 Arrival, JCR Meet & Greet
  • 16.00 - 18.00 Parents' Tea
  • 19.30 - 20.30 Freshers' Dinner
  • 21.00 - 22.00 Tutors' parties
  • 22.00 onwards Jazz and cocktails


  • 08.00 - 09.00 Buttery Breakfast
  • 09.00 - 10.00 Tutors meetings
  • 11.00 - 15.00 Punting and tour of Cambridge
  • 15.00 - 17.00 NatSci subject meetings or Tea in the JCR
  • 17.00 - 18.00 Boat club (rowing) squash
  • 18.00 - 19.00 Buttery Dinner
  • 19.00 - 19.30 Chapel Service
  • 19.30 - 21.00 Dean's Drinks
  • 21.00 onwards Club night with Clare or Film night


  • 08.00 - 09.00 Buttery Breakfast
  • 09.00 - 12.30 Director of Studies meetings
  • 12.30 - 13.30 Buttery lunch
  • 13.30 - 16.00 Subject contact meetings
  • 16.00 - 17.00 Studying at Cambridge
  • 17.00 - 18.00 Sex, Cops and JCR
  • 18.00 - 19.00 Buttery Dinner
  • 19.00 - 20.30 Teas of the World
  • 20.30 onwards Bar FTSE


  • 08.00 - 09.00 Buttery Breakfast
  • 09.00 - 12.00 Matriculation
  • 12.30 - 13.30 Buttery lunch
  • 13.30 - 17.00 Games on the Green
  • 18.00 - 19.00 Buttery Dinner
  • 19.00 onwards Pyjama Pub Crawl and/or Theatre trip


  • 08.00 - 09.00 Buttery Breakfast
  • 10.00 - 12.00 Universities Societies Fair
  • 12.30 - 13.30 Buttery Lunch
  • 15.00 - 16.00 Coffee Shop
  • 16.00 - 18.00 Queens' Societies Fair
  • 18.00 - 19.00 Buttery Dinner
  • 19.00 - 20.30 International Evening
  • 20.30 onwards Ceilidh


  • Day Lectures start
  • 19.30 onwards Bar quiz


  • Day Lectures continue
  • 19.00 - 21.00 Parents' Dinner
  • 21.00 onwards QEnts Naughty Bop


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