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Trinity College is the largest of the Cambridge Colleges, having around 230 undergraduate students in each intake and some 700 undergraduates altogether.
- Total Undergraduates in 2007-8 = 704 (455 men + 249 women)
- Total Undergraduates in 2006-7 = 702 (437 men + 265 women)
- Students admitted to their current course in Oct 07: 249 (169 men + 80 women)
- Students admitted to their current course in Oct 06: 233 (153 men + 80 women)
Trinity Application Statistics See College applications and admissions statistics
Trinity Application Statistics per subject See Appplication Statistics
38% of Trinity acceptances in 2007 and 42% in 2006 were from state school students (source).
The bulk of the College (Great, New, and Neville's Courts, and all the important bits) are located in the middle of town -- just north of Market Square and Kings Parade, with Great Gate (the main entrance) set back slightly from Trinity Street. Other bits of College are Whewell's and Blue Boar Courts, and the Wolfson Building (recently refurbished) opposite Great Gate, and Burrell's Field (home to the Second Year in Exile) over the river and Queen's Road, about a five minute walk from Great Gate.
Accommodation is provided in College for all three (or four) years. Most first years are accommodated in either Angel Court, the Wolfson Building or in Blue Boar Court, all of which are pretty decent by Cambridge standards. Expect a room with a bed (funny old thing), desk, sink ... all the usual acoutrements you'd expect. A kitchen (known for archaic Cambridge reasons as a Gyp Room) will be shared between 5 or 6 of you, though the facilities vary depending on the court you're assigned.
A student writes: Trinity accommodation seemed good. The room I stayed in (Angel Court) for interview was enormous, but didn't have lots of storage (had a lot of desk area, though, and the sink was in a very small ante-room). A friend stayed in Wolfson for his interview, and I had a test there - the building's ugly from the outside, but was very modern (lots of glass, things on the walls, clearly fairly recently painted) and well-looking inside. He said the room was good.
Accommodation in following years is assigned by a ballot system, and the ballot is reversed so that those who are at the bottom in second year are at the top in third year (though scholars get bumped above everyone else). Once the third years have picked, second-year students are generally left with rooms in New Court, some rooms in Whewell's Court and most of the rooms in the slightly further afield Burrell's Field to choose from. New Court contains a number of spacious sets which you might be able to choose if you're nearer the top of the ballot, and those rooms and other rooms in Whewell's and New Court have the advantage of being located in the main part of college. However, if you're after facilities and don't mind living a little bit further away from town, then you could choose Burrell's Field. The rooms here come in three general forms -- the modern tower-stylee rooms (built in 1996, very nice), the older 1980s rooms in staircases A-F (still quite pleasant), or the houses, which have all been refurbished in recent years - G, X and W on Grange Road and V slightly further into the grounds.
Third years have the best choice of accommodation, with only Senior Scholars choosing before them. This means that, as well as the Whewell's and New Court, future third years can pick some rooms in Great Court (if they're high enough in the ballot!), rooms on the 'Blue Boar Podium' which are pretty modern, 4a Bridge Street which is due to be expanded and has an abundance of bathrooms and well-equipped kitchens and a few rooms in Nevile's Court for the very lucky.
In both second and third years, students can also choose to live in a double - usually 2 bedrooms and a living area, with a bathroom in some cases (as in the doubles in Burrell's Field). These generally work out as cheaper than an equivalent single room and the living areas are generally large.
Trinity's accommodation is quite good with about half of all rooms having an ensuite. It's also some of the cheapest in Cambridge - an ensuite there will cost you around £829 per term whereas others will charge around £1300.
- Blue Boar Court Room O4: http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/accom/accom_pictures.php?id=BLB0OROM004
Notice the id=BLB0OROM004. You can change this to get different rooms. E.g id=BLB0OROM005 will give you O5, id=BLB0PROM006 will give you P6.
- Angel Court Room B7: http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/accom/accom_pictures.php?id=ANG0BROM007
So id=ANG0BROM008 would give B8 and id=ANG0CROM004 would give C4.
- Wolfson Court Room C18: http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/accom/accom_pictures.php?id=wlf0cROM018
- New Court F6: http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/accom/accom_pictures.php?id=NEW0FROM006
- Great Court G5: http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/accom/accom_pictures.php?id=GRT0GROM005
- Nevile's Court D6: http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/accom/accom_pictures.php?id=NVL0DROM006
- Burrell's Field G7: http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/accom/accom_pictures.php?id=BFL0GROM007
One student writes (July 09):
On the whole, I don't like the canteen food. I eat there maybe 3-4 times per week. On the plus side, their butterscotch ice cream and strawberry ice cream are AMAZING. The steak they serve is usually good too.
There are not lots of options, usually just one vegetarian and one non-vegetarian, with a "chef's choice" at lunchtime, which is quite often leftovers from the previous night.
The prices are fixed no matter what the meal is, for example a main course is ~£1.70 regardless of whether it's a slice of pizza or a piece of steak. This means the value for money is quite variable. We pay quite a lot as a fixed 'kitchen fee' termly too, which is annoying for people like me who rarely use it.
People eat in the hall with varying frequency. One guy I know thinks the Trinity food is amazingly brilliant, which, amusing and rare as it is, shows just how diverse people can be considering some people never eat there.
I've only been to one formal (I can't STAND dressing up fancily, and it's not cheap either). The starter was yuck, the main course was good but cold, and the dessert was yuck too. Apparently they're quite consistent with the sort of stuff they serve too.
I think formal hall is perhaps 5 or 6 nights per week, not 100% sure.
Another student writes (July 09):
I'm not really keen on Trinity's canteen food either, and am able to avoid it when it's something I don't like because I have a well-equipped kitchen. I do know people who eat almost every meal in there though. The problem is that at lunch and dinner they do have some very nice things - lots of people like steak, roast beef + yorkshire turns up every few Sundays, which is nice, the ice cream is good, they have burgers every now and then which were praised by a friend of a friend who'd tried quite a few different halls, but the food is not consistently nice by any means. They have some things I really wouldn't touch, and instead have the soup (which is at every meal and comes in a variety of flavours, though they often taste quite similar) with free and presumably unlimited sliced bread.
If you want a meal and 2 veg/carbs (where carbs includes potato of some kind or plain pasta or rice) it will cost something like £2.30 as prices have increased recently. Usually I would only have one veg/carb, as the vegetables aren't always that appetising, that comes to £2 and a couple of pennies I think. However there are some odd things, like spaghetti bolognese includes the spaghetti and the bolognese in the main course so you don't pay extra for the pasta part.
Lots of my friends like Trinity's desserts but I don't have them that often... the ice cream is nice though! Trinity also has a breakfast service Monday-Saturday that includes cereal, I think croissants though I might be imagining that, and hot food eg bacon, sausages, some kind of fried potato depending on the day. The cost is variable depending on the mood of the person on the till - sometimes you can be charged per slice of bacon, so each slice costs 50p (but sometimes not)!
As for formal - Trinity has formal 5 nights a week. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in Mich and Lent terms are 'special formal' (reduced to just Saturday in May term), while Wednesday and Sunday are just normal formal. At normal formal, you get 3 courses of the same food you would have got if you had gone to the earlier canteen-style dinner, but it is served to you. This results in people having pizza at formal on occasion if they're vegetarian, which does seem strange. Normal formal is fairly cheap - I *think* it still costs less than £4 but I haven't been in a while. At special formal the menu is different from the standard hall food and varies in niceness. Special formal is also slightly more expensive and I've lost track of the actual price, but it isn't more than £6 as far as I remember. You can take one guest at the same price as a member but the second guest is more expensive. Friday nights are BA dinner, which only graduate members can buy tickets for - the food is quite good, or at least I think it is good sometimes depending on your tastes. They also have free orange juice and a drinks reception which is nice.
As of next year, however, what I have written above might be a bit redundant. Trinity is beginning renovations of its kitchens and so next year there will be a temporary kitchen in Great Court. As far as I remember the renovations are due to last a year, after which they will move the area where food is served from the hall itself to the buttery which is across the corridor. This should, I am told, allow for more space and hopefully more selection of food as is available in other college halls. As of next term we will also hopefully have superhall every now and then (I think twice a term? not sure), costing a fair bit more than special formal but with better food.
A student (October 2009): Formal Hall costs a fiver.
Lots. The Wolfson Party Room (WPR, pronounced whuper) is a subterranean, troglodytian hole somewhere beneath the Wolfson Building. Generally home to the TCSU-organised Ents. I can't stand upright in there, so I don't know too much about it... There's also the Butler House Party Room in Burrell's Field, where TCSU lay on a Freshers' Ent -- in my second year, I had the 'misfortune' to live not a million miles away from it, so I can testify that the Freshers' ent is loud, and goes on a very long time.
Trinity is lucky to have the Backs, and a glorious Fellows' Garden (which, despite the name, is open to us student scum...) The South Paddock is one of the few bits of hallowed turf they let students on, and is usually home in the summer to hoardes of us pretending to revise (and actually watching tourists fail miserably at punting, and generally falling in). The Fellows' Garden, between Burrell's and the main college site, is great on a sunny day to sit in with a book and forget that you're meant to be working.
Hall is cheap, edible and plentiful. Food is best described as ... variable ... sometimes you luck out and college put on a decent spread, sometimes it's the noxious, questionable mystery meat in brown liquid known as 'Suffolk Stew'. There's a reason Cambridge doesn't have a stray cat problem, and I think that's it. However, one culinary art College excels at is pudding/dessert/afters. Supposedly, Trinity invented Creme Brulee, and the Brown Bread Ice Cream is to die for. Seriously lush.
Trinity formals are particularly ... formal ... by Cambridge standards, and happen every night except Monday and Friday, with Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 'special' formal hall (with better food). Dress standards are notionally suit, tie, and a gown for everybody (not just College members, as is common at most other Cambridge colleges), with female equivalent. However, they're fairly lax with enforcing the rules.
Personally, the bar reminds me of an airport departure lounge. Little atmosphere, usually heaving before and after Formal and fairly quiet at other times. It's located in Angel Ct, but you can get to it through the passageway between I Great Ct and Angel. You'll need a Buttery card (College ID card) to get in.
Above the bar. TV, papers etc. Not much to say, really.
Library and Computing
It's big, with everything you could want. Fines can be hefty, so make sure you get your books back on time. Having said that, as a scientist I didn't have cause to go in there until my third year ... Make sure you make at least one trip to the basement, which is actually under the river. Fun games to play include locking your friends in there for fun and profit.
College has several computer rooms -- one in I New Court with about 40 PCs/Macs, and another in Burrell's Field Porters' Lodge.
Every college room has at least one network point. Make sure you've got an Ethernet card in your computer, although the computer types can lend you one if you cross their palms with silver.
- The use of peer to peer (p2p) sharing software is banned in Trinity.
- Network traffic amounts, outside the Cambridge domain, is limited to 3 GB (daily) and/or 14 GB (weekly). (source)
Trinity's ranking in the Tompkins Table (which ranks colleges by their Tripos exam results): 1st (2011), 2nd (2010), 1st (2009), 3rd (2008), 6th (2007), 5th (2006), 3rd (2005), 3rd (2004), 8th (2003), 6th (2002), 3rd (2001), 2nd (2000).
Trinity is a damn nice place to live, generally. Although it's the largest college in Cambridge, you'll soon make a group of friends, especially given the way the first years are accommodated. Living in the centre of town is a definite advantage, as if it all gets too much for you there's plenty of spaces to escape to in town. Really, with most colleges, you make them into what you want. It's the people that count, and thankfully Trinity has a lower quotient of numpties and irritating characters than some other colleges do.
Trinity were declared the second sportiest college in Michealmas 2009 by The Tab. See The Tab article: The College Cup revealed
Being the largest and most wealthy college has its advantages. We've got a gym (over near Burrell's) which is something like a fiver to use for the year. There's no shortage of washing machines and dryers (yes, you will have to use them, get used to the idea...)
- Chapel (image 1, image 2)
- Hall (Sixteenth century, used daily for meals, both formal and informal) (image 1, image 2)
- College Bar with pool table and table football and sofas
- The Wren Library (manuscripts) (image 1, image 2, image 3)
- General College Library (over 80,000 volumes)
- Law Reading Room (24/7)
- Winstanley Lecture Theatre (seats 150, fully-equipped audio-visual theatre)
- 2 main Computer Rooms (plus a few other computers dotted about college)
- 6 music practice rooms with upright pianos
- 2 harpsichords
- several grand pianos
- Gym (over near Burrell's) with:
- 2 concept IIs
- 2 cross-trainers
- 2 treadmills
- 2 stationary bikes
- 1 stair machine
- 1 climbing machine
- Machine with cables to weights (the kind you can adjust to do rowing, chest flies, whatever)
- Dips station
- Glute-ham-raise station (can also be used for crunches)
- 2 power cages
- Lots of free weights including bumper plates
- Dumbbells up to 50 kgs
- Swiss balls and stretching mats
- Football, rugby, cricket facilities at Old Fields (a few mins walk from the Great Gate)
- 4 Squash Courts
- Badminton Court
- Basketball Court
- Netball Court (Old Fields)
- 9 all-weather tennis courts
- Hockey pitches
- Wolfson Party Room (venue for music and dancing)
- Health Centre with college nurse
- College physiotherapist
- College councellor
Trinity is an awesome place to live, work and generally experience Cambridge from. But I would say that, I'm biased... :D
- Youtube clip - Trinity Choir 2009 - John Brown's Body and Three Songs of Faith and Motet - Komm Jesu Komm and Civitas Sancti Tui and Nocturnes (I) and Bogoróditse Djévo and O Nata Lux and Coelos Ascendit Hodie
- Trinity Choir singing on the river (June 2009)
- Youtube clip - Trinity College Chapel,Cambridge - Chorus rehearsal - November 2008
- Youtube clip -Trinity College Choir Punt Concert (2007)
Trinity May Balls
- Youtube clip - Trinity Ball 2006 - felix da housecat and Republic of Loose
- Youtube clip - Trinity May Ball 2007 and Trinity Ball 2007 Justice we are your friends and BoysNoize and Dr Lektroluv
- Youtube clip - Trinity Ball 2008 trailer and Trinity Ball 2008 and Trinity Ball 2008 (2) and Trinity Ball 2008 (3) and Dance Stage and Mark Ronson and The Coronas Heroes or Ghosts
- Youtube clip - Trinity May Ball 2009 - Fireworks and fireworks 2