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    (Original post by Mathemagicien)
    So you can go to other colleges for food? What's to stop someone from staying at a college with a low KFC (kitchen fee), and eating at somewhere where the meals are more subsidised?
    There's nothing stopping you, but the quality differences in the food are entirely personal opinion, and the effort required to constantly eat elsewhere, rather than 100 feet away ... well not many will bother!
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    (Original post by vincrows)
    *cough cough*
    No comment..
    Lol, oh dear
    (Original post by DJMayes)
    Our food is only expensive if you're not from the college - we get 1/3 off by paying with our cards. If you're not already, get a Pembroke friend to pay for you as a guest.

    For me brunch is all about the fried potatoes. If you're not having them then breakfast is just better.

    Never been to Queens' for brunch, but I definitely rate their cafe/bar.
    Queens' bar is extremely good, large and good value. I go there pretty much every week.
    (Original post by Mathemagicien)
    So you can go to other colleges for food? What's to stop someone from staying at a college with a low KFC (kitchen fee), and eating at somewhere where the meals are more subsidised?
    You can eat anywhere you want (except formals - you have to be a guest of a member at that college), provided you can get into the college. E.g at Queens they ask if you're a member of Queens' and I just say yes and apparently that's sufficient lmao. Pembroke you just walk in. Caius might be a little harder. I'm not sure about the specifics, but it doesn't harm to try, nothing's going to happen if you get caught.
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    (Original post by DJMayes)
    Our food is only expensive if you're not from the college - we get 1/3 off by paying with our cards. If you're not already, get a Pembroke friend to pay for you as a guest.

    For me brunch is all about the fried potatoes. If you're not having them then breakfast is just better.

    Never been to Queens' for brunch, but I definitely rate their cafe/bar.
    No waffles on weekend brunch?
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    (Original post by vincrows)
    No waffles on weekend brunch?
    Not a massive waffles fan, and with the amount I eat I certainly don't need them extra!
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    (Original post by DJMayes)
    Not a massive waffles fan, and with the amount I eat I certainly don't need them extra!
    So you're not missing anything then.
    That was the only reason she got up before midday on Saturdays.

    Prmbrke's formal was her best among all the colleges' formals by far, btw.
    The famous Michelin chef still there?
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    Anyone been invited to a Maths pre-sessional course run by Homerton and some other colleges (maybe G&C?)? Does anyone know what this actually involves? Basically it means you get to move in on the 25th September as well.
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    In relation to Trinity;
    What is the difference between formal and special formal?
    What is the dress code for formal/special formal? It says a gown is to be worn and it cannot be over a shirt or pullover, so does this mean i will need a suit jacket?
    What seems to be the average living costs of Cambridge? (excluding accommodation)
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    (Original post by tridianprime)
    Anyone been invited to a Maths pre-sessional course run by Homerton and some other colleges (maybe G&C?)? Does anyone know what this actually involves? Basically it means you get to move in on the 25th September as well.
    My college (Homerton) mentioned something like this, but I don't know yet whether I'll be going to the Maths one or the NatSci Maths one (since I'm doing CompSci with Maths). I think the NatSci one starts on the 27th. They also mentioned something about a classics one.
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    (Original post by KingRS)
    In relation to Trinity;
    What is the difference between formal and special formal?
    What is the dress code for formal/special formal? It says a gown is to be worn and it cannot be over a shirt or pullover, so does this mean i will need a suit jacket?
    What seems to be the average living costs of Cambridge? (excluding accommodation)
    You need to wear a suit under a gown with a tie.
    No need for a dinner jacket. Just a standard business suit will do.
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    (Original post by vincrows)
    You need to wear a suit under a gown with a tie.
    No need for a dinner jacket. Just a standard business suit will do.
    It says I need to wear a gown during Formal dinner, Special Formal seems to be 3 times a week so does that mean Formal is the dinner that's on every day? (In the White Book)
    I may have read it wrong so please correct me if so
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    (Original post by tridianprime)
    Anyone been invited to a Maths pre-sessional course run by Homerton and some other colleges (maybe G&C?)? Does anyone know what this actually involves? Basically it means you get to move in on the 25th September as well.
    Basically geek week, they teach you a bit of analysis, some uni maths, it's really fun and a good way to ease in, from what I've heard. Look through the 2013 version of this thread for more info.
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    Whoo! King's sent us an email. We have some stupid book to read and are have an online accommodation form to fill in, plus health questionnaires and forms sent to us by mail. Ooh, and we're getting our college parent letters posted tomorrow! Exciting.
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    (Original post by vincrows)
    So you're not missing anything then.
    That was the only reason she got up before midday on Saturdays.

    Prmbrke's formal was her best among all the colleges' formals by far, btw.
    The famous Michelin chef still there?
    Pretty sure the chef is still there. She must have got lucky and came on one of the days the chef wasn't feeling experimental - some of their desserts are very odd choices...

    I've always enjoyed Peterhouse formal when I've gone. People seem to dislike it because the food is often not really formal (pizza, pie) but I think it's great.
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    (Original post by tridianprime)
    Anyone been invited to a Maths pre-sessional course run by Homerton and some other colleges (maybe G&C?)? Does anyone know what this actually involves? Basically it means you get to move in on the 25th September as well.
    Yeh mate since we're the same college.
    I am just curious what other colleges will be there?



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    Can someone compile vincrows' tips plzzz
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    (Original post by DJMayes)
    Pretty sure the chef is still there. She must have got lucky and came on one of the days the chef wasn't feeling experimental - some of their desserts are very odd choices...

    I've always enjoyed Peterhouse formal when I've gone. People seem to dislike it because the food is often not really formal (pizza, pie) but I think it's great.
    lol Suppose being a Cambridge college's chef is a good position to experiment weird things because there's no danger of losing customers.....
    Apparently there used to a chef at King's many years ago who liked putting all sorts of fruits (fresh or dried) in the mains. Our niece who was a King's engineer at the time still can't eat any main dish that has some fruit in it, even it's in the sauce. .

    Hmmmmm...
    Peterhouse is one of few colleges my daughter never been to formal. Maybe because of pizza, pie.......
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    (Original post by vincrows)
    lol Suppose being a Cambridge college's chef is a good position to experiment weird things because there's no danger of losing customers.....
    Apparently there used to a chef at King's many years ago who liked putting all sorts of fruits (fresh or dried) in the mains. Our niece who was a King's engineer at the time still can't eat any main dish that has some fruit in it, even it's in the sauce. .

    Hmmmmm...
    Peterhouse is one of few colleges my daughter never been to formal. Maybe because of pizza, pie.......
    We don't have quite that issue (college is very big on dietary concerns due to some students we've had who basically couldn't eat anything) but over my time we've had things like black pepper jelly, chilli sorbet, and one yoghurt that I can only describe as refrigerated washing powder (and a huge kick in the teeth if you were attempting to show off your formal amid claims it was the best ).

    Peterhouse is odd as it's the least formal formal despite being the oldest college, but it's great for those of us who would choose Greggs over Pret A Mangers every day of the week...
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    With cycling do most people wear helmets? I think I should take and wear a helmet but my parents seem to think that most people who only cycle small distances around cambridge don't bother with a helmet
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    (Original post by Whizbox)
    With cycling do most people wear helmets? I think I should take and wear a helmet but my parents seem to think that most people who only cycle small distances around cambridge don't bother with a helmet
    You're more sensible than your parents.
    I know a couple of people who had very serious bike accidents in Cambridge (and another with less serious accident) , one of them permanently severely disabled (though wearing a helmet wouldn't have saved him) and the other who recovered after a few weeks hospital stay but his parents was told by the doctor the outcome would've been very different if he hadn't been wearing a helmet. I saw the photo of the helmet was wearing. There was a huge dent on the side.

    There are many students who do not wear helmet, but you never know you don't become a next person who's going to be like those two I know.

    Please be sensible.



    physicsmaths, back me up!!
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    When will we get information on accomodation, moving in, general useful information, catering, payment, etc.

    Confirmed to Girton for Phys NatSci and haven't heard anything at all
 
 
 
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