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That is not true. Admittedly, I live where there are the best kitchens (4 hobs, oven and microwave), 2 kitchens like this for 10 rooms. In other freshers' accommodation I have seen you get pretty much the same thing but without the oven (Wolfson) and with fewer hobs (eg Blue Boar O). I can't remember much about Angel Court, but you definitely have at least hobs and microwave in each kitchen. And fridge (unless rooms have fridges).
Sounds like the odds are good i'll end up somewhere with cooking facilities - that's quite a relief! Thank you for letting me know.

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Well done on choosing the best college!
Indeed!! If it was good enough for Isaac Newton and Lord Byron, then it's certainly going to be good enough for me!!
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Most gyp rooms have hobs. If you're in the Wolfson building as a first year, you will have ovens, if not then you won't. For second and third years there are huge kitchens in the houses over in Burrell's (V, W and X) with ovens and hobs. Almost everywhere else will have hobs but not ovens and there are a few in the older parts of college which don't have hobs (just a microwave, kettle and toaster).
Thank you! I was thinking of trying to go into the more modern accommodation anyway (like Wolfson) because i'm quite keen on the idea of an en-suite, though i won't be devastated if i can't get one. Do all first years get rooms in Wolfson?
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Thank you! I was thinking of trying to go into the more modern accommodation anyway (like Wolfson) because i'm quite keen on the idea of an en-suite, though i won't be devastated if i can't get one. Do all first years get rooms in Wolfson?
No. First-years live in Wolfson, Angel Court, Blue Boar I and Blue Boar O (or at least they did when I was a first year). Wolfson and Blue Boar I have ovens, Blue Boar O and Angel may or may not have hobs, somebody who has lived there more recently will have to clarify on that. Blue Boar I has a few ensuites but not all the rooms are. When I applied, you did not really get to pick where you lived in first year, you just said what level of rent you want, and then you were assigned a room - to my knowledge this hasn't changed...

Thereafter, it is easy to choose accommodation with decent cooking facilities - everywhere in Burrell's Field has at least hobs and some places have ovens, some have really massive kitchens with a proper dining table. Bridge Street (renamed Pearce Hostel, another bit of Trinity I didn't even know existed until my 2nd year) also has ovens, and I think there's part of Blue Boar court that also has them. Older parts of college, especially the areas around Great Court, and Whewell's Court, generally only have microwaves, but many people bring their own hobs/George Foreman grills/easy-bake ovens and hide them.
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No. First-years live in Wolfson, Angel Court, Blue Boar I and Blue Boar O (or at least they did when I was a first year). Wolfson and Blue Boar I have ovens, Blue Boar O and Angel may or may not have hobs, somebody who has lived there more recently will have to clarify on that. Blue Boar I has a few ensuites but not all the rooms are. When I applied, you did not really get to pick where you lived in first year, you just said what level of rent you want, and then you were assigned a room - to my knowledge this hasn't changed...

Thereafter, it is easy to choose accommodation with decent cooking facilities - everywhere in Burrell's Field has at least hobs and some places have ovens, some have really massive kitchens with a proper dining table. Bridge Street (renamed Pearce Hostel, another bit of Trinity I didn't even know existed until my 2nd year) also has ovens, and I think there's part of Blue Boar court that also has them. Older parts of college, especially the areas around Great Court, and Whewell's Court, generally only have microwaves, but many people bring their own hobs/George Foreman grills/easy-bake ovens and hide them.
I didn't know you didn't get a choice in your accommodation. Some of my friends who are already at various unis said that when they applied for their accommodation, they put down the different halls of residence in order of preference. Most ended up in their second or third choice. I assumed Cambridge would be similar? I mean, i'm sure it doesn't matter because the accommodation is all pretty good, but still - it's a strange way of doing things
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I didn't know you didn't get a choice in your accommodation. Some of my friends who are already at various unis said that when they applied for their accommodation, they put down the different halls of residence in order of preference. Most ended up in their second or third choice. I assumed Cambridge would be similar? I mean, i'm sure it doesn't matter because the accommodation is all pretty good, but still - it's a strange way of doing things
I'd not really thought about it like that to be honest! Yes I guess it is a bit strange, but there's a lot less to choose between in the accommodation - there's no choice between catered or not, it's all in pretty much the same place, it's all a very similar format (ie corridors of rooms not flats) etc. And as you choose your college before you apply you narrow down the options for where you will end up living significantly, instead of choosing an accommodation block/village etc. after you've been accepted.
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I didn't know you didn't get a choice in your accommodation. Some of my friends who are already at various unis said that when they applied for their accommodation, they put down the different halls of residence in order of preference. Most ended up in their second or third choice. I assumed Cambridge would be similar? I mean, i'm sure it doesn't matter because the accommodation is all pretty good, but still - it's a strange way of doing things
Different colleges do different things. I may be wrong in saying this but I think some colleges will bump you up the ballot choice for second year for very good first year examinations.

At King's at least (from what I was told a while ago), you choose according to the random ballot allocation for second year then flipped the complete other way for third. A nice position in the middle and you could well have ensuite for three years woo
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Different colleges do different things. I may be wrong in saying this but I think some colleges will bump you up the ballot choice for second year for very good first year examinations.

At King's at least (from what I was told a while ago), you choose according to the random ballot allocation for second year then flipped the complete other way for third. A nice position in the middle and you could well have ensuite for three years woo
You are right about the exams. In Trinity if you get a first in first year you become a Junior Scholar in second year, which sends you to the top of the ballot for third year rooms. If you do really well and come in the top 5 or something you become a Senior Scholar and they have their own ballot (above everyone else). Otherwise it is a random ballot for 2nd year rooms, reversed for 3rd year.

I know Christ's has a scholar's ballot so the people who get firsts can pick a different room over the summer for second year.
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Anyone know what the reputation for food at Fitzwilliam is? I've been pooled there, and it's not a college I've eaten at before! And I guess I'd like to mentally prepare if it's anything like the lunch I had at Caius open day...
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Different colleges do different things. I may be wrong in saying this but I think some colleges will bump you up the ballot choice for second year for very good first year examinations.

At King's at least (from what I was told a while ago), you choose according to the random ballot allocation for second year then flipped the complete other way for third. A nice position in the middle and you could well have ensuite for three years woo
It is generally different colleges do different things. Robinson, for example, draws up a random ballot and you go to a room at a designated time and pick from the available rooms left. The ballot is re-drawn for third year or so i hear so your grade doesn't matter.

Christ's does what *Liana* said, basically. You can pick up to 2 people to ballot with and it's drawn in Lent term and then everyone picks a room in ballot order from a list (2nd years are offered the worst rooms...). If you get a first, you have the option of picking another room which hasn't been taken by a 2nd or 3rd year. This is known as the "Scholar's Ballot" and will be done in ballot order (so if someone at the top picked C5 and someone at the bottom picked C5, the guy at the top of the original ballot gets it). It's flipped when you pick third-year rooms but the scholar's ballot operates again for anyone who gets a first (at least, i think so ... huh, i should really ask one of the third years...)

Corpus, i hear, does a proper scholar's ballot: it actually goes in grade order (so if you were the worst in your year, you get the last pick...)
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Different colleges do different things. I may be wrong in saying this but I think some colleges will bump you up the ballot choice for second year for very good first year examinations.

So, if you get good grades you'll end up in a decent room, but if you slack off and end up with bad grades you'll end up in accommodation which isn't as nice? Crikey, that's a good incentive to work hard!!!
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Different colleges do different things. I may be wrong in saying this but I think some colleges will bump you up the ballot choice for second year for very good first year examinations.
Yeah, John's moves anyone who gets a first up to the top of the ballot list for the next year.
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How's Christmas dinner there? Do you get like special food for holidays like that? A gargantuan turkey perhaps..?
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How's Christmas dinner there? Do you get like special food for holidays like that? A gargantuan turkey perhaps..?
Term tends to end on the very first days of December so I don't think they could really do Christmas food http://www.cam.ac.uk/univ/termdates.html
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Term tends to end on the very first days of December so I don't think they could really do Christmas food http://www.cam.ac.uk/univ/termdates.html
Actually, there's Cambridge Christmas, which is like normal Christmas but early and with your friends. Most, if not all colleges, have a Christmas formal hall, and certainly there's lot of carol concerts and things too. It's really fun
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How's Christmas dinner there? Do you get like special food for holidays like that? A gargantuan turkey perhaps..?
We have Cambridge Christmas - 25th November Not sure if it's the same for all colleges but i know a few, mine definitely, do a special christmas formal hall where you have crackers etc It's fun. We sang drunken carols at our last one.
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Actually, there's Cambridge Christmas, which is like normal Christmas but early and with your friends. Most, if not all colleges, have a Christmas formal hall, and certainly there's lot of carol concerts and things too. It's really fun
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We have Cambridge Christmas - 25th November Not sure if it's the same for all colleges but i know a few, mine definitely, do a special christmas formal hall where you have crackers etc It's fun. We sang drunken carols at our last one.
Can I just say that is amazing. Thank you for the info!
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We have Cambridge Christmas - 25th November Not sure if it's the same for all colleges but i know a few, mine definitely, do a special christmas formal hall where you have crackers etc It's fun. We sang drunken carols at our last one.
This sounds like SO much fun, I can't wait for it next autumn! Do you know if Fitzwilliam has a Cambridge Christmas??
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This sounds like SO much fun, I can't wait for it next autumn! Do you know if Fitzwilliam has a Cambridge Christmas??
I think my friend at Fitz had a Christmas meal at a restaurant in town...not sure if that was because they didn't have Christmas hall, or just that they wanted another celebration...
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Wow, judging your college on food?!
A note on judging which college to go for.

When you go for open days, you get roughly a 0% appreciation of what the place is actually like to live at. You go and you think "Right, I want to go to somewhere that's old, big, grand, rich, prestigious, etc."

It means bull. Basically, about a month into your degree you get an appreciation of what actually means something to you about your college. Things that you wouldn't expect are important, most definitely are.

1. Food is important, and the guy who's posted this has a very good point in asking this question. The fact that I can rely on my college's hall to produce for me three nice, good size courses, for very cheap prices, every day, means I can worry a LOT less about food in general. Eating takes less time, and I'm healthier because I have a good diet. I go to Girton, for the record. I've sampled Homerton, Corpus (pretty nice), Caius (abysmal), Robinson (pretty nice), Johns (nice formals on the whole), Newnham (average) and Pembroke (expensive!) food and I'm confident in saying that ours surpasses the lot of them. Our chef won the award for "best hot main" in the recent competition between colleges, and it does show.

2. Personality of your DoS and fellows, and the way they run your course. This is impossible to gauge from an open day, really. Our DoS is lovely, she's down to earth, funny, keeps our classes relaxed, and really is top notch on her knowledge of literary criticism, she's... like... infallible at it. She's also disorganised and skittish, and occasionally has to go pick up her kids from school rather than give a supervision. She also organises weekly events for us, including poets as speakers, professors from the faculty, poetry groups, essay writing discussions, etc. Wine is always present, and we generally have a really nice time. The fact that they pretty much run our course (considering English is pretty flexible in the amount of teaching you choose to receive from lectures) it has a HUGE positive effect on my life that my DoSses are both lovely people.

3. Proximity to other places you need to go. This affects me quite a lot, being at Girton. I wish I was at Selwyn and only had to take a 2 minute walk to get to my lectures. Saying that, though, if you're a natsci you have to go to loads of different labs all over the place anyway - and if you're a medic, there's only really Homerton that's close to Addenbrookes. Pick somewhere close.

4. Wealth of your college. I've found this has affected me very little. Our room rents are high, yes. Our rooms aren't that big, yes. Our bathrooms haven't been decorated in a few years, it's true, but apart from these things you're not going to find that going somewhere really rich is going to change your experience much. I went to John's the other day and the loo I went in was disgusting. The loo I went to at Queens' - one of the poorest colleges - was immaculate.

5. Architecture of your college. Does nothing. For the first month you're "" every time you walk anywhere and then it pretty much wears off - this is the place you live in. It stops being special pretty quickly when you see it every day. This is coming from someone who adores architecture; it matters to me a lot, but you just come to accept it.

6. Prestigiousness. Means nothing. Pretty much everyone here is treated the same as everyone else (except the Johnians) and just because you go to Fitzwilliam that hasn't got any really famous alumni or whatever doesn't mean you couldn't be the first. Everyone that goes to Cambridge has that potential.

There are other things, but really, they're irrelevant. Choose your college based on how easy it will make your experience in Cambridge in terms of the living side of things. The less time you spend living (eating, travelling, shopping, sleeping, cooking) the more time you have to work and the more time you have to have fun.
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A note on judging which college to go for.

When you go for open days, you get roughly a 0% appreciation of what the place is actually like to live at. You go and you think "Right, I want to go to somewhere that's old, big, grand, rich, prestigious, etc."

It means bull. Basically, about a month into your degree you get an appreciation of what actually means something to you about your college. Things that you wouldn't expect are important, most definitely are.

1. Food is important, and the guy who's posted this has a very good point in asking this question. The fact that I can rely on my college's hall to produce for me three nice, good size courses, for very cheap prices, every day, means I can worry a LOT less about food in general. Eating takes less time, and I'm healthier because I have a good diet. I go to Girton, for the record. I've sampled Homerton, Corpus (pretty nice), Caius (abysmal), Robinson (pretty nice), Johns (nice formals on the whole), Newnham (average) and Pembroke (expensive!) food and I'm confident in saying that ours surpasses the lot of them. Our chef won the award for "best hot main" in the recent competition between colleges, and it does show.

2. Personality of your DoS and fellows, and the way they run your course. This is impossible to gauge from an open day, really. Our DoS is lovely, she's down to earth, funny, keeps our classes relaxed, and really is top notch on her knowledge of literary criticism, she's... like... infallible at it. She's also disorganised and skittish, and occasionally has to go pick up her kids from school rather than give a supervision. She also organises weekly events for us, including poets as speakers, professors from the faculty, poetry groups, essay writing discussions, etc. Wine is always present, and we generally have a really nice time. The fact that they pretty much run our course (considering English is pretty flexible in the amount of teaching you choose to receive from lectures) it has a HUGE positive effect on my life that my DoSses are both lovely people.

3. Proximity to other places you need to go. This affects me quite a lot, being at Girton. I wish I was at Selwyn and only had to take a 2 minute walk to get to my lectures. Saying that, though, if you're a natsci you have to go to loads of different labs all over the place anyway - and if you're a medic, there's only really Homerton that's close to Addenbrookes. Pick somewhere close.

4. Wealth of your college. I've found this has affected me very little. Our room rents are high, yes. Our rooms aren't that big, yes. Our bathrooms haven't been decorated in a few years, it's true, but apart from these things you're not going to find that going somewhere really rich is going to change your experience much. I went to John's the other day and the loo I went in was disgusting. The loo I went to at Queens' - one of the poorest colleges - was immaculate.

5. Architecture of your college. Does nothing. For the first month you're "" every time you walk anywhere and then it pretty much wears off - this is the place you live in. It stops being special pretty quickly when you see it every day. This is coming from someone who adores architecture; it matters to me a lot, but you just come to accept it.

6. Prestigiousness. Means nothing. Pretty much everyone here is treated the same as everyone else (except the Johnians) and just because you go to Fitzwilliam that hasn't got any really famous alumni or whatever doesn't mean you couldn't be the first. Everyone that goes to Cambridge has that potential.

There are other things, but really, they're irrelevant. Choose your college based on how easy it will make your experience in Cambridge in terms of the living side of things. The less time you spend living (eating, travelling, shopping, sleeping, cooking) the more time you have to work and the more time you have to have fun.

That was truly stunning, except for one thing-

I'm a girl. (OP)
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