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    Do undergraduates retain any rights within their college after graduation, such as dining rights, the right to stay in college when in the area etc? Does it vary by college, or by position - if you were a postgrad in a college would you have rights after leaving? Or junior fellows etc?
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    It varies by college, but I doubt any undergraduates have a right to stay in a college room after graduation... At my college, after receiving your cambridge MA, you have certain limited dining rights (I think once per year).
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    It depends on the College. Generally any privileges come after obtaining your MA.

    At King's you get

    1. 6 Free high table dinners a year

    2. right to hire a college room for up to three nights at a time

    3. right to use the college SCR

    4. right to walk on the grass
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    You get a cambridge alumni email address and access card for free. The card is something that most universities either have or are implementing, and it's mainly local shop discounts, cheap accommodation, (I believe) free entry to colleges that charge etc.

    The University will grant you your 'free' MA status (NOT a degree, though apparently 2/3rds of employers don't know) 6 years after matriculating (starting) and 2 years after graduating. I think it costs £10 these days.

    Once you're an MA you can also start trying to fiddle around with University policy as a member of the Senate, although these days that amounts to almost nothing and you'll be seen as a bit of a tit for trying. In the olden days it also meant you got to vote for one of Cambridge University's 2 MPs.

    Beyond that the perks vary from college to college. Some let graduates dine in hall on certain days of the year, some don't. If you keep a good relationship with your director of studies at your college you'll probably be able to wrangle the odd dinner at high table every now and again too.

    Discounted accommodation for short stays is sometimes also given to alumni, although again it varies by college.

    You might get a more concrete response if you tell us which college you're applying to / are at. Generally the smaller ones tend to offer more post-graduation perks to alumni, though the bigger ones that do so too tend to offer more.

    Edit: With regards to which qualification you've got, if colleges do discriminate between types of student, BAs will always get the most stuff as they're the bread and butter.
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    (Original post by justicia311)
    The University will grant you your 'free' MA status (NOT a degree, though apparently 2/3rds of employers don't know)
    You are not right there.

    Cambridge has both an MA degree and an MA status.

    An MA degree is conferred on BA's who apply apply the necessary number of terms.

    MA status is conferred on academics and academic related staff who would not otherwise qualify for a Cambridge (nor are able to acquire a degree by incorporation which is bestowed on Oxford and Dublin graduates who take up academic positions in Cambridge.) The reason for MA status is to give academics the full governance rights in the university held by those MAs who are academics.

    The difference between an MA and an MA status is that the latter wears a gown with no strings attached.

    Oxford, as ever, does it differently. There, academics who lack an Oxford, Cambridge or Dublin degree used to receive an MA by special resolution. In other words they actually got an MA and not merely its status. They are now merely added to the register of congregation. However Oxford is more generous over incorporation. A Cambridge or Dublin graduate becoming a student at Oxford incorporates his existing degree so acquires the equivalent Oxford degree.
 
 
 
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