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Hi people,

I was just wondering if anyone could give me some feedback on what they think is the best college in Cambridge University once all factors have been taken into account? I realise that it's quite contentious, but would appreciate feedback.

Thanks for your time!
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Hi people,

I was just wondering if anyone could give me some feedback on what they think is the best college in Cambridge University once all factors have been taken into account? I realise that it's quite contentious, but would appreciate feedback.

Thanks for your time!
I looked at a few colleges around Cambridge when I visited there a few weeks ago, and I think I'm safe in saying there is no best college. It's all down to personal taste..

Take a look at the Cambridge Student Union's publications website for reviews of colleges and other documents that may help you make a decision.

Good luck with your application
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Hi I think it very much depends on personal opinion - some people like the large prestigious colleges like Trinity and some the more small and modest ones like Peterhouse or Robinson.
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Hi people,

I was just wondering if anyone could give me some feedback on what they think is the best college in Cambridge University once all factors have been taken into account? I realise that it's quite contentious, but would appreciate feedback.

Thanks for your time!
Hmm... the college I applied to was Churchill, and the main reason was due to its close proximity to the Computer Science buildings. I also liked the fact that it was supposedly the most unstereotypical Cambridge college.

The thing I didn't like, however was the accomodation! It was like blocks of cells in an open prison and compared to the likes of Trinity etc., it's a whole different world (although it was fine inside, just a bit gloomy on the outside)! If you're going there for the traditional Cambridge college, avoid Churchill, but if you want something a little less traditional, then Churchill might be the place for you, if you don't mind the accomodation, that is.
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Hmm... the college I applied to was Churchill, and the main reason was due to its close proximity to the Computer Science buildings. I also liked the fact that it was supposedly the most unstereotypical Cambridge college.

The thing I didn't like, however was the accomodation! It was like blocks of cells in an open prison and compared to the likes of Trinity etc., it's a whole different world (although it was fine inside, just a bit gloomy on the outside)! If you're going there for the traditional Cambridge college, avoid Churchill, but if you want something a little less traditional, then Churchill might be the place for you, if you don't mind the accomodation, that is.
Churchill in my opinion is the worst college!!! It's the ugliest block of concrete in the world..... I like the beautiful traditional colleges with their old buildings and courts.
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(Original post by Surfing Hamster)
I looked at a few colleges around Cambridge when I visited there a few weeks ago, and I think I'm safe in saying there is no best college. It's all down to personal taste..
This is true.
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When your looking at the different colleges be sure to check out whether they have any...erm interesting traditions...
There is one I think where all the people at the college have to partake in a full moon ritual or something and walk around the quad in procession or something...there's others where you have to attend every dinner in full formal dress and chant -again I say- 'or something' ...I am very vague about these but hopefully you get the idea...
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i went to pembroke on the open day and i thought it was well cool. all the profs were a little crazy and it was a decent size and i think they get some of the best results
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Ideally I want the best compromise between distance from lectures (sidgwick I believe) and accommodation. Any ideas anyone?

Oh look, here I am discussing cambridge colleges when there's probably a pile of envelopes somewhere, one with the name Rushda on it and 5 D's just waiting to be thrown up on....
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lol come on you know you aced them! and i agree but also the lstaff have got to be decent enough cos you have all your supervisions with them. i imagine all the colleges are the same in terms of what types of ppl they attract - apart from trinity which seems an odd mix of posh ppl and mathmos
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hmmm i was going to vote for either trinnity college - due to the fact that my dad went there and my uncle went there and if they had not both gone there i would not be here.

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homo town due to the fact that one of my good friends goes there. and thinks its great, especially for not so posh people.

but neither are on your list as far as i can see.
hmmm


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oh well, voted for clare as my cousin goes there.


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According to the Times the best Cambridge College is Pembroke College, which for some reason is not included. They scored 67.73 in a pount system of five points for a first, three for a 2:1, two for a 2:2 and one for a third, based on the results of students taking their end of year Tripos examinations in 2002.
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Ps. You only included half of the twenty four colleges in the poll, is there a reason for this? I know some are more specialised colleges, such as Homerton, but I have not included this one.
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Ps. You only included half of the twenty four colleges in the poll, is there a reason for this? I know some are more specialised colleges, such as Homerton, but I have not included this one.
I'm at Cambridge at the moment, and I didn't think that anyone would really consider Pembroke to be the best, so I didn't include it. I thought it would basically be between Kings, Trinity and Johns.

Trinity is, of course, by far the best college at Cambridge :0
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I'm at Cambridge at the moment, and I didn't think that anyone would really consider Pembroke to be the best, so I didn't include it. I thought it would basically be between Kings, Trinity and Johns.

Trinity is, of course, by far the best college at Cambridge :0
Well according to Price Waterhouse Coopers, the colleges rank as follows (in 2002)

1. Pembroke (7th in 2001)
2. Emmanuel (2nd in 2001)
3. Clare (6th in 2001)
4. Christ's (1st)
5. Queen's (5th)
6. Trinity (3rd)
7. Gonville & C (8th)
8. Downing (10th)
9. Jesus (11th)
10. Churchill (9th)
11. St John's (4th)
12. St Cat's (18th)
13. Selwyn (12th)
14. King's (21st)
15. Magdalene (22nd)
16. Girton (17th)
17. Trinity Hall (15th)
18. Corpus C (20th)
19. Sidney S (16th)
20. Fitzwilliam (13th)
21. Robinson (14th)
22. Newham (24th)
23. Peterhouse (19th)
24. New Hall (23rd)

That is academically only, however.
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(Original post by cambridge_boi)
I'm at Cambridge at the moment, and I didn't think that anyone would really consider Pembroke to be the best, so I didn't include it. I thought it would basically be between Kings, Trinity and Johns.

Trinity is, of course, by far the best college at Cambridge :0
trinity is just the biggest college full of richkids who got mummy and daddy to pay their fees/private school tuition etc. As said pembroke performs the best academically and if your judging the best college tat is really the only important factor
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trinity is just the biggest college full of richkids who got mummy and daddy to pay their fees/private school tuition etc. As said pembroke performs the best academically and if your judging the best college tat is really the only important factor
Surely you should take the 5 year average rather than just last year's results? It varies a lot from year to year.

> trinity is just the biggest college full of richkids who got mummy and daddy to pay their fees/private school tuition etc

Why should this be the case? If you have a look at the stats, you'll find that it has a very low proportion of public school pupils. Trinity is more international than most.
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trinity is just the biggest college full of richkids who got mummy and daddy to pay their fees/private school tuition etc. As said pembroke performs the best academically and if your judging the best college tat is really the only important factor
Well said Phil
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Surely you should take the 5 year average rather than just last year's results? It varies a lot from year to year.
Well, PWC are very well respected auditors so I am sure they had their reasons but as you can see, King's is a very long way down the list and was even worse in 2001. When this years results come out we can take a 3 year average.
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