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Hi all, I'm an American student with very little idea of which Cambridge college I should apply to (even the idea of applying to a specific college is foreign to me). Would y'all mind giving me some advice on what would be a good match for me? For reference, I'm planning on applying for Human, Social, and Political Sciences, I'm left-wing and very politically engaged, identify as gay, hate climbing up hills, and would ideally like to be near some sort of theatrical scene! Obvi I know I'm not going to find something that matches all of that, but it would be great if someone could point me in the general direction!
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Hi all, I'm an American student with very little idea of which Cambridge college I should apply to (even the idea of applying to a specific college is foreign to me). Would y'all mind giving me some advice on what would be a good match for me? For reference, I'm planning on applying for Human, Social, and Political Sciences, I'm left-wing and very politically engaged, identify as gay, hate climbing up hills, and would ideally like to be near some sort of theatrical scene! Obvi I know I'm not going to find something that matches all of that, but it would be great if someone could point me in the general direction!
I went to Emmanuel and it has a thriving social scene and the cheapest student bar. It also has an outdoor swimming pool (great in the summer) and is often the best performing college academically.

There are literally no hills in Cambridge so don’t worry about that.

There are little booklets online for each college and you can use them to whittle down your search. Basically avoid Girton (because it is very far away) and Churchill (because it’s the ugliest college). Then there are all female colleges and graduate preferred ones. You want to be right on campus then try Darwin. You should be able to choose or eliminate a little based on factors like that. Then you need a second choice college just in case you don’t get your first. Some people don’t get either choice so be careful to make your second choice a less popular one.
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Have a look at Sidney Sussex - relaxed atmosphere, close to all the stuff in the centre, and across the road from the ADC - where the footlights are. It's nice and flat, and has a nice bar and grounds, where lots of societies meet.
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if you're a woman 100% go for Newnham, huge gay scene, very left wing with many active political societies (Newnham environmental justice society is a good one) very close to the departments, zero hills and the theatrical 'scene' as it were extends all over cambridge

if you really aren't fussed you can make an open application where you are randomly assigned one
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I went to Emmanuel and it has a thriving social scene and the cheapest student bar. It also has an outdoor swimming pool (great in the summer) and is often the best performing college academically.

There are literally no hills in Cambridge so don’t worry about that.

There are little booklets online for each college and you can use them to whittle down your search. Basically avoid Girton (because it is very far away) and Churchill (because it’s the ugliest college). Then there are all female colleges and graduate preferred ones. You want to be right on campus then try Darwin. You should be able to choose or eliminate a little based on factors like that. Then you need a second choice college just in case you don’t get your first. Some people don’t get either choice so be careful to make your second choice a less popular one.
this is misinformed there is no way to indicate a second choice you only pick one
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this is misinformed there is no way to indicate a second choice you only pick one
Ah has that changed? It’s been a decade for me. Making me feel my age now lol
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this is misinformed there is no way to indicate a second choice you only pick one
I think you do for postgrad, which could be where the confusion is coming from
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I think you do for postgrad, which could be where the confusion is coming from
Ah I was a postgrad so that is probably it. Every day is a school day. Came on a thread to help and learned some new information. Thank you for letting me know 💕
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Generally though the poster cannot go wrong. Cambridge is a great place to study and socialise and all the colleges have their plus factors.
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Generally though the poster cannot go wrong. Cambridge is a great place to study and socialise and all the colleges have their plus factors.
completely agree, everyone I know loves the college they go to. op, another factor you may want to look into is difference in accommodation styles and kitchen facilities as this may vary slightly
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And there's a 20% chance any offer will come from a different college anyway...
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