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There are so many beautiful Cambridge colleges, it can be very hard to make a choice!

Let's have a look at them all, in all their glory, on the Cambridge alternative prospectus page...

https://www.applytocambridge.com/colleges

You can see where the college is located by clicking on "view on map" below the picture of each college

Click on "view profile" and you can read a small piece about each college.

Underneath, students comment about

their favourite thing about their college
the atmosphere
the accommodation
the food
entertainment
welfare support
and things you would change about the college.

Further up, there is a list of amenities and types of meals available. So if you have a burning desire to have an on-site gym, check it out here!

Now to narrow it down a bit... A written guide to choosing a college

https://www.undergraduate.study.cam....sing-a-college

Here's an amazing youtube video by Dr Scott of Clare College, echoing the above advice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JanmPpvnAo

and this video by Cambridge university

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMk2c6Kh_z8
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Other ways to choose your Cambridge college (adapted from Oxford Demystified - Advice on Choosing a College) by Mona123456

Firstly, I recommend make a list of factors that are important to you. Some of these could include:

- Number of places for your subject
- Older vs newer college
- Accommodation (en-suites, kitchens, duration it is guaranteed for etc)
- Location (relative to the centre of Cambridge and relative to your faculties/libraries etc)
- Facilities (gym, buttery etc)
- Formal Hall and food
- Size
- Costs and support

TSR Cambridge colleges pros and cons

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wik..._pros_and_cons


Pros and cons of colleges according to the Tab (Cambridge university magazine)

https://thetab.com/uk/cambridge/2017...colleges-97976

Which Cambridge College - click on pic of college for more information

https://www.whichcambridgecollege.com/

Pros and cons of making an open application

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/educatio...ord-cambridge/

Thoughts from Downing college

https://medium.com/think-cambridge-l...e-3cc14f5f7e36

How Colleges Can Differ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3wPIcvAkEI

College access for disabled students

https://www.undergraduate.study.cam....abled-students

I would be grateful if anyone reading this thread could add their own comments about their college, once they come up to Cambridge. Tell us about college quirks, pets, favourite spots and amenities, little known facts, etc.
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You should not get too fixated on a specific college as you may not get an offer from the one you apply too.
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If you still can't make up your mind, here are links to each college's youtube video and underneath, links to the college website

Christ's College
Part 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofWcSrF8agI

Part 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uASyu6bexC4

https://www.christs.cam.ac.uk/

Churchill College

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vZbznNk-vw

https://www.chu.cam.ac.uk/
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Peterhouse Admissions

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Clare College

Memorial Court

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qL_N...ature=youtu.be

http://www.clare.cam.ac.uk/Home/

Corpus Christi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GV-kxRvkX3M

https://www.corpus.cam.ac.uk/

Downing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYWBDC7rkuA

https://www.dow.cam.ac.uk/

Downing College Webinars

https://www.dow.cam.ac.uk/outreach/s...sions-webinars

Emmanuel College

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVnx5P9pYfw

https://www.emma.cam.ac.uk/

Fitzwilliam College

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL-Xu9O1VM4

https://www.fitz.cam.ac.uk/

Girton College

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEIf9_ZKtuE

https://www.girton.cam.ac.uk/
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Gonville & Caius College

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zE4xQgJ7xcc

https://www.cai.cam.ac.uk/

Homerton College

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfkH1QUmy8A

https://www.homerton.cam.ac.uk/

Jesus College

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9CZWILb4Bk

https://www.jesus.cam.ac.uk/

King's College

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H34PpEtuyr0

https://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/

Magdelene College

(sorry, no video)

https://www.magd.cam.ac.uk/

Murray Edwards College (women only)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Cj53a4rg-U

https://www.murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk/
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Newnham College (women only)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEEdp7YnIqQ

https://www.newn.cam.ac.uk/

Pembroke College

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eR1BSR2gX9Q

https://www.pem.cam.ac.uk/

Peterhouse

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XC5wXQorz4U

https://www.pet.cam.ac.uk/

Queens' College

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gex1LQ4Icdk

https://www.queens.cam.ac.uk/

Robinson College

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSd5vXyXGPY

https://www.robinson.cam.ac.uk/
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Selwyn College

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8yK-lUO1tc

https://www.sel.cam.ac.uk/

Sidney Sussex College

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ti8VasJq8j8

https://www.sid.cam.ac.uk/

St Catharine's College

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGbXkXYo8X8

https://www.caths.cam.ac.uk/

St John's College

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CG7AkKeYw-4

https://www.joh.cam.ac.uk/

Trinity College

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqONrC1T_fw

https://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/

Trinity Hall

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EmxKs17tMA

https://www.trinhall.cam.ac.uk/
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Peterhouse Admissions

Thank you for the rep. Perhaps you'd like to comment on the thread as well?
You're welcome!

I think it's really important to stress that there is no such thing as picking the "right" College, nor is there one "right" way to go about choosing one. Case in point: I studied at one College, worked at a different one and am now working for a third. My Cambridge experience would have been slightly different at all of them, but they are all great places to live and study. I'd also really emphasise not to get hung up on one particular college, asMuttley79 says, or on application statistics. There's a reason we have the Pool - we want to make sure that the best students get a place, regardless of which College they applied to. It's worth bearing in mind that about 20% of Cambridge students end up studying at a College that isn't the one they applied to, and the vast majority of those are very happy where they end up! Finally, you're rarely going to be asked why you chose a particular college (except perhaps by some curious souls in Freshers Week, if you do end up studying at Cambridge) and certainly not at interview - interviewers are explicitly told not to ask this question.

To sum up - pick a College you like on whatever basis you want to (my original choice was influenced far more by my love of Stephen Fry than I would have cared to admit at the time!) but don't get too attached to it. Or don't pick one at all - there's no disadvantage to making an Open Application!
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You're welcome!

I think it's really important to stress that there is no such thing as picking the "right" College, nor is there one "right" way to go about choosing one. Case in point: I studied at one College, worked at a different one and am now working for a third. My Cambridge experience would have been slightly different at all of them, but they are all great places to live and study. I'd also really emphasise not to get hung up on one particular college, asMuttley79 says, or on application statistics. There's a reason we have the Pool - we want to make sure that the best students get a place, regardless of which College they applied to. It's worth bearing in mind that about 20% of Cambridge students end up studying at a College that isn't the one they applied to, and the vast majority of those are very happy where they end up! Finally, you're rarely going to be asked why you chose a particular college (except perhaps by some curious souls in Freshers Week, if you do end up studying at Cambridge) and certainly not at interview - interviewers are explicitly told not to ask this question.

To sum up - pick a College you like on whatever basis you want to (my original choice was influenced far more by my love of Stephen Fry than I would have cared to admit at the time!) but don't get too attached to it. Or don't pick one at all - there's no disadvantage to making an Open Application!
I must say that
a) elder son picked Exeter college because it was a beautiful college and it had a great view of the Radcliffe Camera from the mound. Also it had a scholarship attached to it for students living in our county
b) younger son was watching a documentary by his favourite TV presenter Dr Michael Mosely. He was standing in an exquisite library and the view onto the outside quad was, if anything, even more beautiful. He said to me "I must find that library". It turned out to be Oriel.

I once went to an admissions talk by the Univ admissions tutor. He said that some students had picked a certain college because it was near Sainsbury's.

One year a college had a mysterious increase in applications. The admissions team really couldn't guess why. They assumed it was because, that year, a rather cute snowman had been featured in the college prospectus!
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To sum up - pick a College you like on whatever basis you want to (my original choice was influenced far more by my love of Stephen Fry than I would have cared to admit at the time!) but don't get too attached to it. Or don't pick one at all - there's no disadvantage to making an Open Application!
Some of the pros and cons of making an open application are discussed in the link provided by Oxford Mum in post 3
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Some of the pros and cons of making an open application are discussed in the link provided by Oxford Mum in post 3
I know, Harrys! I think that, with all the other videos I included, this particular one had been accidentally overlooked...

What I wanted to achieve with this chapter was, in the absence of a July open day, to give prospective students as much information as I could in one place. That way they can make a choice, or not make a choice of college. I also tried to show as many different opinions as well, ranging from the Cambridge website to Dr Scott's (tutor at Clare College) views, also the students, as their opinions are equally as important!

To echo Peterhouse admissions, it does not matter if you do not get into your first choice college. Cambridge is Cambridge, and you will still get a world class education with tutors who are respected experts in their fields. You only have to look at Dame Mary Beard, the go-to world classics expert and beloved TV presenter. She is teaching, not at Trinity or St John's college, but at lesser known, but nonetheless amazing, Newnham College.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Beard_(classicist)

Plus, of course, your college, even if you do not pick it yourself, will become your new family. You'll love your college and before you know it, it will have your loyal allegiance.

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