Churchill College, Cambridge

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Churchill College’s motto is ‘Forward’. We look to the future, not the past. Regularly ranked among the top Cambridge colleges in terms of examination results, and with many Nobel Prize winners to our name, our academic reputation is exceptional.

Churchill has the largest college campus in Cambridge. We have some of the best and most affordable student accommodation, outstanding on-site sporting and recreational facilities, and an active and diverse community of nearly 800 students and 150 Fellows (academics).

You can get a great overview of Churchill by downloading the online prospectus and visiting the Churchill College website.


Churchill's undergraduate accommodation is of exceptional quality: modern, spacious, light and warm, with free wireless internet connections throughout. Many rooms are en suite. All have access to excellent shared bathroom, kitchenette, and laundry facilities. Rents are set in agreement with student representatives, bearing in mind our key objectives of affordability and choice. Published rents include everything other than electricity and meals consumed: there are no fixed or hidden charges (see our Fees and Costs webpage).

All undergraduate rooms are on-site and we can accommodate our students for the duration of their three or four-year courses. Find out more about Churchill Accommodation.

Facilities Overview

The facilities at Churchill are outstanding. There really is something for everyone here! Our provision includes:

  • A comprehensive library (open 24/7, 365 days a year) [1]
  • A dining hall (serving three meals a day during term-time) [2]
  • An all-day coffee shop / bar [3]
  • Free WiFi across campus
  • A 300-seat theatre / cinema [4]
  • A music recital room (complete with rehearsal and recording facilities, a Steinway grand piano, and a Rubio harpiscord) [5]
  • An art studio
  • On-site sports pitches, courts, and gym [6] [7] [8]
  • A boathouse on the river [9]


Churchill is located between Cambridge city centre and the University’s thriving West Cambridge Site, near to Fitzwilliam and Murray Edwards colleges. Cambridge’s academic and cultural facilities are easily accessible for our students. Full location details.

  • Cambridge city centre (7 minutes by bike): Cambridge is an amazing and compact city with a wonderful choice of shops, restaurants, and bars
  • West Cambridge Site (5 minutes by bike): home to many of the University’s science faculties and departments
  • Sidgwick Site (6 minutes by bike): home to many of the University’s arts and humanities faculties and departments
  • University Library (5 minutes by bike): housing over eight million volumes, the UL provides exceptional access to academic material and a unique place to study
  • University Sports Centre (5 minutes by bike): newly-built, state-of-the-art, and available to all students
  • Cambridge Railway Station (20 minutes by bike): 45 minutes from London, with excellent links to the rest of the UK and to airports

Master of Churchill College — Professor Dame Athene Donald

Athene Donald has been Master of Churchill since 2014. She’s our first female Master. Athene is a Professor of Physics at Cambridge, working on soft matter and biological physics. She has an active interest in issues around women in science (both in- and outside Cambridge) and equality and diversity more generally. She was the University’s Gender Equality Champion for a number of years and continues to be hugely active in the field. She also blogs regularly on a range of topics. As Churchill increasingly seeks to encourage applications from women to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics subjects, we’re fortunate to have an ambassador of Athene’s calibre as our Master.

Admissions Statistics and Available Subjects

To view basic undergraduate application and admissions statistics for Churchill (or any Cambridge college), you can use the interactive graph generator on Cambridge’s Application Statistics page. This page also includes links to the University’s annual Undergraduate Admissions Statistics reports, which show application and admissions data in more detail.

At Churchill, we tend to admit a relatively large proportion of students from UK state sector schools and colleges, and from the EU and overseas. This reflects the fact that we also tend to attract a relatively large proportion of applicants from these backgrounds.

Churchill’s founders placed great emphasis on the study of science and technology, but they also recognised the advantages of a diverse academic community. As a consequence, Churchill offers most of the undergraduate courses available at Cambridge. Whilst we retain a focus on science subjects, we are a large College and students in the arts and humanities are as numerous here as they are in many other Cambridge colleges. Churchill students in all subjects consistently perform extraordinarily well in University examinations, so we often make a very strong showing in intercollegiate academic rankings like the Tompkins Table. You can find more information about our undergraduate programmes on the College's Subjects pages.

In the 2015 Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission’s annual report, Churchill College was identified as the highest-achieving College in Oxford and Cambridge for state-sector admissions. [10]

Fees & costs

Potential applicants often think that it’s relatively expensive to study at Cambridge. In practice, it’s usually not. The University has put together lots of information so you can find out how we help to keep students’ costs down. Find out more.

It’s true that the cost of living in Cambridge varies a bit from college to college so Churchill also provides extensive Fees and Costs information to provide you with as much relevant information as possible. This includes (links to) content on tuition fees, college charges (rent, for example), living costs in general, and financial assistance that’s available at both a University level and to Churchill students in particular.

Open Days

Coming to visit the College at one of its undergraduate Open Days is the best way to discover what Churchill is really like. As well as looking around campus, you’ll hear more about how Cambridge University works, the courses offered, and entry requirements. You’ll meet some of the College's teaching academics, as well as current students (so you can talk to them about their experiences of studying at Churchill).

Open Days run throughout the year. Details and bookings can made through the Churchill College website.


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Modern and Medieval Languages
Natural Sciences
Politics, Psychology and Sociology


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