Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge

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Lucy Cavendish is one of the thirty-one constituent colleges of the University of Cambridge. It is also one of the newest. Our College prides itself on its strong sense of community; and the pursuit of academic excellence is combined with a friendly atmosphere and a warm informality.

We are currently the only women's college in Europe for students aged twenty-one and over, however from 2021, we will become mixed and will accept applications from men and women aged 18/19 years old and over. Click here to find out more about upcoming changes to our admissions policy.

Undergraduate Student Statistics

  • Total Undergraduates at Lucy Cavendish in 2018-19 = 105 (105 women, 0 men)
  • Undergraduates admitted to Lucy Cavendish in Oct 2018: 45 (45 women, 0 men)
  • Undergraduates admitted to Cambridge in 2018 and previous academic years can be found here 


Located in the north-west of Cambridge, Lucy Cavendish College is a short walk from the city centre and is easy walking or cycling distance to most departments. As it is tucked away, the College isn’t overwhelmed with crowds of tourists.

Nearest colleges: St Edmunds, Murray Edwards, Churchill, Fitzwilliam and Magdalene College

  • 0.6 miles from the University Library.
  • 0.78 miles from the Sidgwick site (Classics, English, MML, Law, History, Theology, Economics, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies).
  • 0.86 miles from the West Cambridge site with the Cavendish physics laboratory and the Computer Laboratory.
  • 1.29 miles for the Engineering department on Trumpington Street.
  • 1.49 miles from the Chemistry department on Lensfield Road.
  •  2.23 miles from the railway station.

(All distances measured on gmaps pedometer)

Courses: All courses are available for study at Lucy Cavendish College, for more information about the courses click here

Women only? We are currently the only women's college in Europe for students aged twenty-one and over, however from 2021, we will become mixed and will accept applications from men and women aged 18/19 years old and over. Click here to find out more about upcoming changes to our admissions policy.


Lucy Cavendish aims to accommodate all its students for the first 3 years of their studies.

There are six accommodation blocks on-site:

  • 2 converted Victorian houses called Barrmore (image) and Strathaird House (image)
  • 4 new, purpose-built blocks called De Brye (image), Warburton hall (image), Bertram and Oldham Hall (image)

There are three accommodation blocks off-site:

  • Main off-site accommodation complex is 100 Histon Road, ten minutes’ walk from the College
  • Two college-owned houses on Chesterton Road, fifteen minutes’ walk from the College
  • Whinside House situated in St John’s College, a very short walk from the College

Social Spaces

Large common room with wide-screen TV, newspapers and coffee-making facilities. Bar/coffee shop which contains a pool and foosball table. The on-site Dining Hall is also a great space for students to meet up regularly over meals. The Library is also a popular social space, with many students using the sitting room at the top of the Library to relax and socialise.

Student Union

The Student Union (SU) is an essential part of College life at Lucy Cavendish College. The SU oversees the vibrant 'Lucy Ents' scene, arranging a variety of events ranging from film and pizza evenings, club nights, and historic walks, to 'pet-a-puppy' sessions to relieve examination stress.


Lucy Cavendish College has one of the most modern libraries in Cambridge; providing both individual study spaces and shared desks in three large open plan reading rooms. These along with the sitting room at the top of the Library, offer fantastic views of the College gardens.

The foyer has a comfortable seating area and hot drinks machine which provides a more informal space for study or relaxing with other college members.

The library holds approximately 30,000 books and a range of journals and magazines

It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week except for approximately one week at Christmas.


Printing, scanning and photocopying facilities are available in the Library.

Networked PCs and Apple Mac computers offer a range of software, teaching materials and networked storage space. These can be found in the foyer and the main Computer Room on the lower ground floor.

Internet access is available throughout all accommodation.

A PC Loan scheme offers help to students without their own computer, and a number of laptops are supplied for emergency use. Members of the College IT team are on hand during the week to offer support to those with computing queries, and there are regular IT surgeries.


A relaxed and friendly College, there is no high table so students, staff and fellows all eat together. Unlike most Cambridge Colleges, students are allowed to walk on the grass at Lucy Cavendish and are encouraged to use the grounds to socialise.


  • Dining hall
  • Café/Bar with pool and foosball table
  • Conservatory
  • 24/7 Library with some 30,000 books
  • Large common room
  • A second smaller common room
  • Music and meditation pavillion with piano
  • Gym with treadmill, exercise bike, rowing machine, cross trainer, weights and multi-gym equipment.
  • Laundry facilities


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