The collegiate system
Cambridge, Oxford and Durham are so-called ‘Collegiate Universities’ and as a student, you will be a member of a college. The college you choose will be the place where you sleep, eat and basically spend most of your days. But it will also be so much more! After just a few weeks you will identify with your college and be proud of its characteristics. This is mainly due to each college being not only a ‘hall of residence’ but a home and safety network, where everyone from your friends to the porters will make your uni-life special. The supervisors, who are well-known experts in their field, help you to cope with the challenging workload. But life is fun too and there are numerous opportunities to get involved in all parts of college life ranging from sports to arts to balance out the work. Your college will help you to prosper and grow academically and socially and will make your years at university an unforgettable experience.
Which College should I choose?
Don’t stress about choosing a college, they are more similar than they are different. After a few weeks, everyone is convinced that their college is certainly the best!
A few questions to ask yourself when choosing a college:
- Size: How many students are in the college?
- Facilities: Does the college have a gym/swimming pool/music practise room?
- Location: How far away is the college from the city centre and your faculty?
- Age: How old is the college, would you rather live in an old attic room or a modern building?
- Food: Does the cafeteria cater to food allergies/vegetarians/vegans?
For some more helpful information on the different colleges, follow the links below:
But if you still feel like you really can’t decide on a college you can even do an open application, where you don’t choose a college during the application process and will be randomly allocated to one.