The University of Cambridge is a “collegiate” university and is composed of Faculties, Departments and Colleges. As such, the Colleges are integral to the make-up of the University. Indeed, when students apply for a Bachelor’s degree, their application is evaluated by one or more colleges and they are admitted by a college, rather than a department. Furthermore, teaching for undergraduates contains two components: lectures and supervisions. Lectures are delivered at the department. Supervisions, which are small-group teaching sessions, are arranged and delivered by the colleges. They accompany broad-brush lectures and are regarded as one of the best teaching models in the world. Each college has its unique features and history.
Wolfson College, where our course will take place, was the first Cambridge College to admit men and women as students and Fellows on an equal basis – pretty awesome! It is also known for admitting a large number of mature applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds. Within the college, we’ll be having our sessions at the Chancellor’s Centre, where, if you like historical trivia, you will get to see the old 11th bell of the University Church of Great St Mary’s (a very important landmark in Cambridge).
Clare Hall College, located a mere 10 minutes walk away from the course venue might be the perfect place for you to stay. Clare Hall is a graduate college and is renowned for its informal approach to college life and international diversity. The list of available rooms includes:
- Single en-suite (2 rooms): £70/night
- Double en-suite (2 rooms): £85/night
- Double 1-bed flat (3 flats): £110/night
- Single 1-bed flat (1 flat): £95/night.
Tulip Tree House: If you prefer to go for the B&B experience, I recommend Tulip Tree House. It offers 2 rooms: the Yellow Room and the Blue Room (ask me for photos!). This lovely B&B is only 7 minutes away from the course venue and only 5 minutes away from the city centre. The “yellow” room is en-suite and continental breakfast is included in the price of both rooms. The price is £75/night for either room.
A final note: If you plan to register for the course, please consider your accommodation options as soon as possible thereafter. It turns out Cambridge will be full in that period, due to multiple summer schools and an influx of tourists. After all, it’s a lovely time of the year! So, if you’re interested in any of these rooms, do ask for details by emailing: contact[at]mpluscambridge.com.