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 college offers a range of rooms, from single en-suite rooms (£70/night) to 1-bed flats (£110/night).
Tulip Tree House: If you prefer to go for the B&B experience, I recommend the nearby Tulip Tree House. It offers 2 rooms (one en-suite), each priced at £75/night. And it comes with continental breakfast.
A final note: If you plan to register for the course, please consider your accommodation options as soon as possible thereafter. Cambridge is very popular with tourists in the summer. So, if you’re interested in any of these rooms, do ask for details by emailing: contact[at]mpluscambridge.com.