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Selwyn is a relatively new Cambridge College. Situated to the west of Cambridge on the doorstep of the Sidgwick site, it is great for Arts students, as lectures are less than fi ve minutes from their rooms. Slightly out of the centre, Selwyn is a quiet College with none of the hustle and bustle of the central Colleges. Being out of town does have its disadvantages. The city centre is ten minutes walk away, which is a bit of a pain when you need a cash machine or food from Sainsbury’s.
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Selwyn is currently undergoing a huge expansion project, the first phase of which has been completed, providing a smart new accommodation block with en-suite rooms. Selwyn houses all students doing a three year course within 400 metres of the Old Court site, which means you are never too far away from the College services.
Selwyn, like every Cambridge College, has its own bar at relatively cheap prices. The bar is quite modern, and one of the better looking in Cambridge. Selwyn has many sports teams ranging from cricket and football to lacrosse and water polo and catering for all levels of skill. Although Selwyn’s sporting facilities are not the most modern, the sporting clubs nonetheless seem to be thriving. Music is especially strong at Selwyn with an excellent choir and music society. We also have other societies from subjects to hip hop dancing, and many others.
The atmosphere at Selwyn is very relaxed and cosy. With just over 300 undergraduates you soon get to know most of your contemporaries by face, if not by name. As such you hardly ever walk to town without bumping into a friendly face and having a chat. Some people find this intimacy suffocating, but many thrive in the familiarity of the College. Almost everyone knows everyone else. This atmosphere is reflected in the welfare provisions at Selwyn; the College chaplain is very approachable and understanding towards all students, regardless of their religious persuasion.
Best thing? Awesome community feel, with very little 'clique-iness'
Food in Selwyn hall is generally pretty good and the menu is visible on the JCR website in advance. Vegetarian food is always available and seems to be improving. The Head Chef is very helpful and open to suggestions, regularly inviting comments. Recently the hall started providing a halal option once a week at the request of some students. There will rarely be a day that there is nothing on the menu to tempt your appetite. Selwyn formal has a good reputation, recently coming third in a review of a Cambridge student newspaper. College accommodation always features the two-hobs and a fridge setup, and some of the College-owned houses include ovens for the more culinarily adventurous.
Best of all, only a short time after arriving, most people feel very welcome and treat Selwyn as home. It’s very much like enjoying the benefits of a town and campus University experience without the disadvantages of either. The pretty, blooming gardens and ever-helpful porters only sweeten the deal.
Worst thing? It can feel claustrophobic at times