Trinity College

Everything you are about to read has been written by current and recently graduated students at the University of Cambridge, to give you honest information about what it’s like to be a student at Cambridge.

Trinity is Cambridge’s largest and most cosmopolitan college. Situated right in the centre of town, it is a stone’s throw away from the market and many shops, bars and restaurants are right on your doorstep. Composed of large open spaces (dominated by its main segment ‘Great Court’) and a beautiful chapel and large dining hall, Trinity nonetheless remains a homely and welcoming atmosphere!

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Trinity College

What is your favourite thing about Trinity?

Lauren Brown, Trinity, English, 2nd yr
Lauren
English, 2nd year

It’s large student population means that not only are you able to make a lovely group of friends, as, of course, you can in any of the colleges, but that you are always able to meet new and interesting people.

Describe your College’s atmosphere

Lauren Brown, Trinity, English, 2nd yr
Lauren
English, 2nd year
Atmosphere

Trinity, admittedly, can seem quite intimidating at first. One of the older colleges, its architecture and sheer size can initially overwhelm, being as beautiful as it is! But this is quickly overwritten by the friendly people who make up the college—the porters are always happy to help and the students themselves induce a homely and welcoming atmosphere.

What is the accommodation like?

Lauren Brown, Trinity, English, 2nd yr
Lauren
English, 2nd year

Though it varies a lot, from having en suites and well equipped kitchens (ovens, hobs, microwaves etc.) to shared bathrooms and fewer cooking appliances, the rooms are all generally large and all very comfortable. Though freshers are randomly allocated a room, in second and third year students are invited to choose their room via a ballot system. In second year the ballot is random: those at the top of the list get first choice etc. The balloting system therefore allows students to pick a location they like, with their chosen appendages (en suite/kitchen etc) and within their price range. (But don’t worry, even if right at the bottom of the ballot you are guaranteed a nice room!) In third year, the second year ballot switches (if you were at the bottom you are nearer to top etc, so everyone has a chance to get their dream room.) This is complicated by the scholar’s (those who got firsts in their exams) ballot, as they get first choice, but after that ballot has closed the normal ballot ensues. Most Trinity students opt to live in college. Some rooms are sets, which means you get a living room as well as a bedroom, and double sets mean living with a friend and sharing a living room!

How good is the food?

Caitlin, Trinity, Human, Social and Political Sciences, 3rd year
Caitlin
Social and Political Sciences, 3rd year

Normal hall (breakfast lunch and dinner everyday) is usually pretty good, there are three hot options a day (inc vegetarian) plus a dairy or gluten free alternative. Brunch on Sundays is a major highlight of the week - especially when they do waffles. Formal hall (3x a week) is a bit hit and miss in terms of the food, but the atmosphere makes it pretty special.

What about entertainment and extra-curricular activities?

Caitlin, Trinity, Human, Social and Political Sciences, 3rd year
Caitlin
Social and Political Sciences, 3rd year

Because of its massive student body there are loads of different clubs and activities on offer. There are 15 different sports teams, and loads of people start a new sport from scratch when they arrive. There are also loads of student societies, from yoga, to stand up comedy, a film club and a cheese society. The TCSU put on lots of events throughout the year, big parties, film nights, open mike nights or just chilled evenings with discounted drinks in the college bar.

What welfare support is there?

Caitlin, Trinity, Human, Social and Political Sciences, 3rd year
Caitlin
Social and Political Sciences, 3rd year

There are lots of different types of welfare support on offer. The TCSU welfare team is a great place to start - as well as welfare support officers we also have officers for BME, LGBT+, disabled and female students so there is always someone to turn to. There's also a college nurse and a college counsellor, and our Senior Tutor is really really fantastic and always there to help students.

What about your College would you change?

Caitlin, Trinity, Human, Social and Political Sciences, 3rd year
Caitlin
Social and Political Sciences, 3rd year

More cooking facilities throughout the accommodation blocks would be good - after first year you tend to have to choose between having an old room and having an oven. And brunch should be on every day!

What has been going on at Trinity College?

- Recent Events -

Women's Breakfast

A breakfast for female students and staff celebrated the upcoming anniversary of the admission of female members of college. It was the largest gathering of female Trinitarians in the college's history!

End of term ent

The TCSU organised a party in the bar to celebrate the end of term. There was an Open-Mic session as well as bands from other colleges, and lots of food and free drinks, as well as discounted club entry for later on.

Trinity-Christchurch sports exchange

All of Trin's sports teams went to Oxford to play our sister college, Christchurch. After twelve matches we got to go to formal in their hall (where loads of Harry Potter was filmed!) and then went out with the teams from Christchurch in Oxford.

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