Clare Hall

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.

Clare Hall is one of the few colleges in Cambridge dedicated specifically to graduate students, which means that it is able to cater for graduate needs better than some of the larger, undergraduate-dominated colleges.

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Clare HallCredit: Cambridge University

What is your favourite thing about Clare Hall?

Its facilities. Clare Hall boasts a multigym, heated indoor swimming pool and tennis court at the West Court site, just a little way down Herschel Road. Sport at Clare Hall has really taken off over the past few years, and now we have very active running, football, cricket, yoga and boat clubs.

Describe your College’s atmosphere

We are a diverse, informal community, where gowns are never worn, and formal dinner is a time for students and fellows to come together on an equal basis - there is no high table. Indeed, thanks to our fellow-student interaction programme, which organises social events, sports matches and lecture series, where students and fellows come together and exchange ideas in an informal environment, we are one of the closest colleges in Cambridge.

What about entertainment and extra-curricular activities?

Social life at Clare Hall has really taken off thanks to the opening of the Anthony Lowe Building - the students' very own bar, which also has games and meeting rooms. The bar is open most nights and it is becoming recognised as a graduate venue, with parties almost every Saturday night in term time, many of them hosted by societies who make use of our excellent facilities.

What about your College would you change?

Clare Hall is located in West Cambridge, which is convenient for the University Library and for University Departments located at the West Cambridge or Sidgwick sites, but is good fifteen minutes' walk from the nearest shops, which can be annoying - especially if you don't have a bike! However, the number 8 bus, which runs to Addenbrokes, now stops outside the College on Grange Road.

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