Emmanuel 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.

Emma is a medium-sized college in central Cambridge. It’s one of the older ones, and although it’s really well located and gorgeous, we hardly get any tourists!

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Emmanuel College

Key facts

  • Distance to Sports Pitch
    10/15 min cycle to Wilberforce Road
  • Gym
    Yes - free!
  • Music Practice Rooms
    Yes
  • Prayer spaces
    Yes - chapel, and a multi-faith ‘Reflections room’.
  • Special Diets Main Meal
    Vegetarian: Yes Vegan:Yes
  • Special Diets Main Meal
    Dairy free, gluten free, are all catered for, and there’s a chart for people with other intolerances (nuts etc) to see what’s in the food and choose for themselves.
  • Theatre space
    Yes
  • Undergraduates / Year
    144

What is your favourite thing about Emmanuel ?

Joanna, Emmanuel, English, 2nd year
Joanna
English, 2nd year

Joanna: My favourite thing about Emma is the community - it’s known as the ‘friendly college’ for a reason, and I’ve always been made to feel so welcome and at home. It’s small enough that you know everyone in your year, but big enough that you never feel stifled.

Patrick: WE HAVE DUCKS!

Describe your College’s atmosphere

Patrick, Emmanuel, Medicine
Patrick
Medicine

Emma has a reputation of ‘the friendly college’, which is well-deserved. The staff are very understanding and want to help - rather than simply enforcing rules to the letter, the college tries to find real resolutions to problems. The same can be said for the students; most Emma students would feel comfortable asking or being asked for help from other students, even if they hadn’t met before. All sorts of things contribute to the supportive, cooperative atmosphere at Emma, whether that be that you’re allowed to walk on almost all of our grass, having late-night tea with the porters, or the bags of sweets & chocolates which appear in everyone’s pigeonholes in week 5!

What is the accommodation like?

Joanna, Emmanuel, English, 2nd year
Joanna
English, 2nd year

In first year, everyone is allotted rooms in either North Court or South Court. You indicate a preference before arriving - the rooms are all lovely, and are priced according to a grading system (1-8, with 1 being the cheapest and 8 the most expensive). All fresher accommodation is Grade 3-5. In second year, there’s a ballot system, and those whose names are drawn first get first pick of rooms. There are options to live out of college. In third year, the ballot gets reversed, so those at the top in second year are at the bottom in third year. Third year rooms are the nicest - notably, there’s Old Court, a 17th century building with lots of sets that you share with a friend. All accommodation in Emma is great, there’s lots of variety and choice, and everyone always ends up being really happy with where they live!

How good is the food?

Alex, Emmanuel, Veterinary Medicine, 1st year
Alex
Veterinary Medicine, 1st year

The food in college is usually good. We have a cafeteria which serves a range of hot meals and sandwiches for lunch and dinner with cereals and cooked breakfast everyday in the morning. There is always a vegetarian option but it can be a little repetitive, there is currently a campaign to improve the range of vegetarian food. There are vegan sandwiches available but not always a hot option. Most people's’ favourite meal of the week in Sunday brunch which offers a full cooked breakfast, cereal and some ‘lunch-type’ hot dishes. Most evenings formal hall takes place at 7.30. This is a three course meal served in the dining hall which students can book themselves in for, it is popular for events such as birthdays. The food at formal hall is really good and any dietary requirements can be catered for.

What about entertainment and extra-curricular activities?

Patrick, Emmanuel, Medicine
Patrick
Medicine
Emmanuel entertainment

Emma has plenty going on in the way of entertainment and activities. There is a plethora of Emma societies, ranging from the classic sports teams (football, netball, hockey), less mainstream sports (mountaineering, water polo, table football) to more artistic societies (photography, drama), and even ERICS - the Emmanuel Real Ice Cream Society. The JCR also has a busy calendar - our college bar is open every night from 7.30-11.15pm, and is one of the only two student-run bars in Cambridge, which means the friendliest staff around, and the cheapest prices! We also run ‘Emma Ents’ in the bar once a week, (Ents is short for entertainments), which can be anything from a pub quiz to a jazz concert. There are also a few ‘Bar Extensions’ every term, when the bar is open til 2.30am, with DJs providing music for the whole night.

What welfare support is there?

Alex, Emmanuel, Veterinary Medicine, 1st year
Alex
Veterinary Medicine, 1st year

The welfare support is probably one of the best things about Emma. We have female and male welfare representatives as well as a Women's’ and LGBT+ representatives who are elected to the student union committee each year. The welfare reps organise events around college as well as providing advice on how to access welfare services within the wider university. These events include: lots of tea and cake, welfare walks around cambridge at the weekends, secular live music events in the chapel, screening sports matches in the bar and bags of sweets for everyone during week 5 of term. They also run ‘Wonderful Person of the Week’ which people can be anonymously nominated for. We also have a college counsellor who students can make appointments to see.

What about your College would you change?

Alex, Emmanuel, Veterinary Medicine, 1st year
Alex
Veterinary Medicine, 1st year

Err…. the internet connection cuts out occasionally...I’m clutching at straws here..

What has been going on at Emmanuel College?

- Recent Events -

Chill in the Chapel

The ECSU welfare team recently organised ‘Chill in the Chapel’ - a secular afternoon of several students’ acoustic music performances, and free tea and cake for all!

Music Society Concert

Emmanuel College Music Society hosted their termly concert consisting of the Emmanuel Chorus, Big Band, Folk Ensemble and Orchestra - a healthy dose of cultural enrichment, with drinks and nibbles included!

Easter Egg Hunt

Emmanuel’s Christian Union recently ran an Easter Egg Hunt around college! Everyone was welcome to follow a trail of fun cryptic clues, ending with a suitably chocolatey reward.

College Gallery

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