Fitzwilliam 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.

Fitzwilliam, affectionately known as Fitz, is a hill college and has a more modern design than some of the older colleges. It is a short walk (or cycle) from town and backs on to Huntington road which is a straight road there! Fitz is quite a small college but still has something for everyone with many different societies and facilities making it a great place to be during your time at Cambridge!

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Fitzwilliam College

Key facts

  • Distance to Sports Pitch
    Half a mile. Our sports site has an on-site bar!
  • Gym
    Free two-storey College multi-gym opened in 2015.
  • Music Practice Rooms
    Yes. The Music Room and Practice Room complex
  • Prayer spaces
    Fitzwilliam Chapel is ecumenical
  • Special Diets Main Meal
    Vegetarian: Option for both lunch and dinner, ‘meat-free Mondays’, veggie sides and vegetarian options at formal. Vegan: Yes
  • Special Diets Main Meal
    If asked for beforehand, yes!
  • Theatre space
    Award-winning auditorium, and the theatre society is creatively named ‘Fitz-Theatre’.
  • Undergraduates / Year
    140

What is your favourite thing about Fitzwilliam?

Ilona, Fitzwilliam, Geography, 2nd year
Ilona
Geography, 2nd year

My favourite thing about being at Fitz is our billy goat pride. Our mascot is the billy goat and he appears everywhere and I mean everywhere. He’s in our termly magazine, he’s on our rowing blades, you can buy goat toys from the college and we also have a wicker goat that moves around the college! It’s great as it brings the college community together with everyone helping and cheering for each other and wanting to be a part of the billy goat pride. My favourite thing is also the people though. In all honesty the people here are great and in the short time I’ve been here I’ve made some really great friends and I’m looking forward to my next 2 years here.

Describe your College’s atmosphere

Ilona, Fitzwilliam, Geography, 2nd year
Ilona
Geography, 2nd year
Atmoshphere

I visited Fitz college before applying here and the first impression I got was how friendly everyone was. Fitz is well renowned for having a friendly atmosphere and it definitely lives up to it. As it is quite a small college you get to know everyone really well and make really good friends! There is a great college community between all the year groups and across all subjects making it a great place to live, study and chill.

What is the accommodation like?

Ilona, Fitzwilliam, Geography, 2nd year
Ilona
Geography, 2nd year

Accommodation across Fitz varies quite a lot. First years are allocated rooms randomly in the freshers blocks based on whether you would like a shower in your room or not. At the moment Fitz are upgrading their first year accommodation. I’m currently living in a newly upgraded block and it has a very nice living environment with a large social space in the kitchen. In second year you can ballot for college houses which are very close to Fitz or you can ballot for a corridor and in the remaining years you have at Fitz you ballot for a corridor. The majority of corridors have 8 people in them (the houses vary) each with shared kitchen facilities, shared toilets and some have showers or ensuites.

How good is the food?

Alex Cicale, Fitzwilliam, History, 3rd year
Alex
History, 3rd year

Our buttery offers huge variety for lunch and dinner seven days a week. On both Saturdays and Sundays it offers brunch, on Sunday evenings there’s a full roast dinner and every Tuesday evening during term-time is a Theme Night. Formal Halls are a popular way to celebrate birthdays and entertain guests. A served three-course meal complete with coffee and mints costs around £11. Our amazing coffee shop serves breakfast, paninis and a vast selection of great coffees, teas as well as some of the best cakes in Cambridge. Our location on the hill puts us near some of Cambridge’s favourite restaurants not to mention the Domino’s just around the corner! However, as Fitzwilliam is a modern college most corridors have ovens allowing you to easily cook. Co-op, Iceland and Aldi are nearby and offer far cheaper food and alcohol.

What about entertainment and extra-curricular activities?

Alex Cicale, Fitzwilliam, History, 3rd year
Alex
History, 3rd year
Fitz extra-curricular

There’s always something going on at Fitz, in fact there are so many clubs and societies in Fitz that we even have our own Fresher’s Fair during your first week. Musical groups range from Fitz Sirens, Barbershop, Fitz Swing and Chapel Choir, through a multitude of brilliant sports teams, to groups like Lit Soc, Fitz Theatre and Amnesty. If you can’t find what you’re looking for (although it’s unlikely), set a society up yourself and get some friends involved. Fitz is one of the most social colleges in Cambridge, and is well-known for being down-to-earth and good fun. At Fitz we have taken formal halls a step further, with fancy dress Superhalls. We also have a termly ‘Ent’, ‘Fitz Up Look Sharp’ –a sell-out party with students flocking from across the University with guest DJs, live acts and more.

What welfare support is there?

Alex Cicale, Fitzwilliam, History, 3rd year
Alex
History, 3rd year

There’s a strong network of support both at Fitz and at a university level to help you. The porters are available 24/7 for a chat and are great with emergencies. Your DoS will help you with any academic issues you have. You’ll meet with them at least twice a term, but help is only an email or phone call away. Your tutor will be an academic in a different subject to your own. They’re a port of call for any welfare issues you might have and you’ll meet with them at least twice a term for a chat on how University life (both academic and extra-curricular) is going for you. Fitz also has a college nurse and a counsellor. The Junior Common Room, a group of undergrads elected each year, also acts as an additional source of suppor

What about your College would you change?

Alex Cicale, Fitzwilliam, History, 3rd year
Alex
History, 3rd year

Unfortunately, as Fitz was founded in 1869 (a modern College by Cambridge standards at least!), we don’t have an ancient buildings. However, we do have The Grove, a regency manor house which once served as Emma Darwin's (the wife of Charles Dawin) primary residence.

Also, we’re one of the more distant Colleges. That being said, in Cambridge a 5 minute walk turns into days and we’re around a 15-20 minute walk away from the major lecture sites. We also escape the hordes of tourists that descend upon the town, particularly in the summer.

What has been going on at Fitzwilliam College?

- Recent Events -

24 hours of erging for academic refugees!

On March 3rd, Fitz put on a 24hour constant erg (rowing exercise) to raise money for academic refugees. Students kept it going erging through the early hours of the morning for a great cause; so far we have raised £310!

Fitz Up Look Sharp!

Fitz Up Look Sharp (FULS) is Fitz biggest biannual event put on by our ents team. The most recent theme was space filled with students, glow sticks and an amazing DJ. It’s an event you don’t want to miss!

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