Homerton 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.

Homerton is the youngest and one of the biggest colleges in Cambridge, located just out of town. We have spacious grounds, with an orchard and sports pitches, and plenty of space for picnics in the summer. Homerton accommodate students for their whole degree, and have a wide range of facilities including a gym, an auditorium, music practice rooms, and a dance studio.

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Homerton

Key facts

  • Distance to Sports Pitch
    On-site
  • Gym
    Yes
  • Music Practice Rooms
    Yes
  • Prayer spaces
    ?
  • Special Diets Main Meal
    Vegetarian: Yes Vegan: Yes
  • Special Diets Main Meal
    Other dietary requirements: The catering team are happy to accommodate any dietary requirements.
  • Theatre space
    Yes - an auditorium and a studio!
  • Undergraduates / Year
    around 175

What is your favourite thing about Homerton?

Idel, Homerton, History, 2nd year
Idel
History, 2nd year

The people! Everyone is very welcoming, relaxed, and supportive. There is always a great atmosphere around college, and this is reflected in being named the friendliest college in Cambridge!

Describe your College’s atmosphere

Dariya, Homerton, Natural Sciences, 2nd year
Dariya
Natural Sciences, 2nd year
Atmosphere

On arriving in Homerton one of the first impressions you get is how friendly and relaxed the atmosphere is. Having been voted as ‘Cambridge’s Friendliest College’ Homerton has a reputation for being fun, caring and very big on the student community. As of this year, the Homerton Union of Students has launched its very own smartphone app (the first college app in Cambridge!) allowing everyone around college to be kept up to date with news and upcoming events as they happen!

What is the accommodation like?

Dariya, Homerton, Natural Sciences, 2nd year
Dariya
Natural Sciences, 2nd year
Accomodation

One fab thing about Homerton is that in your first year all the freshers live together, and everyone gets modern, en-suite accommodation. If that wasn’t lavish enough, there’s also underfloor heating! In the years that follow, all undergrads are guaranteed accommodation in college until their third year, which means you really get to know people around college through the year groups which gives Homerton a wonderful community vibe. Each year you and 3 other friends decide you enjoy each others company so much that you want to live together and apply for a particular band of housing. Overall the buildings are a great mix between new-built accommodation and older 19th century architecture, centred in the middle of Homerton’s beautiful and spacious grounds.

How good is the food?

Hannah, History, 2nd year
Hannah
History, 2nd year

Our Great Hall serves a hot lunch and dinner for students everyday, accommodating for any specific dietary requirements. The hall also serves brunch on the weekend and an optional ‘formal hall’ once a week on a Tuesday. Everyone in college also has access to a ‘gyp room’ (kitchen) shared by 8 people. In this you have a lockable cupboard, fridge space, a hob and microwave. It is nice to have the option at Homerton to either cook or eat in hall. We also have a college bar, fondly known as ‘The Griffin’, which serves a hot breakfast every morning, as well as sandwiches and snacks throughout the day, 7 days a week. In the evening there are often social events in the bar and it is a great place to chill out with your friends, whether that be watching football on the projector screen, having a coffee or socialising in the evening.

What about entertainment and extra-curricular activities?

Hannah, History, 2nd year
Hannah
History, 2nd year

The Homerton Union of Students organises three ‘bops’ a term. These are fancy dress parties, and recent themes have included the ‘Emoji Bop’, ‘90s theme’ and ‘London Underground’. The Great Hall, where we usually eat out dinner, becomes filled with a DJ, lights and hundreds of students. Not only this, but the Junior Common Room committee also organises numerous events throughout the year, including comedy nights, movie nights and quizzes in the bar. We also have a countless amount of societies at Homerton, something for everyone and even the option to start something new. These include, sports teams like football, rugby, ultimate frisbee and rowing, music societies such as our own steel pan band, orchestras and choirs, an amateur theatrical society, and many more.

What welfare support is there?

Frances, Homerton, Human, Social and Political Sciences, 2nd year
Frances
Human, Social & Political Sciences, 2nd year

The Welfare team at Homerton work tirelessly to ensure that Cambridge life doesn’t revolve around essay crises. We have a female welfare officer and male welfare officer who you are able to contact at any time for a chat and who also organise numerous events around college, particularly in the middle of term when some people feel a bit of a mid-term slump. There has been weekly zumba and yoga and termly visits from Merlin (a very cute dog who you can come and cuddle in the Griffin) as well as massages, film nights and treasure hunts. My favourite welfare initiative this year has been the ‘Guardian Angels’ scheme where you get the name of another person in college and put treats in their pigeon hole (where you get your mail) as it reflects how friendly and open Homerton is as a college.

What about your College would you change?

Frances, Homerton, Human, Social and Political Sciences, 2nd year
Frances
Human, Social & Political Sciences, 2nd year

Everyone complains about the cycle ride once in awhile (more often in the depths of January!) but it can be really enjoyable and it’s only 10/15 minutes to just about anywhere in Cambridge so you’ll often find that your friends at central colleges actually spend more time walking to lectures than you do cycling! We have also been campaigning to have a separate social space for undergraduates alongside the Griffin which will finally be realised next academic year. Homerton is generally good at listening to opinions because we’re a community so if there’s something you want to change you can often make it happen or find someone who will!

What has been going on at Homerton College?

- Recent Events -

Comedy Night

The HUS (Homerton Union of Students’) arrange regular events, the most recent of which was a Comedy Night. It welcomed student comedians from across the university to perform at Homerton.

Homerton Shadowing Scheme

The Homerton Shadowing Scheme, a student initiative, welcomed sixth-formers to shadow undergraduates. They enjoyed going to lectures, social events, and learning about what university life is really like.

HCMS Concert

The HCMS (Homerton College Music Society) had their termly concert last week which had a packed audience. All of the music groups performed, including the choir, orchestra and Jazz band.

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