Hughes 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.

Hughes Hall is a centrally located college without being the centre of attention. 15 minutes walk from the station and 5 from the town centre, yet tucked out of the way – even most Cambridge students don’t actually know where it is. The grounds aren’t huge but we look out onto the famous Fenner’s Cricket Ground, which makes it feel that bit more spacious. As we are a mature college, everyone here is 21 or over.

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Key facts

  • Distance to Sports Pitch
    No sports grounds, although Parker’s Piece, Fenner’s Cricket Ground & several gyms are on our doorstep. We share squash court facilities with Emmanuel.
  • Gym
    Basic equipment - (very) close proximity to town gyms and pool.
  • Music Practice Rooms
    3
  • Prayer spaces
    No dedicated prayer spaces
  • Special Diets Main Meal
    Vegetarian: Every day there is a veggie option. Vegan: On special request
  • Special Diets Main Meal
    Ingredients highlighted on menus.
  • Theatre space
    None
  • Undergraduates / Year
    40

What is your favourite thing about Hughes?

Clare, Hughes Hall, Engineering, 2nd Year PhD
Clare
Engineering, 2nd Year PhD

By far the best thing about Hughes is the people. Being one of the most internationally diverse colleges, there are a whole range of interesting people from all across the globe. The beauty of the college system is that not only do you get to mingle with people from other countries, you also get to know people who are studying something very different to you. Broadening your academic horizons in this way can be both enlightening and fascinating. The college bar is open every day from 8 pm – 12 pm and is a great place for people to chill, play board games or meet someone new.

Describe your College’s atmosphere

Clare, Hughes Hall, Engineering, 2nd Year PhD
Clare
Engineering, 2nd Year PhD
Atmosphere

Hughes likes to think of itself as a progressive college, it tries, wherever possible, to move away from the stuffy traditions of Cambridge. Examples of this include the lack of high table and not needing to wear gowns at formals unlike the majority of other colleges. This results in an atmosphere that speaks of equality and community. Friendships are not defined by age, degree title or status - everyone mixes together.

What is the accommodation like?

Peta
Peta
Law, 2nd year
Accomodation

Hughes currently can provide accommodation for 277 students (though the college is currently building a brand new building on Gresham Road, providing 80 additional rooms in September 2016). College accommodation is diverse. On-site there are rooms with or without ensuite, of varying sizes (and priced accordingly). We also offer couples flats, and accessible rooms for disabilities. The off-site houses are located 5-15 minutes walk from the main site, mostly along Mill Road.

Undergraduates are guaranteed on-site accommodation for the length of the degree, then PGCE and Graduate Medicine students are prioritised for accommodation. In your first year you will be allocated a room by the domestic bursar (you may request a lower-priced room); in subsequent years you can ballot to live in specific buildings/ room-types. Graduate students are guaranteed college accommodation for one year, though this may change next year with new accommodation

How good is the food?

Peta
Peta
Law, 2nd year

Hughes is very lucky to have some of the best college food in Cambridge, and biggest portions. Hall is open for Lunch (12.30 – 13.30) and Dinner (18.15 – 19.30) on weekdays and Brunch (11.00 – 13.00) on Saturdays.

All accommodation has access to a kitchen with a food storage cupboard, stove, microwave, kettle, toaster, and allocated fridge space, and most kitchens have an oven.

What about entertainment and extra-curricular activities?

Peta
Peta
Law, 2nd year
Entertainment & Extra-curricular

Hughes has a diverse range of social, extracurricular and sporting activities. Our student body has quite a high turnover rate, with half of our students on one-year programs, which encourages new societies to form each year to cater to the interests of the incoming students. We have a strong history of sporting success at both the college and university level. The MCR (student committee) organise a range of social events throughout the year, including board game nights, weekly tea and cakes, quiz nights, and larger themed parties known as ‘bops’.

What welfare support is there?

Peta
Peta
Law, 2nd year

The college take pastoral care and student welfare very seriously. All students have a ‘Tutor’, a member of staff who will support you in case of any personal issues. The college have Porters on duty overnight for any security or safety concerns. Additionally, the MCR (student committee) have two elected Welfare Officers if you would prefer to seek support from a fellow student. The MCR also provide information and assistance for external support from services such as the Cambridge University Counselling Service, Linkline, CUSU, or Sexual Health Clinics.

What about your College would you change?

Clare, Hughes Hall, Engineering, 2nd Year PhD
Clare
Engineering, 2nd Year PhD

The main aspect of complaints made by Hughes students is that it can be seen as a fairly expensive place to live in comparison to some of the richer colleges. The President, however, has made it his priority to look into student pricings, and compared to similar colleges (mature and post-grad colleges especially) we are actually fairly competitive.

What has been going on at Hughes Hall?

- Recent Events -

Brick Court Moot

Congratulations to Nathan Wangliao (Second year BA Law) and his teammate Cyrus Chua (Gonville & Caius) on winning this year’s Brick Court Moot Final on Thursday! This is a prestigious law competition, judged by a member of Brick Court Barrister’s Chambers

LGBT+ Formal

On 23rd February, Hughes Hall held a themed Formal Hall dinner to celebrate LGBT+ History Month, welcoming members and allies of the LGBT+ community from across the University. Thank you to Lydia Wong, our LGBT+ representative for organising it!

Lent Bumps

Hughes Hall Lucy Cavendish Boat Club (HHLCBC) won the Marconi Cup for being the most successful club in Lent Bumps, the inter-collegiate rowing races held on the River Cam.

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