Jesus 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.

The all-rounder: Jesus is a fairly large, central college, just a few minutes walk from town, but just far enough away so that we don’t get bothered by tourists. Jesus is known for its friendly attitude, welcoming atmosphere, and spacious grounds. It is a college which combines strong academic performance with a great scene for sports, music and much more.

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Jesus College

Key facts

  • Distance to Sports Pitch
    All sports pitches are on-site.
  • Gym
    Yes, on-site, with free membership for all students.
  • Music Practice Rooms
    Yes, 1 large practice room, The Picken Room, (with 2 grand pianos), plus 4 smaller practice rooms.
  • Prayer spaces
    Chapel, which runs services. Yet it is also a welcoming space, for all students regardless of religious background. There is no dedicated prayer room.
  • Special Diets Main Meal
    Vegetarian: At least one option every day. Vegan: Option available on request.
  • Special Diets Main Meal
    A Kosher Kitchen is provided subject to demand.
  • Theatre space
    Jesus Currently does not have a Theatre, although the West Court development will include the construction of a new auditorium. The College is however a two minute walk from the main university ADC Theatre.
  • Undergraduates / Year
    146

What is your favourite thing about Jesus?

Amelia
Amelia
English, 3rd year

The best thing about Jesus is it’s community feel. All the college’s accommodation is within a three minute walk of the porters’ lodge, which ensures that the whole college is integrated and friendly with one another.

Describe your College’s atmosphere

Amelia
Amelia
English, 3rd year

Jesus is a very beautiful and spacious college, with expansive grounds and much greenery, the college is a lovely place to live and work. Jesuans (the name for Jesus students) are a very friendly bunch. Freshers’ Week is not only a time for freshers to bond with other first years, but rather there are many systems in place, from College Family Tea Parties to Subject Parties, to ensure that all years mix with one another and bond. The college has a warm and inviting atmosphere, and college pride ensures that Jesuans are also very welcoming of people from other colleges (after all, we have to show them that Jesus is the best).

What is the accommodation like?

Amelia
Amelia
English, 3rd year
Emma, Jesus, Music, 3rd year
Emma
Music, 3rd year
Accomodation

Unlike some colleges, all of the accommodation in Jesus - even for postgraduate students - is within a couple of minutes walk of the porter’s lodge, which means there’s a really great sense of a College community. In first year, you will live with other freshers in either Chapel Court, Library Court, or North Court - all of which have ensuite rooms. From second year onwards, the rooms are allocated on a ballot system - you can choose to live in College, or in a house on Jesus Lane or on Malcolm Street. The ballot system at Jesus is completely random, unlike some colleges which have a ‘points system’ or ‘scholar’s rooms’, as we believe this is the fairest way to distribute rooms. Wherever you live, you will never be more than a two-minute walk from College!

How good is the food?

Amelia
Amelia
English, 3rd year

Jesus provides Lunch and Dinner every day in the Cafeteria (known lovingly as Caff) and in Easter term, also provides breakfast. The food in Caff is fairly affordable, and of good quality. If you have any dietary requirements, if you let the kitchen know, they can usually cater to your needs, for example, college offers a Vegan option on request. All college accommodation also comes with a kitchen, which means you can also self-cater at Jesus. All on-site accommodation has a kitchen with hobs, a microwave, and the basics, whilst houses also have ovens.

What about entertainment and extra-curricular activities?

Amelia
Amelia
English, 3rd year
Entertainment & Extra-curricular

Jesus has a large range of sports, societies and events on offer. Jesus is particularly well known for its sports (probably because of our Red and Black college colours), and performs well in most sports at College level. All our sports pitches (a hockey pitch, football pitch, rugby pitch and cricket pitch) are on site, we also have a free gym with weights and cardio room, as well as Tennis Courts and Squash Courts. Jesus is one of the closest colleges to the Boathouses, about a five minute walk away, for any budding rowers.

Being sporty is definitely not a requirement, however. There are many other societies which thrive at Jesus. The Arts are particularly strong -- we run the yearly ‘John Hughes Arts Festival’ in memory of our late Chaplain, which includes an open hang gallery, life-drawing classes, dance performances and much more. Music is also very popular at Jesus, we have a dedicated choir (one of the best in Cambridge!), big band, and music society who run many events in college. Other popular societies include Femsoc, Debating, and the Film Society.

The Student Union also put on a plethora of events each term, from Open Mic Nights, to Bops (Cambridge style school-discos), to Comedy Smokers, to Karaoke Nights.

What welfare support is there?

Matt, Jesus, Human, Social and Political Sciences, 1st year
Matt
Human, Social and Political Sciences, 1st year

Both the Staff and Jesus College Students’ Union are really dedicated to making sure everyone has a great time living and studying at Cambridge, and that has meant there’s a massive amount of support available to students if things get a bit tough. A dedicated team of ‘Tutorial Advisors’, college staff trained to provide pastoral support, are available every day to go and talk to, without a planned meeting, if you’re struggling with work, or have a problem in college.

The college Student’s Union also offer a load of different ways to seek support a with caring, really approachable team of student Welfare Officers who you can reach out to completely confidentially, or chat to at welfare events – the most popular event being ‘Welfare Cake’, with lots of free cake for everyone, and a friendly face if you need it.

What about your College would you change?

Matt, Jesus, Human, Social and Political Sciences, 1st year
Matt
Human, Social and Political Sciences, 1st year

The only thing I’d like to change about Jesus College is making things a little closer together. Jesus is just outside of the central group of colleges (in fact, its official title describes it as ‘near Cambridge’!), which means there’s lots of beautiful open spaces within the college grounds, including an award winning nature trail, on-site sports facilities, and really interesting sculptures and modern art installations that Jesus is famous for, but means that it can take a little while to walk from one side of college to the other – though you’ll always have lots of interesting things to see on the way!

What has been going on at Jesus College?

- Recent Events -

College Committee

Jesus students have recently elected a new executive for the Jesus College Student’s Union, or JCSU, which represents the undergraduate members of college, as well as organising student-led events, and providing pastoral support.

College Rowing

Jesus College Women’s Rowing First Team triumphed at the end of the week-long ‘Bumps’ rowing competition, topping the Women’s Divisions and earning the title of ‘Head of the River'

John Hughes Arts Festival

Students, Fellows and Staff come together for the annual John Hughes Arts Festival, featuring a gallery of student artwork, new musical compositions by Cambridge composers, a themed formal hall, and much more!

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