Murray Edwards

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Murray Edwards is a spacious, modern college, home to Europe’s largest collection of women’s art. It is on Castle Hill (a five minute bike ride from the town centre) and prides itself on welcoming women from all backgrounds.

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Murray Edwards

Key facts

  • Distance to Sports Pitch
    Netball/tennis/basketball courts onsite; AstroTurf pitches 5 minute bike ride away
  • Gym
    Yes
  • Music Practice Rooms
    Yes
  • Prayer spaces
    Yes
  • Special Diets Main Meal
    Vegetarian: Yes, always Vegan: Available upon request
  • Special Diets Main Meal
    Other dietary requirements: Clear labelling, knowledgeable catering staff
  • Theatre space
    No
  • Undergraduates / Year
    100

What is your favourite thing about Murray Edwards?

Anna, Murray Edwards, History, 1st year
Anna
History, 1st year

The colourful gardens give the college such a vibrant feel, and there are no strict rules to keep off the grass like in other colleges - in fact we are encouraged to “hop, skip and jump” on the lawns, and pick our own flowers, herbs and vegetables.

Describe your College’s atmosphere

Naomi, Murray Edwards, Maths, 2nd year
Naomi
Maths, 2nd year

Medwards is extremely friendly and welcoming, and we are proud of the empowering and supportive atmosphere created by the college’s passion for women’s education. On top of this, we find the college incredibly relaxing - going to the library or dining hall in pyjamas and slippers is completely normal!

What is the accommodation like?

Anna, Murray Edwards, History, 1st year
Anna
History, 1st year

The first years are all in the same block so it is really easy to get to know all the fellow freshers. The rooms in this block are really nice, all of them have an en-suite and my room even has a balcony! After your first year, you’re put in a random room ballot which is flipped the next year so it is fair for everyone. There are a range of options available, including some college owned houses that have their own gardens.

How good is the food?

Naomi, Murray Edwards, Maths, 2nd year
Naomi
Maths, 2nd year

At Murray Edwards you have the choice to go to fabulous looking Dome for food or cook something up in the kitchens available in accommodation - meals are paid for individually rather than in a lump sum per term, which gives you the flexibility to choose to cook as much or as little as you like. The Dome food is delicious - there is always a meat, fish and vegetarian option and there are themed days through the week: for example roast dinner on Sundays, world foods on Thursday and the university-famous College Brunch on Saturday mornings, voted Cambridge's favourite brunch in a survey by The Cambridge Student newspaper.

What welfare support is there?

Catherine, Murray Edwards, Classics, 2nd year
Catherine
Classics, 2nd year

We have a welfare officer on the JCR who is a point of contact for any welfare concerns, as well as putting on events such as “Skive @ 5” (which is tea and biscuits in the bar at 5pm as a break from work), a guide dog puppy petting day, and putting treats in our pigeon holes to cheer us up. There is also a part-time drop-in college councillor. The Student Minds Cambridge organisation has representatives in the college who organise welfare activities such as mood-lifting postcard deliveries and positive message boards.

What about your College would you change?

Saturday brunch is so famous and desirable that we’d run it on a Sunday as well!

What has been going on at Murray Edwards College?

- Recent Events -

Inter-College Football match

The ladies of Murray Edwards' football team, which is joint with Girton, were narrowly beaten in the final match of the inter-college tournament. Better luck next year, girls!

International Day dinner

I recently went to an ‘International Day’ dinner. The evening began with talks on gender inequality and ended with a conga around the Dome. We also got a free formal dinner!

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