Pembroke College

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Pembroke is a medium-sized College, known for its strong community atmosphere and beautiful gardens. No more than 10 minutes from most of the faculty buildings and lecture halls, Pembroke is a centrally-located college just a short walk from the town centre. With a roughly even spread of students across almost all subjects you will quickly find that you’re making friends with everyone from Land Economists to Mathematicians.

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Pembroke College

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Key facts

  • Distance to Sports Pitch
    20 minute walk from college
  • Gym
    Yes
  • Music Practice Rooms
    Yes
  • Prayer spaces
    Yes, there is space for people of all faiths
  • Special Diets Main Meal
    Vegetarian: Yes, available everyday Vegan: Not guaranteed every day
  • Special Diets Main Meal
    Other: College caters for all food allergies. Halal is available when stated on the menu
  • Theatre space
    Yes
  • Undergraduates / Year
    135

What is your favourite thing about Pembroke?

Lucy, Pembroke, HSPS, 3rd year
Lucy
HSPS, 3rd year

One of my favourite things about Pembroke is the “famous” brunch at the weekend which draws in students from across the University! Not only is the food brilliant but it’s also a great opportunity to catch up with friends and take a break. Who wouldn’t want to wake up to waffles on a Sunday?

Describe your College’s atmosphere

Lucy, Pembroke, HSPS, 3rd year
Lucy
HSPS, 3rd year

I was surprised when I first arrived at how inclusive the College community was and how so many people seemed to know each across subject and year. Pembroke’s large College “families” are a great way to meet people straight away as well as make friends in other years. There’s a real communal spirit, from cheering on the Pembroke football team to listening to your friends perform at a live music night, it’s difficult to ever feel too lonely.

What is the accommodation like?

Lucy, Pembroke, HSPS, 3rd year
Lucy
HSPS, 3rd year

All first years are guaranteed accommodation in College, meaning you quickly get to make friends and settle into College life. In the following years, there is a choice of staying in College or moving to one of the surrounding College-owned houses. Students pick rooms based on a randomly allocated ballot – individually or in groups of up to four – with the order reversed the following year to make sure rooms are allocated fairly. With 80% of Pembroke students expressing their satisfaction with the costs of rent, accommodation is both affordable and offers a wide choice, from quaint, old rooms to more spacious modern rooms.

How good is the food?

Charlotte, Pembroke, Law, 2nd year
Charlotte
Law, 2nd year

Pembroke food is great! It is really good value for money with all 3 meals given at a discounted rate of 35% for students through our buttery, affectionately called ‘trough’. Students purchase their food from trough and then eat together in our main hall which is a great chance to chat and catch up with friends. You don’t have to eat all 3 meals in trough, mini –kitchens are available in all accommodation to prepare snacks and small meals. Pembroke caters for all dietary requirements with vegetarian options available every day as well as a range of allergen free foods to cater for all needs. The college is also known amongst the other colleges for its famous Brunch served on weekends.

What about entertainment and extra-curricular activities?

Charlotte, Pembroke, Law, 2nd year
Charlotte
Law, 2nd year

Alongside the huge variety of University societies, Pembroke offers its own societies to all its members ranging from different sports teams for people of different levels in football, netball, hockey, rowing and more! Music societies also thrive in Pembroke with the Chapel Choir, Lovely Choir and AcaPembroke giving singers a wide variety of choice, whilst Pembroke College Music Society organises various performances. The Pembroke Players, our hugely successful drama society, the newly-founded Collage Society and the science-based Stokes Society are also popular. Students also run a range of live music nights, comedies, pub-quizzes and ‘BOPs’ which are really fun, fancy-dress college parties.

What welfare support is there?

Charlotte, Pembroke, Law, 2nd year
Charlotte
Law, 2nd year

Both college staff and students have created a really supportive and friendly atmosphere in college. All freshers are in the same position and everybody wants to make friends and meet new people, so you will never be stuck for people to talk to! If you do need specific assistance and advice, the student welfare team are always on hand to provide a chat, advice, welfare provisions or to point you in the right direction. Pastoral support is really important and each student has a tutor who you meet at least twice a term to discuss how you’re doing, your progress and anything you need.

What about your College would you change?

Charlotte, Pembroke, Law, 2nd year
Charlotte
Law, 2nd year

The lighting in our Junior Parlour (one of our common rooms) can be a bit harsh at night, although I believe this is being fixed!

What has been going on at Pembroke College?

- Recent Events -

International Women's Day

To celebrate International Women's Day and to raise money for a local charity everyone was invited to a Live Music and Talent Night with performances from students across College.

Politics Society

The Pembroke Politics Society recently hosted the Speaker of the Kurdistan Parliament in a popular event about the Future of Kurdistan which was organised by one of our students.

Football

One of our men's football teams reached the final of a football tournament between all the Colleges and it was brilliant to see all the students supporting them at the match and in College!

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