St Edmund’s strength is undoubtedly its students, who boast an unrivalled diversity both in terms of culture (with over sixty nationalities represented) and life experience. Many of the postgrads here will have studied at undergrad level elsewhere in the world. Several of the over-21 undergrads will have pursued other passions before coming to get a Cambridge degree so you will find musicians, dancers, artists, and those who have pursued various careers. St Edmund’s is home to several university sportspeople, some of whom with flourishing international sports careers.View on map
What is your favourite thing about St Edmund's?
As a student here, you will have conversations with people from all over the world, and live in a small and supportive community. You will be able to take your pick from what Cambridge has to offer yet St Edmund’s will offer you a place to retreat and people from whom to gain a sense of perspective.
Describe your College’s atmosphere
The academic and social environment is unpretentious. Fellows, undergrads and postgrads socialise in a single combination room and eat together. The smaller size of the college means people quickly get to know each other and there is a close-knit atmosphere at socials. The May Ball is less ostentatious than those of the larger Colleges but has double the amount of spirit.
What is the accommodation like?
Impressive en-suite accommodation has recently been built, and a building with rooms for couples opened in the last few years. This goes a long way towards meeting the needs of the student population, but you may still be required to live out during the intermediate years of an undergraduate degree. Those who do, either rent privately or find surplus rooms at nearby Colleges.
What about entertainment and extra-curricular activities?
Sport at College level has in recent years been marked by impressive initiative and determination from students, resulting in the college being put firmly on the map. St Edmund’s boasts neither the history nor facilities of some of the older Colleges as far as rowing is concerned, yet this year the boat club won the Mitchell Cup for the most successful performance in the May Bumps races, the culmination of the college rowing calendar. The bar can be quiet some evenings but the wider university will always be at your doorstep.
What about your College would you change?
St Edmund’s lacks the funds and financial resources of some of the older Colleges.
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