Cambridge Christ's (Student Life)

Accommodation: College provides for everyone at reasonable rents (rising but still below average for Cambridge).

Eating: Cheap food in college, filling if you're hungry; formal hall most days (3 courses for £3.50+). Pizza Hut, Garfunkels, Gandhi, Burger King, Mr Chips, Gardenia's and many more close by (£5+ for main course).

Drinking: Cheaper in college (£1.70+ a pint) than in pubs - good selection of drinks in Buttery (open 1 hour lunchtime and 6-11 pm). The Bun Shop, The Cambridge Arms and other nearby bars popular as change to Buttery and for Sunday lunch.

Nightlife: Major ents twice termly and parties in Party Room most weekends. Drama, films, concerts etc all strong. Cindy's is close for tacky, crowded, cheap student nights (weekly). Life has variety of music; Corn Exchange and Junction have occasional big names and some jazz and blues bands. Ballare, Fez Club, Po Na Na's and Cocos are good student clubs.

Locals: Reasonably friendly. Certain open areas unsafe for students at night.

Sports: Free squash courts in college. Extensive sports grounds 10 minutes' cycle ride away. Boathouse nearby and well equipped. Pool, table football, table tennis etc in college.

Travel: Travel grants easy to obtain (from £50 to several hundreds).

Financial help: Readily available from tutors: bursaries available according to students' loan entitlement and fees contribution; scholarships and book grants reward academic performance.

Jobs: Hardly anyone works in term-time - not encouraged by college. Vacation work available in college (conferences etc) for the few who don't go home for vacations.

Best features: Friendliness.

Worst features: Workload.

Good news: All rooms have ethernet connections. Recent fundraising leading to lots of student bursaries.

More info: Write JCR President at the college, tel: 01223 334900 and ask for JCR President, or email: jcr(at)

Past students: John Milton, Charles Darwin, Lord Mountbatten, C P Snow, David Mellor, Richard Whiteley (Countdown), Ali G (Sacha Baron-Cohen), Lord Irvine of Lairg, the Lord Chancellor, Kieran West (olympic gold medallist for rowing).