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Gonville & Caius College

Gonville & Caius College

Founded in 1348 and steeped in tradition, Gonville & Caius is one of the oldest and largest colleges of the University of Cambridge, situated in the heart of the city.

About Gonville & Caius

Edmund Gonville originally founded Gonville Hall in 1348, who sought to create an environment of exceptional learning, particularly in the fields of arts and theology. It was later refounded by John Caius in 1557 as Gonville & Caius College. Today, the college combines the best of Cambridge tradition with 21st century teaching and research.

With its medley of beautiful old buildings and courtyards situated in the heart of Cambridge, Gonville & Caius is a peaceful oasis amidst the vibrant bustle of the city, whilst also providing easy access to its many historical sights and attractions. 

Gonville & Caius has produced more Nobel Prize winners than any other Oxbridge College except for Trinity College, Cambridge. Its most famous alumni include the physicist Stephen Hawking, as well as Sir James Chadwick, who discovered the neutron, Sir Howard Florey, who co-discovered penicillin, and Francis Crick, who co-discovered the structure of DNA.

Note: Students will sleep at Gonville & Caius but will learn, dine and socialise at nearby St Catharine’s College – see this page for specific information on St Catharine’s.


Gonville & Caius buildings
Gonville & Caius college
Gonville & Caius chapel
Gonville & Caius front driveway
Gonville & Caius front view
Gonville & Caius birds eye view
Gonville & Caius outside view

Accomodation Details

Students will be accommodated in standard single rooms with shared bathrooms. Male and female students will be separated by a corridor and/or staircase wherever possible.

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Safety and security on campus

At Gonville & Caius College, students are overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of counsellors.

The counsellors ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss university applications.

A small number of residential Oxford Royale Academy staff will live on site throughout the programme. They will be able to assist students at any time of the day and night.

ORA and Gonville & Caius

It is important to note that Oxford Royale Academy is not a part of, or otherwise affiliated to, Gonville & Caius College or the University of Cambridge. Find out more about ORA and the University of Cambridge 

About Cambridge

Cambridge has been recognised for centuries as one of the most beautiful academic locations in the UK. With its soaring gothic buttresses, green lawns, gently meandering river, and quiet little coffee shops, Cambridge has a lot to offer in terms of quality of student experience. Students will live, dine and study in a college of the University of Cambridge, providing them with the ideal opportunity to discover what life in a top UK university is really like.

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