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Magdalene College

Magdalene College

Boasting a stunning river-side setting, Magdalene College, Cambridge, provides a supportive and warm community that fosters academic excellence.

Founded in 1428, Magdalene College is one of Cambridge’s most beautiful colleges. It enjoys an enviable location on the banks of the River Cam, just a few minutes walk from the city’s famous sights and attractions.

About Magdalene College

With a rich history linked to its eclectic architectural mix of traditional and modern buildings, Magdalene College has a long tradition of academic excellence. Nowadays, with a resident community of nearly 800 students, Fellows and staff, Magdalene is big enough for everyone to find their niche, but small enough to retain a sense of community spirit. Encompassing stunning buildings and gardens as well as state-of-the-art facilities, Magdalene is a fantastic college in which to live, dine and socialise.

Notable alumni include George Mallory, who took part in the first three British expeditions to attempt the summit of Mount Everest, and the writer and noted diarist Samuel Pepys. Nelson Mandela was an Honorary Fellow of the college.


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Accommodation details

Students will be accommodated in standard single rooms with en-suite or shared (single gender) bathrooms. Male and female students will be separated by a corridor and/or staircase.

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Bathroom Type

En-suite or shared (single gender) 

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Bedroom Type


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Student Ages

16-18, 19+

Safety and security on campus

At Magdalene 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 Magdalene College

It is important to note that Oxford Royale Academy is not a part of, or otherwise affiliated to, Magdalene College or the University of Cambridge. All enquiries regarding the summer school programme must be directed to Oxford Royale Academy, and not to Magdalene College.

Find out more about Oxford Royale Academy 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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