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St Catharine’s College

St Catharine’s College

A friendly, medieval college founded in 1473 and situated on Trumptington Street in the very heart of Cambridge.

Famous alumni of St Catharine’s College have included Adam Buddle, the botanist after whom the buddleia bush is named, television journalist Jeremy Paxman, author Malcolm Lowry, actor Sir Ian McKellen, and actress Rebecca Hall.

 

About St Catharine’s College

Part of the University of Cambridge, St Catharine’s College was founded in 1473 by Robert Woodlark, the provost of King’s College. Woodlark turned the group of tenements he purchased into the little hall, which he christened “Saynt Kateryn’s Hall of Cambridge.” The College remained one of the smallest in Cambridge until the mid-17th century, when a succession of generous benefactors added to its buildings and fortunes over the ensuing hundred years. More modern additions in the last hundred years make the College the much larger and more architecturally diverse site it is today.

Famous alumni of St Catharine’s College have included Adam Buddle, the botanist after whom the buddleia bush is named, television journalist Jeremy Paxman, author Malcolm Lowry, actor Sir Ian McKellen, and actress Rebecca Hall.

 

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Punting along the river
Pretty building with foilage growing on outside
Punting along the river
Students walking in city on tour

Virtual tour

Explore the cloisters and quads of St Catharine’s College through this interactive virtual tour.

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Accommodation details

Students will be accommodated in single rooms in the College. Bathrooms are shared between six students on average. Male and female students will be separated by a corridor and/or staircases.

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Founded In


1473

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Bathroom Type


Shared (single gender)

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Bedroom Type


Single & twin

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Student Ages


16-18

Safety and security on campus

In St Catharine’s 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 Summer Schools 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 St Catharine’s College

It is important to note that Oxford Royale Summer Schools is not a part of, or otherwise affiliated to, St Catharine’s College or 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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