Clare Hall

| University of Cambridge

Clare Hall, Cambridge

Clare Hall, Cambridge was founded in 1965. It teaches in the region of 169 graduate students (no undergraduates are accepted to this college).

Courses offered [ + ] Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic | Archaeology & Anthropology | Architecture | Asian and Middle Eastern Studies | Chemical Engineering | Classics | Computer Science | Economics | Engineering | English | Geography | History | History of Art | Human, Social and Political Sciences | Land Economy | Law | Linguistics | Management Studies | Manufacturing Engineering | Mathematics | Medicine | Medicine Graduate Course | Modern & Medieval Languages | Music | Natural Sciences | Philosophy | Psychological and Behavioural Sciences | Theology & Religious Studies | Veterinary Medicine | (additional courses are often available to post-graduate students and many colleges offer complex arrangements of modern languages - please see our courses page for details ) | locate on map

My friends at Clare Hall always found it very unpretentious - since it was founded in the sixties you can expect some fantastic... 60s architecture! designed by Ralph Erskine (worth a wikipedia) it is pretty stunning if that's your bag.

Especially good is the Anthony Low Building where you can take in a jazz evening / international film night.

The facilities for sports are seriously good too, and the boat club is thriving (I think own quite a few boats, kept in the Clare Hall boathouse). There's also pool (indoors + heated) at West Court and there are on site squash and tennis courts.

Study (2), Artiness (3), Sport (3), Music (3), Facilities (4), Accommodation (3), Smugness (1)

Review by Edward - Student at another Cam College (August 26, 2009) - add your impression

Clare Hall is a small, graduate-only college. It has a central location (15-minutes' walk from the city centre and very close to the Sidgwick Site); a good kitchen; and an indoor swimming pool. It's a very informal and friendly college, with many fellows, with whom you can easily interact as a student (for example, there is no high table at dinners). The student body is very international, and there are about as many male as female students. It feels like a home and is very cosy. Also, since it's one of the newer colleges, accommodation is quite 'light' and modern. There are regular parties in the (student-operated) bar, and it's easy to get involved and organize something fun! Also, the rowing teams are quite active, and anyone can join them. I have no regrets choosing this college, and wouldn't wanna trade it for any other :-)

Study (4), Artiness (2), Sport (2), Music (2), Facilities (4), Accommodation (4), Smugness (1)

Review by Undisclosed - Graduate student (April 24, 2010) - add your impression

If you need a quiet and peaceful college, Clare Hall is the place to be. Consisting of mature graduates and many people with white hair (or lack of any), most of its scholars come from all four corners of the world, hence it's not easy to stereotype a particular ethos. Relatively far from the city centre, walking is a must, but if you have a motor vehicle, Herschel Road provides abundance of free parking for everyone. Just be careful, at night the place can be very dark and spooky. The heated indoor swimming pool is indeed a hidden secret. It is very friendly and casual, you can't distinguish whether the person sitting next to you during the formal hall is a PhD student in Ancient Theology, a famous Harvard post-doctoral physicist or the College's President himself!

Study (3), Artiness (3), Sport (3), Music (3), Facilities (4), Accommodation (3), Smugness (1)

Review by Cantab - MPhil (September 5, 2012) - add your impression

tennis court formerly at West Court is now a pond. Squash court over at Grange Road. Regular art exhibitions. Many folk love coming back so must be welcoming.

Study (3), Artiness (3), Sport (3), Music (4), Facilities (4), Accommodation (3), Smugness (3)

Review by john - worker (April 16, 2013) - add your impression