Corpus Christi College

| University of Cambridge

Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

Corpus Christi College, Cambridge was founded in 1352. It teaches in the region of 270 undergraduate students and 141 graduates. The college is ranked in position 18 of 29 in the Tompkins Table of academic results for the year 2014 (where 1 is the top possible score). It is located around 0.56 km from the centre of town.

Courses offered [ + ] Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic | Archaeology & Anthropology | Asian and Middle Eastern Studies | Chemical Engineering | Classics | Computer Science | Economics | Engineering | English | Geography | History | History of Art | Human, Social and Political Sciences | 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 | (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 )

College Scorecard (averages out of five calculated from 7 impressions)
Study (4), Music (4), Sport (3), Smugness (3), Artiness (3) Facilities (3), Accommodation (3) | locate on map

Very good choir at Corpus and a great place if you are into classical music. Very centrally located next to the Downing site (science etc.) with pretty buildings and grounds. It's not a big college - some people might prefer the anonymity of a larger place.. But very good place if you want to get involved and get a good degree mark too!

Study (5), Artiness (3), Sport (2), Music (5), Facilities (3), Accommodation (3), Smugness (3)

Review by Rob - Cambridge Student (at another college) - add your impression

Ok, so you don't really get a proper impression of Corpus from the criteria listed. It's not hugely 'alternative',and it's only 'smug' 'because everybody's so bloody chuffed to be at such a great college.

It's Small. It's Old. It's Pretty. But so are lots of colleges.

What sets Corpus apart is the lack of cliques, the ability (and wish) to talk to anyone about anything (or dance with anyone non-ironically at Corpus' version of a bop, a 'slack', which more resembles a school disco). It's not pretentious, it is hard-working, but it's FUN. And, because it's so small, there's complete integration between the years (once you've earned your stripes after a couple of weeks).

Oh, and it's got a great drama society, if that's your cup of tea.

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

Review by L - Graduated 2009 (August 14, 2009) - add your impression

I went to the May Ball in 2009 - and can certainly recommend it if you find yourself with a free evening (+morning) while you're in Camb. Seemed like a really pleasant college with very pretty buildings.

It's a small college by cambridge standards but the location is great. I didn't have too much direct experience of it, though most of my mates there were very musical and had a great time in the choir.

Study (4), Artiness (3), Sport (2), Music (5), Facilities (3), Accommodation (4), Smugness (4)

Review by Charles - Visitor from Christ's (August 31, 2009) - add your impression

Corpus is (very) old, pretty and has lots of history - as do many other colleges. The contentious point where Corpus is concerned is its size. Some people say small can be claustrophobic, and at times it can feel like everyone knows everyone else's business. But this is far outweighed by the benefits of being in a close-knit community: everyone looks out for everyone else, and most people have friends across all the year groups and even across the JCR/MCR divide. You'll never walk into the bar or Hall and not know anyone.

Another big plus at Corpus is its sport - for a small college its highly successful, having many teams in top college divisions and others well on the way, but there's no sporting clique - anything you want to play you can, and experience is never a prerequisite.

On the music front, if you're a great singer you're sorted - Corpus has a fab choir. But there's not much else for other musicians: low key acoustic evenings are a really lovely chance for people to sing or play in a relaxed environment, but the Ben'et Orchestra only meets for a couple of rehearsals and concert at the end of Michaelmas and Lent terms, and can't always get enough people together to make it worthwhile.

Academically, Corpus is pretty strong generally, and students work hard. To be honest this is a benefit - when you need to knuckle down other people are in the same boat and there's generally a good working atmosphere; people help each other out where they can, and are understanding when work is really hard going. It also means you don't get a nasty shock when it comes to exam results - you need to remember you're being compared with the rest of the university.

Corpus is a great place to be, and I can't imagine being anywhere else.

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

Review by L - Current student (March 21, 2010) - add your impression

I'll preface this by saying I attended Corpus Christi well over a decade ago, before it went through some big changes. My advice for anyone applying today is to contact the admissions office and ask them to put you in touch with a student who has just left Corpus and studied the subject you want to pursue. You can't beat feedback from the horse's mouth.

I look back on my time at Corpus as one of the happiest periods in my life because it suited me perfectly. With 80 odd people in each year there's a bit of a family feel to the place and by the time you leave you'll have met pretty much all of the other students as well as all the staff. It's a very different experience to going to one of the bigger colleges where everybody tends to do their own thing. It's a very supportive environment and I don't remember feeling homesick or lonely the whole time I was there.

Traditionally the college is left-leaning (though not as much as, say, King's). When I was there Corpus had its share of public school pupils but they were a minority, unlike in some other colleges, and there were people from many other diverse backgrounds. I thought it was a very good environment and made some lifelong friends.

Don't go to Corpus if winning sporting trophies is important to you. The small size of the college means it never challenges for university honours in things like rowing, cricket, football, etc. The flip side is that with a modicum of sporting talent you can compete for Corpus in pretty much any sport you want and be captain, etc

I won't say anything about facilities or accommodation though I'm told they are much better than when I was there! I'd add that one of the benefits of the college is its central location--everything important is a short stroll away unlike some of the further flung colleges.

Corpus itself may be physically small but what most people don't realise is that the college has grounds at Leckhampton about 20 minutes walk away. This comes into its own in the summer for garden parties and there's even a small outdoor swimming pool. A wonderful place for relaxing and escaping stress.

Oh, and it has a very strong rep for music.

Study (3), Artiness (3), Sport (1), Music (5), Facilities (3), Accommodation (3), Smugness (3)

Review by Anonymous coward - Graduated in mid 1990s (January 6, 2010) - add your impression

As is said, I graduated in 1974, so I am not sure how relevant my opinion is now - back then there were no girls in college, for example.

As someone who came from a Grammar School in Cumberland, Corpus, and Cambridge were a whole new world. Most of the students were from Public schools and very privileged backgrounds, and therefore very different from me. I was also a very shy person. So what worked well for me was the small college environment. I made some very close friends (with very varied backgrounds.) I got 'roped into' being a cox in the boat club, because I was one of the smallest, lightest students - and I immensely enjoyed coxing (and turned out to be very good at it.) The musical and acting talent in the college was phenomenal - not my forte, but I truly enjoyed the many performances which I attended.

I have fond memories of my time at Corpus, and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a cosy, nurturing yet stimulating environment. Remember, if you are accepted here, you are one of only about 85 students each year - so you are special.

Study (4), Artiness (1), Sport (3), Music (5), Facilities (4), Accommodation (5), Smugness (3)

Review by John - Graduated 1974 (October 14, 2009) - add your impression

The location of Corpus is excellent; it's in the town centre. The new Museum site (with at least 15 faculties!) is about 6 meters from the back entrance, the Downing site and the Sidgwick sites are also fairly close. On the other hand, there are always some tourists around, but 90% think that Corpus = New Court, so they just make a few pics and leave. The main site of the college is pretty, the Old Court is more than 660 years old, what makes it the oldest surviving courtyard in Oxbridge. Yet the college can be somehow claustrophobic, as it is rather small. Leckhampton, the unique graduate centre is about 6 minutes away (with bike) and have a beautiful garden, and a close kit graduate community, with own facilities. The sport field is also located there, and it have some gyms too. The food have a quite high average, and the formals are great! Of course the same goes to every college, with the possible exception of the new ones, as their halls look...well...modern...

The libraries are great: if anyone deals with Anglo-Saxon history/literature, then the Parker Library is a heaven for them, as it possess the greatest A-S codex collection in the whole world! The Taylor library is just 3 years old, which means it is pretty modern, and well-stocked.
The quality of the accommodation varies, but have a good standard, and it's for all three years!

It's a small college, so every gossip goes around quickly, but it also means that it's like a family, and Corpus is most definitely a very friendly, yet traditional college. (Far from being as traditional as Caius, tough.)

Study (4), Artiness (3), Sport (3), Music (3), Facilities (5), Accommodation (3), Smugness (3)

Review by Anonymous - Graduated 2011 (September 18, 2011) - add your impression