Emmanuel College

| University of Cambridge

Emmanuel College, Cambridge

Emmanuel College, Cambridge was founded in 1584. It teaches in the region of 510 undergraduate students and 123 graduates. Please note, when looking at the courses, that Emma Does not offer Education with Biological Sciences, English and Drama, and Physical Sciences. The college is ranked in position 5 of 29 in the Tompkins Table of academic results for the year 2014 (where 1 is the top possible score). It is located around 0.45 km from the centre of town.

Courses offered [ + ] Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic | Archaeology & Anthropology | Architecture | Asian and Middle Eastern Studies | Chemical Engineering | Classics | Computer Science | Economics | Education | 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 | 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 )

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

http://www.emma.cam.ac.uk/ | locate on map

Always found emma to be quite a pleasant place with a real sense of community. Not big and scary but not too small and gossipy! In the same league as Sidney I think...

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

Review by Nigel - Went to Sidney, frequent visitor! - add your impression

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

Review by Undisclosed - visitor to open day (August 26, 2010) - add your impression

This place has a pretty amazing bar which runs really good events - this really stands out from other college. People come here every week from other colleges because they almost put on a proper club night. Is also a beautiful college, located right near to the new Grand Arcade shopping centre if you're into high-end (by Cambridge standards!) shopping. They do a pretty solid annual may ball. Ducks too, of course...

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

Review by Hertzel - Student of another cam college - add your impression

Work hard, play hard is the Emma way.

Good:
The college is beautiful in the summer, the bar is cheap and fun, the people tend to be fun. Has an old outdoor swimming pool, really cold water! Very central without being on the tourist track. Friendly porters.

Bad:
In my opinion it's one of the smuggest colleges, but this isn't so noticeable if you're in it. Cooking facilities are not the best. Some of the second year accommodation is really far away from college and from town. The library is pretty, but not such a great place to work. The college food is not very good. It's one of the most competitive colleges to get a place at.

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

Review by Undisclosed - student from another college (had a boyfriend at emma for a while!) (April 1, 2010) - add your impression

Throughout my second and third year as a history undergraduate I had alot of supervisions at Emmanuel with a brilliant historian - a supervisor for my dissertation and I found her really enthusiastic, encouraging and helpful. Although Emma does have a fearsome reputation for academic success, they have been consistently at the top of league tables for the past few years, I really enjoyed my weekly supervisions at the College. I also worked for their Target and Access department, and I think they have a solid programme of outreach to schools with pupils who would not ordinarily apply to Cambridge. Saying this, I was at Fitzwilliam, and alot of people I know who ended up there applied to Emmanuel originally were pooled to Fitzwilliam because competition for Emma is so fierce.

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

Review by Nay - Historian, had supervisions at Emmanuel - add your impression

The college of Gutenplan. Nuff said.

Study (4), Artiness (2), Sport (1), Music (4), Facilities (5), Accommodation (2), Smugness (2)

Review by Andy b - none (April 7, 2010) - add your impression

Emma is a very central college, so in your first and third year (almost all third years choose to live in college, and all first years will live in college), you can get everywhere very conveniently. Even second year accomodation isn't really that far away (some houses near Parker's Piece, some near the Grafton) and in any case, living in a house can be a nice change from living on the staircase.

Emma's bar is definitely one of the best college bars in Cambridge, primarily because it's student-run (so there's also an opportunity for students to make some money doing bar shifts!) - it's nice to see friendly faces at the bar, and it's big enough so it doesn't feel absolutely rammed after formals (although during ents it can get really hot!). Even people from other colleges love coming to chill at the bar - plus, drinks are really cheap!

It's also near to Cindies, Life, Revs, and Lola's... so Emma students do like to go out a lot. However, if going out isn't your thing, there are also lots of other societies to cater to different interests - some of the sports socs are really quite keen (netball, football, rugby), and the Chapel choir are a tight-knit bunch, as well as the Orchestra.

The college itself is gorgeous - our Front Court is the stock photo on most 'Cambridge' articles/websites [in fact, I think it's the one used on this website]. Paddock is lovely to lie about on summer and watch the ducks.

None of the comments have mentioned so far that we have our laundry done for us FOR FREE - 1 bag a week. So useful if you're the lazy type.

The library had a new wing added one or two years ago, with lots of individual study tables which is a great place to work - or the main wing [which has a much more 'olden' feel to it] is great if you prefer to work with friends on a big table. Can get quite cold when they forget to turn on heating though..

I realise this is all starting to sound a bit biased so I must say - our standard hall food isn't great, although formals often outdo themselves. Also, the range of accomodation you may end up with can vary quite greatly depending on your space in the ballot in second and third year.

Overall, Emma is definitely one of the best choices you can make - it is difficult to get in, but so worth it if you do!

ps Emma has just opened a small college gym near Parker's Piece (:

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

Review by Undisclosed - Current student at the college (March 16, 2012) - add your impression