Hughes Hall

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Hughes Hall, Cambridge

Hughes Hall, Cambridge was founded in 1885. It teaches in the region of 71 undergraduate students and 530 graduates. Only mature students are accepted at this college. The college is ranked in position 27 of 29 in the Tompkins Table of academic results for the year 2014 (where 1 is the top possible score).

Courses offered [ + ] Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic | Archaeology & Anthropology | Asian and Middle Eastern Studies | Chemical Engineering | Classics | Computer Science | Economics | Education | Engineering | English | Geography | History | History of Art | Human, Social and Political Sciences | Land Economy | Law | Linguistics | Management Studies | Manufacturing Engineering | Mathematics | 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 5 impressions)
Study (3), Music (3), Sport (4), Smugness (3), Artiness (3) Facilities (3), Accommodation (3) | locate on map

Smack bang next to the cricket pitch at Fenner's, it's a little way out of town to Hughes Hall - probably about 15 minutes by bike, but worth it for the nice open space and great sports facilities (awesome pool). Many uni and several international level sports players study at Hughes.

Money wise, there's a canteen which does OK food for about £4 per meal, and there's an additional charge of about £237 everyone has to pay to cover the college's cost of running the kitchen.. So it makes economic sense to use it a bit.

We have a student run bar, with comfy sofas and the 'club room' is a good place to kick back (TV, pool table, table football, giant jenga etc etc). The college punt "Bubbyfish" which is generally moored up at St John's is also good for a bit of distraction.

Hughes is pretty unpretentious and has very nice fellows (of those that I've met any rate!). Well worth considering if you are over 21 and hoping on coming to Cambridge.

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

Review by Stephen - Cambridge Undergrad (August 26, 2009) - add your impression

Hughes is one of those colleges that does not immediately appear on the radar when coming to Cambridge. However, once discovered, it is a place where you keep on wanting to come back to.

Situated a little bit off central campus, it is right next to the Fenner's cricket grounds and great quality gyms. Most of all, it is around the corner from the vibrant and international Mill Road- where you are guaranteed to find any food you love and always bump into fellow Hughesians at the popular CB1 cafe.

The college is only for 'mature' students, i.e. over 21 years. The people are all wonderful, and the diversity in Hughes makes it a special place to live and study. Everyone is friendly, open and supportive- making it the perfect home away from home.

The food is known to be some of the best on campus (plus it is cheap and the deserts are divine). The accommodation is also modern and comfortable- even though there is considerable competition for rooms (so make sure you get in early!) and not necessarily cheaper than renting privately. The library is not as big or as smart as some of the other colleges', but then again you can always go to the University Library.

Social life and sports dominate Hughes. Hughes has several societies, and any student is welcome to join them. The college has lately also tried to become more ethical and 'green'. The weekly 'Tea and Cakes' on a Sunday is one of the most popular social and networking events in the college. The beautiful roof terrace overlooking the cricket grounds is the perfect place to relax after lunch with the complementary tea or coffee, or on weekends with a G&T during summer.

There is always something happening in the MCR (don't get fooled by the 'mature' student image) and the organised events are very popular. The May Ball might not be as grand or flashy as others, but it is definitely value for money.

Overall, Hughes Hall has a charm, warmth and unpretentiousness that few other colleges can boast with. Which more than makes up for the potential lack in pomp and circumstance of the bigger and older colleges.

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

Review by Elke - Graduate 2011 (September 30, 2011) - add your impression

Has a lot of thirty year olds pursuing an MPhil and several sporting Blues. If this applies to you, then it is definitely a great choice!

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

Review by Birdman - Undisclosed - add your impression

Hughes Hall is one of the most laid back colleges of this great University. As law student, I had the fantastic opportunity to learn from one of Cantab's Law Dons, Mr John Hopkins.

This colleage is known for Law and Medicine and is a leading Blues center.

I would encourage anyone who seeks intellectual enlightenment to apply this college.


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

Review by Adam Jama - Law Graduate 2004 (January 11, 2011) - add your impression

First, let me first say there is nothing wrong with '30 year olds' or dare I say 40 plus doing MPhils as Cambridge needs to improve its intake of mature students and Hughes Hall has pioneered this excellent development. However, Hughes Hall is neither centrally placed nor does it have the most academic fame within Cambridge. The College is unusual in having a 'campus' character with pretty gardens and is quite pleasant in atmosphere. The students are friendly and not 'up themselves' but most are resigned to Hughes Hall's lack of famous alumni or fame beyond its location off the 'cosmopolitan' Mill Road with eclectic mix of take-aways and ethnic stores. Be careful with being around Mill Road and Parker's Piece at night as there have been attacks in the past. The staff are fairly friendly but accommodation can be problematic. High proportion of teacher training students and medics.

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

Review by Cambridige graduate - Former graduate student (MPhil) (December 18, 2009) - add your impression