Lucy Cavendish College

| University of Cambridge

Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge

Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge was founded in 1965. It teaches in the region of 114 undergraduate students and 59 graduates. Admission is limited to female students. Only mature students are accepted at this college. The college is ranked in position 29 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 | 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 | 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

Lucy is all-female and over 21. This is the College for you if you are married, have a family, and get on better with women than men - the majority of the residents fall into these categories! The College has a lot of vet, medic and foreign students. Rowing is worth joining as it is joint with Hughes Hall (a mixed grad college). Other clubs on offer are Winnie the Pooh and knitting! However, the location is good, 5 mins walk into the heart of Cambridge. St Edmunds (mixed grad college) is just next door which is a bonus! On the fiscal side there is a financial officer - definitely press her on the various trusts which may help you. If you are a vet or medic you will save around £1,600/year College fees during the last 3 years ( clinical) by going to St Edmunds instead which drops its fees once you no longer have supervisions. Do not assume that all Colleges charge the same College fee for the same courses. College support: from year two you can hope to get a college grant of £1,000/ year. The hardship fund may also give you £500/year. There are travel awards of around £300/year if your course requires work experience during the holidays. If you are a vet student you can expect to be able to park your car for free which is a rare thing for a Cambridge College. The accommodation ranges from good in the new buildings (en suite, 6 share a kitchen) to not-so-good in the old, Unfortunately one of the few things this college had going for it- relatively cheap rent and meal charge- no longer applies as Lucy is cranking up its charges every year. Do check/compare College rents & meal fees as there is a big variation. There is free storage for your stuff during holidays which is a rare bonus. College boot you out of halls at the earliest opportunity so that they can get higher rent for the rooms eg. before May week is over and are notoriously inflexible if you wish to stay a few extra nights or need to come back before the rental term starts, for example because you are a clinical medic/ vet and your term starts a week before College starts their termly rent. On the teaching side this varies from excellent to average. The Library is good and the librarians will generally order in any book that you need. The College holds itself out as a caring environment but it could do more in the way of being helpful/supportive should you encounter difficulties with eg. teaching, requesting re-marks, needing to re-sit exams.

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

Review by Jane McDonald - Former Student of the College (July 16, 2009) - add your impression

The bar isn't terribly pumping but does get a bit more lively on a thursday night after our formal hall. The gardens are very nice though, and if you want somewhere that's quiet and caters for the specific needs that older people have returning to education- it's worth a look.

Goes without saying that we have a boat club, music practice rooms and a gym to keep us occupied on top of the drama club, choir etc.. Come visit and ask a few of us about the place if you think you might be keen.

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

Review by Sue - Graduate (August 26, 2009) - add your impression

Lucy is a tremendously exciting place where you meet interesting, successful, high-achieving women from all walks of life. You can have a great social life here, and of course the rest of the colleges are open to you socially, so go party. The choir is amazing, the rowing club is excellent, the students are all mature and therefore serious about doing well: if you aren't, don't apply. I had an amazing three years here which changed my life completely. Pretty much every Lucy student will say the same thing. It's a cool college - for women, not girls.

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

Review by Undisclosed - Former student (January 2, 2011) - add your impression