Robinson College

| University of Cambridge

Robinson College, Cambridge

Robinson College, Cambridge was founded in 1977. It teaches in the region of 422 undergraduate students and 73 graduates. Please note, when looking at the courses, that Robinson does not offer Education with History, Music and Physical Sciences. The college is ranked in position 20 of 29 in the Tompkins Table of academic results for the year 2014 (where 1 is the top possible score). It is located around 0.85 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 | 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 )

College Scorecard (averages out of five calculated from 6 impressions)
Study (3), Music (3), Sport (3), Smugness (2), Artiness (3) Facilities (3), Accommodation (4) | locate on map

OK the buildings aren't up to much, but while it isn't in the centre of town, it is really well located for sidgwick (arts / law faculty) site and the university library (don't laugh it's great!). really friendly people here too - you will like if yuo are chilled out!

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

Review by Nathan - Undergrad at another college (left 2008) - add your impression

Very friendly and unpretentious , very good catering facilities - excellent food and formal halls. The room costs are more than most colleges but the rooms themselves are very good quality . All of the accommodation is on site (on the college campus) which is not the case for lots of the more central colleges. It's a good college- as a law student as it's only 5 minutes walk from the law faculty.

Study (3), Artiness (2), Sport (4), Music (3), Facilities (4), Accommodation (5), Smugness (1)

Review by Undisclosed - Current student (June 20, 2011) - add your impression

Study (3), Artiness (3), Sport (3), Music (2), Facilities (5), Accommodation (5), Smugness (1)

Review by Undisclosed - Graduate (July 2, 2012) - add your impression

Study (3), Artiness (3), Sport (2), Music (3), Facilities (4), Accommodation (5), Smugness (1)

Review by 1990 Grad - Graduate (May 28, 2012) - add your impression

This is architecturally one of the most significant pieces of modernism in Britain of the late twentieth century. A privilege to live in, but don't if you don't appreciate a bit of brutalism with a slight post-modern twist! Not to be missed: the Mackintosh library, Chapel and Gatehouse.

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

Review by Critic - Admirer (April 1, 2010) - add your impression

Had a great time at Robinson. Very much appreciated the accommodation, and beautiful and accessible gardens. This makes a big difference if you like nature at all, and was good for wellbeing. Unlike some colleges where you can't walk on lawns etc, at Robinson you can really enjoy the gardens, walking by the lake, sitting under beautiful old trees, etc.

Robinson is very close to the history faculty and University Library as mentioned by others. This was VERY useful, as one could easily get books out, return for lunch in between lectures, wake up with 15 minutes to go and still get to class. Catering was very good, and college staff were kind and down to earth. I for one felt very supported there by the history Director of Studies, who was a woman, which I think helped . It was also close to open fields, despite also being near the town centre, which is good if you like a cycle ride/running/walk in the open etc.

College had unpretentious students but from a range of backgrounds, so met interesting people. Not the most political of student bodies when I was there. Or the most 'arty'. But students liked a party, whilst also being studious enough. Within my year there was a good group of people who enjoyed more alternative nightlife, (ie not just 'pop' as was overriding in some colleges). Students tended to be open minded and individuals could excel in politics/art/whatever depending on personal interests. Not quite as big a 'drinking society' culture as elsewhere, which was nice. Definitely possible to excel here; many excellent staff and tutors. Has a good fun college ball.

Possibly not for you if you:
- Want very old architecture
- Want a lot of tradition (though it does feel Cambridgey, and does feel traditional still, but just not stuffy)
- Don't study arts subjects (?)
- Want a very very political student body tradition (though this may have changed)

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

Review by M - History student, graduated 2009 (September 18, 2012) - add your impression