Sidney Sussex College

| University of Cambridge

Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge

Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge was founded in 1596. It teaches in the region of 371 undergraduate students and 135 graduates. Sidney is situated right in the centre of town - very handy for shopping and lectures at the Downing site. The college is ranked in position 17 of 29 in the Tompkins Table of academic results for the year 2014 (where 1 is the top possible score). It is located around 0.32 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 | 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 )

College Scorecard (averages out of five calculated from 12 impressions)
Study (3), Music (3), Sport (3), Smugness (2), Artiness (3) Facilities (3), Accommodation (3)

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A small, old college with located right in the center. Not at the top of the academic league tables but consistently ranked mid/upper Tompkins table (college ranking system). Not amazing for sport but not too posh with a relatively large state school intake. Mega convenient for Sainsburys and all parts of central Cambridge.

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

Review by Stephanie Fanshaw - Former law student, graduated 2008 - add your impression

Small, friendly and in a cracking location - Sidney is the best college in Cambridge (probably). Being small means everyone knows everyone and everything - something which has both advantages and disadvantages. It also bosts the cheapest (though perhaps not most aesthetically pleasing) bar in the town which remains student run.

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

Review by Will - Current law student - add your impression

I recently left sidney to move down to London to continue my medical studies. I really enjoyed being there for a few years - bang in the centre of town, nice historic buildings and friendly, relaxed teaching staff (in my subject). It's quite middling in many respects - academic, sports etc - and known better for being relaxed and not posh.. Very good choir however and excellent piano in the chapel they'll let you practice on if you ask nicely! There aren't huge numbers of students at Sidney so it is a little cliquey- but the dingey bar has hosted many a very fun evening. I would go and check it out, talk to some current students to see if it's for you.

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

Review by Nigel - Med Student (preclinicals only) - add your impression

First off, I want to say that I had a great time at Sidney and that it's got many good things going for it - the location is just unbeatable. I read medicine for three years there - and had some excellent times. Accommodation - for the first years it's a little lacklustre if you get dumped down the road in Cromwell Court (an horrific 60s block), but the spirit of shared suffering gets you through it. Afterwards, you can be in a very nice blundell travel lodge ensuite type place in the main site, or fancy old rooms (which are just amazing - and randomly allocated so no problem if you're stupid like me). Money - rent is on the average side (I think) but there are loads of grants to help out students. Particularly generous are the travel grants to help you do good work (!) on your holidays. Teaching quality varies but medicine boasts some really dynamic directors of studies who will support you through the tough times if and when they arise. The music at the college is not bad and has recently been turned around by a new director who won a prestigious prize with a CD made by the choir. Two grand pianos that you can use, one in the chapel and another in the mong hall - great for keeping in practice.. What else to say? On the downside - it is not the most arty place to be, and it's not ideal if you want a politicaly active environment to stimulate you. It's a tad drink and banter focused - but this is not too different from anywhere else. I made some absolutely fantastic mates and had some awesome supervisors at Sidney.. So check it out and see whether it's to your taste! Definitely not a stuck up/pretentious place so should suit all (state/private girls/boys / LGBT .....)

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

Review by Undisclosed - Ex Student (preclinical medicine) (July 7, 2009) - add your impression

Sidney is a friendly college and everybody knows everyone- gossip spreads like wildfire as a result! A lot of the social events such as formals etc are drinking society based, with the porcs, sybs and slags all in college. However people not involved in those aren't left out and there is always lots going on. Subject wise, nat sci's, engineers and geographers seem to be particularly well represented but the facilities are generally quite good with particularly good library facilities for law students as there is a specific law library. The bar is a tad "youth club does sambuca" but it is cheap and cheerful and people do tend to gather there after formals before heading out. Some of the accommodation, particularly for first years is a tad ropey and not exactly the ancient spires that one might imagine when thinking about moving into a cambridge college but there is newer accommodation for 2nd and 3rd years and some good sets in the old buildings up for grabs if you are high enough up the ballot which is done randomly to decide your 2nd year placing and then reversed for third years so it is as fair as it can be.

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

Review by Undisclosed - alumnus - add your impression

Sidney Sussex is a smallish college, situated in the centre of Cambridge, and therefore it is very convinient. It is well known to be a friendly college, and I would definitely agree having experienced it myself. It is quite relaxed, although it preserves the traditions that Cambridge is so well known for. The bar is the cheapest in Cambridge - an added bonus.

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

Review by Heidi - Current law student (July 20, 2009) - add your impression

Sidney is really friendly, and its location is incredibly convenient. Its inclusive and easy to get to know people. The only downside is it can seem a bit too small-because of this things like sport and music tend to be a bit limited unless you like singing/a few select sports that they do.

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

Review by Ella - law student (3rd yr) (October 30, 2009) - add your impression

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

Review by Undisclosed - Undergrad (August 11, 2009) - add your impression

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

Review by Undisclosed - Law, Graduated (November 5, 2009) - add your impression

Sidney is a college small enough to know everyone's name - which is a good and a bad thing. You will have the opportunity to make lots of friends.... and have everyone know everything! Hall food wins all the prizes in uni competitions. There is definitely a sense of community. Join the Sidney S.L.A.G.S. - Sidney Sussex Loving and Giving Society if you enjoy a booze and want to meet lots of eligible (or not so eligible) men.

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

Review by Jessica - Current Vet Student - add your impression

Nice, friendly people. Great how close to Sainsbury's. Generally good. Good in hall. Standard social stuff like bops.

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

Review by Dan Smith - 2nd year music student (June 20, 2011) - add your impression

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

Review by Undisclosed - Undisclosed (November 8, 2012) - add your impression