Downing College

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Year founded[❔] 1800
Mature (21+)[❔]
Women only
Postgraduate only
Accepts part-time students ✔️
Oxford sister college[❔] Lincoln College
Gold/Platinum Green Impact Award 2018[❔]
College website click here

User reviews
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    Favourite student bars just down the road (Spoons, Revs, and many more)
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    Plenty of restaurants in close proximity (Nandos, Pizza Hut, etc.)
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    We serve Costa coffee at our bar during the day
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    Not many tourists even though it is in the centre of town
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    Really good quality accommodation, and all on-site
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    Really active MCR, with lots of events, talks, meet-ups, etc. organised for postgrads (and JCR seems pretty active too)
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    Lovely cafe with great hot chocolate and cakes tucked behind the library
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    Big open grounds
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    Amazing food - formals are fantastic, and even the normal food in hall is really good
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    Directly opposite the Chemistry department and super near other NatSci departments
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    Huge, open spaces!



UG - usual # years on-site room provided[❔] 2
UG - usual # years room provided[❔] 4
PG - usual # years on-site room provided[❔] 0
PG - usual # years room provided[❔] 1
Couples rooms ✔️
Family rooms
Ballot system[❔] ✔️
% full-time PG in college room (~)[❔] 54
PG single room min. (~£/wk) 137
PG single room max. (~ £/wk) 202
Deadline to have met conditions to be eligible for college accommodation 1st of August
Kitchen fixed charge [❔] ✔️
UG accommodation website click here
PG accommodation website click here

User ratings
On-site room quality: Avg: 3.7/5
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On-site room value for money: Avg: 5/5
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Off-site room quality: Avg: /5
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    Excellent value for money too, the prices are a little higher than some other colleges but the rooms are MUCH better
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    Lots of ensuite rooms, particularly for postgrads
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    Amazing, all very high quality and many ensuite

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    Don't think we have any off-site accommodation?
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    Closest thing to "off-site" is the houses on Lensfield Road, but they are all connected to Downing.

24/7 library ✔️
College cafe ✔️
Anglican chapel ✔️
Interdenominational chapel
Discounted punting[❔] ✔️
Free punting[❔]
Radio station
Student garden ✔️
Bicycle scheme
Art room
Gym (weights) ✔️
Cinema
Badminton court
Basketball court
Dance studio
Eton Fives court
Netball court ✔️
Squash court
Swimming pool
Tennis court ✔️
Rugby field ✔️
Lacrosse field
Hockey pitch
Cricket pitch
Volleyball court
Football pitch ✔️
Brunch Saturday ✔️
Brunch Sunday ✔️
Daily vegan option ✔️

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Value for money: Avg: 5/5
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Quality of food: Avg: 5/5
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Acapella
Africa
Altruism
Anglo-Japanese
Anthropology
Apotheosis
Archeology
Art ✔️
Baking
Ballroom dancing
Bachata
Bee keeping
Board Games
Book Club
Botanical
Caledonian
Card games
Casino
Charity
Chess
Chinese Culture
Choir ✔️
Christian Union
Classics
College Brass Band ✔️
Comedy
Computer science
Consulting
Contemporary dance
Current affairs
Debate
Drama ✔️
Economics ✔️
Engineering ✔️
English
Entrepreneurship
Families Club
Feminist ✔️
Film
Finance
Food
French
Gardening club ✔️
Gender equality
Geographical ✔️
History ✔️
Humanities
Investment
Irish
Islamic
Jewish
Land economy
Languages
Law ✔️
Lawn Games
Literary
Lockpicking
Maths
Medical ✔️
Mindfulness
Music ✔️
Musical
Orchestra ✔️
Oriental
PhD
Philosophy ✔️
Photography
Pilates
Poetry ✔️
Poker
Politics
Quiz
Role playing games
Russian
Salsa
Science ✔️
Serbian
Sign language
Smoothie
Social science
Speakers
Steel pan band
Student publication
Swiss
Tango
Tea
Theology
Ukelele band
Veterinary
Video games
Wine
Yoga
Zouk
Zumba
Aerobics
Athletics
Badminton ✔️
Basketball ✔️
Climbing
Cricket ✔️
Croquet
Cycling
Football (mens) ✔️
Football (womens) ✔️
Golf
Hockey ✔️
Kayaking
Lacrosse ✔️
Netball ✔️
Netball (womens) ✔️
Ninjitsu
Pole
Pool
Rounders
Rugby (mens)
Rugby ✔️
Rugby (womens)
Running
Sailing
Shooting
Ski
Squash
Swimming
Table football
Table tennis ✔️
Tennis ✔️
Tiddlywinks
Ultimate Frisbee ✔️
Volleyball ✔️
Waterpolo
Windsurfing
% 1st Class degree achieved (~)[❔] 26
JCR/MCR split[❔] ✔️
Student trustee[❔]
UG student website click here
PG student website click here
Free formals ✔️
Free formals per year 3
Free formal for guest ✔️
Private dining discount
Free formal for guest per year 3
Free parking
Use of squash and tennis facilities
Free sports facilities
Right to step on grass
Gym membership discount
Punt booking
Corporate event discount
Wedding discount
Accommodation discount available
May Ball frequency (years)[❔] 2
June Event frequency (years)[❔] 0
Winter Ball frequency (years)[❔] 0
Spring ball frequency (years)[❔] 0
Other ball frequency (years)[❔] 0
Entrepreneurship competitions[❔] ✔️

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May/Spring/Winter/other ball rating: Avg: 3.9/5
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    amazing ball in 2017, best headliners by far. Cant wait for 2019


# full-time Bachelor's (~) 450
% full-time Bachelor's (~) 65
# full-time Master's (~) 70
% full-time Master's (~) 10
# full-time PhD (~) 150
% full-time PhD (~) 25
Total # full-time students (~) 670
% full-time UK (~) 65
% full-time EU (non-UK) (~) 10
% full-time non-EU (~) 25
% full-time female (~) 45
% full-time Male (~) 55
# part-time Master's (~) 50
# part-time PhDs (~) 0
Total # part-time students (~) 50
Total # students (~) 710
% Arts and Humanities students (~) 35
% STEMM students (~)[❔] 65
High-table[❔] ✔️
Gowns required[❔] ✔️

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Formal food quality: Avg: 5/5
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Value for money: Avg: 5/5
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    Pretty standard formals


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Net assets (est.) 192.0 million
Net assets/student (~£/student) 288,000
Scholarships and awards (~£/student ) 700