Gonville & Caius College

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Year founded[❔] 1348
Mature (21+)[❔]
Women only
Postgraduate only
Accepts part-time students
Oxford sister college[❔] Brasenose College
Gold/Platinum Green Impact Award 2018[❔]
College website click here

User reviews
  • 28
    Library is right in the middle of town.
  • 22
    One of the larger colleges in terms of number of undergraduates, while still being very central.
  • 20
    Prettiest courts, quietest in terms of tourism, rich, biggest library, best boathouse
  • 19
    Best library in Cambridge!!!
  • 19
    Opened a new boathouse in 2016 that has a gym and space for ~30 boats.
  • 18
    The students are really sociable and care about each other.
  • 18
    Having MDR and eating in hall really frequently means we are a very sociable college and you will never feel alone unless you want to.
  • 18
    Really great freshers accommodation right next to the humanities faculties.
  • 17
    The Library is beautiful and very well stocked. It used to be the university library. They are very willing to order books into the library for students.
  • 17
    Really good supervisors and great academically.
  • 16
    You can't get more central than this college
  • 15
    Best library in Cambridge by far. One of the biggest collections of books and the most workspaces of any college library. Much better than Trinity or John's library.
  • 15
    Really great student union which runs lots of events throughout the year.

  • 4
    minimum dining requirement requires you to eat in hall 36 times a term as an undergraduate (by paying for it in advance!)- this can be seen as a pro or a con.
  • 4
    The comment that says it is "bad at rowing" is a lie. We're now close to or head of the river in all sets of bumps.
  • 1
    Sometimes I feel too central
  • 0
    The Fresher's accommodation is not in the main college and it's a 15 minute walk between the two.
  • 0
    Bad at rowing

  • 18
    Nothing
  • 2
    It's very stingy and rent is very high, despite being one of the richest colleges!

UG - usual # years on-site room provided[❔] 1
UG - usual # years room provided[❔] 4
PG - usual # years on-site room provided[❔] 0
PG - usual # years room provided[❔] 3
Couples rooms ✔️
Family rooms ✔️
Ballot system[❔] ✔️
% full-time PG in college room (~)[❔] 48
PG single room min. (~£/wk) 120
PG single room max. (~ £/wk) 150
Deadline to have met conditions to be eligible for college accommodation 15th of August
Kitchen fixed charge [❔] ✔️
UG accommodation website click here
PG accommodation website click here

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On-site room quality: Avg: 5.0/5
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On-site room value for money: Avg: 4.9/5
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Off-site room quality: Avg: 4.9/5
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Off-site room value for money: Avg: 5.0/5
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  • 43
    First year rooms are situated all together on the Harvey Court site on West Road. The Stephen Hawking Building is very modern. Rooms have big windows and en-suites. Masses of storage in Stephen Hawking Rooms to use whilst you go home for holidays (I basically managed to store everything here when I went home at Christmas). You don't need to worry about keys in SHB either as you use your University Card to get into your room. First year accomodation is also right next door to Sidgwick site which is perfect for Humanities students.
  • 32
    Great freshers accommodation. I would argue the Stephen Hawking Building and Harvey Court offer the best accommodation in Cambridge. You have great rooms with en-suite, really nice kitchens and plenty of outdoor lawns to sit on and enjoy in the summer at Harvey Court.
  • 1
    Standard student rooms, often near churches

  • 3
    There are a handful (about 2-3) ensuites in 2nd and 3rd year. The houses are old, toilets/plumbing isn't great, the rooms are just bare rooms with some furniture placed inside it as opposed to having a modern design with shelves etc. Some rooms have sinks, others don't. In general the only great thing about our accommodation is that many are in the centre, though there are some houses off Parker's Piece too.

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 ✔️

User ratings
Value for money: Avg: 4.9/5
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Quality of food: Avg: 4.9/5
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  • 31
    Caf hall normally only happens on a Saturday but it is really good quality and the best value for money of almost all the colleges.
  • 6
    College lunch is amazing and some of the best food I’ve had! We can also bring guests from other colleges which is nice.
  • 1
    BEST MUNCH
  • 1
    dank munch styll, local dixy bossman has competition now, mac and sheese sometimes meedi, but the dinner ladies will have you moretime £R

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 (~)[❔] 27
JCR/MCR split[❔] ✔️
Student trustee[❔]
UG student website click here
PG student website click here
Free formals
Free formals per year 0
Free formal for guest
Private dining discount
Free formal for guest per year 0
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[❔]

User ratings
May/Spring/Winter/other ball rating: Avg: 4.5/5
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User reviews
  • 21
    love it!
  • 18
    The may ball is very good value for money. It was one of the best nights of my Cambridge life. No queues to get food, unlimited food, unlimited drinks. Video games inside, a mini-golf course, a donut wall! Everything you could wish for and more!
  • 0
    Construction getting in the way


# full-time Bachelor's (~) 570
% full-time Bachelor's (~) 70
# full-time Master's (~) 50
% full-time Master's (~) 5
# full-time PhD (~) 190
% full-time PhD (~) 25
Total # full-time students (~) 810
% full-time UK (~) 70
% full-time EU (non-UK) (~) 15
% full-time non-EU (~) 15
% full-time female (~) 40
% full-time Male (~) 60
# part-time Master's (~) 0
# part-time PhDs (~) 0
Total # part-time students (~) 0
Total # students (~) 810
% Arts and Humanities students (~) 35
% STEMM students (~)[❔] 65
High-table[❔] ✔️
Gowns required[❔] ✔️

User ratings
Formal food quality: Avg: 4.8/5
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Value for money: Avg: 5/5
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User reviews
  • 34
    Really great quality formals. Many others will say "formals" at Caius aren't as good as other colleges. That is because the name formal at Caius is used to denote a second sitting of normal everyday dinner at which fellows are present and everyone wears gowns. Our actual formals called "Formal Formal" or "Superhall" are incredible and are usually some of the best of any college.


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Net assets (est.) 324.0 million
Net assets/student (~£/student) 402,000
Scholarships and awards (~£/student ) 1,700