Pembroke College

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Year founded[❔] 1347
Mature (21+)[❔]
Women only
Postgraduate only
Accepts part-time students ✔️
Oxford sister college[❔] The Queen's College
Gold/Platinum Green Impact Award 2018[❔] ✔️
College website click here

User reviews
  • 9
    Weekend brunches here are the best!
  • 5
    Very central
  • 3
    Accommodation is reasonably priced, as they charge based on how good the room and location are.
  • 1
    Perfect size (not too big but not small at all!), sociable, beautiful, central, brilliant food
  • 1
    Beautiful but the tourists haven't discovered it yet. Location is absolutely prime. Welfare is great. Rowing team is superb and has the best culture/welfare of any boat club. Generally pretty good at sports. Academically successful. Daily formals. Cheap accommodation. Good food!
  • 1
    Fantastic college for English students (lots of really good English fellows, large intake, phenomenal English section in the library)
  • 1
    Super friendly
  • 0
    A warm, open, active community
  • 0
    Someone has really unjustifiably laid into the College here. Wifi is adequate but with ethernet (which is provided for free) you can get speeds of 70MB/s across all accommodation. Rooms are heated, and you can easily notify maintenance if there is a problem/ask for a space heater if required, but I've never been cold in my own rooms in 4 years here. The beds are small and some may be uncomfortable but most people use mattress toppers/ask housekeeping for a new one which they always happily provide. The accommodation is the cheapest of all Cambridge Colleges and there is a range of quality but it's all excellently valued to make the College accessible. The JCR is always busy at lunch and in the bar in the evenings, although it could do with a refurb, and the Graduate Parlour is even nicer. Accommodation can be far out but you always have the choice of living away with lots of friends or staying in College. It's not even that far compared to the majority of other Colleges.
  • 0
    Beautiful but not too overrun with tourists - and excellent welfare support

  • 1
    Wifi sucks. Student body is almost impressively non-diverse. Accommodation may be cheap, but it's also quite tatty. College refuse to heat many rooms during the day, so they get unacceptably cold in winter. Beds are awful. JCR isn't used by anyone.
  • 0
    On-site accommodation has regular issues with internet
  • 0
    Accommodation out of college can be really far away

  • 0
    Not enough diversity
  • 0
    [Removed as against our Content Standards] hire somebody who believes in the virtues of central heating

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[❔] 3
Couples rooms
Family rooms ✔️
Ballot system[❔] ✔️
% full-time PG in college room (~)[❔] 61
PG single room min. (~£/wk) 86
PG single room max. (~ £/wk) 145
Deadline to have met conditions to be eligible for college accommodation 1st September
Kitchen fixed charge [❔] ✔️
UG accommodation website click here
PG accommodation website click here

User ratings
On-site room quality: Avg: 3.2/5
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On-site room value for money: Avg: 4/5
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Off-site room quality: Avg: 3.3/5
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Off-site room value for money: Avg: 4/5
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User reviews
  • 1
    Generally quite tatty and cold, but there are some really nice ones. The Foundress building has much warmer rooms since it's newer. There are no ensuites. For the price though it's a decent deal! Scholars' Ballot rooms are much larger, in premium locations, and are sometimes sets (ie multiple rooms and a private kitchen). Definitely pays off to get a First to get one of these rooms

  • 0
    Note: 1st year PG are allocated rooms that are on-site or very close by, to encourage involvement in college community. Rooms are relatively spacious for Cambridge standard, furnished in a basic but functional manner. Typically that includes a metal twin bed, some shelves, a desk and chair, another comfortable chair and a wardrobe. Some rooms have washbasins.

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: 5/5
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Quality of food: Avg: 5/5
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User reviews
  • 0
    The staff are very receptive to feedback from the Food & Bar Officer, which is awesome! Formals are generally accepted as amongst the best in Cambridge, and occur daily. Normal cafeteria food is generally really good too! Lots of provision for veggie/vegan students and for those with more complex dietary reqs.

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 (~)[❔] 34
JCR/MCR split[❔] ✔️
Student trustee[❔]
UG student website click here
PG student website click here
Free formals ✔️
Free formals per year 4
Free formal for guest ✔️
Private dining discount
Free formal for guest per year 2
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)[❔] 2
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: 3.8/5
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User reviews
  • 0
    The May Balls are always spectacular--imo the best value of all the colleges (yeh trinity is huge, but it lacks the personal touches) The June Events are also always brilliant, but obviously they're smaller than balls, so everything else scales with that - either way the themeing is always magical and you get far more than you pay for!
  • 0
    Very, very variable ball - at its best it's a 4/5, at its worst it's a 2/5. Last year for eg the committee flopped and ran out of food and drink (except tequila...) by about 2am. Those last few hours were a nightmare! Not impressive given the hefty ticket price. Theming is usually decent, and it's a really pretty college which is well-suited to an event like this.
  • 0
    The May Ball is one of the best in Cambridge, and is certainly the most sustainable and socially responsible of them all. The June Events are lower scaled and more accessible, so in either case you get what you paid for and more. The beauty of the college makes it a very special place for May Balls and June Events, and theming is always out of this world

  • 0
    Food and drink which doesn't run out super early - get the basics right before spending £££ on neon signs and models of shops...

# full-time Bachelor's (~) 470
% full-time Bachelor's (~) 65
# full-time Master's (~) 50
% full-time Master's (~) 10
# full-time PhD (~) 180
% full-time PhD (~) 25
Total # full-time students (~) 700
% full-time UK (~) 70
% full-time EU (non-UK) (~) 15
% full-time non-EU (~) 15
% full-time female (~) 50
% full-time Male (~) 50
# part-time Master's (~) 30
# part-time PhDs (~) 10
Total # part-time students (~) 30
Total # students (~) 730
% Arts and Humanities students (~) 45
% STEMM students (~)[❔] 55
High-table[❔] ✔️
Gowns required[❔] ✔️

User ratings
Formal food quality: Avg: 5/5
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Value for money: Avg: 5/5
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User reviews
  • 0
    We were served chicken madras the time we went. Quite disappointing.
  • 0
    You get to choose whether you want to have cheese or the dessert
  • 0
    Occurs daily, superb value for money. BYOB. Generally accepted as amongst the best formal hall in Cambridge (doesn't mean it's always amazing, but generally it's pretty good!)


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Net assets (est.) 178.0 million
Net assets/student (~£/student) 253,000
Scholarships and awards (~£/student ) 1,800