Founded in 1800, Downing is both the newest of the ‘old’ Colleges and the oldest of the ‘new’. We welcome applications from anyone with talent and commitment to join our friendly, academic community.
Home to about 420 undergraduates, 220 graduates and 50 Fellows, all supported by more than 130 staff, Downing is a diverse and welcoming place. Our beautiful Neo-Classical buildings are set in a spacious landscape of lawns, trees and gardens in the heart of Cambridge, close to many University faculties and departments.
Downing accepts students in all subjects, and our highly-respected teaching and research staff are dedicated to helping the students realise their full potential. Our Fellows are at the forefront of their academic fields, and their expertise informs their teaching.
Downing is able to house all undergraduate and graduate students on the main College site. This is unusual in Cambridge and helps build the strong sense of community so characteristic of Downing. The accommodation is exceptional, and all rooms are single occupancy with internet connectivity. More than half are en-suite and several are adapted for students with physical or sensory impairments.
Our facilities include the well-stocked Maitland Robinson Library, the magnificent Howard Theatre and the new purpose-built Heong Gallery. Downing has a strong musical tradition, with a flourishing Chapel choir and frequent concerts and recitals. Our excellent sporting facilities include a gym, tennis and basketball/netball courts, as well as an off-site sports ground and boathouse by the river. Students also enjoy the lively common rooms and student bar.
Downing is an inspiring place to live and study. Visit us on one of our open days to tour the College and meet students and Fellows.