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Downing is everything I’d hoped for in a College and more. It is a supportive environment to learn in, a beautiful place to live and a welcoming and inclusive community to be part of.


Founded in 1800, Downing is both the newest of the ‘old’ Colleges and the oldest of the ‘new’, set in a spacious landscape of lawns, trees and gardens in the heart of Cambridge. We welcome applications from anyone with talent and commitment to join our friendly, academic community.

Home to about 425 undergraduates, 220 graduates and 50 Fellows, all supported by more than 130 staff, Downing is an inclusive and welcoming place. We accept students in all subjects, our highly-respected teaching and research staff are dedicated to helping students realise their full potential. Our Fellows are at the forefront of their respective academic fields.

We guarantee accommodation for three-year undergraduate courses on the main College site, should you extend your course, accommodation may also be available for your fourth year. Housing all undergraduate students on the main College site is unusual in Cambridge and helps build the strong sense of community so characteristic of Downing. Our exceptional accommodation are all single occupancy with internet connectivity. Around half are en suite and several are adapted for students with physical or sensory impairments.

Our facilities include the well-stocked Maitland Robinson Library (open 24 hours a day), the magnificent Howard Theatre and the 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.

UCAS Campus Code 

Regent Street
01223 334826
Courses Available 
All courses
Student Numbers 
425 undergraduates
c130 admitted each year
220 postgraduates

Admissions Tutor
Dr Kamran Yunus

Senior Tutor
Dr Guy Williams

College Open Days 

Check College website for information.
See also Cambridge Open Days.