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Downing is an excellent community to be a part of, there’s lots going on and always someone you can talk to.


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 439 undergraduates, 530 graduates and 55 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 academic potential. Our Fellows are at the forefront of their respective academic fields.

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. Our pastoral support system – including personal Tutors, and a support team led by our Head of Student Wellbeing – helps students to navigate their way through College life.

We guarantee accommodation for three-year undergraduate courses in College. Should your course extend over four years, accommodation may also be available (but is not guaranteed). Housing all undergraduate accommodation on the main College site is unusual in Cambridge and helps build the strong sense of community so characteristic of Downing. Our exceptional rooms are all single occupancy rooms with internet connectivity. Around half are ensuite and several are adapted for students with access needs. All accommodation includes some kitchen space with cooking facilities for making snacks and hot drinks, and our laundry facilities are free to use.

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.

Downing College

UCAS Campus Code 

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

Admissions Tutor
Dr Kamran Yunus

Senior Tutor
Professor Guy Williams

College Open Days 

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

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