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Undergraduate Study

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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.


We guarantee accommodation for 3-year undergraduate courses in College.

If your course extends over 4 years, accommodation may also be available (but is not guaranteed).

  • All undergraduate accommodation is on the main College site. This is unusual in Cambridge and helps to build a strong sense of community so characteristic of Downing. 
  • Our exceptional rooms are all single occupancy with internet connectivity.
  • Around half our rooms are en suite and several are adapted for students with access needs.
  • All accommodation includes some kitchen space with cooking facilities for making snacks and hot drinks.
  • Our laundry facilities are free to use.


Our facilities include: 

  • the well-stocked Maitland Robinson Library (open 24 hours a day)
  • the magnificent Howard Theatre
  • the Heong Gallery 
  • chapel choir and with frequent concerts and recitals
  • excellent sporting facilities including a gym, tennis and basketball/netball courts 
  • off-site sports ground and boathouse by the river
  • lively common rooms and student bar

Location and student life

Home to about 439 undergraduates, 530 graduates and 53 Fellows, all supported by more than 130 staff, Downing is an inclusive and welcoming place that encourages bright students from all backgrounds to apply.

We accept students in all subjects. Our highly-respected teaching and research staff are dedicated to helping students realise their full academic potential. Our academics are at the forefront of their respective fields. 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. Downing is an inspiring place to live and study.

Downing College

Find out more

UCAS Campus Code 

Regent Street
01223 334826
Courses Available 
All courses
Student Numbers 
478 undergraduates
c130 admitted each year
450 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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