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Undergraduate Study



Wide open spaces, beautiful buildings, great accommodation, fantastic facilities, a lively and friendly student body, and a world-class education – what more could you ask for?


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 425 undergraduates, 220 graduates and 50 Fellows, all supported by more than 130 staff, Downing is an inclusive 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 guarantees accommodation for three-year undergraduate courses on the main College site, and if 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. 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 (open 24 hours a day for Downing students), the magnificent Howard Theatre and the 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. 


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.