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Undergraduate Study



Newnham is the most welcoming place you could want for starting university. I have felt supported by my College pastorally, and pushed academically to achieve my full potential. Most importantly, it's a very friendly College and a fun community to be a part of!


150 years ago, a group of radicals – philosophers, campaigners, scientists, writers – came together to create a Cambridge College for women unlike any other.

Newnham proudly remains radical, friendly, supportive and challenging, and equality is at our heart.

Our founders wanted a College that would be beautiful and sociable, with warm brick buildings looking out to huge gardens where students picnic, work and relax.


All of our rooms are offered at a fixed rate regardless of the room size.

From historic rooms with balconies to stylish modern en suite rooms, accommodation for undergraduates is situated onsite, close to their friends.


Our gorgeous library was built in 1897, when pioneering women students couldn’t use the University libraries. 

Old Labs, the original women’s laboratories, are now a performance and music practice space. 

Our sports fields, tennis, gym and netball courts are all on site. 

Students also enjoy: 

  • well-equipped kitchens for cooking with friends 
  • the Buttery for relaxed meals 
  • dining in style in Hall 

And there’s always coffee and cake at our famous café-bar. 

Location and student life

Newnham is next to the main arts and humanities site, with the science and engineering departments five minutes’ cycle away. 

Newnham is a College for women, led by women. It’s a place where you’ll see women hold the most senior roles; where you’ll have the support to live life to your full potential. Your teaching and social life will be with women and men from across the University, and you’ll come home to a College that supports women 100 per cent.

We have a nurse and counsellor on site, strong student-led diversity groups, and supportive tutors. Your personal tutor can help you to apply for additional financial support through our generous bursary, research, opportunity and travel funds.

We run careers events and personal development programmes. 

Newnham College

Find out more

UCAS Campus Code 

Sidgwick Avenue
01223 335783
Courses Available 
All courses except Economics
Student Numbers 
For female students only
431 undergraduates
c120 admitted each year
316 postgraduates

Admissions Tutors
Dr Sam Lucy

Senior Tutor
Dr Sheila Watts

College Open Days 

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

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