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Undergraduate Study



Sidney became a place I called home scarily quickly. The friendly community and small size made it easy to make friends and despite being in the very centre of town, it somehow has a chilled out and relaxed atmosphere.


Sidney is a small (around 100 freshers), strong, vibrant community. Proud of our long history (founded in 1596 – the youngest of the “old” Cambridge Colleges), we are modern and inclusive in outlook.

Most undergraduates live on site, or a short walk away, right in the heart of the city. Accommodation is guaranteed for up to four years; rooms vary from sharing a College house with friends, to study-and-bedroom set combinations in the older parts of Sidney. First year students are randomly allocated a room, and get to know other students easily and settle into Sidney life.

Our cafeteria is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with Formal Hall occurring three times a week in the beautiful main Dining Hall. From 2021, a second dining hall provides a relaxed atmosphere and more flexible serving hours. The student-run bar is at the heart of many of the College’s student-run events.

The library is accessible 24 hours a day, and our library team is helpful and ever enthusiastic. Sidney has a dedicated pastoral team, including a nurse, a study skills co-ordinator, and a student welfare specialist. We are proud of the atmosphere of inclusion and encouragement we foster: we want our students to excel academically, and to be happy while doing so.

The Sidney Sussex College Students’ Union work hard to make sure students feel at home. They organise a lively and varied set of activities for new students, and there is plenty going on throughout the year. They take an active part in the running and development of College too.

UCAS Campus Code 

Sidney Street
01223 338872
Courses Available 
All courses except Education
Student Numbers 
350 undergraduates
c105 admitted each year
275 postgraduates

Admissions Director
Dr Catherine Sumnall

Senior Tutor
Mr Massimo Beber

College Open Days 

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