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Undergraduate Study


Founded on St Valentine’s Day in 1596, Sidney Sussex College is a welcoming and diverse community, occupying a beautiful but private spot in the heart of Cambridge.

Our small size fosters genuine inclusion: there’s no such thing as a typical student, and undergraduates come from every background and from all over the world. We encourage applicants from all school types, and admission is based solely on academic merit and potential.

Most of our Fellows teach and supervise undergraduates, and we’re proud to provide the support you need to excel. We offer a well-stocked library with 24-hour access, a range of study skills sessions and a large, friendly welfare team including a College nurse.

Incoming undergraduates are randomly allocated a single room. In later years, we offer en suite rooms, traditional study/bedroom ‘sets,’ and College-owned houses to share with other students. Rooms are refurbished regularly and all have internet connection and access to kitchen facilities. Meals are available in our beautiful eighteenth century Hall. The College is known for the quality of its food and our candlelit formal halls are always popular.

Your life at Sidney can involve more than studying: students combine their academic work with busy social lives. The Students’ Union arranges regular and varied events, including live music and comedy nights. Our sports facilities (including a gym) see enthusiastic use, and there are teams for all major sports. There’s a thriving music society, which organises recitals, and the chapel choir has made several critically acclaimed recordings and tours regularly in the UK and overseas.

One of Sidney’s greatest assets is the warm and supportive relationship between students, Fellows and staff . The best way to experience this is by visiting us yourself: to arrange this, please contact the Admissions Office.


College Staff


Prof Richard Penty

Admissions Director

Dr Catherine Sumnall

Senior Tutor

Mr Massimo Beber

UCAS Campus Code 

Sidney Street
01223 338872
Courses Available 
All courses except Education
Student Numbers 
350 undergraduates
c105 admitted each year
275 postgraduates
Open Days 2018 

The College will be open to visitors on the following dates. Booking may be required.

All Subjects: 15 September, 22 September
Mathematics: 28 April, 5 May

See also Cambridge Open Days

Sidney has got excellent facilities, and beautiful gardens. What stands out most, though, is the welcoming atmosphere and friendly people. There is always someone to help.


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