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Undergraduate Study

St Catharine's College Cambridge


I think my favourite thing about Catz has to be the sense of community. Within a few weeks of arriving, it becomes impossible to walk across the College and not bump into someone you know.


St Catharine’s (fondly known as Catz) is a medium-size College, situated right in the centre of town, that welcomes applications from students of all genders and backgrounds, and is proud of its strong links with state schools across the UK. 


Undergraduates are guaranteed accommodation throughout their 3 or 4 year courses.

First and third year students live on our picturesque main site in central Cambridge, home to generations of Catz students including Sir Ian McKellen and Richard Ayoade. Nearby is another attractive site where second year students live together in spacious flats.

Bedrooms have unlimited, high speed internet access included.


Catz offers excellent facilities for study and recreation. Our students can work and socialise together in shared spaces, including our common room and student-run bar. 

Our facilities include: 

  • extensive playing fields 
  • squash, badminton and tennis courts 
  • a gym 
  • an all-weather AstroTurf hockey pitch 
  • our centrally-located boathouse 
  • music facilities include a purpose-built rehearsal space and an active choir that records and tours regularly
  • 2 excellent libraries

Location and student life

Founded in 1473, Catz is a lively and diverse community with a reputation for academic success and friendliness. 

We’ve gathered a dedicated and approachable team of teaching staff committed to helping our students realise their academic potential. The College is known for being supportive and this has been strengthened in recent years by our expert Welfare Team.

Students work with staff to enhance College life through our Committees, Green Working Group and Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Working Group.

Our application process encourages all candidates to demonstrate their academic ability – proven and potential. We interview most applicants, and do everything we can to make this early experience of Catz as positive as possible.

St Catharine's College

Find out more

UCAS Campus Code 

Trumpington Street
01223 338356
Courses Available 
All courses except Architecture, Design, Education, History of Art and Linguistics
Student Numbers 
494 undergraduates
c135 admitted each year
297 postgraduates

Admissions Tutors
Professor David Bainbridge (sciences)
Dr Ivan Scales (arts)

Senior Tutor
Dr Holly Canuto

College Open Days 

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