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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.

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.

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.

Undergraduates are guaranteed accommodation throughout their three- or four-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.

Catz offers excellent facilities for study and recreation. Our two libraries are among the best in Cambridge, and bedrooms have unlimited, high speed internet access included. Our students can work and socialise together in shared spaces, including our common room and student-run bar. Our sports facilities include extensive playing fields; squash, badminton and tennis courts; a gym; an all-weather AstroTurf hockey pitch; and our centrally-located boathouse. Our active choir records and tours regularly. Students work with staff to enhance College life through our Committees, Green Working Group and Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Working Group.

We are happy to receive enquiries from and arrange visits to Catz for any prospective applicants. Detailed and up-to-date information can be found on our website.

St Catharine's College

UCAS Campus Code 

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

Admissions Tutors
Dr 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.