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St John's College from bird's-eye view at sunrise


John’s has a really strong community – everyone is friendly and approachable. It still feels crazy to me that I’m basically living in a castle but John’s manages to be both beautiful and homely. I genuinely believe John’s is the best College and there is always something to get involved in.


St John’s is a spectacularly beautiful College located on the River Cam at the heart of the city centre. 

Founded by Lady Margaret Beaufort in 1511, St John’s combines 500 years of history with pioneering research and award-winning teaching. 


All of our undergraduate students are guaranteed accommodation throughout their time in Cambridge, which helps build the strong sense of community St John’s is so famous for. 

You will rarely be able to cross our ancient courts to go from your room to the dining hall, the free onsite laundry, gym or bar without running into someone you know. 


At St John's we have:

  • a recently renovated Buttery
  • onsite gym facilities
  • an atmospheric College bar and café
  • onsite fitness gym and weights room
  • tennis and squash courts
  • a vast array of sports clubs including: badminton, lacrosse and ultimate frisbee to name a few
  • an excellent library
  • world-renowned College choir

Location and student life

St John’s provides students with a world-class education in a diverse, friendly and lively environment. We are one of the largest Colleges in Cambridge and welcome around 170 new undergraduate students every year from a variety of backgrounds. 

We have more than 40 student-run societies and sports teams, so there is always something to do outside of the library or lab. 

Terms here are challenging and exhilarating but that is because Cambridge offers one of the most transformative learning experiences in the world. At St John’s you will live and work alongside leading academics who are undertaking globally significant research in their field. However small your subject, there is someone here working in your discipline who will encourage and support you – pastoral support is at the heart of our teaching. 

We welcome students from every possible background – there is no typical St John’s student and no single St John’s experience. Whatever your circumstances, if you think you have got what it takes to become part of our thriving community, then we want to hear from you.

St John's College

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UCAS Campus Code 

St John’s Street
01223 338703
Courses Available 
All courses
Student Numbers 
614 undergraduates
c170 admitted each year
337 postgraduates

Admissions Tutor
Dr Victoria Harvey

Director of Education and Senior Tutor
Mr Richard Partington 

College Open Days 

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