May I visit the College before I apply?

The University's Postgraduate Open Day will take place in the autumn for potential applicants and graduate offers-holders.  We welcome individual visitors, by appointment, at any time of year. To arrange a visit please contact our Admissions Office.

What are the academic benefits of College life?

The College Library and IT facilities are open twenty-four hours a day and complement those available in Departments and Faculties; many of our postgraduates take advantage of the generous study space on offer. Lucy Cavendish runs regular seminars showcasing the work of postgraduate students, together with an annual poster competition and Research Day. We also have a programme of skills development workshops designed specifically for postgraduates. Academic talks and subject dinners occur throughout the year, and Masters and PhD students are active in groups such as the Lucy Cavendish English Society, History Society and Law Society. Many social events involve the whole College, allowing postgraduates to interact freely with professorial, research and teaching staff across a range of disciplines.

How much accommodation is available for postgraduate students?

Lucy Cavendish aims to house all postgraduate students who request accommodation, with priority given to incoming students. Many students on nine-month Masters courses are accommodated within the College itself. The remainder of our postgraduate accommodation lies within easy walking or cycling distance of the main College campus, much of it at our new Histon Road Centre. Some rooms are en-suite, some are in twin 'sets', sharing a bathroom and kitchenette, and some are clustered around more extensive shared facilities. We have a small number of one- and two- bedroom flats.

What support does the College offer postgraduate students?

The College has an experienced team of personal tutors who monitor students' progress and wellbeing, provide advice, and lead the College's induction week. We also have a Student Finance Accountant and a Financial Fellow, who can assist postgraduates in the event of monetary challenges. Our Tutorial Office supports postgraduates through the administrative processes associated with study at Cambridge, including matriculation, graduation and visa applications. The ICT Manager and her team resolve computing issues. The Library staff can help with bibliographical searches, and locating course materials. The College also offers significant levels of financial support, as detailed on the Awards and Bursaries page.

What about socialising?

There is no shortage of things to do in Cambridge. Some graduate students immerse themselves completely in College life, joining the different societies and sports teams, and attending a variety of Student Union- and College-run events. Most graduate students socialise both within their Department, and within Lucy Cavendish, and there is a constant flow of visitors between Colleges. Formal halls are a particularly popular way to entertain friends from elsewhere in the University. Participating in sport can be challenging for some lab-based graduates, who have to be well-organized to fit research around afternoon training, but much rowing (for example) takes places before the working day begins. 

What are the implications of joining a women's college, in practice?

It is the University, not the College, that organizes lectures, seminars, and practicals, the University that runs research groups and assigns research supervisors, the University that administers major student services, determines the content of degree courses, and sets exams. Whichever College you join, you'll be working side by side with students from all the other Colleges, each day; you'll be in the same departments, the same specialist libraries, the same University Centre. You may play in the same sports teams, and participate in the same societies. The College, however, is the place where most students live, and eat; it provides social space, and day-to-day recreational facilities, and the staff of the College are responsible for overseeing your welfare.

Is there a student association for postgraduates?

Lucy Cavendish does not make status distinctions between undergraduates and postgraduates, since all our students are aged twenty-one or over: there is a single College Student Union for both, and current SU officers include BA, MPhil and PhD students. The Student Union does, however, ensure that postgraduate interests are specifically represented on the key decision-making bodies of the College, and postgraduates have their own emissary to College Council. All postgraduates are members of the University Graduate Union.

What if I have a disability?

We welcome applications from disabled students. Please get in touch with us early in your preparation to discuss any support that the College could provide, either at the selection stage, or on entry. You may also wish to contact the Cambridge Disability Resource Centre.

What about children?

A number of our students have children, and Lucy Cavendish has a designated Childcare Contact to support and advise mothers at the College. Prospective applicants may also wish to consult the University’s Guide for Student Parents.

Can I change College?


It is possible to change College during or shortly after the admissions process only under very exceptional circumstances: for example, if the original preference College finds itself unable to accommodate a particular medical need, but a second College can.


How do I find out about the Graduate Course in Medicine, the Senior Status Law Degree and/or applications for affiliated entry?

Information about the Graduate Course in Medicine, the Senior Status Law Degree and graduate or affiliated entry to other undergraduate-level courses is included in the Undergraduates section of this website.