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Why St John's?

The Backs Spring 2013

St John’s College is lively, diverse and always welcoming.

Information about the excellent facilities and opportunities available to you at St John's can be found below.

The Academic Life section of the website provides more information on a variety of topics, including details of the range of generous grants, awards and prizes on offer at St John's, our exchange programmes and information about College facilities and services.

You can also read our prospectus online.

Admissions Clinics

Admissions Clinics are an opportunity for prospective students and their teachers or advisors to meet the Admissions Tutor and Admissions staff informally. The Clinics have finished for this year, but we will be starting up again in 2018. Please check back in February for a list of upcoming dates.

If you wish to reserve a place on one of the Clinics once published, please send an email to admissions@joh.cam.ac.uk stating your name, latest school/college and the subject you are interested in studying at university. 

The Admissions Office is situated on the ground floor of the Old Divinity School on St John’s Street (entrance door on All Saints Passage) directly opposite the main entrance (Great Gate) to St John’s College. 

View the map to see how to reach us - the Old Divinity School is marked as item 30.

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Am I right for St John's? »

Our students come from every imaginable background and have the widest possible variety of experiences, interests and skills. The one thing they share is intellectual curiosity, enthusiasm for their subject, and the potential to get the most out of what a Cambridge degree has to offer.

Clubs, societies and space to relax »

As well as the College Bar and Junior Common Room which provide comfortable spaces to relax, there are Sports Clubs and College Societies which cater to interests ranging from cinema to Mathematics, pilgrimage to creative writing – and of course, if you can’t find the right society for you, the College will support you in setting one up.


Activities, clubs & societies
College catering »

At St John's, with its reputation for excellent standards of cuisine, there are a range of informal and formal catering options - all at very affordable prices. The Buttery Dining Room is a self-service restaurant with a variety of hot and cold meals and snacks; the College Bar offers a wide range of beverages, as well as freshly-made baguettes and toasted sandwiches; in the beautiful medieval Hall, you will be able to enjoy delicious three course, candle-lit dinners.


Catering in College
College grants, awards and prizes »

The College offers a number of generous prizes each year in various fields. There are also funds, exhibitions and grants for travel, research and the undertaking of projects during vacations.

We will also be presenting the Pythagoras Prize, a one-off award of £9000, to a first year undergraduate home student coming to study Mathematics at the College. For more information, please click here.

The St John's College Studentship Scheme has been set up to help reduce financial pressure on students from lower-income backgrounds. St John’s aims to ensure that every student capable of studying here is able to do so regardless of their financial circumstances, and that those students who need the most help are fully supported from start to finish. Read more about the Studentship Scheme here.


St John's College - Grants, awards & prizes
Fellows of St John's »

St John’s College has a large Fellowship, with a wide range of research and teaching members. Directors of Studies are Fellows who oversee the academic progress of students, and they can be approached for any work-related topics or concerns. All students see their Director of Studies regularly to make sure they are benefiting from their Tripos. It is often possible to meet Directors of Studies at Open Days.


Guaranteed accommodation »

By applying to St John’s, you will be guaranteed accommodation for the full duration of your course at Cambridge, and you will be able to use your room during the Christmas and Easter vacations. Most first year undergraduates live in Cripps Court in College, while in subsequent years students have a wide choice of accommodation, including shared or single sets in College and rooms in Victorian town houses. All rooms come with access to the internet, telephone points, and kitchen and laundry facilities.


May Ball »

The St John’s May Ball is renowned world-wide. Fireworks, hog roasts, some of the best music in the country, all set within a College transformed into a party wonderland; it is the perfect end to each academic year.

Student experiences »

Find out about St John's from some of the people who know it best - our students!

Student welfare and support »

All students are assigned to a Tutor who is a Fellow of the College. Tutors offer general and pastoral support to their Tutees, and are supported in this by the Academic Administrators, who are available to offer advice and assistance throughout each student’s time at St John’s. The Chapel provides regular services to which all students are welcome. The Dean and Chaplain ensure that confidential pastoral care is available to everyone at St John’s, whatever their religious background or commitments. In addition, the College Nurse is able to help with a wide variety of health and welfare problems.


Student Welfare and Services
Study and research facilities »

St John’s has two libraries; the Working Library which students can access 24 hours a day, and the Old Library, which dates from 1624 and contains excellent collections including many rare books and manuscripts. There are also two computer rooms and a number of public access points, as well as wifi hotspots throughout the College and network connections in all on-site rooms.