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Cambridge Judge Business School is a department of the University of Cambridge.

The University of Cambridge is a confederation of Schools, Faculties, Departments and Colleges. There are 31 Colleges, each governed by their own statutes and regulations, but integral to the make-up of the University of Cambridge.

As a Cambridge MBA student at Cambridge Judge Business School, you will become a member of the University of Cambridge, and therefore will become a member of one of the 31 Colleges.

Each College is an independent institution with its own property and income. The Colleges appoint their own

staff and are responsible for selecting students, in accordance with University regulations. One of the main benefits of the College system is that within each College, staff and students of all disciplines are brought together thereby broadening your network.

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The role of the Colleges in your MBA experience

Your membership of a University College is an integral part of the Cambridge MBA experience, bringing numerous benefits and opportunities to your learning and networking, enriching your year’s study in Cambridge enormously.

A College is a place where you can socialise, network and get involved with extracurricular activities. Although Colleges can provide accommodation, this is not always guaranteed: there is more single-occupation accommodation available but couples and family accommodation availability is limited to certain Colleges.

In addition to resources provided by Cambridge Judge Business School, each College has its own library and sports facilities, and some have their own bar and theatres. Colleges also have their own clubs and societies, offering a variety of non-academic activities for students to take part in.

Obtaining College membership

Your Admissions Coordinator will apply for and secure your college membership for you after you have accepted an offer from us, and you should take no action on this yourself.

If you have any special needs (such as a disability), are intending to bring your family with you, have an affiliation with or strong preference for a particular college, please let us know when you accept your MBA offer and we will put you forward to what we consider to be the most appropriate College.

Please note that Colleges are autonomous institutions and can take some time to reach a decision on whether or not to offer you membership, and many Colleges fill up available places very early in the year.

We are only able to submit your papers to one College at a time, so it can, in some circumstances, be several weeks before you hear which College has offered you membership.

Please note: the University does ensure that every student made an offer to join the Cambridge MBA will receive membership of a College.

Please do not contact the Colleges unless you have an enquiry about facilities that is not covered on their website. College applications must go through your Admissions Coordinator at Cambridge Judge Business School.


Accommodation is granted by the College once you have been accepted to that College but is not guaranteed. You can expect different facilities in different Colleges, some may offer more modern facilities including en-suite bathrooms whilst others may not. It is important to note that not all College accommodation is situated within the main College grounds and that many graduates live in College houses in and around the easily accessible city centre.

In some cases, Colleges may be unable to offer accommodation (demand often outstrips supply, especially for married or family housing), or you may also prefer to rent your own flat or house. The University Accommodation Service is at your disposal, along with many rental agencies in the city.

All MBA students are College members, regardless of their accommodation, and as such are entitled to all associated privileges.

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