A central location
Students at Downing enjoy life off the tourist track, while still having easy access to Cambridge city centre and uniquely spacious grounds. Our open landscape, close to many University faculties and departments, has a magnificent collection of neo-classical buildings with over two centuries of history.
What’s more, Downing provides accommodation on or adjacent to the main college site for up to four years to all undergraduate students.
A friendly community
Downing College is a welcoming, diverse community made up of people from all walks of life.
Equal representation and open communication is a vital part of life at Downing College. All undergraduates are members of the JCR, and graduates are members of the MCR. Both these groups elect representatives who take responsibility for aspects of college life and represent student interests on College committees.
All this is made possible thanks to over 150 dedicated non-academic staff who oversee the administration, catering and maintenance of the College.
A wealth of opportunities
Downing is more than just a leading focus for academia. It’s also the centre of a range of cultural and sporting activities thanks to our diverse mix of students. There’s always something going on to get involved with, as well as links to activities across Cambridge, in other colleges and throughout the university.
The 184-seat Howard Theatre hosts regular concerts and plays and has a Steinway grand piano and a music practice room. The Master of the College also hosts evening music recitals in the Master’s Lodge.
Unlike other centrally located colleges, Downing has an open space on-site, regularly used for sporting activities. It’s also a popular spot for picnics and sunbathing in the warmer months.
Our main site is fully equipped with a multi-gym and two courts for tennis, basketball or netball. A short cycle away you’ll find the College sports ground for cricket, football, hockey and rugby, as well as our state-of-the-art boathouse and rowing tank, home to our successful Boat Club.