College Guide


King's is a medium sized college with about 100-120 students per year, but the community is small enough that you can get to know nearly everyone while still having variety with the people you meet. It is a central college, located on King's Parade and a 15 minute walk from everything you need in the city. The college crosses the river, with accommodation options in the city centre and within our Fellows Garden, which is a beautiful place to relax and study. King's was founded in 1441, and its chapel is likely the most iconic building in Cambridge. It's open to all students, with religious and secular events being held there regularly.

King's has a strong student community, the King's College Student's Union (KCSU) is incredibly active, with multiple events a week and lots of opportunities to get involved. We have societies ranging from sport to political rambling, and if you can't find one that interests you we'll support you to set one up! Music is also a huge part of life at King's with the Music Society and three choirs to join. If you're on the sporty side, we have rowing, tennis, football and much more. King's also has a strong tradition of student political involvement, and the student society King's Politics has hosted speakers such as Noam Chomsky, Lord Sumption, Jeremy Corbyn and more!

Introducing your JCR Access Officers

Rory and Mya

Hey, I'm Rory. Mya and I are the King's Access Officers. As elected officers from the college student union (KCSU) we discuss access policy with College, whether that be designing a new website for applicants, or coordinating the shadowing scheme. As access officers we run initiatives such as the access bus, a tour of schools in our link area to encourage applications to Cambridge and University more broadly, which has been really rewarding. We appreciate applying to Cambridge and choosing a college can be daunting, so if you have any questions at all you can contact the KCSU Access Officers at, or our President at!

Key Facts

~135 UG students per year

College size across the uni ranges from 80 - 200 students/year

~£5700 median yearly rent (2022-23)

Median rent ranges from £4100 - £7100 across the uni, including mandatory catering charges. Note this is a rough guide only, and there will be cheaper options as well

Paid gym

Music practice room

No inclusive prayer space :(

Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal, Gluten-free meals available daily

No gender expression fund :(

A fund to reimburse students for items that make them more comfortable with their gender presentation, including but not limited to binders, packers, and concealing underwear

Limited accessible accommodation


What is your favourite thing about King's?


The people! King's is a super welcoming and inclusive community where I've found it to have a fun and relaxed atmosphere. We're known for having unique formals, the King's Bunker and a wide variety of societies! An add on to this is of course is College cat, Freddy, who makes everyone's day by rolling around on the grass and asking for strokes.

Describe your first year accommdation.


At King's, freshers live almost exclusively with each other. As a fresher, I lived in Keynes, a modern building, with an en suite and newly fitted kitchens. Although there were no kitchens, we had hobs, microwaves, kettles, a rice cooker and a toastie machine. The kitchens were huge, with couches and tables which made it really easy to meet new people.  Rent is set according to “bands” to give you a range of options, with weekly rent ranging from about £140 (Band 1) to £213 (Band 6). En suite accommodation is all Band 4 and above, but if you require lower rent and an ensuite for accessibility reasons you can contact college and they will be able to assist you in receiving en suite accommodation at a lower rent. You can also apply for a low rent band guarantee to ensure you receive a room at the lower end of the rent scale. Other freshers accommodation varies year to year, and can include onsite accommodation in historic buildings or off site accommodation in the city centre with oven access and common rooms. In second and third year you will also be able to choose who you live with and where, with college accommodation guaranteed.

What is the food like?


Servery (the canteen) serves lunch and dinner on weekdays, and brunch and dinner on weekends. The food is decent, and we're lucky to be in the city centre so shops are nearby if you prefer to cook. Costs are subsidised, and menus are sent out every Sunday to help you plan for the week.  Food at College is fairly reasonably priced, around £5 a meal, and has veggie, vegan and Halal options so it caters for everyone. Also added bonus you get to eat in the really pretty hall, which never gets old. We also have Formal Hall roughly once a week, which unlike other colleges, is fancy dress themed, something unique to Kings. Formals are great here as they are far more casual and fun events than other colleges, with ents, a college party, always after. Only down side is tickets are expensive, around £20.

Does King's provide additional funding?


The college has a lot of different funds available. These include the Cambridge bursary, which you will be considered for based on income. You can also apply for the hardship fund in case of additional financial hardship experienced. The aim of these funds is to ensure that financial hardship does not preclude anyone from fully participating in their studies and College life. You can also apply for other funds for travel and language learning, amongst others!

What welfare provision does King's offer?


King's provides both free talk therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy upon request. You can be seen the same week and it's kept in College, you can keep going as long as you want as a student here and can also stop at any time you want. KCSU Welfare Officers run regular welfare events, including welfare tea (free tea and biscuits!), and you can also always meet with your College Tutor (a member of staff assigned to assist you with welfare).

What are the facilities like at King's?


I am the KCSU disabled student's officer, and so am currently working to reform the King's special requirements ballot. Onsite, there are two ‘wheelchair accessible' rooms. One is separated from its nearest bathroom by a flight of awkward stairs, and the other is occupied by a fellow for the forseeable. There are possible wheelchair accessible rooms in Keynes, but there is only one small lift for the whole building. There is accessible accommodation a five or so minute journey from college, which is very nice but worth noting that it's offsite. If you can bear the stench of working out in a basement full of bins, there are: weights, weight machines, 2x treadmills, 2x rowing machines, 3x bikes (1 relatively reliable, 2 usually broken), but no toilets, showers, or windows. Sometimes the basement bunker is used for plays. It's happened… once? Since ive been here. But there could be space for theatre in Keynes hall- it's just not really used, as large spaces like that are often overrun with conferencing


There's a gym with free weights and another gym with machines (the “Vault”). Membership is £35 for a year. Keynes Hall is located in the main college building and has a stage and seating area. It's used for panels, talks and theatre. 

What would you change about King's?


Tough question! To be honest the only thing that gets annoying is the number of tourists, but in fairness college already does a good job of making sure that tourists only come in for limited hours on specific days. I guess it's just a trade-off of going to King's.

Other Resources

 JCR website (Undergrad community)

 College website