College Guide



Introducing your JCR Access Officer

Carys Myers

Hi, I am Carys and I am the current Access Officer at Pembroke College! I am from a town just outside Liverpool called St. Helens and attended a Mixed Comp State School. I was the only person from my Sixth Form to get into Oxbridge. I am passionate about making Cambridge accessible to all and ensuring that those who deserve to be here, are, regardless of background or any other constraints. I captain my Pembroke College's Mixed Netball team and get involved in the Politics Society at Pembroke, and of course, I am the Access Officer too. I do a lot of outreach events and speak to schools about Cambridge and basically myth-bust. Hope you enjoy looking through this prospectus to get a flavour of the true Cambridge :)

Key Facts

~132 UG students per year

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

~£5300 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

Free gym

Music practice room

No inclusive prayer space :(

Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free meals available daily

Gender expression fund available

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

Good accessible accomodation


What is your favourite thing about Pembroke?


My favourite thing about college is the friendliness; the size (as it is not too big or too small) and it's central location!

Describe your first year accommdation.


In first year, students are either in a staircase with 11 other students, where there is a kitchen on each floor between 4 people (there are 3 floors). Or you are on a corridor with 6-12 people and share a kitchen with approximately 6 people. Some of the kitchens also have a table and chairs. It is similar for the bathrooms where staircases share 2 showers between 12 and 2 toilets. Corridors often have a big block of showers (with about 5 in) shared between around 12-15, and toilets which are dotted around the corridor and the building. Rent at Pembroke is on the cheaper end and ranges currently from £110 a week to £180. In first year you pay for around 26/7 weeks a year (8/9 weeks a term). However, you are expected to move all of your things out at the end of term.  Pembroke have recently introduced a storage fee which is £40 for christmas and Easter holiday and £80 for summer.

What is the food like?


The best in Cambridge! Pembroke is really good with labelling of allergies and dietary requirements and have 1 free-from option every meal time. The food is also really yummy.

Does Pembroke provide additional funding?


Alongside the wider university bursaries, Pembroke offers additional support, which is means tested. It is all explained in detail on the website.

What welfare provision does Pembroke offer?


We have a college welfare nurse and a physical health nurse who you can drop-in to. We also have JPC officers (like a student council for Pembroke) with a Marginalised Gender Welfare officer, a women's officer, men's officer and a Welfare officer. We also have an Ethnic Minorities Officer, LGBT officer and Class Act Officer to help too. The welfare officer also organises the college families (you are paired with 2nd years to help you settle in).

What are the facilities like at Pembroke?


Accessible accommodation is fairly limited. By the time the Mill Lane development is finished, all of the rooms on this site will be fully accessible. In the college currently, there are a few rooms which are accessible and they are within the main accommodation area for freshers and the wider Pembroke student body. Disabled students are able to be moved up to the ballot/ allocated a specific room which is accessible. You simply need to email the relevant person, which will become clear at the time, to ask about this at the end of first year. For first years, you will receive a form and you should input all of your requirements/information. The gym is fully equipped with most the general equipment needed. It is open 24/7 , but there are blocked off times for those who identify as a Marginalised Gender and would appreciate being in there alone/ with anyone else who identifies this way. (also just in response to the faith space in college, there is not current but by the next intake there will be an inclusive prayer room all sorted) The Pembroke Players is a fairly large theatre society with many shows being held in college! There is a place called 'New Cellars' where all the shows are held.

What would you change about Pembroke?


I would change the level of tradition in the college as well as some of the slightly outdated views by staff members.

Other Resources

 JCR website (Undergrad community)

 College website