College Guide

St Catharine's

Introducing your JCR Access Officer

Ben Massey

Hi there! My name is Ben and I am the Access and Admissions officer for St Catharine's. I'll be working over the next year to help prospective students from widening participation backgrounds through outreach and both college and university access projects. I also work with current students to make sure Cambridge is the most inclusive and supportive place it can be!

Key Facts

~135 UG students per year

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

~£5200 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

Inclusive prayer space available

Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal, 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 St Catharine's?


My favourite thing about college is the strong sense of community and friendship both within and across years. St Catharine's offers activities and societies for such a range of interests it is hard to not feel included.

Describe your first year accommdation.


Can be very varied - if you choose en-suite it will be a fairly small standard clean modern room, at ~£2000 per term. Good that there are a variety of different rooms though, because there are rooms that are much cheaper so suitable for various access needs. The non-en-suite rooms tend to be much older but have more character. Kitchen facilities are frankly not the best compared to other colleges, some of the blocks have newer induction hobs, but many have quite smaller camping style hobs and can be quite cramped.

What is the food like?


The food at hall is really good, varied, and healthy - the one downside is the portions can sometimes be a bit stingy. The brunch is very good value for money in comparison to other colleges (~£2.5 for full English)

Does St Catharine's provide additional funding?


The college provides a wide range of additional funding to support students and to provide opportunities to those who may not usually be able to access them. Alongside the hardship fund and home/overseas funds the college provides grants for travel, sports and music. The college also helps with the cost of learning a language at the University Centre for those that take on this extracurricular provision.

What welfare provision does St Catharine's offer?


The Catz Health and Wellbeing Team offer occasional or regular chats to discuss numerous things: an event or experience that has impacted you, what is impacting your life the most, how to manage them, and when you might need extra support, disclosing experiences such as sexual harassment or discriminatory experiences, medical/health advice, and referring to other sources of support.  They also run many events, such as weekly Tea@3s and Duck feeding walks, in addition to many one-off wellbeing events.  More generally, the College also offers support through its team of tutors, the porters, college counsellors and a college mental health advisor. We invest a lot of time and money into a holistic support system.

What are the facilities like at St Catharine's?


The college gym has a well-equipped free weights section, as well as a couple of squat racks and benches. We also have several rowing machines and exercise bikes as well as other equipment. The gym operates marginalised gender hours on a Monday and Saturday.

What would you change about St Catharine's?


The kitchen facilities are not the best, bar second year where you have flats with good kitchens. Be nice to see first and third years get better facilities in that regard.

Other Resources

 JCR website (Undergrad community)

 College website