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Undergraduates sitting in the Fellows' Garden
Undergraduates in the Dining Hall

Welcome to Sidney Sussex

Founded on St. Valentine's Day in 1596 by legacy of Lady Frances Sidney, Countess of Sussex.

Sidney Sussex College is renowned across the University and Cambridge Colleges for its warm community spirit, fantastic city centre location, and unpretentious and friendly atmosphere.

Our students, Fellows, and staff come from all backgrounds and all over the world, drawn by the University of Cambridge's world-class reputation and Sidney's commitment to excellence in teaching and research.


We regret that the College will be closed to most external visitors and guests until further notice. Please see the College's COVID-19 protocol for visitors and guests for more information. Scheduled events are currently under review. Please contact the event organiser for more information.

The College was founded on St Valentine’s Day in 1596 by legacy of Lady Frances Sidney, Countess of Sussex. Sidney Sussex College is renowned across the University and Cambridge Colleges for its warm community spirit, fantastic city centre location, and unpretentious and friendly atmosphere.