Sidney's friendly atmosphere, beautiful grounds, and fantastic city centre location are just a few reasons why our students love Sidney.

Sidney Sussex packs in everything that you might hope to find in a Cambridge College; a strong community, friendly atmosphere, rich history, beautiful gardens and buildings, and a fantastic city centre location. The majority of our accommodation is conveniently located within College grounds, or very close by.

Sidney is right in the heart of Cambridge, directly opposite Sainsbury's, and our students instantly become immersed in the bustling student atmosphere of the city.

Despite our city centre location, within the College walls you'll find a remarkably peaceful space where you can explore Sidney's stunning gardens, get down to some study, eat in the beautiful dining hall, or hang out with friends.

Sidney is well-known for its friendly community who work together to provide a fantastic living and learning experience. Our award-winning chefs run chocolate-making workshops for students seeking a revision break, our Fellows nurture a fruitful intellectual life through the Sidney Greats lecture series, and our Students’ Union strive to ensure students feel at home.

Sidney has a well-stocked library and computer suite, squash court, gym, a student-run bar, several music practice rooms, and access to some of the best outdoor sports facilities in Cambridge.

Discover more reasons below why Sidney Sussex might be the perfect Cambridge College for you.

Our focus on helping you to achieve

The ethos of the College is all about achieving to the best of your potential, and you'll find that we will give you every support you in doing this.

We have a structured learning skills programme to help develop your study and revision techniques, while supervisions give you the opportunity to develop and debate your ideas with your fellow students and academics.

Our varied programme of extra-curricular talks and lectures (including the Sidney Greats lecture series) adds to the environment, and makes Sidney a place where bright and ambitious students flourish.

Our small and inclusive student body

The atmosphere at Sidney is friendly and unpretentious, and our students are known throughout Cambridge for their strong sense of community. We admit around 105 undergraduates each year, and have around 350 undergraduates and 275 postgraduates at any one time.

Students at Sidney are autonomous in many areas of College life, and all students are represented by an active students’ union. There is also ample opportunity to organise and participate in various sports clubs, music and drama societies, providing plenty of opportunities to meet students in other subjects and year groups. Our small size means that we value participation, and whatever your level, there will be a team or club keen to have you involved.

Our town centre location

We're right in the centre of town, close to University faculties and departments, and with shops, restaurants and bars all around. Despite our peaceful setting and large tranquil gardens, we have Cambridge right on our doorstep.

Our excellent food

The quality of food at Sidney is well known, and our chefs have won numerous awards. Most students choose to eat in the College dining hall at least once a day - as well as providing a good value meal, it's an opportunity to meet friends and plan the rest of your day. Most meals are self-service, and there is always a wide choice of hot and cold meals. Three times a week there is a more formal option, where a three-course dinner is served. These are popular occasions for inviting friends from other Colleges. Discover more on our Eating at Sidney page.