Christ's is a medium-sized College with approx 420 undergraduates and 250 graduate students. This section provides information about aspects of College life and activities that students can get involved in.
Christ's has many options for meals - students can eat in Upper Hall (the College canteen), get sandwiches and snacks through the day in the Buttery cafe, book in for a formal dinner with friends or use the basic gyp room / kitchen facilities in the accommodation. More information about the different options in College can be found here.
Anissa, who studies Medicine at Christ's, says:
" Upper Hall (the college canteen) is a brilliant way to socialise with friends. All the medics head there every day for lunch after lectures, and it's the perfect break between lectures and self-study. It's a great way to meet friends spontaneously and to socialise with different people over each meal. It really helps to bring together the college community, as you get to know everyone."
Our foundress Lady Margaret Beaufort was particularly concerned with the provision of books for her new College. Following her original donation of 39 texts, the Library has grown to accommodate an ever-expanding number of books and readers. Today we have over 90,000 printed books and manuscripts serving the needs of students, Fellows, staff, and researchers. You can look at the picture pages for the Old Library and Working library, and see the libraries section.
Pascual, who studies Geography at Christ's, says:
"The Christ’s library is well lit and cosy, especially during the winter months when it gets cold and dark outside. It also contains most of the books you will need to read for the degree!"
Chapel, Choir and Music
The College Chapel is in First Court, at the heart of the college. It is open every day and all are welcome. Christ's Chapel is very much a community space, variously hosting singing and music (there is a grand piano) as well as quiet reflection, prayer and the services that take place. The College also has a very active Music Society with lots of opportunities to get involved.
Chapel picture page
Chapel and Choir
Simon, who studied Music at Christ's, says:
"I sing in the College Chapel choir, which rehearses three times a week. This is probably what I've enjoyed most in my time at Christ's - it's been a fantastic experience both musically and socially."
Exercise and Sport
Many students enjoy continuing with previous sporting interests or picking up something new. With both College and University level clubs and activities, there are opportunities for a full range of sports and exercise, suitable for all levels. Information about sports teams and facilities can be found here.
Matt, who studied Computer Science at Christ's, says:
"I find that getting involved with extra-curricular activities actually makes you work more effectively, whilst also giving you a nice break from work."
With its own theatre, and a drama society which produces three shows a year and funds many more, Christ's is home to a vibrant student theatre community. More information about theatre at Christ's can be found here.
Becca, who studies Computer Science at Christ's, says:
"I’ve enjoyed getting involved in a handful of productions, mostly put on by Christ’s Amateur Dramatic Society (CADS). I’ve done tech for a couple of shows, stage managed a couple and taken a few publicity photographs and headshots. Even though I’m not acting, it’s fun to be part of the production as a whole."
Christ's has a long tradition of fostering the visual arts, and our alumni include Anthony Caro (sculptor), Nicholas Serota (Director of The Tate), Philip King (sculptor), Anthony Smith (sculptor), Auguste Bréal (painter), Charles Suamarez Smith (historian), Simon Schama(historian) and Dee Ferris (painter), amongst others. More information about Visual Arts in Christ's can be found here.
Mira, who studied Education at Christ's, says:
"I was really attracted by the Visual Arts scene at Christ's. During my time here, a few friends and I founded the Art Society and our Art & Chill sessions now have several similar versions across the university."
Further Societies (Christ's and university-wide)
There are a number of further College societies, some of which are managed by students with financial support from the College. Many college societies have set up their own web pages which you can find through the MCR and JCR. This list is not necessarily comprehensitve but gives you an idea:
|Christ's College Undergraduate students / JCR||Horticutural and Botanical Society (CHABS)||Davidson Nichol Society (Politics)|
|Christ's College Graduate Union / MCR||Feminist Society (FemSoc)||Classics Society|
|Art Society||Christ's Films||MedSoc|
|Board Games Society||Gezellig Society (crafts)||Darwin Society|
|Christ's Climate Justice Campaign||Christ's College Christian Union (CCCU)||Law Society|
|Christ's College May Ball||Christ's Representatives (C'Reps)||Seeley Society (History)|
|Poetry Society||Engineering Society|
Readers of the undergraduate student profiles will know that many students are also involved in unviersity-wide societies. There's a very helpful set of films below about university societies. At university level, there's a wide range of the sport, music and drama societies but also a lot more. These films show a few examples, and in particular it's worth bearing in mind that campaigns and cultural societies tend to be university-wide, and there are university-wide subject societies too:
- Film 1: Hip Hop, Hindu Cultural, Economics, Graduate
- Film 2: May Week Alternative, India Soc, Oxfam, Sikh Soc
- Film 3: Refugee Scholarship Campaign, Majlis, St John's JCR (as an example), CamFM
- Film 4: Cambridge SU BME, Street Dance, Unicef, Wilberforce, Debating
- Film 5: ACS, ABACUS, Archimedeans, Bangla
If you have a particular interest that you want to look up, the Cambridge Students' Union Societies Directory is helpful, but please bear in mind that not all societies keep their websites up-to-date (don't be put off if there's not much information about something you're intereseted in).