Student Life & Accommodation


THE RESIDENCE. Jesus College is the perfect venue for The Cambridge Tradition. Situated only minutes from the medieval marketplace in the city center, students have access to the most spacious grounds of any Cambridge college that include an orchard, soccer, rugby and hockey pitches, tennis courts, and beautiful gardens.

Founded in 1496, Jesus College stands on the site of a 12th-century Benedictine nunnery. Famous alumni include Thomas Cranmer, who compiled The Book of Common Prayer, author Laurence Sterne, poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and the Queen's youngest son Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.

STAFF AND SUPERVISION. All our programs have central offices open daily from 8 AM until past midnight where students can seek advice and answers to their questions. The Program Director and residential staff members live in the same residence as the students, ensuring availability and care around the clock. In addition, the college gates are manned by a staff of College Porters who are on duty 24 hours a day and always available in case of emergency.

ACCOMMODATION. Our students and faculty live in the same rooms and in the same style as undergraduate students. While historic buildings bring ambiance and tradition, they may also mean adapting to a different style of living. Each student resides in a single or double room on a traditional 'staircase.' Private bathroom or 'en-suite facilities' can be requested for a fee on the application form on a first come, first serve basis. Standard rooms share a common bathroom and most college facilities have been recently updated to include several modern shower rooms per floor. Each room is furnished with a bed with linens, a dresser or wardrobe, and a desk and chair. Every day a college employee, called a 'bedder' in Cambridge, tidies the student's room and makes the bed.

MEALS. Students enjoy a cafeteria-style breakfast and dinner in a college dining hall. Breakfast is primarily 'continental style' with choices such as cereal, yogurt, fruit, toast, coffee, and tea. Once a week students can sign up for a hot English cooked breakfast. Several options are available at dinner, including a vegetarian dish and a salad bar. Throughout the month special dinners are held, including barbeques and a curry tasting, and each program ends with a formal banquet. Students are responsible for their own lunches. These can be purchased at a college snack bar or at any of the many sandwich shops, small restaurants, and coffeehouses near each college.

COLLEGE FACILITIES. Beyond the classrooms and dining hall, students have the use of a Common Room for socializing and watching television or films. There are nearby public telephones and onsite message boards and students collect their mail daily from the Program Office.