Our community

Cambridge is a unique community of 31 Colleges, where our students live and work together. The Colleges are the home of our signature supervision system, where students are mentored by some of the world’s leading thinkers. It is here that lifelong friendships are formed and world-changing ideas are born.

Our community

How the Collegiate University works

The University is a confederation of schools, faculties, departments and Colleges. The Colleges are governed by their own statutes and regulations, but are integral to the make-up of the University of Cambridge. The University of Cambridge is an exempt charity subject to regulation by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) under the UK Charities Act 2006. Read more details about the University’s charitable status.

 
 
 
 
 
College scarves
Colleges underpin Cambridge’s excellence and are the heart and soul of student life. There, a student’s immediate needs are provided for within a supportive, ready-made community.
 
 
 
 
 
A bike shelter on the West Cambridge site, at night
The University has six schools, each of which constitutes an administrative grouping of faculties and other institutions. We have over 100 academic departments, faculties and institutes in total.
 
 
 
 
 
Public event at the Polar Museum (Scott Polar Research Institute)
The University's collections are a world-class resource for researchers, students and members of the public representing one of the country’s highest concentration of internationally important collections.
 
 
 
 
 
Cambridge landscape from Great St Mary's tower. Image courtesy of John Kingsnorth.
Our Campaign Board brings together eminent alumni and friends of Collegiate Cambridge. Acting as advocates and leading by example, the Board shares the aims of the campaign and provides advice to the Vice-Chancellor and the collegiate community.
 
 
 
 
 
Sir James Dyson. Image courtesy of the James Dyson Foundation
Philanthropic partnerships have been vital to Cambridge's success throughout its history. The foresight of our benefactors today continues to enable us to serve society through academic excellence.