The magical experience of staying in a Cambridge University college
A unique residential experience in a Cambridge University college.
Cambridge Immerse is a Cambridge summer programme that takes place in Cambridge University’s most beautiful, centrally located colleges: Christ’s College, Queens’ College, St Catharine’s College, and Sidney Sussex College.
You will reside in these sanctuaries of peace in the middle of the historic university city of Cambridge, renowned for hosting many eminent academics over its centuries of existence.
All participants will be accommodated in their own individual bedrooms on the central college site. All rooms are clean and comfortable with high speed internet access. Corridors or staircases separate male and female students, and bathrooms are either en-suite or shared between just a few participants of the same gender.
Accommodation within the Cambridge Immerse Campus is determined by subject choice. If you are travelling to Cambridge Immerse with a friend and wish to be accommodated together, please sign up for the same course. Campus allocations will be made in June. To learn more about our summer school programmes, click here
Supervision and safety
Students are supervised by an experienced on-site Programme Director and a team of ‘Mentors’ who are a team of trained undergraduates from Cambridge University. The college is monitored 24 hours per day, by the college porters and security cameras. Cambridge Immerse has a rigorous Safeguarding Policy.
Christ’s College was first established as God’s House in 1437 by William Byngham, and was refounded as Christ’s College in 1505 by order of a Royal Charter from the King. The College is often described as an oasis of calm in the heart of the city, including beautiful herbaceous borders and tranquil gardens laid out over four courts.
The college is noted for producing two of Cambridge’s most famous alumni; in 1625, the College admitted John Milton, one of the greats of ‘English’ literature; in 1828, the college admitted Charles Darwin, the renowned scientist who published ‘On the Origin of Species’ some thirty years later.
Sidney Sussex College
Sidney Sussex is located in the very heart of Cambridge. Founded in 1596 Sidney Sussex is a very well-kept secret – whether it is Elizabethan brickwork, charming Cloister Court, the haunting Chapel, exquisite Rococo Hall, medieval cellars or beautiful ancient gardens – they all lie behind a rather self-effacing wall of Roman cement. Sidney’s history is an even better-kept secret including the precise point at which Oliver Cromwell’s head is buried.
As one of the smaller Colleges, Sidney Sussex has a strong community spirit and is known for its warm and friendly welcome to visitors. All participants will be accommodated in bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms in the Blundell building.
St Catharine’s College
St Catharine’s College was founded in 1473 by Robert Woodlark. He had spent nearly twenty years buying up tenements in what is now Queens’ Lane until he had a site large enough to accommodate the little hall which he called ‘Saynt Kateryns Hall of Cambridge’. Two years later, on 16 August 1475, the hall was incorporated, by charter of King Edward IV, as a college for a Master and three or more Fellows: “a perpetual college … for ever to remain”.
The college is nicknamed “Catz”. The college is located in the historic city-centre of Cambridge, and lies just south of King’s College and across the street from Corpus Christi College. The college is notable for its open court (rather than closed quadrangle) that faces towards Trumpington Street.
Queens’ College is one of the oldest and largest colleges of the university, founded in 1448 by Margaret of Anjou (the Queen of Henry VI, who founded King’s College), and has some of the most recognisable buildings in Cambridge. The college spans both sides of the river Cam, with the world famous Mathematical Bridge connecting the two sides.
The college is noted for producing a plethora of notable personalities, including heads of government and politicians from various countries, religious leaders, astronauts and Oscar nominees. Among its distinguished alumni include Erasmus, Stephen Fry, Abba Eban and T.H.White.
Murray Edwards College
Murray Edwards was founded over 60 years ago and takes its name from the colleges first president Dame Rosemary Murray, and the largest personal donation a Cambridge College has ever received in the University’s 800 year history; £30m from alumna Ros Edwards and her husband Steve Edwards. It is one of only three women-only colleges in the UK.
Known for its permanent collection of modern and contemporary female-only art, Murray Edwards College is set in 14 acres of award-winning gardens and features unique modern architecture including a notable domed dining hall. Distinguished alumni include Dame Barbara Stocking, formerly Chief Executive of Oxfam GB.
Despite its modern facade, Fitzwilliam is the third oldest Cambridge College, founded in 1869 to broaden access to the University. It forms part of the ‘Hill Colleges’ (along with Churchill and Murray Edwards), due to its positioning on top of one of the few hills in Cambridge, and it’s said that its library is one of the highest points in the city. Built around a regency manor house (once home to Darwin’s widow), the college consists of five interconnected courts, enclosing beautiful rectangular gardens.
Fitzwilliam counts six Nobel Prize winners amongst its alumni and is, as of today, one of only seven Cambridge Colleges to have won University Challenge.
Immerse and the University of Cambridge
Immerse is not officially affiliated to Oxford University or Cambridge University. Our organisation runs academic summer programmes within the buildings of the University of Cambridge and also contracts with tutors from those institutions but does not operate under the aegis of the University of Cambridge.
We are an organisation accredited by the British Accreditation Council, the leading mark of educational quality for the sector.