University of Cambridge



Downing College

About the College

Founded in 1800, Downing is both the newest of the ‘old’ Colleges and the oldest of the ‘new’. We take academic study and research extremely seriously and strive to provide a friendly and supportive environment in which our students can flourish.

Although in close proximity to many University faculties and departments, Downing College’s tranquillity and spaciousness are striking. The beautiful Neo-Classical buildings, set in a landscape of lawns, trees and gardens, provide a calming oasis in the middle of a busy city.

Accommodation is of a very high standard: all rooms are single occupancy and internet connected. Over half have en suite facilities and several are adapted for students with physical or sensory impairments. We provide all undergraduates with accommodation for up to four years. The College also has an up-to-date library with impressive IT facilities.

Music at Downing is very strong, with a flourishing Chapel choir and frequent concerts and recitals. The Howard Theatre provides a stunning venue for drama and music. The College’s sporting facilities are also exceptional, including a sports ground, a boathouse and a gym, as well as tennis and basketball/netball courts. The large, tree-lined Paddock is a relaxing recreational space that’s available for all to enjoy.

Downing provides a friendly and sociable academic community for students studying all subjects offered at Cambridge. We welcome talented and committed applicants irrespective of, school type, gender, ethnicity, sexuality or religion. We seek applications from all who have the academic capability and potential to make the most of the opportunities that Cambridge has to offer. Visit us on one of our open days to tour the College and to meet students and Fellows.

Fact file

UCAS campus code


Courses available

All courses

Student numbers

425 undergraduates
c128 admitted each year
258 postgraduates

Open days 2014

See the College website for information and booking

See also Cambridge Open Days


College staff


Prof Geoffrey Grimmett

Admissions Tutors

Dr Marta Correia (Assistant)
Dr Marcus Tomalin (Senior)

Senior Tutor

Dr Guy Williams

Directors of Studies
  • Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic Dr D Pratt
  • Architecture Dr E So †
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Dr A Koch †
  • Chemical Engineering Dr K Yunus †
  • Classics Dr P Millett
  • Computer Science Dr R Harle
  • Economics Prof J McCombie
  • Education Dr Y Liu †
  • Engineering Prof W O’Neill
  • English Dr C Phillips
  • Geography Dr S McCorristine †
  • History Dr D Pratt
  • History of Art The Rev’d Dr J Munns †
  • Human, Social, and Political Sciences Dr J Stock
  • Land Economy Dr J McCombie
  • Law Prof G Virgo
  • Linguistics Dr T Biberauer †
  • Management Studies Dr J Trevor
  • Manufacturing Engineering Dr W O'Neill
  • Mathematics Dr A Pesci
  • Medicine Prof N Coleman
  • Modern and Medieval Languages Dr T Biberauer †
  • Music Dr C Valenti †
  • Natural Sciences Dr A Milton (Biological), Dr Z Barber (Physical)
  • Philosophy Dr M Tomalin
  • Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Dr A Milton
  • Theology and Religious Studies The Reverend K Eyeons
  • Veterinary Medicine Mrs J Pearson †

† external Director of Studies