University of Cambridge



St John's College

About the College

St John’s offers a beautiful and stimulating environment with a friendly and diverse community, and five centuries of academic excellence and tradition.

The atmosphere at St John’s is lively, challenging and inspiring. We’re committed to providing a world class education in an exciting multicultural environment where you’ll thrive, realise your potential and even exceed your own expectations.

The central location of our riverside grounds and historic buildings also provides easy access to University facilities. At St John’s, we accommodate all our undergraduates on-site, promoting a strong sense of collegiate identity. The many student-run clubs and societies provide a great way to meet people and get involved in College life; whether you want to watch a film, discuss politics, make music, dance, play football or take a College punt on the river.

One of the most important experiences we can offer is participation in a community that achieves distinction at the highest level. Whether at a concert, in the library, or in conversation over dinner, you’ll be immersed in a world where the exchange of ideas is enthusiastic, unpretentious and motivating.

‘Before I came I wasn’t sure I’d fit in. However, no-one really cares where you come from and everyone at John’s is lovely.’ Aurora

‘The large number of facilities including the Buttery, cinema, amazing library and the close proximity to the playing fields encouraged me to apply as it seemed that John’s has it all - turned out to be true when I arrived.’ Toby

‘I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my first year, there’s always something going on around College.’ Sameena

Dr Helen Watson, the Admissions Tutor, and the Admissions and Access Team are happy to offer advice to individuals and schools. See our website for information about events, open days and contact details. Please come and see for yourself.

Fact file

UCAS campus code


Courses available

All courses

Student numbers

567 undergraduates
c170 admitted each year
340 postgraduates

Open days 2014

See the College website for information and booking

See also Cambridge Open Days


College staff


Prof C Dobson

Admissions Tutor

Dr Helen Watson

Senior Tutor

Dr Matthias Dörrzapf

Directors of Studies
  • Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic Dr M Ní Mhaonaigh
  • Architecture Prof D J Howard
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Dr J P McDermott
  • Chemical Engineering Dr R L Skelton†
  • Classics Dr E J Gowers
  • Computer Science Dr R D Mullins
  • Economics Dr S E Sällström Matthews
  • Education Dr M G Morrison
  • Engineering Dr T P Hynes
  • English Dr R Abbott
  • Geography Dr N S Arnold
  • History Miss S Tomaselli
  • History of Art Dr F E Salmon
  • Human, Social, and Political Sciences Miss S Tomaselli
  • Land Economy Prof A Baum
  • Law Dr D M Fox
  • Linguistics Dr T Biberauer †
  • Management Studies Dr R Chatterjee †
  • Mathematics Dr M Dörrzapf
  • Medicine DrA Reddy (Pre-Clinical), Prof A Kinmonth (Clinical)
  • Modern and Medieval Languages Dr D R Midgley
  • Music Prof J Rink
  • Natural Sciences Dr C D Jiggins (Biological), Dr P T Wood (Physical)
  • Philosophy Dr T Button
  • Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Dr K C Plaisted Grant
  • Theology and Religious Studies Mr D J Dormor
  • Veterinary Medicine Dr D L Williams

† external Director of Studies