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Graduate FAQs

Here you can find answers to some of the questions we're most often asked about graduate life at Jesus College.

If you don't find the answer you're looking for here you can call us on +44 (0)1223 339421 or email us at graduate-tutor@jesus.cam.ac.uk.

What is the accommodation like?

We have a range of single study bedrooms, as well as flats and houses for those with partners and young children. All our accommodation is close to the main College site, with some houses backing onto College property.

Most single study bedrooms have shared bathroom facilities, although there are a small number of ensuite rooms available. All properties have well equipped kitchens and laundry facilities and are fitted with network points, though there's also good WiFi coverage across the College.

Rooms are priced according to size and features, so larger rooms and ensuite accommodation will generally be more expensive. Our accommodation for partners and families are one and two bedroom sets so they are most suitable for couples or small families with children under the age of two.

Where can I get a bicycle?

You can buy a secondhand bike through the College from a student who is leaving. There are also a number of bicycle shops in Cambridge itself. Don't forget to buy a lock, lights, and a helmet too!

Do I have to share a room?

No, all student rooms are single occupancy. We do have a few properties that are shared by two couples, but each couple has their own private room.

Why is a May Ball held in June?

In the 1880s the celebrations held when examinations were over moved from May to June, but the name stuck!

Do we have to eat in the College cafeteria (also known as 'in Hall')?

Not unless you want to. Graduates don't typically pay the Kitchen Fixed Charge (KFC) which means you won't get the same reduced prices as undergraduates. Many of our graduates cook for themselves or share meals with their housemates. If you would like to eat in the cafeteria regularly you can opt to pay the KFC and receive the discount.

Can I visit College and view College accommodation?

As our accommodation is generally occupied all year round, it's unfortunately not possible to arrange viewings of individual rooms. However you're most welcome to visit the College, no appointment is necessary. If you'd like someone to show you around, please contact the Middle Combination Room (MCR) when you know the date of your visit and they'll arrange for a current graduate student to be your guide. 

Do I have to pay fees before I arrive?

You don't need to pay your University fees until you get your first College bill at the beginning of term. If you'd like to make a payment in advance, you can do this by contacting our finance office.

Is there good internet coverage?

All our properties have network points and there is good wireless broadband coverage across the College. Internet access and use is included in your rent.

Which gown should I wear?

As a graduate student, you need to wear the Master's degree status gown, which is longer than the Bachelor's degree gown and with sleeves. You'll need a gown for Formal Hall, for your graduation ceremony, and other formal occasions.  

Do graduates and undergraduates live together?

It's rare for undergraduates and graduates to share accommodation, we have properties set aside for each. There's a different process for room allocation, and different tenancy lengths.

Rooms inside the main College site are generally reserved for undergraduate students, especially first years. There are a range of shared houses close to the College that are offered to undergraduate or graduate students.

Is there a choir?

With our rich tradition of music, we have a number of choirs. Find out more on the Music page.

How many graduates are there in College?

Every year around 150 new graduate students join us, and 50 to 60 of these are first year PhD students. There are around 400 graduates studying at the College at any one time. 

Do I need to leave my College room in the holidays?

No, graduate students are all offered an 11 month tenancy which runs from the middle of September to the end of August and includes the Christmas, Easter, and summer vacations.

Is there an age limit?

No. Currently our graduate students' ages range from just 21 to over 60 and every age between.

What do I have to bring with me?

Once your admission to Jesus is confirmed you'll be sent a welcome pack including useful links and log in details for the College intranet JNet where you'll find lots of detailed information about what to bring. 

Can anyone attend Chapel?

Yes, everyone is welcome. For more details about the Chapel and our services please contact the Dean of Chapel or College Chaplain.

When should I come to Cambridge?

The academic year begins at the start of October but you need to be in Cambridge for induction events the week before. If you're living in a College property, your accommodation will be available from 15 September.

Can I have mail sent to my house?

You should have all your post sent to the main College address, rather than to your individual property address. All post is sorted in the Porters' Lodge and distributed to pigeonholes in the mail room. Students will receive a notice if they have received a package that is too large to fit in their pigeonhole.

How far is Jesus College from my Department?

You can find maps on the University website showing where your department or faculty is located, with their postcodes. Our address is Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BL.

What sports clubs and societies are offered?

The Jesus College Students Union (JCSU) runs a wide range of clubs and societies which are open to all members of the College. Have a look at the list on the JCSU website. If you think there's a society missing why not set it up?

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