Student Life at Lucy
Clubs and Societies
We encourage you to join some of the clubs and societies because we believe that having a healthy life balance makes you more successful as a student and brings you friendships and contacts you wouldn’t otherwise have had. If you can’t find the club you want, the Students’ Union in College can help you set it up yourself!
We have a wide variety of sports societies that you can get involved with, whether you’re a seasoned professional or a complete beginner. There’s everything from football and rowing to climbing and croquet! Whether you want to explore your course further or experience a brand-new one, a number of subject-specific societies, such as Law and Medicine, host social events, talks, and panel discussions. There are also plenty of other societies, including the Climate Society, the Feminist Society, and the Art Society. Whatever your interests, you’ll find people who share them!
The Lucy Cavendish College Student Union plays an important role in helping students make the most of their time in college. They provide a range of social activities, student services, and represent undergraduate students at the College.Lucy Cavendish College Student Union
Academic and Pastoral Support
Studying at Cambridge can be challenging: the terms are short and fast-paced and the academic standards are high. So Lucy Cavendish College provides you with a high level of academic, professional and personal support during your transition to university and throughout your degree.
“The community at Lucy is one of the most diverse, inclusive and friendly. I was supported in my academic work and also personally; everyone wants you to succeed and get the most out of Cambridge. I’ve made friends for life at Lucy!” - Catherine
All our new students benefit from the very best academic and pastoral support right from the start of their degrees. Our fully subsidised Bridging Week allows incoming students to get to grips with life and study at Cambridge just before the start of term. Students meet their new tutors, Directors of Studies and supervisors and hone their academic skills by producing a piece of work for a mini-supervision (in-college small group teaching sessions).
We also want students to begin to feel at home at Lucy and in Cambridge, so there is also an emphasis on meeting new friends, exploring the city and getting used to life in College.
We understand that it is not only getting a great degree that is important, but what life holds after University too. Our bespoke careers initiative "Optimise your future" is run in close collaboration with the excellent University Careers Service (whose Director is one of our Fellows!), and offers students the chance to explore their future after graduation. The initiative includes access to a Careers Adviser in College, opportunities to engage with our alumni and College careers events.Find out more about our careers programme
We want you to get the most out of your academic studies and ultimately the best results you can on your chosen Tripos. We run a special programme, open to all Lucy Cavendish students, which focuses on the skills, techniques, and approaches you need to perform really well academically.Find out more about our academic skills programme
Directors of Studies
During your time at Lucy Cavendish, you will be challenged academically. Your Director of Studies (DoS in Cambridge-speak) will be on hand to support you during your time here and to help you realise your full academic potential. Our Director of Studies are world-class academics in their own fields who will act as your personal guide throughout your degree.Meet our Directors of Studies
Supervisions are at the heart of the Cambridge undergraduate experience, and (with the exception of Oxford) no other UK university offers such an intensive educational experience to its undergraduate students. Supervisions are arranged by College Directors of Studies and Lucy Cavendish prides itself on the quality of the supervisions it offers.
In a supervision, a small group, typically of one to four students, meets with a Supervisor each week to discuss a topic relevant to their course of study. Supervisors can be Fellows or Research Students of Lucy Cavendish College, or can be drawn from other colleges depending on the subject and the area of expertise required. Typically a Supervisor will set a piece of work at one supervision and ask for it to be submitted before the next meeting; the piece of work will then be reviewed and a new one set.
Supervisions provide a way for students to ask questions, explore their subject in depth with a subject expert and extend their knowledge of areas covered in lectures. Personal interests and enthusiasms can be explored, and any topics covered in lectures that have not been fully understood can be revisited to ensure a firm base for further learning.
The College Campus
Our modern, informal campus is a short stroll from the centre of Cambridge, within easy reach of all University departments and facilities. The College main site includes a gym, bar, café, social spaces and study areas, music practice facilities and dining hall. The library is open 24/7 and our brand new student accommodation offers the very best living experience in a cutting-edge, eco-friendly development. There are numerous opportunities to pursue your own interests, including a lively sporting scene and many clubs, societies and teams.
Lucy Cavendish College aims to accommodate all its undergraduate students for at least the first 3 years of their studies.
We offer a wide range of accommodation, from characterful Victorian houses through to modern apartments. All accommodation is ideally situated for easy access to the College, the University departments and the historic city centre of Cambridge.
Our new building
By October 2022, Lucy Cavendish will have a brand-new building to house our growing student community. The building will be eco-friendly and accessible and will provide 72 modern, en-suite study-bedrooms (all with views of our beautiful grounds) as well as informal learning spaces and a large café/bar.Find out more about our new building
Our facilities include a gym, dining hall, bar, café, library, a music pavilion, informal social spaces and beautiful gardens.Explore our facilties