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- See also:
- Institution admissions pages, Graduate Studies Prospectus Entry.
Founded in 1347, Pembroke is one of the oldest colleges in Cambridge, situated just south of the city centre and convenient for many University departments. The College grounds include a number of beautiful gardens surrounded by buildings from the 14th to 20th centuries, making it a very pleasant place to live and work. Spending a summer’s afternoon on the verge of the 17th century bowling green is a true Cambridge highlight (and now there’s wireless internet in the College grounds as well!) You can have a look around Pembroke by taking the Pembroke College Virtual Tour.
Above all it’s the people that combine to give Pembroke its reputation for a lively, friendly and truly communal atmosphere. The graduate community is diverse, with most areas of study and many nationalities represented. The hub of life at Pembroke is the Graduate Parlour, which is both the name of the collective graduate student body and the comfortable graduate common room in the heart of College. In the ‘GP’ you can relax and read a wide range of newspapers and magazines, whilst helping yourself to as much tea and coffee as you want (yes, we have our own espresso machine). Pembroke has a wide range of facilities, from the newly-refurbished library to a dedicated graduate computer room, as well as a gym, TV rooms and the bar for when you’re not working. The GP runs its own mini-bar just for graduate students.
The GP Committee also organises a busy graduate social programme. During term, a weekly BA dinner for graduates is held in the Old Library (this glorious room was originally the College Chapel, built in the 14th century; and it now boasts a exquisite plaster ceiling dating from its conversion to a Library in the 17th century). Frequently, 10-15 guests from another College attend as part of an exchange and Fellows are welcome by open invitation several times a term. Burns night, Hallowe’en, Christmas Dinner, summer garden parties and overnight punting are traditionally highlights on the social calendar. The GP also tries to organise all sorts of film nights, daytrips and social sports. Graduates are also officially members of the Junior Parlour, and can join in wide range of social, academic and sporting activities organised there.
Accommodation is provided for all first year graduates coming from outside Cambridge, usually within the College grounds, or otherwise in nearby college-owned houses. In subsequent years there is an excellent prospect of College accommodation, particularly if you opt to be a hostel-keeper (supervising an undergraduate house in return for reduced rent). Pembroke offers support for graduates with a tutorial system, and limited financial assistance for academic needs such as attending conferences.
In short, come to Pembroke for a fun and friendly atmosphere in pleasant surroundings, and you won’t regret it!