If you’re interested in finding out more about what it’s like living as a student at Trinity College, you’ve come to the right place. Here you will find details of catering and accommodation, followed by an insight into some of the more exciting aspects of being a Trinity student.
The College provides meals in Hall every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Most students eat regularly in Hall, which is great for convenience, allowing more time to make the most of student life.
The best thing about the food here is the variety: getting to eat meals that, as a busy university student, I would definitely be too impatient to cook myself – such as a Sunday roast every week. Formals are also an amazing and unique aspect of the Cambridge experience.
Michelle, Land Economy student
Formal Hall is usually twice week at Trinity, and this offers you the opportunity to dress up (gown and all!) and enjoy a three-course meal prepared by amazing chefs.
Formals are more expensive than regular meals, but still really great value for money considering the quality.
All undergraduate students at Trinity are offered the chance to live in College, and the vast majority of students tend to live in for the duration of their degree studies.
Most students are required to vacate their rooms during the vacation periods, and this can save a lot of money, not having to pay for a room while you’re home for the break. Special arrangements can, of course, be put in place for students who cannot feasibly return home during the vacation.
We try to locate first-year undergraduates close together, in just a few areas of the College: Angel Court, Blue Boar Court, and the Wolfson Building. You can read more about these rooms, as well as the accommodation available to students in later years on our dedicated accommodation pages.
Clubs and Societies
As a member of Trinity College, you will have lots of opportunities to engage in societies and clubs, play sports, apply for internships, and plenty more.
Many College societies are supported through the Trinity College Students’ Union which maintains an up-to-date directory of College Societies, and it will also support you if you come up with a good proposal for starting a new Society.
You can also draw upon the College’s support to help you develop your interests outside your degree in lots of other ways. The examples below are a small selection of what’s currently on offer to Trinity students.
Internships and Studentships
If you want to do an internship in the vacation, you can apply to our Summer Studentship Scheme. A number of internships are offered working in the College itself – for example, in the library or in supporting our outreach work. But most internships are in partnership with organisations outside the College – for instance, working in research institutes or museums with which we have connections. And, although we have many established partnerships already, if you find an organisation you’d like to work with that offers internships, we can offer advice and consider providing you with funding to support you in taking up such an opportunity.
“Thanks to the Trinity Summer Studentship Scheme I had the amazing opportunity to spend 8 weeks with the National Alliance of Women’s Organisations as a summer intern. I was involved in developing advocacy messages for the annual UN Commission on the Status of Women based around the priority theme of innovation.”
Olivia Young, Human, Social & Political Sciences student
Funding Your Activities
Beyond the world of work, you can be funded by Trinity for all manner of enriching activities.
Two of our most generous funding opportunities are the Dunlevie Fund and the Projects Fund. If you both have a good idea of what you’d like to do during your vacation, then these are the Funds that can help you with the costs.
The Dunlevie Fund
The Dunlevie Fund was established to encourage students to engage in worthwhile activity beyond the academic realm. Depending on the size of the project envisaged, a Dunlevie award might cover the total cost or simply make a contribution toward something a student wants to do.
In recent years Dunlevie awards have been used to fund activities ranging from guitar lessons and ceramics classes, to visiting the Royal Opera House, taking a mountaineering holiday, solo travelling, and gliding.
“I was able to use my Dunlevie award to enrol in aerotow training with the Cambridge University Gliding Club (CUGC) at Sutton Bank Airfield. Not only did I have the amazing opportunity to improve my gliding skills, I am now Captain of CUGC.”
Teddy Ong, Maths student
“The Dunlevie Fund gave me the opportunity to visit Romania, a country I had never visited before. I was able to see many of the beautiful parks of Bucharest and explore the beauty of the Old Town.”
Shreya Sharma, Engineering student
Opportunities to Study Overseas
There are some undergraduate courses, typically those involving languages, which feature periods of study abroad as an integral part of the degree. However, we are keen to encourage students in all subject areas to consider the benefit of a period of study overseas.
Existing exchange schemes include those with Rice University in Texas, the University of Virginia, and the University of Chicago. We also have exchange studentships with ENS in Paris and various universities in Germany.
In recent years, Trinity has also had an exchange studentship with Peking University in China, and we are hopeful of restarting this partnership in the near future.
I thoroughly enjoyed the range of classes available at UChicago: especially as an exchange, since I was able to have a lot of freedom over my class choices. This has helped me to reorientate my career ambitions towards something more quantitative and data-science focused.
Leon Zhang, Economics student
As a Trinity student, you will be financially supported to engage with a range of enriching activities; but you will also receive help with your day-to-day expenses, if you need it. Both the University of Cambridge and Trinity College Cambridge have schemes in place to support students with living costs, if they face financial hardship.
All Home undergraduate students at Cambridge are considered for the Cambridge Bursary Scheme, and students at Trinity who qualify for that bursary are automatically eligible for the Trinity Maintenance Grant which provides further support.
For students from outside the UK, Trinity and the Cambridge Trust provide a range of generous bursaries that can help with the payment of both university and college fees, and support everyday costs if needed.
Please look at our extensive financial support web pages for more detailed information on how the University and the College can provide financial support.