The Downing College community is diverse, close-knit and committed.  You will make friends with people from across the world, and find a welcoming home here during the three or four years of your study.

Alternative prospectus

Hear about life as a Downing undergraduate through the student-written Alternative Prospectus. Here you'll find student testimonials, information about College facilities, and more general detail about what life as a student here is like.

Discover Downing - the alternative prospectus

If you would like a hard copy of the alternative prospectus sent to you, please contact the Admissions Officer, Kate Flint at, giving your name and address.

Thriving academic community

At Downing you will be part of a thriving academic community. You will have access to great on-site facilities such as the Maitland Robinson Library and College Computer Room, you will get to know a network of world-renowned academics who will support your learning, and will have many opportunities to engage with your peers socially and academically. 

Eating together in the dining hall is a central part of college life.  Our canteen serves food every lunch and dinner in the week, and brunch and dinner at the weekends.  A traditional three-course Formal Hall by candlelight is on offer three nights per week.

Equal representation and open communication is a vital part of life at Downing.  All undergraduates are members of the JCR which elects representatives who take responsibility for aspects of college life and represent student interests on College committees.

“My time at Downing has been among the best in my life and I count myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to live and study here.”

Nick, Geography

Our magnificent setting and neo-classical buildings provide an inspiring home for our students.  Wherever you’ve come from, broaden your horizons at Downing.