However we hardly ever have many tourists wandering around, it’s definitely a hidden treasure slap bang in the middle of Cambridge!The gardens are beautiful but the front of college is fairly unassuming so we can hide away from all the hustle and bustle!When I first arrived at college, I was made to feel welcome right from the start.
The student-run college bar is really popular and people are keen to get involved in college events and the Student’s Union, which makes the community strong.
In first year I was randomly allocated a room in college, living with loads of other freshers.
About half the freshers live in flats roughly three minutes walk from college, and everyone else is in college.
Sidney is great, because the furthest you’ll ever be living from college is three minutes, and there’s a great community in those places.
Second and third year rooms are assigned by a ballot system, which is random and reversed for the following year.
For me, this meant my room in second year was pretty small (although still near my friends - we lived in a house down the road from college) as I was near the bottom of the ballot, but my room in third year is really nice - I have a set with a ‘living room’ and bedroom that are mine - and great for having friends round!There’s a lot of variety in room choice, with some being in the older parts of college and generally having quite limited cooking facilities along with shared bathrooms, while other rooms are newly renovated and are near well-equipped kitchens, as well as some en-suites.While there aren’t that many options, the food is always soooooo good!Everything you are about to read has been written by current and recently graduated students at the University of Cambridge, to give you honest information about what it’s like to be a student at Cambridge.Sidney Sussex is the ‘newest of the old’ colleges, being founded in 1596, and is relatively small compared to the others.Being right in the centre (and opposite Sainsbury’s!