Why choose Fitzwilliam?

Fitzwilliam College is a dynamic, welcoming and international community committed to developing the talents of all its students, including over 450 undergraduates.

Fitzwilliam College combines the best of Cambridge tradition with a friendly, forward-thinking approach. Our active and diverse student community lives surrounded by some of the most beautiful gardens in Cambridge. Fitzwilliam was founded in 1869 to broaden access to the University, and we’re proud of our history. We admit students from all backgrounds strictly on the basis of ability and promise. Our intellectually stimulating environment, together with strong pastoral and academic support, enables our students to reach their full potential.

Why choose Fitzwilliam?

Become an Undergraduate

Join the most forward-thinking College in the University - one that combines the best of old and new, in some of the most beautiful gardens in Cambridge.

Become a Postgrad

At Fitzwilliam you'll be part of a friendly, intellectually stimulating postgraduate community at the cutting edge of research, comprising students from over 65 countries.


We've recently appointed a new Wellbeing Coordinator, highlighting Fitzwilliam's commitment to an environment that helps students and staff flourish and fulfill their potential. Claire will complement the work done by our College Tutorial officers, Chaplain, student representatives, as well drawing on help from the College Counsellor and University Counselling service, College Nurse and NHS provision.

Old and new

Our location - between the main Arts and Sciences sites - is ideal for taking advantage of everything Cambridge has to offer. The setting, around the extensive gardens of a Georgian estate, combines ‘the best of the old and the new’. The Regency house at the heart of the College was once home to Charles Darwin’s widow.

More recent buildings include our auditorium (a venue for plays, concerts, debates and lectures) and new, superbly equipped 24/7 library. Students live in rooms in College (many en suite) or in College houses very nearby for all three (or four) years. Our beautiful gardens are there for all – everyone can walk on most of our grass!


See our online College prospectus here. If you would like to receive a hard copy of this, please contact the Admissions Office at

Come and see us!

Fitzwilliam College welcomes visits from prospective students and their supporters at any time for self-guided tours. There is no need to book for this. Please note that many of our buildings are not open to visitors at this stage, including our accommodation.

Fitzwilliam is also running student-led tours on Saturdays and Sundays throughout August and September. To view available time-slots and to book, use this form.

Groups must observe social distancing guidelines and the college's visitor policy and face mask policy at all times The latest college policies and regulations concerning visitors can be found here.

For more information about visiting, please contact the Schools Liaison Officer at

Or join one of our Open Days.

Want to join us? Great!

Have a look at our Applying page which includes a detailed timeline of the application process. Our course pages have extensive information on requirements and guidance relating specifically to your chosen subject. 

If you need help or advice at any stage, you can speak to our Admissions team or to the Director of Studies in your subject by emailing