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Girton epitomises the very best on offer at the University of Cambridge. Our grounds and facilities enhance the world-class learning experience of our students, offering the College community inspirational surroundings that are conducive to academic success and creativity.

The College is located on two sites. The main Girton site, on the northern edge of the city, is home to striking red-brick buildings set among fifty acres of mature woods, parkland, and formal gardens. A relaxed and inspiring environment in which to live and work, the site features both traditional buildings and a modern, state-of-the-art wing, Ash Court. Our second site, Wolfson Court, is the College’s central annexe and provides additional accommodation and facilities. Housed in Scandinavian-inspired buildings that face onto landscaped courtyards, Wolfson is just a short distance from the Sidgwick Site, the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, and the University’s sports grounds.

College life revolves around a wide range of scholarly activities, including small group teaching, student competitions and the work of academic researchers. Our Library and Archive, a tranquil study space, houses one of the largest College collections in Cambridge. The Chapel offers a haven for quiet reflection and music. Girton is home to a variety of student-run clubs, societies and sports teams. All Girton students have access to our excellent sports facilities - the best on-site offering in Cambridge. Facilities include an ergo and multi-gym room, a weights room, squash court, sports pavilion and an indoor heated swimming pool.

Our cafeterias cater for all tastes, opening daily at both sites. Students and visitors can choose from a wide selection of seasonal food, and our catering teams are well experienced in the preparation of meals for people with specific dietary requirements. Throughout term College members are given the chance to enjoy fine dining at formal dinners, such as our weekly Formal Hall, and global cuisines at our popular theme nights. Girton’s onsite Bar is a great place to socialise, in the evening and at weekends it is the perfect venue for informal gatherings, student ents, and performances.

Music is a valued part of College life. We nurture all standards and styles, mounting regular recitals by students and professionals in genres ranging from classical to jazz. Girton's prize-winning Chapel Choir sings regularly and tours annually, both regionally and internationally. Two Directors of Music and a vibrant group of world-renowned musicians-in-residence make Girton unique among Cambridge colleges in the richness and diversity of its musical life.

Girton is home to important collections of art and artefacts. The College exhibits the People's Portraits - an expanding collection of paintings depicting people from all walks of life - donated by members of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. In the Lawrence Room, the College displays a treasure-trove of antiquities including important Anglo-Saxon, Mediterranean, and Egyptian pieces, among which is Girton’s much loved mummy, Hermione.