alt Everything good for the body, soul and spirit.alt

Founders' vision for Girton


alt Education is one of the things I believe in deeply. The College looked after me, as the first from my family to attend university. I know that the College shares the values that are important to me and very many Girtonians; educational excellence, equality, inclusion and that ability to push boundaries in a positive way. That is why I have chosen to remember Girton in my Will.alt

Girtonian of the 1970s


alt  I have placed the sum of money which I am leaving to Girton College entirely at the disposal of the College, believing that those who are managing its affairs will be in the best position for judging of its needs, according to the circumstances of the time.alt

Barbara Bodichon, College Founder

 Girton College Archive GCPP Bodichon 3/54


alt ....a safe place to be intellectually daringalt

Description of Girton by a recent student

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Girton occupies an enviable position in Cambridge. The College, home to a lively community of students and academics, is set in beautiful and expansive grounds while being just ten minutes away from the vibrant city centre. The buildings and gardens here are some of the most striking and evocative in the University.

The earliest buildings date from 1873, the year when the College moved to Girton from Hitchin. The first phase of the building was designed by Alfred Waterhouse, who also designed Manchester Town Hall and the Natural History Museum. The deep red brickwork, steeply pitched roofs, and ornamental terracotta decoration form an important example of Victorian architecture. The buildings expanded over sixty years by successive generations of the Waterhouse family.

The College is organised around a series of spacious courtyards – offering attractive and informal settings in which to relax and socialise. They also lend themselves as venues for events and performances, such as the May Week JCR Garden Party.

The buildings are packed with interesting features from the neo-Tudor Gatehouse Tower, the impressive beamed roof of the dining hall, to the ornate stained glass of the Stanley Library. Each wing looks out towards woodland, sports pitches and an historic orchard. There are also contemporary features such as the Library's eco-friendly green roof, the air-conditioned Archive, and the energy-efficient new wing at Ash Court.

Inside, the College offers a diverse array of well-proportioned study bedrooms, each with their own character. Girton differs from most other colleges in Cambridge in that accommodation is organised around corridors rather than staircases. You are bound to meet someone you know as you make your way around the hallways.

You can read more about the fabric of the College on our Timeline.