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Lifelong Learning College Life

An extraordinary opportunity to experience student life in a Cambridge College

Attending a Girton Summer Programme gives participants the incredible opportunity to experience living, studying and socialising in a Cambridge College.


Participants will live in well-appointed single occupancy student bedrooms with either shared or private bathroom facilities, according to preference. A limited number of rooms have double beds, and these will be made available for those wishing to share on a first come first served basis.  Rooms will be located on the main College site.


Eating together is an important part of Cambridge College life. Summer school participants will therefore receive swipe cards to have meals in College, with sufficient credit for approximately two meals per day. This partial meal plan works well as we know that lifelong learners appreciate the flexibility to explore the many wonderful cafes, restaurants and pubs around Cambridge.

The swipe cards can be used in the College’s excellent cafeteria and in the Social Hub. In the cafeteria there is a wide choice of food available, including hot and cold meals, a salad bar, sandwiches, and delicious puddings.  The Social Hub offers a more relaxed space where participants are able to enjoy hot or cold drinks, and lighter snacks.

Formal Halls

There will be a weekly Formal Hall during the summer programme. Formal Halls are a Cambridge tradition going back centuries and these three-course meals, served in Girton’s splendid dining hall and preceded by drinks, are particularly special and memorable occasions.

Afternoon Tea

During the programme participants will experience a traditional English Afternoon Tea, with sandwiches, cakes, scones and jam, and tea and coffee.

College Facilities

Students will have access to all the usual College facilities, including the bar, indoor swimming pool, cardio gym, library, and chapel, and are also free to explore the woodland, orchard, gardens, lawns and sports fields.

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Applications are now open for 2024. You can find our application form below.

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