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A friendly and supportive environment for mature students

Hughes Hall is a different type of Cambridge College. Our undergraduates are all mature students so are 21 or over at the start of their course. Some are taking their first degree, whilst others are studying a new subject either for the full three years or as a two-year affiliated student (for those taking a second undergraduate degree). All mature and affiliated students taking undergraduate degrees are offered College accommodation throughout their course, including for the summer vacation if they wish.

The College has a friendly atmosphere, promoting academic and extra-curricular activities for all students. As well as our undergraduates we have around 800 full and part-time graduate students, and we actively encourage all students and Senior Members to interact through our events.

The College is situated alongside Fenner’s Cricket Ground and around the corner is lively Mill Road, known for its cafes, restaurants, bars, vintage clothes, and international supermarkets. We are halfway between the railway station and market square, a 10-minute bike ride from most university departments and 5 minutes from punting on the river Cam, with some of the best accommodation at Cambridge.

You can find out much more on our website in the Life at Hughes section including Meeting our Students and our Fellows and Senior Members. We also have a range of scholarships open to new students.

Please email us for more information and to discuss applying to Hughes: ugadmissions@hughes.cam.ac.uk.

We welcome mature and affiliated undergraduate applications from students of all backgrounds. For further information on how the application process works, please see the following pages

The Oxford and Cambridge Collaborative Outreach Network offers a series of webinars on a variety of topics throughout the year, including one on Applying to Cambridge as a Mature Student.

The University also runs a STEM SMART initiative to support state school students through their A-levels in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths). The free course complements classroom teaching with real time online tuition, mentoring and a College residential in Cambridge, and aims to raise attainment and strengthen university applications to Engineering and Physical Sciences. See their website for more information or to apply.

Undergraduate Applications Timetable

There are two rounds of applications in each cycle. Applicants may apply for one round only in any cycle. If you are applying for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Computer Science, Engineering, Graduate Medicine, History of Art, Music, Natural Sciences, or Philosophy you must apply in the October round.

  • 15 October, closing date for the first round of applications.
  • Mid-November, applicants notified whether they are invited for interview or unsuccessful.
  • First two weeks of December, first round interviews take place.
  • 1 March, closing date for the second round of applications.
  • Mid March, applicants notified whether they are invited for interview or unsuccessful.
  • Last week of March/ first week of April, second round interviews take place.
  • 31 August, deadline for receiving outstanding documents from offer holders.

Please note that Hughes Hall does not admit undergraduates to study Veterinary Medicine or Architecture. We only admit students to study Medicine through the Cambridge Graduate Course in Medicine.