The 'Orchids' painting  shown in this video is by kind permission of Churchill Heritage Ltd.

It is certainly no surprise that the location and nature of the accommodation available to students are frequently cited as two of the most important deciding factors when selecting a College for graduate studies at Cambridge.

Comfortable, convenient accommodation among an international community of graduate students, working in lots of disciplines, is a very special part of the experience for graduate students at Churchill College.

With the steady increase in graduate student numbers since 2000 and private rental costs in the city spiralling ever highter, the provision of more on-site, affordable accommodate has been identified as an urgent need if we are to continue to attract the brightest and best graduate students to study here.

We have extended the accommodation on site in stages since 2001 but still have a shortfall of rooms if we wish to achieve our key aim of accommodating all our graduate students for a minimum of two years.

The project

We have secured the necessary permission to build 35 units of accommodation, including 5 studio flats for couples, next to the Wolfson Flats. The buildings are designed by two Churchill alumni, Simon Tucker and Priscilla Fernandes of Cottrell & Vermeulen Architects. Simon also designed the very popular, award-winning Hawthorne, Bondi and Broers Houses (the “pepperpots”) in 2000. Two of the new houses will be named after former Masters, Sir John Boyd and Sir David Wallace.

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Project features

How you can take part


If 25 people gave £20 per month this would cover the cost of one graduate room.

The project is now partially funded, with £1 million still to be raised. We are now seeking help from alumni and friends of the College  to help raise the final sum required to make this project a reality. Any gift or pledge made now really will make a difference. From setting up a monthly gift of £10 to naming a house or room — every donation will help build the future of Churchill’s graduate community and leave a lasting legacy for generations of students to come.

There are naming opportunities for one of the houses, and for some of the flats within them. Please contact Annabel Busher in the Development Office to find out more.

E: or T: 01223 331660.

For tax payers seeking to make a donation in a tax-efficient manner, the College and the University of Cambridge can help facilitate this. Both the College and the University of Cambridge are registered charities and in some tax regimes, donations to them can be made exempt from tax. If you are a UK tax payer you can do this directly through the College. If you are outside the UK, please do contact the Development Office for further information.