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. The proportion of Graduate (or Advanced) Students at Churchill has been increasing from its historical figure of a third as the number of students on one year M.Phil courses has been increasing since 2000. 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 now 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 Fernandez of Cottrell & Vermeulen Architects. Simon also designed the very popular, award-winning Hawthorne, Bondi and Broers Houses (the “pepperpots”) in 2000. 

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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 College needs to raise £3 million to make the project financially viable. We are well on the way to achieving this target with £2 million secured already, so 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 each of the houses, and for 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.