In 2017, the Cambridge SciSearch programme will take place at Jesus College, University of Cambridge, one of the most prestigious colleges with a great central location.

Student accommodation across the Jesus College Chapel Court Lawn


All students will be made to feel at home in their own individual bedrooms with private ensuite bathroom. All rooms are clean, safe and comfortable as well as being furnished to the highest standards. Male and female students are separated in different staircases and all students have access to kitchen facilities should they wish to prepare any additional food outside of set meal times.

Living in student accommodation and eating in the traditional college dining hall gives a unique insight into the typical life of a student at the University of Cambridge.

First Class Facilities

The college itself was established in 1496 and although retaining an overall architecture which mirrors this history, it has been brought up to date with the following range of facilities: 

  • Excellent ensuite student accommodation across 5 spacious courts
  • 24 acres of gardens and playing fields
  • High standard catering facilities in the traditional college hall
  • Library and IT facilities, including high-speed wi-fi service across the site
  • Football, rugby, cricket and hockey pitches
  • Squash, tennis and netball courts 
  • Gymnasium
  • Onsite parking
  • 24 hour security, ensuring safety for all students


Built at the beginning of the 12th century, the college’s chapel is the oldest university building in Cambridge still in use! The college itself was founded on the site of the 12th century Benedictine nunnery of St Mary and St Radegund in 1496. To put this into context this is just approximately 50  years after Machu Picchu – one of the seven wonders of the world built for the ancient Incan empire!

Initially, the college consisted of the Master, five Fellows, four youths, four boys who were taught by a schoolmaster, and five servants. From this modest beginning, the college has now grown to its current capacity of approximately 900 students in total.

Today, Jesus College is regarded as one of the friendliest Cambridge colleges, providing an intellectually stimulating environment within which students can excel, whilst simultaneously encouraging the exploration of arts, sports, music and any other extracurricular activities of interest.

Jesus Dining Hall

Jesus College Dining Hall

Inspirational Alumni

Jesus College itself has produced 3 Nobel Prize Winners all from STEM-based subjects:

Philip Anderson who, jointly with Sir Neville Mott and John van Fleck, was awarded the Physics Prize in 1977 for fundamental theoretical investigations of the electronic structure of magnetic and disordered systems which subsequently allowed for the development of electronic switching and memory devices in computers.

Peter Mitchell (1920 – 1988) received the 1978 Chemistry Prize for one of the most important developments in biology during the twentieth century –  chemiosmotic theory. This hypothesis postulates that an electrochemical gradient is generated across the mitochondria which can be used to drive the production of the cells ‘energy currency’ – adenosine triphosphate (ATP).

Eric Maskin was the joint winner of the 2007 Economics Prize for his work on mechanism design.  This addresses the fundamental question of how to design ways (and incentives for individuals) so that a given social objective might be achieved despite the fact that individuals usually act in their own interest.

Historic view onto First Court, Jesus College