All Homerton postgraduate students benefit from access to our excellent facilities and our dedicated pastoral support team. For most postgraduate students academic work life takes place in their Departments of Faculties; the College can therefore best be described as your Cambridge ‘home’, whether or not you live on-site.
Our beautiful gardens and grounds provide relaxing surroundings for work, rest, and play, and we have two dedicated postgraduate accommodation blocks, Morley House and Harrison House, situated at the back of the College site. See further information regarding accommodation options for specific courses below.
Our spectacular new dining hall and buttery, and the Griffin bar, provide outstanding spaces in which you can eat and drink in the College, from grabbing a mid-morning coffee to attending a sumptuous Formal Hall dinner. Our warm and welcoming team works hard to ensure that all students are catered for.
Our modern and well-equipped Library is a popular study space for postgraduate students, and is open 24-7 to members of the College. As well as the main collections we also have rare book holdings with a specialism in Children’s Literature, often used by research students.
International student community
Homerton postgraduate students join us from all over the world, and we are proud of our diverse community. Throughout the year we hold specific events for international students, and we can provide targeted support. More information about the particular application processes for international students is available via the University.
The MCR, or ‘Middle Common Room’ is the name for our dedicated postgraduate student union, which organises events and represents postgraduate students on various College committees. The MCR is also the name for the postgraduate common room, which is on the ground floor of Morley House. All postgraduate students, both resident and non-resident, can access the MCR.
The College provides numerous opportunities to join in with music and drama activities, including the Charter Choir, HoJo jazz ensemble, the non-auditioned Homerton Singers, Pandemonium steel pans group, HATS dramatic society. We have recently-refurbished music practice rooms and an auditorium. We run an annual Performing Arts competition, as well as hosting Conducting and Accompanist scholarships.
Many students take part in sport or other College societies during their postgraduate studies: it is a fantastic way to take time out from demanding courses and to meet other members of the Homerton community. We have recently opened new sports grounds on Long Road, as well as a shared Boat House, adding to the gym, dance studio, and football pitch available on the main site.
The Postgraduate Tutor and tutorial team organises a wide-ranging series of events throughout the academic year, from Matriculation dinners to Graduation. We hold regular Postgraduate Formal Halls on Friday evenings, Research Suppers and other networking opportunities, and an annual Garden Party. Postgraduate students are also warmly welcomed to many other College events and activities.
A primary role of the College for postgraduate students is to provide personal support and guidance with any challenges which might arise during their course; and to ensure that any additional arrangements or assistance is put in place to ensure everyone can thrive. We have an in-house Student Health Advisor, College Counsellors, Finance Tutor, and Wellbeing Co-ordinator, who provide specialist support; the University central services are also available where appropriate.
All postgraduate students are also assigned a personal Tutor, who will meet with them upon arrival at the College, and who is available thereafter to assist with any difficulties.