The College has its origins in the year 1428 and has an eclectic mix of buildings. There has been a continuous tradition of academic study on the site for nearly 600 years,
Magdalene admits roughly 100 undergraduate students each year for all courses offered by the University of Cambridge, and roughly 80 postgraduate students. Our small annual intake helps to foster a family atmosphere and a close-knit community.
Visitors are very welcome to visit the College at most times during the year and are requested to check-in at the Porters' Lodge on arrival. For a few weeks during the Easter Term the College is closed to visitors to allow students to prepare for their exams, but it is still possible to visit the Pepys Library during its opening hours.
Magdalene's greatest asset is its people. Discover the people who work here: our internationally-recognised teaching and research staff and the many others who help make Magdalene a world-class institution in which to live and learn.
There has been a continuous tradition of academic study on the Magdalene College site for nearly 600 years. Discover the history of the College, from its founding in the early years to the twenty-first century.
The New Library
The College launched the Future Foundations Campaign in 2017, our goals include raising money for student support, teaching and research and building a new College library to create modern teaching and study spaces, house the College Archives and create a new Art Gallery.
How to find us
Magdalene College is located in the centre of Cambridge beside the River Cam. This section contains travel information and directions to the College whether you are coming by road, by public transport, or on foot.
The main entrance to Magdalene College is on Magdalene Street, on the north bank of the river. If you are visiting Magdalene please use this map to help find your way around the College grounds. A PDF version of the map can be downloaded.
College Policies and Information
Find out about Freedom of Information requests, Magdalene College's Policies and Procedures for delivering College business, and our procedures relating to the provision of academic and student services.
Magdalene employs a diverse range of people in a wide variety of roles. All current job vacancies at Magdalene are listed on these pages. Despite the wide range of roles, there is a collective focus of the College’s common aim - the pursuit of excellence.
All the information you will need to contact the College. For general enquiries please contact us via email or telephone or write to us at the address listed.