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Magdalene College

Cambridge University

Magdalene College is one of the famous central Cambridge University Colleges. Founded in 1428, Magdalene is the 7th oldest college in Cambridge and one of the most beautiful. It has the longest river front of any college and is just north of Magdalene Bridge which is famous for punting.


Founded in 1428, Magdalene College is the seventh oldest College at the University of Cambridge.

Formerly known as Buckingham College, The 3rd Duke of Buckingham built the College hall and was ready to be awarded the College, but was executed for treason at the age of 41. The College was renamed Magdalene College in 1542 by Lord Thomas Audley.

The famous Samuel Pepys, a celebrated diarist, joined the College in 1650. Towards the end of the 17th century, the College raised enough funds to house the extraordinary Pepys Library which today still holds his articles donated by him. During the 18th century the number of students dropped below 100. It was not until Dr Peter Peckard, a liberal churchman, became Master in 1781 giving the College a scholarship and sound thinking reputation. The college was against prejudice and admitted many students who were excluded from many other colleges.

During the 20th century, Magdalene College became the College with the most influential graduates in almost all professions. Recent graduates include Mark Malloch Brown (deputy Secretary of the United Nations) and Alan Rusbridger (editor of The Guardian newspaper). Other notable alumni include writer C.S Lewis, the actor Sir Michael Redgrave and the Archbishop Michael Ramsey.


Magdalene is located on the bank of the river Cam giving the College a beautifully scenic location. Students can enjoy traditional activities such as punting and croquet. Magnificent architecture, majestic college buildings, quaint passages and historic market places form this beautiful city. Set 50 miles north of London, the River Cam runs through Cambridge where industries such as software, bioscience and many start-up companies have derived from the university.


The accommodation at Magdalene consists of single and twin bedrooms with shared bathrooms in separate male and female accommodation block. In addition to an auditorium, a social room and a sports field, there is also a laundry room free of charge. Living and studying in this world-renowned location allows Bucksmore students to experience student life as a Cambridge University undergraduate.

Bucksmore also offers a complimentary airport transfer service to students arriving at Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick airports.


In addition to the Bucksmore’s residential centre management team and counsellors that provide pastoral care and support to students, there are also friendly and welcoming Magdalene College staff available 24 hours a day in the Porter’s Lodge.

At a Glance
Location: Cambridge city centre
Bedrooms: Single bedrooms
Bathrooms: Shared
Internet: Wi-Fi available throughout the College and private computer rooms
Student ages: 16-18
Courses since: 2012