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Most of the colleges forming the University of Cambridgemarker and University of Oxfordmarker are paired into sister colleges across the two universities . The extent of the arrangement differs from case to case, but commonly includes the right to dine at one's sister college, the right to book accommodation there, the holding of joint events between JCR and invitations to May balls.

Most of the pairings reflect similarities between the two colleges concerned, often parallel histories. For example, University College, Oxfordmarker (an ancient and prestigious college, founded 1249) is paired with Trinity Hall, Cambridgemarker (of similar reputation, founded 1350). William Wykeham's statutes for New College, Oxfordmarker, founded in 1379, formed the basis of the foundation of its sister college, King's College, Cambridgemarker. The two Colleges both share distinguished choral reputations.. Founded by scholars from Merton College (1282), Peterhousemarker (Cambridge) is paired with Merton Collegemarker. Similarly, Somerville College, Oxfordmarker (founded in 1879 as a women's institution) has Girton College, Cambridgemarker (also historically a women's college, founded 1869) as its sister college. St Catherine's College, Oxfordmarker (the most recent undergraduate college in Oxford, founded 1963) is paired with Robinson College, Cambridgemarker (the newest Cambridge college, founded 1977).

Oriel College, Oxfordmarker and St John's College, Cambridgemarker also have links with Trinity College, Dublinmarker. Oriel College and St Hugh's College, Oxfordmarker, currently each dispute the other's claim to sister college status with Clare College, Cambridgemarker.

Cambridge Oxford
Trinity Hallmarker All Souls Collegemarker
University Collegemarker
St John's Collegemarker Balliol Collegemarker
Peterhousemarker Merton Collegemarker
(none) Hertford Collegemarker
Emmanuel Collegemarker Exeter Collegemarker
Clare Collegemarker Oriel Collegemarker
St Hugh's Collegemarker
Pembroke Collegemarker The Queen's Collegemarker
Gonville and Caius Collegemarker Brasenose Collegemarker
Corpus Christi Collegemarker Corpus Christi Collegemarker
King's Collegemarker New Collegemarker
Downing Collegemarker Lincoln Collegemarker
Magdalene Collegemarker Magdalen Collegemarker
Queens' Collegemarker Pembroke Collegemarker
St Catharine's Collegemarker Worcester Collegemarker
Jesus Collegemarker Jesus Collegemarker
Christ's Collegemarker Wadham Collegemarker
Trinity Collegemarker Christ Churchmarker
Churchill Collegemarker Trinity Collegemarker
Sidney Sussex Collegemarker St John's Collegemarker
Girton Collegemarker Somerville Collegemarker
Selwyn Collegemarker Keble Collegemarker
Newnham Collegemarker Lady Margaret Hallmarker
New Hallmarker St Anne's Collegemarker
Hughes Hallmarker Linacre Collegemarker
(none) St Hilda's Collegemarker
St Edmund's Collegemarker Green Templeton Collegemarker
(none) St Peter's Collegemarker
Fitzwilliam Collegemarker St Edmund Hallmarker
(none) Nuffield Collegemarker
(none) St Antony's Collegemarker
Robinson Collegemarker St Catherine's Collegemarker
Darwin Collegemarker Wolfson Collegemarker
Clare Hallmarker St Cross Collegemarker
Lucy Cavendish Collegemarker (none)
Homerton Collegemarker Mansfield Collegemarker
Wolfson Collegemarker Linacre Collegemarker
(none) Kellog Collegemarker
(none) Harris Manchester Collegemarker

See also


  1. Oxford & Cambridge College Alliances - Queens' College, Cambridge
  2. Links between New College, Oxford and King's College, Cambridge
  3. Sibling rivalry hits Oxford colleges

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