List of Oxbridge sister colleges

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Most of the colleges forming the University of Cambridge and University of Oxford are paired into sister colleges across the two universities.[1] 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 JCRs and invitations to May balls.

Most of the pairings reflect similarities between the two colleges concerned, often parallel histories. For example, University College, Oxford (an ancient and prestigious college, founded 1249) is paired with Trinity Hall, Cambridge (of equivalent reputation, founded 1350). William Wykeham's statutes for New College, Oxford, founded in 1379, formed the basis of the foundation of its sister college, King's College, Cambridge. The two Colleges both share distinguished choral reputations.[2] Founded by scholars from Merton College, one of Oxford's oldest colleges (founded 1264), Peterhouse (Cambridge, 1284) is Cambridge's first college. Similarly, Somerville College, Oxford (founded in 1879 as a women's institution) has Girton College, Cambridge (also historically a women's college, founded 1869) as its sister college. St Catherine's College, Oxford (the most recent undergraduate college in Oxford, founded 1963) is paired with Robinson College, Cambridge (the newest Cambridge college, founded 1977).

Oriel College, Oxford and St John's College, Cambridge also have sister college links with Trinity College, Dublin.

Oriel College and St Hugh's College, Oxford currently each dispute the other's claim to sister college status with Clare College, Cambridge.[3] While Oriel and Clare both share a common founding year of 1326 and a long history of association, in the 1980s, the now co-ed Clare associated with the then female-only St. Hugh's, in order to protest against Oriel remaining all-male. Today both St. Hugh's and Oriel are co-ed colleges.

Cambridge Oxford Relationship
Trinity Hall All Souls College
University College
University (founded 1249) and Trinity Hall (founded 1350) are both ancient colleges
St John's College Balliol College (St John's College, Cambridge is also a sister college of Trinity College, Dublin)
Peterhouse Merton College
Peterhouse (1284) founded by scholars from Merton (1264)
(none) Hertford College
Emmanuel College Exeter College
Clare College Oriel College
St Hugh's College
Disputed: Oriel and Clare were both founded in 1326, however in 1980s Clare associated with the then female-only St. Hugh's
(Oriel College, Oxford is also a sister college of Trinity College, Dublin)
Pembroke College The Queen's College
Gonville and Caius College Brasenose College Jocosa Frankland was a significant benefactor of both colleges
Corpus Christi College Corpus Christi College
King's College New College King's College and Eton College (1441) founded on the model of New College and Winchester College (1379)
Downing College Lincoln College
Magdalene College Magdalen College Both named after Saint Mary Magdalene
Queens' College Pembroke College Queens' College is also a sister college with Ezra Stiles at Yale University
St Catharine's College Worcester College
Jesus College Jesus College Both named after Jesus Christ
Christ's College Wadham College
Trinity College Christ Church Both founded in 1546 by King Henry VIII from existing institutions
Churchill College Trinity College
Sidney Sussex College St John's College
Girton College Somerville College Both founded as women's colleges
Selwyn College Keble College
Newnham College Lady Margaret Hall
Murray Edwards St Anne's College
Hughes Hall Linacre College
St Edmund's College Green Templeton College
(none) St Peter's College
Fitzwilliam College St Edmund Hall
(none) Nuffield College
Robinson College St Catherine's College St Catherine's (founded 1963) and Robinson College (founded 1977) are both modern establishments.
Darwin College Wolfson College Both founded as graduate colleges.
Clare Hall St Cross College
Lucy Cavendish College (none)
Homerton College Harris Manchester College
Mansfield College
Wolfson College St Antony's College
(none) Kellogg College

See also


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  2. Links between New College, Oxford and King's College, Cambridge
  3. Sibling rivalry hits Oxford colleges