List of Oxbridge sister colleges

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.

Trinity College, Dublin a sister of both Oriel College, Oxford and St John's College, Cambridge is unique in being the only non-Oxbridge institution to have sister status with an Oxbridge college.

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 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.

CambridgeOxfordRelationship
King's CollegeNew CollegeKing's College and Eton College (1441) founded on the model of New College and Winchester College (1379)
Queens' CollegePembroke CollegeQueens' College is also a sister college with Ezra Stiles College at Yale University
Pembroke CollegeThe Queen's College
Trinity HallAll Souls College
University College
University (founded 1249) and Trinity Hall (founded 1350) are both ancient colleges
Trinity CollegeChrist ChurchBoth founded in 1546 by King Henry VIII from existing institutions
Churchill CollegeTrinity College
Christ's CollegeWadham College
St John's CollegeBalliol College(St John's College, Cambridge is also a sister college of Trinity College, Dublin)
Sidney Sussex CollegeSt John's College
Jesus CollegeJesus CollegeBoth named after Jesus
Corpus Christi CollegeCorpus Christi College
PeterhouseMerton College

St Hilda's College

Peterhouse (1284) founded by scholars from Merton (1264)
(none)Hertford College
Emmanuel CollegeExeter College
Clare CollegeOriel 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)
Gonville and Caius CollegeBrasenose CollegeJocosa Frankland was a significant benefactor of both colleges
Downing CollegeLincoln College
Magdalene CollegeMagdalen CollegeBoth named after Saint Mary Magdalene
St Catharine's CollegeWorcester College
Girton CollegeSomerville CollegeBoth founded as women's colleges
Selwyn CollegeKeble CollegeBoth late Victorian foundations named after Anglican clergymen
Newnham CollegeLady Margaret Hall
Murray EdwardsSt Anne's College
Hughes HallLinacre College
St Edmund's CollegeGreen Templeton College
Fitzwilliam CollegeSt Edmund Hall
(none)St Peter's College
(none)Reuben College, Oxford
(none)Nuffield College
Robinson CollegeSt Catherine's CollegeSt Catherine's (founded 1963) and Robinson College (founded 1977) are both modern establishments.
Darwin CollegeWolfson CollegeBoth founded as graduate colleges.
Clare HallSt Cross College
Lucy Cavendish College(none)
Homerton CollegeHarris Manchester College
Mansfield College
Wolfson CollegeSt Antony's College
(none)Kellogg College

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