College Families

College Families are one of the best parts of Newnham life! Before you arrive you’ll be placed in a family with one or more (maybe two, maybe 3!) ‘parents’ and probably some ‘siblings’ too. If you’re lucky you might even get to meet your ‘grandparents’!

Usually we’ll try to match you so that you share a subject with at least one of your relatives, but don’t worry if they don’t! Your college family is there to support you, to help you settle into college life, and answer any questions you may have!

At Newnham, we want you to be as fully supported as possible, and hope that you feel as safe and comfortable in your environment as possible. Often, the best support you can get is from peers who face similar issues to you.

Newnham has a lot of different groups within its larger community, and so if you self-identify as any of the following, you can also be part of one or more ‘liberation’ family:

  • International students
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students
  • LGBTQ+ students
  • Students who self-identify as having a physical or mental disability