Oxford Sister College

All colleges at Cambridge have a “sister college” at Oxford (apart from poor Lucy Cavendish); for Queens’ this is Pembroke College, Oxford.

Pembroke is a lovely place where J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings. You are first probably thinking, “Why is our sister college Pembroke and not Queen’s College, Oxford?” Well, it turns out the Queens (not sure where to put the apostrophe since each one has it in a different place so let’s just leave it out) were sisters until Oxford’s got rich and/or Cambridge’s got poor (relatively, of course). When that happened, a swap took place between the Pembrokes and the Queens at both universities.

So what are the benefits of having a sister college at Oxford? For starters, every year we take a trip to Oxford and visit Pembroke’s MCR. It’s a fun day in “the other place” where we tour the town and meet our cousins. They do the same here and it’s always a great time. In addition, as Queens’ students, if you need to go to Oxford for research or just for fun, we get discounted rates for accommodation at Pembroke! Check with the Pembroke porters lodge via email, but in general the rooms are quite nice and good value.