Pembroke students and alumni always comment on the College’s strong sense of community.
Since the last war, generations of students had to spend at least one academic year living outside the College, yet many say they felt part of the College at all times.
With that strong feeling of belonging, it seems only right to make it possible for undergraduates to enjoy a further year living in College accommodation, so as to get the best out of Pembroke. Until the opportunity arose to build the new complex, this could only be dreamt of.
With these new buildings, a whole year of undergraduates will be able to enjoy living on the College’s extended main site in en suite rooms, while post-graduate students and visiting academics will also be able to benefit from more College accommodation, including a number of flats for those with families.
While they will have the benefit of the cafeteria and other new facilities on their doorstep, the occupants of this new accommodation will not have to leave Pembroke to reach the Library, Hall, the new Bar, the JCR or the MCR, which will all be just a short walk away, over the bridge.
To be able to integrate Pembroke’s community in this way is truly transformational for the College and allows it to match the accommodation on offer from the majority of other Oxford Colleges.
The 96 new en suite bedrooms, so close to the new auditorium and cafeteria, will also greatly enhance the College’s conference opportunities in vacation time.