Pembroke is the “fun college” of Oxford, with extremely friendly students and huge opportunities to succeed in all aspects of life. We’re also the pink college. We wear pink (not just on Wednesdays), play sport in pink, paint ourselves pink and even have The Pink Panther as our official college mascot.
Sunday to Friday dinners are provided for Pembroke Freshers, with Saturday being “Takeaway day.” Lunch is optional on a pay-as-you-go basis, as is breakfast in the college café. Each meal is £5.54 with 3 choices each day (including vegetarian), desserts, and all dietary requirements are catered to. Staple Pembroke meals are Carvery Monday and Fish & Chips Friday. Freshers attend 3 formal halls a week, which are at the same cost as informal, but you just have to wear your gown. These formals become optional in later years if you rather wish to attend the informal hall beforehand.
Pembroke is rare among Oxford colleges because it can guarantee college-provided accommodation for three years. Rooms are priced according to bands and allocated according to each student’s stated preferences. Second and third years can choose to live in the newer part of college, or in an building off site, and can pick their floor mates.
Pembroke dominates Oxford sport. We were Cuppers finalists in Mens and Women’s football. We’re a top rowing college with our boats regularly winning headships and blades. Besides sport, we also host a musical annually, and have numerous student practice rooms. We host life-drawing sessions, Peminists (Pembroke Feminists) and our JCR is well equipped with vending machines, pool tables and table football. The college’s main quad also opens up to croquet games in the summer!
Pembroke has a Male and a Female student welfare representative, commonly know as “The Welfairies”, working alongside a strong peer support network. Welfare Teas are fortnightly, and feature copious amounts of free, de-stressing food and drink.
Pembroke has fortnightly bops, where hundreds of fancy dressed Pembrokians rent out a club. Our college bar serves infamous “Pembroke Pinkies” for £3.50 a pop, and a pint for £2. Our summer ball is held every year and is the highlight of many Pembrokians’ degrees. Pembroke Boat Club also hosts a Pembroke Pimms Party every Trinity Term, and is the largest non-commercial order of Pimms in Europe. On the last night of Michaelmas, the entire JCR also loads up on mulled wine and sings carols to other colleges.
What I love most about Pembroke is its focus on individuality; each student is recognized by their tutors, friends and staff as an individual person with their own talents, interests, aspirations and worries.
My favourite thing about Pembroke is the college spirit. Everyone is really friendly and supportive. Everybody celebrates everyone else's achievements.
The minute you walk in the staff and students are so friendly - it felt like home straight away (and a pretty picturesque one too!)
You might also want to take a look at the official college website.