Massive congratulations on becoming a member of Clare, and a very warm welcome to the Clare Graduate Community, often referred to as Clare MCR!

I am Jasmin–although you can call me Jas–I am the President of what’s called the “Middle Combination Room”, or more colloquially the MCR. Put simply, the MCR is a name for both the graduate community at Clare as well as our common room in the E Corridor of Old Court.

As a result, not only are you joining the second oldest college at one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world, but you are also joining one of the most vibrant graduate communities. Clare MCR prides itself on being friendly, warm, and welcoming. I have met so many wonderful people at Clare, and they have made my experience at Cambridge a truly magical and beautiful one. I can promise you that you will not regret getting involved with the MCR community! The MCR room itself serves as a common room, social space, study area and (in the evening) a bar where regular events are hosted throughout each term. There is always a variety of tea and a coffee machine (with a milk frother), a very healthy supply of biscuits and fruit as well as newspapers, magazines, board games, video games, and friends!

With the assistance of vaccines and relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions in the United Kingdom, life now appears to be slowly returning to normal-ish. We are very hopeful that our Freshers’ week will return to its pre-pandemic glory. As an MCR, however, we are aware that COVID-19 has not disappeared, and we will be doing everything we can to create a safe, welcoming, and enjoyable environment as you settle into Cambridge life. Whatever happens I am confident you will have an amazing week! In the meantime, this guide has been put together by past and present students to help you settle your nerves, find your way around and plan your move. The rest of the MCR committee and I want to congratulate you again and we cannot wait to meet you! If you have any questions please feel free to contact me ( or any of the other committee representatives who are all listed at the end of the guide.

We’re really all quite lovely so also don’t be afraid to chat with us when you see us! Cambridge can seem like a scary place, where imposter syndrome can rear its ugly and unpleasant head. But I hope that Clare College can be a place where you feel central to the College community, rather than an imposter waiting to be discovered. We all belong here.

All the very best wishes,
Jasmin Bath (she/her)
Clare College MCR President 2022-2023

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