Glossary

Here you'll find a (non-exclusive) list of terms used by students at Cambridge.

TermDefinition
Arch 'n' Anth Short for Archaelogy and Anthropology
Asnac Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic
The Backs Big grassy areas behind the colleges on the river
Bedder The lovely people that clean your room, and empty your bins each day. Once upon a time they used to make the beds (and some still do) - hence the name!
Boaties People who row, and generally seem to have to get up early in the morning to do it
Bop An ent, more often than not dedicated to the latest and greatest or at least 'most mature' cheese
Catz St Catharine's College
Cheese From 70s disco hits to the latest Steps releases, the staple musical diet of university nightlife.
Cindies A local night club in Lion Yard - Officially called Ballare - but everyone knows it as Cindies
Coming up Arriving in Cambridge at the start of term - at the end of term you "go down"
Compsci Computer Scientist
Cuppers Tournament between colleges in most sports
CUSU Cambridge University Students' Union
DoS Director of Studies - you will meet yours at the beginning of term
Easter Term Also known as Exam Term - the term between Easter and the Long Vacation
ECSU Emmanuel College Students' Union
Emma Emmanuel College
Ents Entertainments - most often musically based and in the evenings (good work avoidance)
Exec The Executive - a group elected by the members of ECSU who take on specific responsibilities
Fellow An academic affiliated to a college usually to do teaching and or research.
Fitz Fitzwilliam College
Freshers New students - usually in their first year
Full term The 8-9 weeks that you must be in residence in Cambridge to qualify for a degree
Grad Graduate
Gyp room Room in which the (now extinct) College manservants (Gyps) sat. Name given to the kitchens on the staircases.
JCR Junior Combination Room - refers either to a common room, or to the student representative body (ECSU)
Jester The Jester is the smiley sculpture in the Emma Paddock
'Keys' Gonville and Caius College
LEA Local Education Authority
Lent Term The term between Christmas and Easter.
Mathmo Mathematician
Matriculation Becoming a member of the college and the university.
May Ball All-night decadent black tie event put on by many of the colleges in June
May Week Week in June given over to enjoyment after the exams have finished
MCR Middle Combination Room - refers either to the graduate common room, or the representative body for graduate students.
Natsci Natural Scientist
NPR Normal Period of Residence - the ten weeks of term that you pay for room rental (even if you are not there for the full 10 weeks)
NUS National Union of Students
P'hole, Pidge Pigeonhole - where you pick up your post
Plodge Porters' Lodge
Punting Exploit this in the summer, as you may well get very wet; involves propelling yourself along the river with a wooden pole, whilst standing on a flat wooden boat
Reporter The Cambridge University Reporter - lecture lists galore in this black and white directory. Available at the University Press Bookshop or any other bookshop in Cambridge.
Roar! Weekly Emmanuel College newsletter
SPSSocial and Political Sciences (or as an insult to someone who does no work)
Squash Society event at the beginning of term to try and make you join them, usually with free drinks
Tit Hall Trinity Hall College
Undergrad Undergraduate
Van of Life The kebab van on the North of Market Square - visit at your peril!
Van of Death The kebab van on the South of Market Square - visit at your peril!