Did you know…..
The oldest college is Peter House, which was founded in 1284.
The University of Cambridge was officially started in 1209 by an association of scholars who came from Oxford. There are rumours that these scholars where in trouble with the law in Oxford and made a run for it to Cambridge (not something that Cambridge people care to admit or are particularly proud of).
The oldest University in the world is officially in the Vatican City (Italy) and was founded in 1088, then Oxford in 1096, then Spain and France.
There are 31 colleges in total.
The University Library has 29million books, which is every book ever published. However there has been a recent agreement between it, the British Library and Oxford’s library that between them they will carry every book ever written. The reason for this is of course that storage is starting to get out of hand.
You are only allowed a clock on your boathouse in Cambridge if you’ve won 10 head of the river races in 10 consecutive years.
All staircases are alphabestised in Trinity College but there are no J’s. The reason being that St. John’s is their arch rival.
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