Cake on a stand in the Club Room

College life

Information about food, the Wolfson College Student Association (WCSA), and how to get involved in the musical side of Wolfson.

Cake on a stand in the Club Room


How do I pay for my food at College?

Wolfson operates a cashless payment system to pay for meals in the College dining hall. We only accept cashless payments and credit/debit cards: no cash!

In order to make cashless payments, you will need to set up a UPay account.  All members have an account on the UPay system; your University ID card will be linked with your UPay account before you arrive. Once you have your Raven ID you can set up your account to make cashless payments.

Recognising that some students may not yet have a debit or credit card, the College has programmed your University card with a temporary overdraft that you may use to purchase food (up to a maximum of £150) until the Division of Term (09 November). After this date any amounts charged against the overdraft will be transferred to your College Account and you will need to pay them off as soon as possible.

For information about cafeteria opening times and menus, please see the Food web pages.

Where can I get food in College?

We have both a cafeteria and a coffee bar, please visit these pages for opening times and menus.

Who are the Wolfson College Students' Association?

The Wolfson College Students' Association (WCSA) is the official student body of Wolfson College.

WCSA is the centre of student self-governance in College. We provide many opportunities to get involved in college life, from socialising activities, to clubs and societies, to representing the student voice in high-level college meetings. Any Wolfson student can stand for election to become an official student representative.

The WCSA Officers (ie. the student reps) help shape the life for all students at Wolfson College. If you ever have suggestions or feedback, or have an event, society, idea, or something you feel you could do well, we encourage you to take charge of it and use WCSA as an enabler to getting started or making that change — the money is here, as are the people who can help you, all we need is the drive from the student body to get engaged!

Most of the opportunities available will be introduced to you in the first days/weeks after you arrive.

Without a doubt, the most important student representatives that will impact your college life are the WCSA Entertainment Officers (“Ents” for short). They are the social secretaries and are responsible for organising all social activities, events and the general good vibes for Wolfson students. If you, or indeed you and your friends, feel you could do a better job than you are getting, we implore you to get involved! The more people doing it, and the more those people feel they can do a better job than the last, the better the good times for all.

Have a fantastic time while here at Wolfson, and in Cambridge, and we wish you the best of luck with everything you encounter!

How can I get involved in Music?

Wolfson has a thriving Music Society with performances and talks by current and past members. There is a host of information on the college website about booking a practice room/piano, accessing music scores, choir and more.

If you would like to book a music practice room or a piano click here for more information.

Anyone using a College piano must sanitize their hands first then wipe down the piano keyboard with a sanitizer wipe provided and dry with a clean tissue if necessary. Please wipe down the piano keys after playing. Do not spray liquids directly onto the piano keyboard.

WolfSong – as our Director of Music is a professional singer (BBC Singers/Monteverdi Choir/Dunedin Consort/ENO) we have lots of singing at Wolfson. Due to Covid19 room restrictions our face-to-face choir is limited to 28 members this term, however there will be online singing opportunities for both beginners and more experienced singers on Zoom, and the possibility for smaller vocal ensembles of up to 6 singers if there is a demand.

If you are interested in singing in the choir or finding out about smaller vocal ensembles or online singing contact the Music Assistant, Emma Brown.

Music students with enquiries about College music should contact the Director of Music.


What's on

Professor Helle Porsdam

Humanities Society: Science as a Cultural Human Right

24/05/2022 at 17.45

Join Professor Helle Porsdam for an evening talk which focuses on the right to science – a little known but potentially powerful human right.

Ellie Bladon, PhD student in the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge

Science Society: Parental care: an evolutionary case of “use it or lose it”

27/05/2022 at 17.45

Phenotypic plasticity enables animals to flexibly adjust their behaviour to their social environment – sometimes through the expression of adaptive traits that have not been exhibited for several generations. The ability to revive these ‘ghosts of adaptations past’ could prove beneficial for populations living in a changing world.

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Working on Your Dissertation

28/05/2022 at 10.00

This workshop will cover several aspects of formatting and proofreading a dissertation.

Kill or Cure poster

Art exhibition: 'Kill or Cure'

28/05/2022 at 10.00

Lethal or life-giving? Wolfson's exciting contemporary art exhibition explores the potential of animals, plants, and substances from the natural world to ‘Kill’ and/or ‘Cure’ (open to the public Saturday and Sundays, 10am - 5pm).

Daniel Phillips playing violin and Victor Wang playing Piano

Music Society Lunchtime Concert: Daniel Phillips & Victor Wang

28/05/2022 at 13.30

Join us live in the Lee Hall for an hour-long lunchtime concert of violin and piano, performed by Daniel Phillips and Victor Wang.