Life at Ridley
The College's founding vision is evangelical and Anglican, and continues shaping our common identity. But this is no closed community. Ridley is part of the wider Cambridge Theological Federation, where Christians from different traditions encounter one another.
And our commitment to mission continually draws us outwards to our changing world:
- Roots Down (into evangelical convictions)
- Walls Down (to others in the Church)
- Bridges Out (to and from the world)
Ridley brings together male and female, single and married, local and international students. At any one time the community includes those training for ordination, pioneer, youth and lay ministry with postgraduate clergy and sabbatical guests.
Enrichment through diversity
A particular strength of the community at Ridley is the mix of those who are here as guests, taking a sabbatical or spending time with us as visiting scholars, and students who are here to study for two or three years. The interaction between men and women at all stages of life and ministry, from the UK and from around the world, is a feature of the college that enriches us all.
Our students benefit enormously from new the different experiences and perspectives brought by scholars and clergy from the UK and abroad, while our shorter-term residents are energised by the ideas and enthusiasm of our ordinands. Sabbatical guests frequently comment on how their time spent with Ridley students has given them a renewed sense of hope and excitement for the future life of the Church in Britain.
"Though we are many, we are one body"
Being male or female, single or married, with or without children within any mixed community can each present its own challenges as well as its own opportunities. Explore the tabs below for a sense of how Ridley cares for each member of its community and aims to provide for specific needs.
To some, the idea of returning to study as a single student can feel strange - like a university undergraduate, you live in on-site accommodation, but at the same time it's a very different situation from one that a first-time student would find themselves in. You will be studying alongside men and women from across the age spectrum, and many already have substantial careers and life histories behind them.
If there is one key aspect to life at Ridley as a single student, it's this: there is space to be yourself and find your own level in what will inevitably be a new environment.
Every year many informal groups arise from mutual interests - whether it be keep fit sessions, guitar jamming or watching films, or just cooking for one another. There is a genuine culture at Ridley of care, and this is particularly noticeable between married and single students - married students will often make their study bedrooms available for guests of single students to stay in at the weekends.