The University of Cambridge is an exempt charity subject to regulation by the Office for Students (OfS) under the Charities Act 2011.

The University is a common law corporation, being a corporation by prescription consisting of a Chancellor, Masters, and Scholars who from time out of mind have had the government of their members and enjoyed the privileges of such a corporation. By Act of Parliament 13 Elizabeth Cap. 29 passed in the year 1571 the incorporation of the University and all privileges then held under charter or by prescription were duly confirmed.

As an exempt charity the University has charitable status but is not a registered charity and does not have a registered charity number. As a common law corporation it is not incorporated under the Companies Acts and does not have a company number. The University does not have a Royal Charter and has no Charter number.

The corporate title of the University is The Chancellor, Masters, and Scholars of the University of Cambridge but it is more commonly referred to as the University of Cambridge.

The correspondence address is: University of Cambridge, The Old Schools, Trinity Lane, Cambridge CB2 1TN.

The University's main constitutional documents are its Statutes and Ordinances.

You can view our Reports and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2023 (PDF) and previous years.

Membership of the University's Council

For information about the members of the University's Council, visit our Council membership page.