Top Reasons to Attend University in Cambridge
- Population 124,000
- Student population 30,000
- Walking and cycling are the most popular modes of transport as much of the city is flat and easily accessible.
- Buses are fairly reliable, but expensive. However, travel cards are available.
- Cars are not recommended in the centre as most areas are pedestrianised.
- London is 60 miles away, and trains take about an hour. London Stansted International Airport is 30 minutes away by train and Cambridge Airport is situated a short journey from the city centre.
Attractions for students
- For sports enthusiasts there are two football teams based in the city, Cambridge United and Cambridge City, and the usual range of rugby, football, cricket, climbing and swimming is available, although many sports facilities are based within the university colleges.
Culture and nightlife
- The Cambridge Corn Exchange is the largest arts and entertainment venue and hosts a full range of events. The Junction is popular for bands, dance and experimental theatre whilst the ADC Theatre is owned by a student society and managed by the university.
- The Arts Picturehouse shows foreign and cult classics and hosts the two-week Cambridge Film Festival in July. Cambridge has a good array of pubs but few clubs.
- The Strawberry Fair is held each June, and the Cambridge Folk Festival at the end of July.
- The Fitzwilliam Museum offers free admission to its exhibitions of paintings and ceramics. Kettles Yard Gallery is very popular with those who enjoy modern art and sculpture.
- An excellent way to see the sights of Cambridge is to hire a punt, rowing boat or canoe and travel along the Backs at a leisurely pace or to go upriver to Grantchester.
- There are also Official Daily Walking Tours of the City and Colleges from the Tourist Information Centre, on Peas Hill.
- Shopping centres in Cambridge include the Grand Arcade, Christ's Lane, Lion Yard and The Grafton, as well as lots of independent shops along the cobbled streets.
Proximity to the city centre
- The University of Cambridge: the 31 constituent Colleges are in ancient buildings which form the city centre.
- Anglia Ruskin: campus 10 minute walk; its other campus is 40 miles away in Chelmsford.
Crime in university cities
- Find out how safe this city is with our crime figures.
- See crime statistics for crime near university campuses.
Student Cost of Living
|Average Weekly Expenditure/£|
|Books and Course Materials||6.47|
|Gym or Sports Membership||4.61|
Based on data supplied from the Natwest Student Living Index 2015.
Content was accurate at the time of compilation. Population figures are compiled from the 2011 censuses for England and Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.