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Top Reasons to Attend University in Cambridge

  • Population 124,000
  • Student population 30,000
Cambridge is a town-sized city easy to navigate on foot or bike and students and tourists throng its streets. The city has also become the centre of the hi-tech 'Silicon Fen' industries. The atmosphere can feel claustrophobic, but there is no shortage of open, green spaces in this bustling, beautiful city. The gulf between new and old universities is nowhere wider than in Cambridge. Nonetheless, the two universities' students do mix, and those at Anglia enjoy access to a wide range of social events, which is fortunate because the university rather than the town is the main host. Town-gown relations are generally good.
Universities in Cambridge

Getting round

  • 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.

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Student Cost of Living

  Average Weekly Expenditure/£
Rent 110.10
Groceries 25.86
Utilites 17.14
Books and Course Materials 6.47
Gym or Sports Membership 4.61
Photocopying/Library Expenditure 2.87

Based on data supplied from the Natwest Student Living Index 2015.

For further information

  • 0871 226 8006
  • Visit Cambridge & Beyond
    Tourist Information Centre
    The Guildhall
    Peas Hill
    Cambridge CB2 3AD

Content was accurate at the time of compilation. Population figures are compiled from the 2011 censuses for England and Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.

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