University of Cambridge

The university was founded in 1209, and has a global reputation for outstanding academic achievement and world-class original research.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

UCAS Code: C05

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 62%
  • Postgraduate 38%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 93%
  • Part Time 7%

Where students come from

  • UK 66%
  • EU 13%
  • Other 21%

Student gender

  • Male 51%
  • Female 49%

Student Services and Facilities


  • Each college library contains the standard texts needed for undergraduate courses, as well as other materials. The university provides extensive library facilities in every department.
  • The university library is a copyright library (entitled by law to receive a copy of every book published in Britain).

Student jobs

  • The university takes the view that its students should not work during term-time – an appropriate work:life balance is important to ensure students’ well-being, and a wide range of financial support is offered to undergraduates so they do not need to find paid work during term-time.

Careers advice

  • In addition to the support and guidance offered by the university’s Careers Service, many colleges and departments offer careers advice and services.

Disability support

  • The University’s Disability Resource Centre (DRC) offers guidance, information and support to prospective and current students with a disability, specific learning difficulty and/or long-term health condition.

Students' Union

  • The Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU) represents the interests of all university students and provides a range of central services and support beyond that provided by the colleges.
  • Every college also has its own Students’ Union, to which students are elected to represent students at a college level.

Fascinating Fact

  • With eight museums, there is a lot to discover at the University of Cambridge: recently a series of immersive codebreaking games for up to 50 players took place across the city, including four of the museums, with teams attempting to break the code and discover the Last Secret.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • David Attenborough – broadcaster and naturalist.
  • Dian Fossey – conservationist.
  • Thandie Newton – actress.
  • Sandi Toksvig – comedian and political activist.
  • Alan Turing – computer scientist.
  • A S Byatt – novelist, poet and Booker Prize winner.
  • David Mitchell – comedian, actor and writer.
  • Robert Webb – comedian, actor and writer.
  • Antony Gormley – sculptor.
  • John Sentamu – Anglican bishop.


University of Cambridge, Cambridge Admissions Office, Fitzwilliam House, 32 Trumpington Street, Cambridge , CB2 1QY