Living and studying in Cambridge
Cambridge students are housed within one of the 31 colleges, each with their own personality. For a good overview of the Cambridge colleges, their location in the city and student life there, see the university prospectus.
The Cambridge colleges are spread around Cambridge, a city with a bustling centre and plenty of green spaces, museums, and a stunning mixture of architecture. The colleges in themselves are havens for students in the city, offering a space to live, share meals with fellow students, relax, and of course study.
Study spaces are numerous, and include: departmental buildings and libraries, the University library, smaller College libraries, and other spaces such as shared or private study rooms, College JCRs (Junior Common Rooms), which also double as a place to socialise with other students of the College.
While Cambridge students work hard, they also like to ‘play hard’, and there are plenty of opportunities to make the most of the student experience at Cambridge. From traditional formal halls and May Balls, to the 959 (!) student societies on offer. Societies are a chance to get involved in something new, pursue an existing hobby.
Around Cambridge, you could also shake off your essay stress at a student bar, watch a show at the ADC theatre (whose stage once saw the likes of ex-students Rachel Weisz, Ian McKellen and Hugh Laurie) or see talks by big-name speakers at the cambridge union.
In terms of getting around the city, many people get around Cambridge (to lectures, for instance) on foot or by bike, although the city is also well served by buses. Travelling outside of Cambridge is also convenient: taking a train from Cambridge’s train station will allow you to get to London in under an hour, whether for a day-trip or for a weekend.