The historic and multicultural city of Cambridge is small but vibrant and offers a wide variety of social and cultural activities and events that students can enjoy whilst studying at the University. Cambridge is one of the UK's leading tourist destinations, aided by the city’s accessible location from London with direct trains taking about 50 minutes.
Students can take advantage of the wide range of attractions in Cambridge, including museums, art galleries, cinemas, parks, shopping and restaurants. The city is also home to a number of annual events: the Folk Festival, the E-Luminate Festival, the Food Festival and an independent film festival in addition to University organised community programmes such as the Festival of Ideas and Cambridge Science Festival. The University’s What’s On lists daily activities including exhibitions, music, talks, theatre, film, courses/workshops, sports, science, and family friendly events.
Cambridge is famous for local, national and student theatre and has a thriving arts scene. The Corn Exchange hosts music and comedy events and both the Cambridge Arts Theatre and ADC Theatre hold a variety of productions throughout the year.
Faculties, Departments and Colleges are spread out across Cambridge but students find the city easy to navigate on foot or especially by bike. There is an extensive cycle route network and many paths run adjacent to the picturesque river Cam where cyclists can watch the College boat clubs train and race. The city has a variety of places for eating and drinking, from pubs to chains with plenty of independent cafes and bars.
Cambridge holds excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and beyond. By train you can travel to central London in fifty minutes and Stansted airport in thirty minutes. The coast and countryside are also easily accessible from the city itself, with Grantchester and Wandlebury Country Park close by and the coastlines of Norfolk and Suffolk within easy reach.