Student Life - University of Cambridge

Our courses offer a tough challenge, but one most of our students relish. We demand a lot, but we give a lot too: expert teachers and lecturers; good library and computing facilities; superb labs; lots of support.

Studying at Cambridge, you’ll be taught by world-leading experts in your subject area, and our unique ‘supervision’ system means that you will also benefit from personal tuition in your College. Your time at Cambridge will be one of the most rigorous, most rewarding and most enjoyable of your life.

We have one of the most extensive undergraduate bursary schemes in the UK to make sure that no one is prevented from coming to Cambridge for financial reasons. What’s more, Cambridge is not an expensive place to live and study.

A degree from Cambridge involves more than gaining a detailed knowledge of your subject area. You will also develop a range of valuable skills and experiences, making you highly employable when you graduate – last year over 96 per cent of graduates found jobs or entered further study within six months.

Cambridge is a great place to be a student. If you have an image of Cambridge, it’s probably one of ancient buildings, immaculate green lawns and people punting down a willow-fringed river. This is an accurate image – the city is stunningly beautiful – but there’s a lot more to it than that.

Cambridge is a fascinating mix: an historic medieval town that is the birthplace of some of the most recent scientific advances; a place with high-technology science parks and ancient cobbles, with bustling streets and tranquil green spaces.

It’s small enough for you not to have to waste time and money on getting around, but large enough to offer you all the benefits of city life: pubs and clubs, music venues which attract big-name bands, multiplex cinemas, cafés and restaurants, a thriving central market and a good range of shops. It’s a vibrant and exciting city with a friendly and welcoming feel.

The University is an important part of the city’s life, but Cambridge has a definite character of its own. You can easily get involved in the community if you wish: the local people are used to students. After all, the University’s been here for nearly eight centuries.

When you do want to escape, the countryside is very close with pleasant walking and cycle routes from the city centre to villages like Coton and Madingley, and along the river to the pubs and Orchard Tea Gardens at Grantchester. Further afield, most students make at least one visit to Ely to see the magnificent cathedral and to absorb the unique and mysterious atmosphere of the Fens. And if all this isn’t enough for you, then London is less than an hour away by train.

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