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Cambridge is a vibrant city that embraces the old and the new. It combines the welcoming feel of a small town with the variety and energy of a larger city.

Getting around

Most University buildings are situated in the city centre and it’s easiest to travel between them on foot or by bicycle (one of the most popular modes of transport for our students). There are also local bus services you can use to navigate the city, including the Universal ('U') bus, which stops at various University sites. See the University Map for details.

Well connected

Cambridge is only 60 miles/95 kilometres from London and is well connected to most of the UK from its main station located about a mile from the city centre. There are direct trains to Stansted and Gatwick airports, and Heathrow airport is easily accessible (via London King’s Cross/London St Pancras). See Getting here for further information.

Entertainment and comedy

However you like to spend your time, there’s always something to keep you entertained. Cambridge has theatres, cinemas and entertainment venues offering varied programmes that include comedy, drama, dance, concerts and club nights.

Those into comedy won’t be disappointed as, along with student groups, Cambridge regularly attracts top stand-up acts.


Live music is a big part of life in both the city and University, from buskers and pub gigs, to classical concerts and big name acts.

The city usually hosts a number of music festivals featuring a wide variety of acts and music styles, including folk, jazz, rock, ska, UK urban and dance.

Pubs, clubs and restaurants

Cambridge has a great range of pubs, bars and cafés, from traditional pubs with open fires perfect for a winter evening to modern bars overlooking the river, ideal for a spot of people watching. The city has a mix of clubs offering everything you’d expect – a variety of music nights alongside cheap entry and offers for students.

There’s a great selection of places to eat too. Something for any mood, taste, occasion, and price range. Better still, there are lots of discounts and special deals for students at various restaurants and cafés.


Cambridge’s shopping centres and the city’s central streets house most high street names alongside independent shops and boutiques. The stalls in Market Square sell handmade jewellery, vintage clothes books and much more. You can pick up baked goods and local produce as well as a range of street food from around the world.

Just on the edge of the city centre, is an eclectic mix of shops, cafés and restaurants on Mill Road, offering anything from just about anywhere in the world and to suit any budget.

Outside the city

If you want to explore further afield, Cambridge has direct rail connections to London, Brighton and Birmingham, and there's a range of local attractions in the surrounding area, including:

  • Ely (historic city and Norman cathedral)
  • Shepreth Wildlife Park
  • Thetford Forest
  • Audley End (English Heritage property)

And you don’t have to go far to feel like you’ve escaped the city – you can walk or punt up the river to nearby Grantchester, a traditional village that has inspired songs, novels and television dramas.