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Cambridge is a stunning city that’s home to one of the best universities in the world! You have to work hard here to get here, so we know you want to play hard too! Cambridge has got loads of things to see and do and places to go out.
If you’re new to the city, our Cambridge city guide will help you find your feet and experience the best of it.
Cambridge isn’t a huge city, so you won’t have much trouble getting around.
To get to the University of Cambridge from the city centre, it’ll take you about 15 minutes to get there by foot. Alternatively, you can get a bus to the university. Buses run every 15 minutes or so and travel directly to the campus.
You’ll be able to walk to Anglia Ruskin University, as it’s only a 15-minute walk from the city centre.
If you need to get a taxi, there are taxi ranks in the city centre. Uber is also available in Cambridge.
TIP: A popular way to get around Cambridge is by bike. Although the city doesn’t have as many bike rental spots as other places, it might be a good idea to pick up a bike of your own, or bring one from home!
Cambridge is a beautiful city with loads to see and do. Thanks to its student population, it’s got a great nightlife as well!
Cambridge is known for its incredible architecture. If you’re a student at the University of Cambridge, the first thing to do is look around at your own uni! It may sound obvious, but tourists flock from all over the world to see all of the various historic building and colleges, so why shouldn’t you have a look too? If you’re attending the Anglia Ruskin uni, see if you can attend a walking tour of the uni’s grounds and colleges.
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If you’re a fan of both history and architecture, Fitzwilliam is the place for you! It’s an stunning colossus of a building to look at and is filled with hundreds of ancient artefacts inside. Expect to see Egyptian grave goods, Roman artefacts and even mummified animals! It’s a place you can’t miss!
If you’re still in the mood for a little more history, pop along to the Imperial War Museum. The museum is filled with over 200 planes from a variety of decades and eras. Better still, they’re all hung up inside a massive hangar, giving you an incredibly immersive experience.
Cambridge is known for its beautiful rivers and canals. Have a walk down some of them for some breathtaking scenery. Better still, take a ‘punting’ tour down the rivers. You’ll glide down the rivers on a gondola-style boat; it’s the closest you’ll get to Venice without a plane ticket!
If you want to relax in some open green space, Cambridge has loads of parks for you to discover! Milton Country Park is a sprawling open space, spanning nearly 100 acres. It’s got great cycle paths and loads of fields to hang out in with your mates. For a bit of adventure, take a wander into Wandlebury Country park. It’s a big wildlife reserve, filled with winding paths. Definitely a great place to get lost in on a sunny afternoon!
Of course, no guide for students would be complete without mentioning bars and pubs! Cambridge has got loads of great places for you to wet your whistle in! For a stunning cocktail bar, head to NOVI. It’s got an amazing interior and even better cocktails! La Raza is a great place to check out. This bar often hosts live music events and DJ sets. Perfect for some pre-drinks! Beer and ale more your thing? Pop over to the Kingston Arms for some delicious draught beers!
Looking for a big night out? Cambridge has loads of clubs for you to party at. The Q Club is an awesome venue and is decked out with loads of cool neon lights. This place is easy on your wallet too, with low door prices and cheap drinks a-plenty! A popular choice with students is Ballare. It’s a cool club that perfect for a messy night out with mates. Kuda is another cool club to check out. Want to see some great live music? Head to The Cambridge Junction. It often gets in big bands and DJs and is an awesome live music venue. It can hold over 850 people, so this is a great place for a mental night out!
Fancy a lovely cuppa? Cambridge has got loads of cool coffee shops for you to drink in. Stir is a stylish café that is known for their delicious hot beverages. Charlie’s Coffee Company is another place you should go to. It’s got a trendy interior and serves a wide range of coffee and other hot drinks!
If you’re a fan of footy, go and see Cambridge United play at Abbey Stadium. The team currently play in the 4th tier of English football. The club has had their moments and has even drawn with Manchester United in the FA Cup! Another thing for sports fans to keep their eye on is the Oxford and Cambridge boat race! It’s an iconic event and embodies the bitter rivalry between the two universities. Although the race happens in London, be sure to watch it on TV and cheer on your town!
Cambridge is a fairly big city, so you’ll be able to find all of the main restaurant chains here.
Fan a fun meal with mates? Head over the Yippee Noodle Bar. It’s a lovely open restaurant and is the perfect place to get some grub with some buds! For a unique dining experience, head to Bedouin. It’s a North African style restaurant with comfy lounge cushions for you to rest on. The restaurant is made to feel ‘tent-like’ and is a cosy place to get some food.
For vegans and vegetarians, go to Rainbow Vegetarian Café. It’s got a wide range of meat-free dishes and even vegetarian wine!
Cambridge has got loads of great shops you can visit. It’s got tons of range, from mainstream brands to quirky vintage shops. Whatever you fancy, you’ll be able to find it here!
The Grand Arcade is the main shopping centre in Northampton. Other good shopping centres are The Grafton Shopping Centre and Lion Yard shopping centre. These centres contain a mix of independent shops as well as high street brands. You’ll be able to find most of what you need here!
There are plenty of other shops to explore on the high street as well. The high street is right in the city centre and easy to find.
If you’re looking to pick up some vintage clothes, Jemporium is a cool place to check out. Rejuvenate is another great place to check out if you’re looking for some classy vintage kit!
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The University of Cambridge actually offers accommodation for students for all three years of study, so often students choose to stay on campus for their entire university life.
Although the case isn’t the same for Anglia Ruskin students, Cambridge is unusual in that it doesn’t really have any concentrated student areas. Partly down to high rents, students are dispersed all over the city. On the plus side, this means that you have more options on where you want to live. Unfortunately, though, Cambridge is known for having particularly high living costs. But there are plenty of available houses and often you can find a good deal here and there.
Some students from the University of Cambridge also choose to live out, although they similarly are spread across the city. Some choose to live closer to the city centre for convenience and for good links to the city’s nightlife.
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