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Cambridge offers all the benefits of city life: pubs and clubs; a variety of concert venues offering music for all tastes; theatres, cinemas, museums, cafes and restaurants; a thriving central market; and a good range of shops. With the thriving international student population at postgraduate level, and the science and business parks in the north of the city (which attract employees from around the country and world), the city feels lively and inclusive.

A city of bustling streets and pavement cafes, Cambridge is interspersed with green spaces and parks, while cows can be found grazing freely at the edges of the city centre. Everything in Cambridge is within walking or cycling distance and there are regular bus services crossing the city every day.

Entertainment, music and comedy

Cambridge has four theatres, three cinemas, and two major entertainment venues – The Junction and The Corn Exchange – offering varied programmes that include comedy, drama, dance, concerts and club nights.

Those into comedy won’t be disappointed as, along with student groups and the annual Comedy Festival in July (featuring many Edinburgh Fringe Festival previews), Cambridge regularly attracts top stand-up acts – in recent years the city’s hosted Reginald D Hunter, Ricky Gervais, Russell Brand, Zoe Lyons, Sarah Millican, Dylan Moran, Ross Noble, Sarah Pascoe and Nish Kumar.

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. Among many others, St. Vincent, Travis, Caro Emerald, The Vaccines, Jools Holland, Bombay Bicycle Club, They Might be Giants, Ezra Furman, Razorlight, Orbital and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra have all performed here in recent years.

Pubs and Restaurants

Cambridge has a great range of pubs – there are more than 100 before you start to count the dozens of College and University bars! 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 three 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. The Mill Road Winter Fair is an annual event that happens on the first Saturday of December. There’s a Food Fair, market and craft stalls, live music, and special offers in many of the shops.

Getting around Cambridge

The University’s faculties and departments and the Colleges are situated across Cambridge, though most are within walking distance of the city centre.

As Cambridge is fairly compact and better suited to pedestrians and cyclists than vehicles, wherever practical and possible we recommend getting around the city on foot or by bike – these are often the quickest means of transport and are also best for getting a sense of the city.

The “U” or Universal bus service runs frequently between Madingley Road Park and Ride and Addenbrooke’s Hospital via Cambridge Railway Station. This service connects both the Biomedical Campus and West Cambridge Site to Cambridge city centre. For more information about local bus services visit the Cambridgeshire County Council website.

Outside the city

When you want to escape, the countryside is very close with pleasant walking and cycle routes from the city centre to the surrounding villages. Further afield, you can visit Ely to see the magnificent cathedral and absorb the unique and mysterious atmosphere of the fens.

Cambridge has good road and rail links to the rest of the UK – London is only 50 minutes away by train. It is also within easy reach of all London's international airports, and there is a direct 30-minute rail link to Stansted international airport.

There’s plenty to discover in the region, for instance:

  • walking and cycling routes
  • punting up the river to Grantchester
  • historical buildings, gardens and museums
  • nature reserves, wildlife parks and zoos
  • karting, a real snow slope, and indoor skydiving

Cambridge is a very nice city to live in. I really like visiting its museums and as it's very close to London I often go there for day trips.

Michele, PhD in Italian

I find Cambridge an exceptional place to live. It is easy to get around the city, there are many things to do and events to attend, and it's close to London. I think living in Cambridge is one of the best parts of pursuing a degree at the University.

Michael, PhD in Zoology