SPCE | Cambridge Student Guide
Secured a place for a course at Cambridge University? Congratulations, you should be very proud of yourself. This quintessentially English city is home to one of the world’s most illustrious universities. It is home to some of the finest faculties, with world-leading teaching and research.
However, if you like to play as hard as you work, Cambridge is a stunning university city that offers incredible experiences by the bucketload. Check out our student’s guide to Cambridge below to get under the skin of this East Anglian gem.
Main attractions in Cambridge
- There’s nothing more relaxing than afternoon in the sunshine on the River Cam. Cambridge is one of the UK’s punting hotspots, where students and tourists alike hop aboard narrow flat-bottomed boats and amble along the river with only a pole for company. It requires a lot of skill and finesse to get your boat moving, but once you do it’s a very tranquil way to unwind after a busy day stuck in the books.
- The Fitzwilliam Museum is an absolute must-see if you are into your art and history. This magnificent building is the home of a world-leading collection of art and antiques dating back as far as 2500BC.
- The Cambridge University Botanical Gardens are also a great meeting point for friends after class. With 40 acres of perfectly-manicured gardens and plants, it’s the ideal picnic point. The gardens also play host to a range of cultural events throughout the student year.
Restaurants in Cambridge
- There are plenty of useful starting points after a heavy night on the tiles. Bread & Meat do a mean toasted ciabatta sandwich stuffed with locally-sourced sausage, egg and bacon that can make even the worst hangovers feel better. The Backstreet Bistro is a quirky joint if you wish to enjoy a Hare of the Dog moment with your pals, with classic Bloody Mary and Buck’s Fizz cocktails the order of the day here.
- If you enjoy simple but fresh Italian cuisine, Don Pasquale offers the right balance of value and a lively dining atmosphere for students. Its generous portions will also go down well with hungry students!
- Those with rather more adventurous taste buds should check out Zhonghua’s street food snacks inspired by northern Chinese cuisine. These takeaway delights include melt-in-the-mouth baozi buns, light and crispy wonton dumplings and flavoursome fried noodle dishes that are the perfect on-the-go snack.
Nightlife in Cambridge
- Beer-lovers will enjoy a visit to Pint Shop, which is an Aladdin’s cave of local craft ales and lagers. It’s not the largest bar area, which means it can get busy at peak times, but its range of beers and its cosy outside area more than make up for that.
- The Vaults is Cambridge’s number-one place for cocktails, with its ever-changing menu of classy concoctions, as well as the classics to choose from. If you get a hankering for a late-night snack here, they also offer a choice of gourmet hot dogs to curb your hunger.
- Cambridge’s city centre boasts a string of excellent student-friendly bars and nightclubs. The recently-revamped Lola Lo is open five nights a week and its quirky tiki booths are a great place to socialise with friends. Fez Club just about ticks every box in terms of music genres played here, while Revolution on Downing Street is a three-floor club, boasting a wonderful roof terrace.
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