Cambridge is renowned for the success of its principal university, ranked as one of the top five in the world. However, it is not the university’s prestige entirely that attracts students to enter this vibrant city. In fact, the music scene, pubs and arts markets are just a handful of features provided by the quaint town that draw thousands of students to move here each year.
The proximity of Cambridge town to London, at around 50 miles North of the capital, allows for trips to the big city in under an hour, by train. So whether you wish to stay within the traditional student city, or fancy a trip to the hustle and bustle of metropolitan London, Cambridge proves an ideal location.
In summer, Cambridge comes alive with an assortment of fairs – old and new – to satisfy its sun-loving population. The Midsummer Fair, a traditional fun fair, has been a yearly attraction for over 800 years, and is filled with rides and market stalls. The success of Cambridge’s music scene is epitomised through the Strawberry Fair, a free, volunteer run, one-day music and arts event. This musical feast attracts over 30,000 visitors, owing to the 12-hour fusion of local music, and its community feel. If you’d rather embrace the student mentality, then perhaps the Cambridge Beer Festival will be more up your street, offering local and national beverages from around the world, and some tasty pastry delicacies to accompany.
With a number of eateries, shops, clubs and modern bars, Cambridge is a vibrant city, famous for more than its two universities. With various student accommodation positioned from beside the train station, to just outside the city centre, you can be immersed in modern student life, inside or just outside or your front door.