Cambridge is a great place to be a student. If you have an image of Cambridge, it's probably one of ancient buildings, immaculate green lawns and people punting down a willow-fringed river. This is an accurate image - the city is stunningly beautiful - but there's a lot more to it than that.
Cambridge is a fascinating mix. Small enough to retain its community atmosphere, it is nevertheless host to a cosmopolitan range of visitors every summer. A city of bustling streets and pavement cafes, it also features green spaces and parks, and cows can be found grazing close to the city centre. It is a historic town, built by the Romans and familiar to Danes, Saxons and Normans. One of the pilgrims who set sail for America on the Mayflower was from Cambridge. Yet with all this history, Cambridge has nevertheless been the birthplace of some of the most recent scientific advances.
Famous alumni of the University include the poets Milton, Tennyson, and Wordsworth; the scientists Darwin, Newton, Crick and Watson, and writers from Samuel Pepys to Clive James.
Cambridge offers all the benefits of city life: pubs and clubs; an incredible variety of concert venues offering music for all tastes; theatres, cinemas, cafes and restaurants; a thriving central market; and a good range of shops.
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, 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.