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Graduate Admissions

 

There are hundreds of student clubs and societies in Cambridge relating to all kinds of different interests, and our graduate students often get involved in the varied aspects of student life beyond their academic studies. There are societies for community and charity, dance, the environment, faiths and religions, politics, and so much more! The full list can be found via the Societies Directory.

Sports

There is an extensive sports scene at Cambridge to suit all ability levels with more than 80 sports on offer. One of the advantages of being a Collegiate University is how easy it is for students to get involved with sports at any level. There are College teams for novices and experts, as well as the University teams that represent Cambridge against other universities and club teams. Most sports teams at the University include a mix of undergraduates and graduates so everyone is welcome to take part.

The University has a modern Sports Centre that features a fitness suite, Strength and Conditioning Room, sports hall, boxing ring and squash courts. The University also has an athletics track, hockey pitches and Fenner’s Cricket and Tennis Ground (home of the MCCU Cambridge Centre of Cricketing Excellence).

On the top floor of the University Centre there is the Blue Fitness suite, a warm and friendly gym with cutting edge training equipment and amazing views over the River Cam. The Grads Café and the Gates Cambridge Scholars' Common Room are also in the University Centre, providing work and social space for graduate students.

Colleges also provide facilities for a number of sports – many have their own gym and sports ground, while a few are equipped with a swimming pool too.

More than 80 sports are available, including:

  • American football
  • athletics
  • badminton
  • basketball
  • boxing
  • cheerleading
  • cricket
  • cycling
  • dance
  • golf
  • gymnastics
  • handball
  • hockey
  • ice hockey
  • mixed martial arts
  • modern pentathlon
  • netball
  • orienteering
  • pilates
  • powerlifting
  • rowing
  • rugby
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • squash
  • swimming
  • trampolining
  • triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • volleyball
  • water polo
  • windsurfing
  • yoga

Drama

Cambridge is renowned for its student produced drama with well-known groups such as the Cambridge Footlights, the Amateur Dramatic Club (ADC) and the Marlowe Society. Auditions are often open to all and there are also opportunities to have a go at directing, producing, set design, lighting, sound, stage management, costume, make-up and front of house, even if you have never done it before. As well as putting on a full programme of drama, comedy, and open mic nights at the ADC each year, members of the club frequently take productions to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. A number of Colleges have their own purpose-built auditoria and several major productions take place in the city’s Corn Exchange and Arts Theatre.

Music

Cambridge also has a rich musical tradition, home to world renowned College choirs and ensembles. Many Colleges run open mic nights and numerous bands, choirs and orchestras regularly record and tour nationally and internationally.

The Faculty of Music also offers masterclasses and workshops, and has an extensive collection of instruments which can be used by students (some instruments may be available to hire).

Music groups include:

  • a capella groups
  • Baroque Ensemble
  • Brass Band Society
  • Ceilidh Band
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Orchestra
  • Mixtape Society
  • Rock Society
  • Show Choir
  • String Ensemble
  • Symphony Orchestra

Media

If you'd like to try your hand at journalism, there are two student newspapers (Varsity and The Cambridge Student) and various other publications to get involved with. As well as CU-TV and the University’s award-winning radio station, Cam FM, (presented by University members and offering training in many aspects of radio), there are groups focused on photography and film-making.

Other media societies include:

  • Bluesci magazine
  • The Cambridge Globalist
  • Cambridge Film Association

One thing I do love about Cambridge is the variety of niche-interest clubs available - the only difficulty is not doing too many things!

Lee, PhD in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic