Your Guide to Cambridge

Cambridge 

Cambridge is one of the best cities in the UK for students, with top live music venues and theatre, great food, shopping and breath-taking architecture, there's something for everyone here.

The Cambridge campus is in the very heart of Cambridge, close to shops, bars, restaurants, green open spaces and trendy independent shops.

The Academy hosts some fantastic events throughout the year including a great welcome back. 

On campus we run a shop, volunteering, advice, loads of evening events and over 100 societies. Come and find us in Cambridge on the 1st floor of the Helmore building (next to Costa).
 
We've put this handy guide together to help you make your way round your new home.
 

Getting around

Cycling

Bikes are everywhere!
Cambridge is a model cycling city! Did you know that one in five journeys in Cambridge is made by bike? There are cycling lanes everywhere in the city area and some amazing cycling paths connecting Cambridge to nearby villages and towns. Click here to download the Cambridge cycle route map. 
 
 
There are many good bicycle shops in Cambridge area if you are thinking on buying a new or used bicycle, just walk around the city and have a look at the various options (type and money wise) before you make up your mind. Here's some handy tips about buying second-hand bikes.
 
Remember!
  • Be seen, be safe
  • Wear reflective clothing at night
  • Use lights at night
  • Check your lights and brakes before setting off.
 

Buses/Trains

Park & Ride - Many students travel into the city on the Park & Ride bus service. This operates frequent buses from five car park locations on the city outskirts into the city centre.
 
Citi Bus Network - There is an excellent Citi Bus Network around the city, including a night bus on Friday and Saturday nights.
 
Train - The rail station about a 20 minute walk south of the city centre. The National Rail website provides information on routes and fares, and lets you check train schedules and buy tickets. Don't forget to buy your 16-25 railcard to save a third off train fares.

Shopping

  • Mill Road - Our fave! It's a great cultural mix with lots to experience.
  • Grafton Centre - lots of big brands in here.
  • Grand Arcade 
  • Tesco Newmarket Road Superstore
  • Asda Cambridge Superstore

Parks

Cambridge is well known for its green parks and open spaces situated throughout the city and the surrounding areas – you don’t have to go far to find a place to sit back, relax and enjoy the sunshine on a warm summers day. Our top 3 are:

Random Facts about Cambridge

It might help you in a quiz one day!
  • The city boasts over 80 miles of cycle lanes & routes offering a quick & easy way to travel throughout the city, whilst cutting down on your carbon footprint
  • According to research in 2009, residents of Cambridge spend more per head on takeaway meals than any other town or city in Britain (nom nom)
  • The mathmatical bridge which crosses the river Cam was designed by Isaac Newton and is held together only by gravity with no nails, screws or fixings. Years later, students took it apart to try to understand how it worked, but couldn’t put it together again without screws and nails! This is the story told to tourists, because although the bridge is wonderful, Isaac Newton died 22 years before it was built!
  • The first official game of football with rules we would recognise was played on Parker’s Piece, the big public park in the middle of Cambridge. 

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