The best way to discover Cambridge City

Jamie Smith

Faculty: Science and Engineering
School: Life Sciences
Course: BSc (Hons) Forensic Science
Category: Student Ambassador

14 April 2019

Cambridge is such a vibrant, busy city. I’ve lived here for almost four years now and my biggest piece of advice to find Cambridge is to get lost. Cliché as it sounds, I’ve discovered some of Cambridge’s hidden treasures on days when my phones died. Right from the Midsummer Common cows through to the Beer Festival and the hidden craft fairs there’s literally something for everyone in this city.

Let’s start by stating the obvious. Cambridge is home to two universities – ARU and Cambridge and it’s well known that Cambridge University been long established. This shows in the architecture of its colleges and museums. Both of which you can visit either for free or at a small cost. The colleges and museums are spread out around the city so contrary to my early advice, plan your trip.   

Also – let’s talk about punting. Punting is a rite of passage for any student living in Cambridge. If I could explain it in its simplest terms – punting is a kayaking/gondola hybrid. It’s weird, but you won’t bond with your housemates faster than on a punt. Which moves me on nicely to talk about how gorgeous Cambridge’s very own River Cam is. Go for a picnic, feed the swans some oats (don’t feed them bread it’s bad for them – a fact not known by enough people).

Coffee, coffee, coffee – if it isn’t already – welcome to your new best friend and thankfully for you, Cambridge knows nothing better than how to make a good cup of coffee in the most hipster shops you’ll find this side of Amsterdam. If you’re catching up with friends, family or you have a deadline looming, nothing will get your feeling like a resident than a cute coffee shop. Yes, it’s a little obnoxious but the whole of Cambridge is here for it.

Don’t forget, public transport will get you where you need to go but I would highly recommend a bike (if you’re feeling confident enough!). You can be your own timekeeper no matter where you want to cycle and with all the bike locks and cycle lanes it’s so easy to get around!

There’s also a lot that the university does to support students in finding their way around a new city. The university website and social media platforms are regularly updated with things going on in and around the university so keep an eye open.


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