Cambridge

What makes Cambridge so special?

Surrounding the river Cam in the east of England lies the world famous city of Cambridge. Students and visitors alike cannot help but be inspired by this centre of academic excellence. From the breathtaking architecture of its world-class university to the Silicon Fen, Cambridge is a place which melds a rich and far-stretching history with a bright and innovative future.

Cambridge is first and foremost known as a university city given that it is home to not one but two universities: the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University who evolved from the Cambridge School of Art and the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology, also has its main campus in the city. The city of Cambridge is home to around 25,000 students!

Cambridge gets its name from the River Cam which runs through the city, it has a history that dates back to the Bronze age, and Parker’s Piece hosted the first ever game of Association football! The city of Cambridge is one like no other, read on to find out more.

The History of Cambridge

Though the majority of Cambridge’s history is linked to the university, it actually stretches back much further. Archaeological evidence suggests that people settled in Cambridge as far back as the Bronze Age. It even became an important trading centre during the Roman times.

Cambridge gets its name from the River Cam which runs through the city, it has a history that dates back to the Bronze age, and Parker’s Piece hosted the first ever game of Association football! The city of Cambridge is one like no other, read on to find out more.

The University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is rich in history – its famous Colleges and University buildings attract visitors from all over the world. But the University’s museums and collections also hold many treasures which give an exciting insight into some of the scholarly activities, both past and present, of the University’s academics and students.

The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s oldest universities and leading academic centres, and a self-governed community of scholars. Its reputation for outstanding academic achievement is known world-wide and reflects the intellectual achievement of its students, as well as the world-class original research carried out by the staff of the University and the Colleges.

Many of the University’s customs and unusual terminology can be traced to roots in the early years of the University’s long history, and this booklet looks to the past to find the origins of much that is distinctive in the University of today.

In 2009, Cambridge University celebrated its 800th year!

University of Cambridge Colleges

Colleges are an integral part of life at Cambridge University. They provide most of the accommodation for students and the central hub of student life. Colleges have responsibility for admitting undergraduate students to the University and undergraduate students often do a lot of their tuition within college. There are 31 colleges at Cambridge University.

Christ’s (Founded 1505)
Churchill (Founded 1960)
Clare (Founded 1326)
Clare Hall (Founded 1966)
Corpus Christi  (Founded 1352)
Darwin (Founded 1964)
Downing (Founded 1800)
Emmanuel (Founded 1584)
Fitzwilliam (Founded 1869)
Girton (Founded 1869)
Gonville and Caius (Founded 1348)
Homerton (Founded 1768)
Hughes Hall (Founded 1885)
Jesus (Founded 1496)
King’s (Founded 1441)
Lucy Cavendish (Founded 1965)

Magdalene (Founded 1428)
Murray Edwards (Founded 1954)
Newnham (Founded 1871)
Pembroke (Founded 1347)
Peterhouse (Founded 1284)
Queens’ (Founded 1448)
Robinson (Founded 1977)
Selwyn (Founded 1882)
Sidney Sussex (Founded 1596)
St Catharine’s (Founded 1473)
St Edmund’s (Founded 1896)
St John’s (Founded 1511)
Trinity College (Founded 1546)
Trinity Hall (Founded 1350)
Wolfson (Founded 1965)

Cambridge was a joy. I loved it. I miss it still.

Born in London in 1975, Zadie Smith studied English at Cambridge before going on to publish her first novel, White Teeth, in 2000, to immediate critical acclaim. Since then, she has produced a series of well-received novels and exerts a notable influence on current debates about the novel and the place of literature and literary criticism in contemporary culture. The day school will focus on her two most recent novels Swing Time (2016) and NW (2012), their exploration of identity and their London settings.

Student Life in Cambridge

Cambridge University students account for over a fifth of the population of Cambridge so it isn’t surprising that there is a lot going on. There are hundred of clubs and societies for Cambridge University students to choose from and 80+ sports with opportunities to get involved at any level. To hear about student life in and after Cambridge, please visit our Alumni Success page.

Cambridge is one of the best universities in the world, especially in my field

Stephen William Hawking (1942 – 2018) was the former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and author of A Brief History of Time which is an international bestseller. He was the Dennis Stanton Avery and Sally Tsui Wong-Avery Director of Research at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and Founder of the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at Cambridge, his other books for the general reader include A Briefer History of Time, the essay collection Black Holes and Baby Universe and The Universe in a Nutshell.

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