University of Cambridge

Cambridge | East Anglia

Sporty Creative Political City Collegiate Rural

Ucas code: C05

We are one of the world's oldest universities and leading academic centres. Cambridge comprises 31 Colleges and over 150 departments, faculties, schools and other institutions. Its reputation for outstanding academic achievement is known worldwide and reflects the intellectual achievement of its students and world-class original research carried out by University and College staff.
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What students say about this university

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    • The downside

      Nightlife is bad, and alot of time there's nothing going on, so its important to do sports/theatre/whatever to have a social...

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      2012, 3rd year, History Of Art

      The downside

      Nightlife is bad, and alot of time there's nothing going on, so its important to do sports/theatre/whatever to have a social life. Workload is also high and the pace is sometimes really frustrating as you can't properly come to terms with a topic.

      2012, 3rd year, History Of Art

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    • Everyday expenses

      Cambridge is the cheapest University to attend in the country, the welafre system is very helpful if you're struggling.

      2012, 3rd year, History By Period

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    • Everyday expenses

      Cambridge strongly discourages part-time work -- there simply isn't time to juggle it with a degree. However, college canteens...

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      2012, 2nd year, English Law

      Everyday expenses

      Cambridge strongly discourages part-time work -- there simply isn't time to juggle it with a degree. However, college canteens are generally subsidised, and their bars are cheap. Many colleges also have some level of self-catering, and cooking for oneself is cheap and surprisingly good fun. Transport is easy unless you are at one of the further colleges like Girton. The centre of town is very small, and everything can either be walked or cycled with little effort. This makes transport extremely cheap, though there is an initial investment (bicycle, helmet, lights). Law is one of the more expensive subjects as there are a lot of textbooks, most of which are rgeularly updated (only the newest edition will do). However, there are book grants available, as well as many other sources of financial support both at the college and the university level.

      2012, 2nd year, English Law

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    • The downside

      Letting us know about the workload before we start

      2012, 1st year, Pre Clinical Medicine

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    • Student Union

      Cambridge definitely has something for everyone. Unless you only want to party, then you might get bored.

      2014, 2nd year, Other European Societies & Cultures

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    • The downside

      more discussion-based seminars

      2012, 4th year, General Engineering

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How students describe this university

We asked more than 11,000 undergraduates to say how far they would describe their uni as having the following characteristics. We carry out this analysis where we have scores from at least 30 students. You can also see whether these ratings are high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Political

78%

HIGH

Creative

75%

HIGH

Varied union activities

61%

LOW

Diverse local nightlife

43%

LOW

Sporty

74%

HIGH

Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
Student score 83% HIGH
Average graduate salary £26.5k HIGH
% of graduates in work or further study 97% MED

Overall student satisfaction

90%

of students are very or quite satisfied with this university

Number of students

19,515

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

63%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

7%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

46%

of students are female

Young / Mature

11%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

33%

of students here are from outside the UK

Student union satisfaction

32%

of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union

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