The city of Cambridge (UK) has one of the best higher education programmes in the world, offering a great environment to live in, learn and develop your professional skills. Full of international and exchange students, studying abroad in Cambridge will open your mind to new cultures, different from yours, developing your language and social skills. Your Cambridge Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree will open doors to many career opportunities. Cambridge is the county town of Cambridgeshire, in East Anglia, about 80 km north of London. It is settled on the River Cam, and has a population of over 130,000 inhabitants, with over 10% of them being students.
Cambridge is the centre of the hi-tech 'Silicon Fen' industries, one of the most important technology hubs in Europe. Cambridge involves an extensive cluster of high-tech businesses focusing on software development, electronics and biotechnology. Cambridge’s economic strengths lay in industries such as IT and bioscience, and the city is also home to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, one of the largest biomedical research centres in the world.
Some of the best companies to work for in Cambridge include: Microsoft, Google, Sinclair, Jagex, Marshall Aerospace, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, among others.
In the university-city of Cambridge, you will find versatile opportunities to develop your social life and to spend your free time. Cambridge has a lot of clubs, pubs, cinemas, shopping malls and leisure centres. Walking and cycling are the most popular modes of transport, as a big part of the city is flat and easily accessible. Universities also organise special events for fresher international students.
While studying in Cambridge, you will have plenty of things to see and do. The city hosts collections of art galleries, ranging from Renaissance to contemporary pieces. You should take the opportunity to visit Fitzwilliam Museum, Kettle’s Yard, the Museum of Cambridge or the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Cambridge is home to some of the most beautiful churches and chapels in Britain, such as St. Peter’s Chapel, St Mary the Great university church or King’s College Chapel.
If you are interested in outdoors activities, try going out for a picnic in the many different parks of Cambridge or go on a food walking tour (which includes pubs, fish-and-chip shops, delis and specialty shops). You can also try punting on the river Cam. There is also an annual programme of events from the Film Festival and the Folk Festival to the Bumps and the Beer Festival.
Should you ever feel like changing the air, London is within easy reach of Cambridge, just a little over an hour by train or car.
Apart from the multicultural atmosphere provided by the large number of international students, in Cambridge, you will find people from all over the world coming here for thriving work opportunities.
Cambridge has a maritime climate, due to its closeness to the Atlantic Ocean. The months July and August have a nice average temperature and July is the driest month. Temperatures in summer reach 23°C (73°F) on average, while in the winter they get to 1°C (34°F) on average, with January being the coldest month.
Most colleges in Cambridge offer student accommodation in a range of prices to suit different budgets. Colleges generally accommodate all undergraduates and some graduates.
For good education you can expect higher prices. Cambridge is a relatively expensive city, even for UK’s standards, especially when it comes to accommodation. International students say that in Cambridge the rent is high, the living cheaper. When studying in Cambridge, you should prepare a budget of at least 800 GPB per month.
Transportation in the small city of Cambridge is cheap or free and most students walk or cycle.
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