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University of Cambridge Latin: Universitas Cantabrigiensis Motto Hinc lucem et pocula sacra Literal translation: “From here, light and sacred draughts.” Non-literal: “From the University, we receive enlightenment and precious knowledge.” Established 1209 Type Public Location Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, , Website The University of Cambridge (or Cambridge University), is located in Cambridge, , and is the second-oldest in the English-speaking world.
The name is sometimes abbreviated as Cantab. in post-nominals, a shortened form of Cantabrigiensis (an adjective derived from Cantabrigia, the Latinised form of Cambridge). Founded in 1209, the University of Cambridge evolved out of an association of scholars that had escaped to the town of Cambridge from nearby Oxford after a dispute with local townsmen. The University of Cambridge and equally renowned are often jointly referred to by the portmanteau term "Oxbridge," and maintain a long history of academic and athletic rivalry although there are also many links and much cooperation.
Their similarities in having a collegiate structure and a tutorial (supervision) system has set them apart from other educational institutions. Both provide an intensity, depth and breadth of education suitable for people who go on to reach the top of their professions. In this way they serve society by providing outstanding leadership. Admissions are based almost exclusively on academic achievement and intellectual promise as the university aims to educate the students who can best benefit from an intensive education.
Spiritual, moral, cultural and social education is also an important dimension of the Oxbridge experience which is why students have to be resident in a college for all or most of the term.
For many centuries the colleges, and hence the university, were all male institutions. This has changed first with the founding of women's colleges and later by making other colleges mixed. Now there are approximately an equal number of men and women. About half the student body come from independent schools and half from state schools. The University of Cambridge is a member of the Russell Group, a network of research-led British universities; the Coimbra Group, an association of leading European universities; the League of European Research Universities; and the International Alliance of Research Universities.
It is also considered part of the "Golden Triangle", a geographical concentration of UK university research. Academically, Cambridge is consistently ranked in the world's top 5 universities. It has traditionally been an academic institution of choice of the Royal Family (, and Prince Charles were all undergraduates) and has produced 82 Nobel Laureates to date, more than any other university according to some counts.
General Information Left to Right: The Senate House, Gonville and Caius College, and the University Church (Great St Mary's) from King’s Parade Cambridge University is comprised of a number of institutions, with its main functions divided between the central departments of the university and the university colleges.
In general, each department is responsible for performing research and providing centralized lectures to Cambridge students. University colleges are responsible for the general welfare and domestic management of all students and some university staff. The colleges also provide the majority of small group teaching for undergraduates, known as tutorial supervisions. The thirty-one colleges are predominately independent of the university itself and enjoy considerable autonomy.
Colleges can decide which students to admit and appoint their own "senior members," or faculty. The university chancellor, a title held for life, is a mainly symbolic position, while the position of vice-chancellor is considered to be the university's chief academic executive.
Cambridge University is governed entirely by internal members, with no outside representation in its governing bodies. Ultimate authority lies with the Regent House, the university's principle governing body of which all current Cambridge academic staff are members. The university senate, Cambridge's primary governing body until 1926, is responsible for appointing the university chancellor. Reputation The University of Cambridge is considered one of the most academically selective institutions within the .
Each year, Cambridge consistently tops the League Tables of British Universities, a system which ranks the top universities within Great Britain.
In 2001, according to England’s Research Assessment Exercise, Cambridge was named the top university in Great Britain. In 2005, a British study showed Cambridge to graduate substantially more Ph.D. recipients per year than any other British university. In 2006, a Thomson Scientific study revealed Cambridge to have the highest research paper output of any British University. Cambridge was also named the top producer of research in 10 out of 21 major British fields of research.
International rankings produced in 2005 by the Times Higher Education Supplement and Shanghai Jiao Tong University listed Cambridge among the top three universities world wide.
also listed Cambridge first in the field of natural sciences, second in the field of biomedicine and third in arts & humanities. Historically, Cambridge University has produced a significant portion of Britain’s most prominent mathematicians, scientists, and writers.
Affiliates of Cambridge University have been awarded a total of eighty-one , the most of any university in the world . Seventy of these awardees attended Cambridge as either a graduate or undergraduate student.
The University of Cambridge has produced especially distinguished graduates in the field of mathematics and science. This list includes , , , , , , , Francis Crick, , , and Frederick Sanger.
As a leading European university, Cambridge is a member of the Coimbra Group, the League of European Research Universities, the International Alliance of Research Universities, and the Russell Group, a network of large, research oriented British Universities. Cambridge University is also closely linked with the development of high-tech business clusters in and around the Cambridge area.
This area is often referred to as "Silicon Fen." In 2004, Silicon Fen was reported to be the second largest venture capital market in the world after the ’ Silicon Valley. 2006 estimates reported that Silicon Fen housed more than 250 active startup companies, directly linked with the University, estimated to be worth a total of $6 billion in U.S.
dollars. History In the early thirteenth century, the legendary Roger of Wendover included in his contemporaneous writings that the origins of Cambridge University revolved around a committed by two students attending the nearby . In 1209, two Oxford scholars were convicted of a single and were by town authorities.
In protest over the hangings, the University of Oxford went into voluntary suspension, and scholars began migrating to a number of other institutions which included the pre-existing school at Cambridge (Cambridge had been recorded as a “school” rather than university when John Grim held the office of Master there in 1201).
The transferring scholars from the University of Oxford established Cambridge as a university in 1209. In 1233, Pope Gregory IX confirmed Cambridge’s University status in a decree awarding a form of legal protection to the University Chancellor and all attending scholars. In 1290, Cambridge’s status was recognized by papal bull under Pope Nicholas IV, and the visitation of esteemed lecturers and researchers to the university had begun. In the sixteenth century Cambridge University played an important role in advancing Puritan and separatist principles.
Robert Browne, John Greenwood, Henry Barrowe, and the future Pilgrim leader William Brewster were educated there, as were other separatist leaders who would influence the theological, ecclesiastical, and political ideals of the . The atmosphere at Cambridge at this time was pro-Puritan and with a new spirit of reform.
The Colleges Cambridge’s colleges were originally an incidental feature of the university, and began as endowed fellowships of scholars. Institutions without endowments were known as "hostels." In 1284, Hugh Balsham, Bishop of Ely, founded Peterhouse, which would become the University of Cambridge’s first college.
Though the majority of colleges were founded between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, a number of colleges were established at much later dates. The university's Robinson College was established in the late 1970s. In their early existences, Cambridge colleges were founded so that their students were taught to pray for the souls of their founders. For this reason, many of Cambridge’s colleges were associated with chapels or . A change in the colleges’ focus would occur in 1536, with the dissolution of the monasteries.
ordered Cambridge University to disband its faculty of Canon Law and to cease the teaching of “scholastic philosophy.” In response, university colleges directed their curricula toward mathematics, the classics, and the Bible. Clare College (left) and King’s College Chapel (center), seen from The Backs Mathematics From the time of Sir in the late seventeenth century, until the middle of the nineteenth century, Cambridge University maintained a strong emphasis in the field of mathematics.
Study of this subject was compulsory for graduation, and students were required to take an examination, known as the "Tripos," to acquire a Bachelor of Arts degree. After completing the exam, students earning first-class honors were awarded the title of "wrangler." This exam has defined some of the most famous scholars in British mathematics, including , , and , though some accomplished students, such as Godfrey Harold Hardy, disliked the system and felt that people were too interested in accumulating high scores and not enough interested in the subject itself.
Although diversified in its research and teaching interests, Cambridge continues to maintain a strength in mathematics. The Isaac Newton Institute, a division of the university, is widely regarded as the United Kingdom’s most accredited research institute for mathematics and theoretical physics. Cambridge alumni have won eight Fields Medals and one Abel Prize in the field of mathematics. The university also awards a special Certificate of Advanced Studies in Mathematics to scholars of the highest achievement in this field.
Women’s Education Originally, only male students were admitted to the University of Cambridge. Girton College, founded by Emily Davies in 1869, was the first college to admit women. Newnham College followed in 1872. During the late nineteenth century, women were allowed to study courses, sit examinations, and have their results recorded, though they were refused the status of full university members.
In the twentieth century, women could be awarded a partial degree, known as a titular degree, but were excluded from the governing of the university. Attempts to make women full members of the university did not succeed until 1947. The integration of men’s colleges to include women occurred between 1960 and 1988, though the majority of women’s colleges held the view that until the gender ratio problem was completely solved, they would not reduce the number of women’s places available by admitting men to their colleges.
In the 2004 academic year, Cambridge University’s student gender ratio, which included post-graduates, was recorded at 52 percent male and 48 percent female. University Colleges View over Trinity College, Gonville and Caius College, Trinity Hall and Clare College towards King's College Chapel, seen from St John’s College chapel. On the left, just in front of Kings College chapel, is the University Senate House All students and many of the academics are attached to colleges, where they live, eat and socialise.
It is also the place where students receive small group teaching sessions, known as supervisions. Each college appoints its own teaching staff and fellows in each subject; decides which students to admit, in accordance with University regulations; provides small group teaching sessions, for undergraduates (though lectures are arranged and degrees are awarded by the university); and is responsible for the domestic arrangements and welfare of its own undergraduates, graduates, post-doctoral researchers, and staff in general.
A graduate remains a member of his or her college for life. The University of Cambridge is divided into thirty-one colleges, three of which, New Hall, Newnham College and Lucy Cavendish College, admit only women. The remaining 28 are co-educational, with Magdalene College being the last all-male college to admit women in 1988. Two colleges, Clare Hall and Darwin College, admit only postgraduates, while the following four admit mainly graduate students: Hughes Hall, Lucy Cavendish College, St.
Edmund's College, and Wolfson College. The other 25 colleges admit primarily undergraduate students, though allow for the admittance of some postgraduate students pursuing certain courses of study or research. Although some colleges emphasize the pursuit of a particular subject, such as Churchill College which has a formalized bias toward the sciences and , the majority of Cambridge’s colleges admit students studying a broad array of subjects.
This is deliberate as it means that students to meet, talk to and make friends with people from different disciplines thus broadening their education.
There are several historic colleges which no longer exist. King's Hall, founded in 1317, and Michaelhouse College combined in 1546 under of England to establish Trinity College, Cambridge's largest college. Gonville Hall, originally founded in 1348, was again re-founded in 1557 and renamed to Cambridge's Gonville and Caius College.
There are also several theological colleges in Cambridge, such as Westminster College and Ridley Hall, which are loosely affiliated with the university through the Cambridge Theological Federation. Research and Teaching Cambridge University includes research departments and teaching faculties in most academic disciplines. Though the University’s academic strength is often considered to lie within its sciences, Cambridge is also renowned for a number of humanities and faculties.
Academic staff, and some graduate students, prepare undergraduate students by both lecture and personal tutorials, where a strict teacher-student ratio of between one-to-one and one-to-three is maintained. This system is considered unique to the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, though similar practices of a different scale can be found worldwide. Though the colleges are responsible for student supervision, accommodations, and most extra-curricula activities, all academic research and lectures are conducted by university departments.
During the 1990s, Cambridge constructed a substantial number of new specialized research laboratories on several university sites around the city. Expansion of Cambridge University academic and extracurricular facilities is ongoing.
Admission When founded, undergraduate admission to the University of Cambridge relied on a knowledge of Latin and .
This often resulted in a student body that was predominantly drawn from members of the British social elite. In the 1960s, the university admission process began to change. Successful applicants were expected to achieve at least three top grade (A-grade) qualifications relevant to their chosen undergraduate course, or equivalent overseas qualifications.
College Fellows also began evaluating candidates on unexamined factors, such as potential for original thought, as expressed in extra-curricular activities, and interview preparedness. In addition to assessing the grades of a potential scholar, admission tutors in some mathematical fields require applicants to pass a series of challenging examinations, or STEP papers. For example, the College of Peterhouse requires a mastering of these examinations as well as top grades in the subjects of Mathematics and Further Mathematics in order to be considered for entry.
Between one-half and two-thirds of adequate applicants are offered admission. Public debate in the has often erupted over whether admissions processes at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge are entirely fair, whether enough students from state schools are encouraged to apply, and whether these students succeed in gaining entry.
Almost half of all admitted applicants come from private institutions that charge tuition fees. However, studies have shown that the average qualification for an admitted state school applicant is poorer than the average qualification of an admitted private school applicant. The lack of state school applicants to Cambridge and Oxford has had a negative impact on Oxbridge’s reputation. Subsequently, the universities have made efforts to redress the imbalance by encouraging pupils from state schools to apply.
Athletics and Other Extracurricular Activities Cambridge maintains a long tradition of student participation in athletics and recreation.
Rowing is a particularly popular sport at Cambridge, and races are often held between university colleges and . There are also Varsity matches against Oxford in a variety of contests ranging from and cricket, to chess and tiddlywinks.
The Cambridge Union serves as a forum for debate while university drama societies, which include the Amateur Dramatic Club and the comedy club, "Footlights," are renowned for producing accredited show business personalities.
Student newspapers include the long-established Varsity Newspaper and its younger rival, The Cambridge Student.
The student-run radio station, CUR1350, promotes . Traditions Academic Dress Academic dress worn for a graduation ceremony The University of Cambridge has a long tradition of academic dress, worn most often on formal occasions.
In their first week at Cambridge, many undergraduates will seek to buy or borrow a formal gown when officially enrolling, or matriculating, at the university. Those enrolled at the more traditional colleges most often choose to purchase a gown as the number of occasions on which it is worn quickly repays the investment.
Gowns are often "recycled" between generations, as graduate students seek to upgrade their gowns at the start of the academic year. Gowns are most often worn to Chapel and to "Formal Hall," a formal dinner held nightly in some colleges, or once a term in others. Various college events also demand academic dress. For example, the Trinity College statute prefers students to wear academic dress when appearing before senior members, or faculty, on particular occasions; such as appearing before a disciplinary committee.
Gowns are also worn, with a hood, to graduation ceremonies, though there exist rules regarding which type of gown or hood a graduating student should wear. However, the general extent to which formal dress applies varies greatly according to college, and some colleges have dispensed with it even for Formal Hall. When wearing academic dress, a person wears both the gown and the hood of the highest degree he or she has already received from the University of Cambridge.
Anyone who does not hold a Cambridge degree, such as an undergraduate student or graduate student of another university, wears a gown according to his or her status in Cambridge.
In addition, he or she wears the hood of the highest degree which he or she is to receive. The gowns used by Cambridge are divided into four groups: the undergraduate gown, the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) gown, the Master of Arts (M.A.) gown and the doctoral gown.
Hoods are worn on the back of the open-fronted gowns as an indicator of academic status and vary by color according to degree. A form of black cap known as a "mortarboard," or "square," may be worn or carried and is often a part of required dress for graduates. Student dress All undergraduate gowns resemble knee-length versions of the B.A.
gown, but many colleges at Cambridge have gowns that differ slightly from the main pattern. The standard gown is black, and most colleges' gowns include minor variations such as sleeve decoration. The most distinct differences are the blue color of the undergraduate gowns of Trinity and Caius and the blue facings of Selwyn. The two most common graduate gowns in Cambridge are the B.A. gown and the M.A.
gown. Like the , all undergraduates at Cambridge traditionally graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree after three years, though graduates can obtain a master's degree after a further year of study and graduate with both degrees at once.
Official dress The Chancellor University officials dressed for a degree (graduation) ceremony On ceremonial occasions, the Chancellor of the University wears a black silk gown with train, decorated by a gold lace. This gown is similar to that of the Lord Chancellor's. The Vice-Chancellor The Vice-Chancellor, when conferring degrees, wears a scarlet cope trimmed with white fur, as shown in the image.
Proctors The proctors of Cambridge University are formally responsible for the discipline of junior members of the university. In addition, they have various ceremonial and administrative roles, which, in practice, occupy the majority of their time. Historically, university proctors could be seen patrolling the campus after dark with the university , or bulldogs. Though this tradition has ceased, proctors maintain responsibility for disciplinary action throughout the Colleges.
On ceremonial occasions, Proctors wear the academic dress of a Master of Arts adorned with a distinctive ruff at the neckline, while proctor constables wear top hats and cloaks. Other officials Other officials, such as the Esquire Bedell or Orator, wear the academic dress appropriate to their degree during ceremonial occasions.
A formal dinner at St Johns College, Cambridge. Formal Hall Formal Hall, or formal dinner, involves dining in the collegiate manner served by servants, whilst wearing academic dress, and is typically lit by candles. It is normally preceded (and sometimes followed) by a Grace, which in older institutions may often be in Latin and is frequently peculiar to the institution in question. There may be one or more after dinner speakers at the end of the dinner or even between courses if it is a special occasion.
Wooden spoon A discontinued tradition is that of the wooden spoon, a "prize" awarded to the student with the lowest passing grade in the final examinations of the Mathematical Tripos. The spoon was over one meter in length and had an oar blade as a handle. The last of these "spoons" was awarded in 1909 to Cuthbert Lempriere Holthouse, an oarsman of the Lady Margaret Boat Club of St John’s College. After 1909, Tripos results were listed alphabetically rather than by score.
This made it difficult to determine the winner of the wooden spoon and the practice was abandoned. Myths and Legends There are a number of popular associated with the University of Cambridge and its history. The Mathematical Bridge over the river Cam (at Queens' College) A famous myth relates to the Queens’ College Mathematical Bridge. Rumored to have been constructed by Sir , the reportedly held itself together without any bolts or screws.
Legend has it that inquisitive students took the bridge apart and were unable to reassemble it without bolts. Though the bridge was erected 22 years after Newton’s death, this myth may have arisen from the fact that an early construction of the bridge used inconspicuous iron fastenings, whereas later designs used more visible nuts and bolts.
Another famous myth involves the Clare Bridge of Clare College, which is intricately adorned with spherical stone ornaments. One of these ornaments has a quarter sphere wedge removed from its back. Legend has it that the college was dissatisfied with the construction of the bridge and refused to pay its builder in full.
The builder took revenge and committed this small act of petty vandalism. Though lacking evidence, this legend is widely accepted and is commonly mentioned during campus tours encompassing the bridge. Endowment In 2005, Cambridge University’s total endowment was estimated at £3.1 billion, arguably the highest endowment in Europe, exceeding even that of , whose endowment was estimated between £2.4 billion and £2.9 billion at the time.
Subsequently, the share of Cambridge’s endowment directly tied to the university itself is believed to exceed more than £1 billion, though Cambridge continues to rely, in large, upon government funding. In comparison with universities, the University of Cambridge’s estimated endowment ranks between sixth and seventh highest on an international scale.
Miscellaneous St Johns College New Court and Chapel seen from The Backs Building on its reputation for enterprise, science, and , the University of Cambridge has developed a partnership with the United States' to create the Cambridge-MIT Institute. In 2000, Bill Gates of Microsoft donated an estimated US $210 million through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to endow a number of Gates Scholarships for students outside of the seeking postgraduate study at Cambridge.
The University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, which offered the world’s first computing course in 1953, is housed in a building partly funded by Gates and named in honor of his grandfather, William.
In 1636, , the United States’ first institute of higher education, was founded in the town of Newtowne, Massachusetts. In efforts to promote its reputation as an academic center, the town would adopt the new name of Cambridge in 1638. Harvard’s first president, Henry Dunster, first benefactor John Harvard, and first schoolmaster Nathaniel Eaton, were all Cambridge University alumni, as was the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, John Winthrop.
Each Christmas Eve, the televises "The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols" by the Choir of the King’s College Chapel. This has been a national tradition, since its first transmission in 1928. Student Organizations • Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club • Cambridge Apostles • Cambridge Student Liberal Democrats • The Cambridge Union Society • Cambridge University Association Football League • Cambridge University Conservative Association • Cambridge University Cricket Club • Cambridge University Labour Club • Cambridge University Rugby Union Football Club • Cambridge University Student Alliances • Cambridge University Student Radio Station CUR1350 • The Varsity Newspaper • The Cambridge Student Newspaper Selected Notable Members • Douglas Adams (St John’s) • (Trinity, Peterhouse) • Sir (Trinity) • Sir (Trinity) • (Fitzwilliam) • (Trinity) • (Gonville & Caius) • Charles, Prince of Wales (Trinity) • John Cleese (Downing) • (Jesus) • Francis Crick (Gonville & Caius) • (Sidney Sussex) • (Christ’s) • (St John’s) • Desiderius Erasmus (Queens’) • Rosalind Franklin (Newnham) • (Newnham) • (Gonville & Caius) • (Trinity Hall, Gonville & Caius) • (Pembroke) • Allama (Trinity) • Jinyong (Louis Cha) (St John’s) • (Peterhouse) • (King’s) • (Clare Hall) • (Magdalene) • (Corpus Christi) • (Peterhouse, Trinity) • Ian McKellen (St Catharine’s) • (Trinity) • (Christ’s) • (Trinity) • (Trinity) • (Trinity) • (Newnham) • (King’s) • (Trinity) • (Trinity) • Fred Sanger (St John’s) • (Clare) • Simon Schama (Christ’s) • Amartya Sen (Trinity) • Manmohan Singh (St.
John’s) • (Trinity) • (Trinity) • Emma Thompson (Newnham) • (King’s) • James D. Watson (Clare) • (St John’s) • Maurice Wilkins (St John’s) • (Trinity) • (St John’s) Organizations and Institutions Associated with the University • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Notes • .
ARWU 2007, accessdate 2007-10-09 • The Times Higher Education Supplement (Requires subscription and log-in) . accessdate 2007-10-09 • Cambridge ranked third, behind Harvard and MIT. • Cambridge ranked second, behind Harvard. • • The University of Chicago has the second most with 78 (30 of which were won by former students).
References • Deacon, Richard. The Cambridge Apostles: A History of Cambridge University’s Elite Intellectual Secret Society. by Cassell, 1985. . • Leedham-Green, Elisabeth. A Concise History of the University of Cambridge. Cambridge University Press, 1996. . • Smith, J., and C. Stray, (eds). Teaching and Learning in 19th century Cambridge.
Boydell Press, 2001 . • Willis, Robert. John Willis Clark (ed.). The Architectural History of the University of Cambridge and of the Colleges of Cambridge and Eton. Three volume set. Cambridge University Press, 1988.
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If you’re planning on attending the University of Cambridge and trying to narrow down which college you’d like to apply to, then, unfortunately, this article won’t help.
My opinion of the best Cambridge colleges to visit is based purely on their idyllic gardens and impressive architecture, not academic specialties or prestige (though attending a pretty college certainly couldn’t hurt).
There are 31 colleges that make up the University of Cambridge, each with separate grounds including gardens, dormitories, chapels, dining halls, and classrooms. We’ve been lucky enough to live right near Cambridge city center for almost a year as Aaron is currently a graduate student at Jesus College (one of the many perks of Jesus College, if you are trying to pick a college 😉 ).
This made it fairly easy to explore the centrally located colleges often, and over the course of the year, we’ve visited all 31 colleges of Cambridge University. Whether you’re visiting Cambridge on a day trip from London, or you’ve decided to spend a few days in one of England’s finest historic university towns, the best thing to do is to step off the crowded streets of Trumpington and King’s Parade, and into college grounds. These places feel like a sanctuary from the outside world.
It’s easy to get transported into another time, with ivy-covered towers built hundreds of years ago, porters manning the gates, green lawns that are not to be crossed, and students stepping out in their black academic gowns for formal dinners.
A visit to any of the colleges of the University of Cambridge is worthwhile. Most visitors stop by King’s College, Trinity College, and St. John’s College. These are some of the oldest, richest and most prestigious colleges of Cambridge University.
While I would definitely include these on your list of places to visit in Cambridge, see below for my list of the best colleges in Cambridge to visit.
In addition, I’ve included a map at the end of this post with each of these 5 colleges, as well as my favorite Cambridge cafés and restaurants along the way. Punts on the River Cam How to get to Cambridge, England First off, make sure you’re searching for the right Cambridge, not the second (lesser) Cambridge in Massachusetts with that other university. Cambridge is easily accessible by car, coach or train. Any of these can be good options, depending on where you’re coming from.
From London: If you are traveling by car, hop on the M11 motorway and you’ll be in Cambridge in about an hour and a half. Trains leave from London King’s Cross and London Liverpool Street for Cambridge frequently and typically take between one and one and a half hours for the journey. Check train times or purchase advance tickets at . From Stansted Airport: We’ve made probably twenty journeys between Cambridge and Stansted Airport as Stansted is the most convenient airport to Cambridge.
Trains take between 30 minutes and an hour, depending on if the route requires a change of trains. Check train times and purchase advance tickets at . From Heathrow or Gatwick Airport: If you fly into either of these larger, international airports, the train journey will require that you first go into central London to change trains and head north to Cambridge.
The journey from both takes about two hours. From Heathrow, you’ll have to change trains at least once, and most likely twice from Gatwick. When we flew in and out of these larger airports, we opted for the convenience of the . Yes, the travel time is longer, but once you find your comfy set on the bus at the airport bus station, you won’t have to worry about overcrowded trains or hauling your luggage around when changing trains.
Plus, the bus stop at Parker’s Piece is much closer to the city center, compared to the train station which is about a mile out of town. The journey on the National Express takes 2-3 hours and costs around £30.
From Gatwick, the trip takes 3 to 4 hours and costs about £21. Where to Stay in Cambridge Cambridge is very bicycle and pedestrian-friendly. Add the fact that parking in city center is outrageously expensive and almost every street is one-way, it’s best to ditch the car and stay as close to the center of town as possible.
There aren’t a lot of options as most of the city center is either college grounds, college housing, or shopping, but there are a few spots where you can book a comfortable room. If you do end up booking a bit out of city center, rent a bike or use the bus. The four-star Hilton Cambridge City Centre next to the Grand Arcade is the most centrally located hotel.
Its interior is refreshing and modern, with suites that can accommodate up to four people. Book this hotel as soon as possible as it often does sell out. Enjoy the idyllic English countryside only a few blocks away at the DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge City Centre, situated right on the River Cam on Granta Place. If you luck out with a western-facing room, you can watch inexperienced punters (like myself) play bumper boats or get caught in an unintentional game of chicken as they try to navigate the crowded river.
1 Jesus College The first on my list of the best Cambridge colleges to visit is Jesus College, and it’s probably not coincidental that this is Aaron’s college. We live in a student flat just across the street and around the corner from The Chimney, the college entrance pictured below. But even if we didn’t live so close by, I think it’s gardens and buildings are easily some of the most beautiful in the city of Cambridge.
The Chimney at Jesus College Jesus College is technically a nickname. The official name is The College of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint John the Evangelist and the glorious Virgin Saint Radegund, near Cambridge. I’ve never once heard anyone call it that as it’s quite a tongue twister. Its common name comes from its chapel, Jesus Chapel. Jesus College was founded in 1496 by John Alcock, Bishop of Ely, on the grounds of a 12th century Benedictine nunnery.
For that reason, the college still has a monastic feel. The original buildings are at the center of the college, including the chapel, which is the university’s oldest building still in use. The symbol of the college, the cockerel, is derived from the founder’s name and is found all throughout the college. Jesus College has the benefit of being a few streets out from the center of town. While it only takes me five minutes to get to Cambridge’s market square, I’ve never been whacked by a tourist’s selfie stick when stepping out of our flat and hardly notice anyone venturing down the Chimney (the long entrance to the college).
It seems most share the opinion of Queen Elizabeth who also did not venture out to Jesus during her visit in 1564 as she felt ” it stood far out of the way.” Jesus has some of the largest grounds, which include one of the most pristine football pitches you’ll ever set foot on, grass tennis courts, and a nature walk.
The college is home to an impressive collection of sculptures, placed all over the grounds. Upon entering the main gate, you’re greeted by Barry Flanagan’s Bronze Horse in First Court. See the to see if you can spot the 15 other sculptures when you visit. 2 Pembroke Pembroke is on Trumpington, Cambridge’s main thoroughfare, but still seems removed from the busy town. The college was founded in 1347, and is the third oldest college of Cambridge University. When walking off the street and into the grounds, you pass through the oldest Gatehouse in Cambridge, dating from the 14th century.
The college chapel is one of the most beautiful buildings in the town and holds a series of important firsts: consecrated in 1665, it’s the first chapel built specifically for a college; it’s Sir Christopher Wren’s first architectural project, and it’s the first English chapel in the Classical style.
The new library built in 1875 and designed by architect Alfred Waterhouse also stands out as one of my favorite buildings in town. If you’re visiting Cambridge in the spring, Pembroke has a large fence wrapped by wisteria vines, perfect for those #wisteriahysteria Instagram posts. The somewhat wild area located near the center of the campus known as “The Orchard” is also a pretty part of the garden to visit.
3 Selwyn Selwyn is across town and on the other side of the River Cam from where we live at Jesus, but it’s spring gardens are too beautiful to miss. The benefit of all of the rain in England: the gardens are beyond compare. To compensate for the gloomy weather and constant postponement of warmer weather, January through June is a domino burst and bloom of flowers and color.
If there’s any time to visit Cambridge, it’s spring, and if there is any time to visit Selwyn, it’s mid-April. After enjoying the colorful tulips and dozens of other flowers in the main court and gardens, head to the north side of the campus for “Cherry Tree Avenue,” a long walk flanked by Purnus TaiHaku trees in full bloom. These blooms fade fast, so even if you miss them, the rest of the grounds still make Selwyn one of the best Cambridge colleges to visit.
Cherry Tree Avenue in full bloom at Selwyn 4 Gonville and Caius Simply known as Caius (and pronounced “keys”), this is the fourth oldest college. There seems to be a correlation between oldest colleges and the ones that have ended up on this list of the best Cambridge colleges to visit. Gonville and Caius is right in city center, though it doesn’t have near as many tourists as King’s clambering at the gate. The exterior facing out towards King’s Parade is one of my favorites.
During the Cambridge , when the town glows with colorful light displays, this side looks like an eerie fairytale castle lit up with pinks and purples and blues. Thirteen Nobel prize winners hail from Caius, and Stephen Hawking is a current fellow. I was hoping some of the genius might rub off by spending some time in the gardens, but unfortunately, I haven’t had any eureka moments since.
Walking down Senate House Passage, with the Senate House on one side and Caius on the other, you’ll pass the college’s Gate of Honour crowned with a sundial. It looks ancient but was actually created in the 1960s as part of the 400th year anniversary restoration project for the college. 5 Sidney Sussex I had a hard time picking my fifth favorite Cambridge college to visit.
Every time I stopped by a new college, it would become “one of my favorites.” Almost all of the colleges have something I love, but in the end, Sidney Sussex felt fitting as our back window looks out onto the treetops of Sidney’s college garden. It took me far too long to actually see what else was behind the tall brick fence and realize all that I’d been missing.
Sidney has wisteria vines climbing fences, a long set of arches lining the walkway in Cloister Court, and the skull of its former student, Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England, buried under the ante-chapel (though you obviously can’t see it, it’s still interesting knowing it’s there).
That’s the beauty and mystery of Cambridge; what seems like just a small space between the fence and the street reveals itself to be an impossibly green and tranquil sanctuary with history to discover, something that feels both miles and centuries away from the busy road on just the other side.
Kelly Barcus February 11, 2017 at 12:29 pm Hey Katie, thanks for stopping by! We lived there, so these pictures are throughout the year, but mostly in spring.
Flowers bloom starting in late winter through the spring, so it just depends on which ones you want to see. The pictures from Selwyn (tulips and cherry blossoms ) are mid-April, and the roses and wisteria at Jesus and Sidney Sussex are from later in May. Hope you have a great visit to Cambridge! • April 11, 2018 at 6:18 am Hi Kelly, I’ve just come across your website and I love your posts about Cambridge and the UK! What a shame I didn’t know about your blog earlier, we could have met up in Cambridge and exchange blogging ideas.
🙂 I’m also writing about life in the UK on my website and I’m still working on visiting all 31 colleges. It’s really encouraging to see that you can still go on little trips with a baby. I’m expecting a little boy end of May!
• Kelly Barcus April 17, 2018 at 3:21 pm Thank you, Lena! That would’ve been so fun! I just started my blog a few months before we left Cambridge. Good luck visiting all the colleges; some of my visits were quicker than others. I always wish I had more time to really sit and enjoy each place.
Congratulations on your baby boy, that’s so exciting! •
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