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A Snapshot into.. Cambridge

  • February 25, 2020

Cambridge is a city on the River Cam, located in Eastern England, most famously known for being the home to the prestigious University of Cambridge. The city is the perfect place for culture, adventure and family fun. Cambridge has a population of 123,900, making it the second largest city in Cambridgeshire.  While Cambridge is most known to the world for the university, it is also home to three highly reputable NHS Trusts and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, one of the world's largest biomedical research centers.

Facts About Cambridge

  • People associated with Cambridge University have won 89 Nobel Prizes, with 29 of those being in physics
  • Football as we know it today has its origins in Cambridge. The first official game using the ‘Cambridge Rules’ was played on Parker’s Piece in 1848 – this formed the basis of the Football Association’s rules drawn up in 1863.
  • Cambridge is the centre for the technology industry in the UK with up to 3,000 tech and science businesses based here.
  • The university library has over 29 million books and receives a free copy of every book published in the UK.
  • Cambridge has been the backdrop for a number of famous films including: The Theory of Everything, with Eddie Redmayne as renowned physicist Stephen Hawking; and Sylvia, which tells the story of poets and Cambridge students Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes.



Cost of Living in Cambridge

Cost of Renting Accommodation per month

One-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


One-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre




1ltr Petrol


One-Way Public Transport Ticket


Monthly Public Transport Ticket


1km Taxi Journey



Meal out for two in a local pub


Meal out for two in a mid-range restaurant, 3 courses


Cinema tickets for two people


One-month gym membership


Tennis court rental for 1 hour on the weekend


Beer 0.5ltr bottle


Coke/Pepsi 0.33ltr bottle




Time it Takes to Travel by Train from Cambridge to Cities in the UK


Time it Takes to Travel


48 Minutes


2 Hours 54 Minutes


3 Hours 23 Minutes


3 Hours 13 Minutes


3 Hours 31 Minutes


2 Hours 37 Minutes


4 Hours 2 Minutes


5 Hours 13 Minutes

Education in Cambridge

Within Cambridgeshire there are 253 Primary Schools and a further 83 Secondary Schools, with the majority of which being rated ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’ by Ofsted. Cambridgeshire County Council shares with schools a vision for learning that is ambitious, innovative and collaborative, supports all children, excites and stimulates, giving life long learning and providing stimulating and rewarding jobs for all those who work and volunteer in learning.

As of 2019, Cambridge is the top-ranked university in the United Kingdom according to all major league tables. Located in the center of the ancient city of Cambridge, 50 miles north of London, the University of Cambridge is a collegiate public research institution that serves more than 18,000 students from all corners of the globe. The University consists of Six academic schools – Arts and Humanities, Biological Sciences, Clinical Medicine, Humanities and Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Technology .

Things to do in Cambridge

Punting Tours

A punt is a flat-bottomed boat with a square-cut bow, designed for use in small rivers or other shallow water. The national pastime of Cambridge and one of the best ways to see the city. Punting Tours are popular ways to enjoy learning about Cambridge’s history and pass by top sights such as Kings College.

Botanic Gardens

Cambridge’s botanic gardens are an Arcadian paradise hidden behind a fairly nondescript entrance at the station end of town. The Garden is home to over 8,000 plant species, including 9 National Collections and a wonderful arboretum. Explorer trails and guided tours are available.

The Fitzwilliam Museum

The Fitzwilliam Museum is Cambridge’s first-rate art and antiquities museum where you can marvel at objects from around the world. The museum itself is free entry and houses vast collections of antiquities from ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, including exhibits of English and European pottery and glass, furniture, clocks and ceramics from Japan and Korea.

The Cambridge Gin Laboratory

Cambridge Gin Laboratory is an interactive space in the heart of Cambridge, dedicated to the appreciation of gin! Owned and operated by the world famous Cambridge Distillery, the Gin Lab contains a beautifully well-appointed classroom, shop, tasting lounge and private hire room.

Kings College Chapel

The stunning gothic chapel that dominates the centre of Cambridge. It’s a must-visit, even if church-spotting isn’t your sport. The English Gothic structure was built between 1446 and 1515, and is the site where many great scholars were educated.

Relocation to Cambridge

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Time Out Cambridge. (2020). The 12 best things to do in Cambridge right now. [online] Available at: [Accessed 29 Jan. 2020].


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