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Cambridge city guide: student life

Cambridge is the UK’s foremost university city, a place globally-renowned for its historic colleges, beautiful architecture and rich academic traditions. Those fortunate enough to study here will enjoy a diverse and welcoming student community.

aparto student accommodation the Cam Foundry, on Mill Road, is home to a buzzing student community. Mill Road is one of Cambridge’s most popular and cosmopolitan streets, running from the city centre to the affluent suburb of Cherry Hinton. It’s famous for its independent cafes and shops, international eateries and string of bars and pubs – making it one of the most desirable student areas of the city.


Bars and clubs

Whether you’re after a candlelit pub full of fellow thirsty scholars or a club where the party continues into the small hours, Cambridge boasts a varied and vibrant nightlife.

The historic Free Press pub - should be your first port of call on a pub crawl of the city’s historic taverns, before moving on to The Eagle, The Flying Pig, The Cambridge Blue or The Pint Shop.

The Royal Standard Pub - a unique Flemish-style pub serving a range of craft beers and Belgian-inspired food.

Hidden Rooms – if you’re feeling fancy and want something a bit more upmarket, head to the Hidden Rooms.

La Raza – a great tapas restaurant, cocktail bar, plus music venue. Night sorted. 

If the night proves young and the pubs are closing, make your way to one of Cambridge’s many nightclubs. Lola Lo has a great cocktail menu as well as a rooftop bar, while the Fez Club plays the latest underground music in a laidback setting.


Sport, Leisure and Fitness

From team sport to keep fit, Cambridge has all the amenities you need to stay active during your tenure at university – including a massive choice of facilities on the campuses themselves. The Cam Foundry itself is close to a wide range of leisure facilities, from Parkside Indoor Swimming Baths to David Lloyd Cambridge, in nearby Cherry Hinton.

Keen runners who prefer the park to the street are also well catered for, with the Romsey Recreation Ground, Coleridge Recreation Ground and Parker’s Piece providing plenty of space to pound the pavement. The Cambridge University Botanic Garden is also just a short walk from The Cam Foundry, and is the ideal place to practice yoga or tai chi in the summer months.



From student-friendly gastro pubs to premier restaurants, Cambridge offers a great variety of eateries to suit all budgets.

Norfolk Street Bakery - for a midday break from the library, try the Portuguese inspired sandwiches which are truly next-level.

Hot Numbers - a great independent coffee shop and a student favourite.

The Sea Tree - their ‘alternative fish and chips’ makes for a mouth-watering and affordable (£5.55) midweek supper.



Tear yourself away from academia for the day, and Cambridge provides a wealth of things to see and do – including the iconic student pastime of punting on the Cam. If history is your thing, spend an hour or two exploring the artefacts of the prestigious Fitzwilliam Museum, or head to Ely Cathedral for some of England’s finest Norman-age stained glass. Cambridge boasts an excellent selection of theatres and cinemas, and we’d definitely recommend the ADC Theatre, one of the city’s oldest and most intimate venues.

If gigs are your thing, the legendary Cambridge Junction always boasts a great line-up of acts, while the historic Portland Arms puts on great folk nights in its 1930s-era music room. The city also hosts a vast array of festivals throughout the year, ranging from comedy to food and drink, so keep an eye out of upcoming events on the Visit Cambridge website.

Few cities in the world offer a more rewarding student experience than Cambridge. From its student-friendly pubs, and of course the picnic-ready banks of the Cam – Cambridge provides an unrivalled place to live and study. Join our buzzing student community at The Cam Foundry student accommodation.