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Cambridge City Guide

Population: 125,000
Language Spoken: English
Currency Used: £ Sterling
Emergency Contact Number: 999
Country Calling Code: 0044
Time Zone: GMT
Student Population: 25,000

Cambridge is situated in East Anglia, in south-east England, approximately 50 miles north of London. The city has a population of 125,000, and is best known for The University of Cambridge, which is consistantly considered to be one of the top universities in the world. Today, the city is a thriving centre of technology within the UK.

As Cambridge Airport is very small, international students will have better options flying into either Heathrow Airport (LHR) or Gatwick Airport (LGW). Both airports welcome daily domestic, European and International flights, with regular bus services connecting both airports with the centre of Cambridge. If you are travelling as a small group you may also consider booking one of the local taxi companies. If you are connecting with Cambridge by bus or train, both the railway and bus stations are located in the city centre. Numerous buses and trains run to and from London and Birmingham.

Public transport in Cambridge and the surrounding area consists of a fairly extensive bus network. The main provider is Stagecoach. If you have luggage, shopping or are returning home late at night, we recommend calling one of the local taxi companies. The city is mostly flat, making it very cycle-friendly, so most student walk or cycle. 

For short term accommodation, use one of the city's quality hostels. For longer term student accommodation, check out our dedicated section for student accommodation in Cambridge.

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Cambridge is one of the most visited cities in England and has plenty to see and do. The city has a number of interesting museums including, the Fitzwilliam Museum, the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, and the Museum of Technology. Enjoy a performance at the ADC Theatre, or enjoy a fun day out at the Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park. If you are a sports fan, there is 'Conference Premier' football at the Abbey Stadium, and for the more energetic, soak up the local atmosphere with a run or a cycle through the streets and parks of the city. We highly recommend going 'punting' on the River Cam!

The main shopping streets in Cambridge are located in the city centre and include, High Street, St Clements and Cowley Road. These are all located in the city centre and offer a mixture of high street chains, department stores and independent shops. Shopping malls located in the city centre include, the Grafton Shopping Centre and the Grand Arcade. Cambridge is also home to a number of markets, including the 'Cambridge Market', which is held daily, Monday to Saturday, from 10am–4pm. You will find it on Market Square in the city centre.

Cambridge is home to several universities and colleges. These include, the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University. For information on studying at any of these, please visit the university section of the website. 

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