Globally recognised for its high quality of teaching and research, as well its impressive roster of alumni, the University of Cambridge shines as one of the most prestigious higher educational establishments in the world. With the tourism industry of Cambridge centring on its famous university buildings, you’ll find Premier Inn hotels near Cambridge University, whether you’re visiting as a potential student, or staying nearby to visit.
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About Cambridge University
Is Cambridge a good university?
The University of Cambridge is indeed a good university; in fact, it’s the second best university in the UK and third best in the world, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings in 2020. There are notoriously high standards to get accepted and competition is high for places.
What is Cambridge University famous for?
As part of Oxbridge, the University of Cambridge is world-renowned as one of the world’s top universities. The beautiful architecture of the colleges resemble a 15th century castle, and the university still holds many old fashioned traditions in place, such as formals and the wearing of academic gowns. Famous alumni include Sir Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking, Prince Charles and actors and celebrities such as Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, Helena Bonham Carter and Sir Ian McKellan.
Do Cambridge students have fun?
Whilst the standards are famously very high at the university, the city of Cambridge offers plenty for local students to enjoy when it comes to having fun. During the daytime there are many gorgeous parks to relax in, the river is perfect for punting and there’s all kind of shopping, from high street favourites to artisan boutiques, available throughout the city. From live music venues to theatres, with a wide range of pubs, bars and clubs for enjoying the city’s nightlife, there’s plenty to do to stay entertained when taking a well-earned break from studying.
Find out more about the city with our Things to do in Cambridge guide.
Is Cambridge safe for students?
Each of the colleges at the University of Cambridge have their own porters and security, so the campus areas are completely safe for students. As with any city, there are safer (and as a result, slightly less-safe) areas but in general it’s a small, friendly place where the biggest issue you’re likely to face is bike theft – keep your bicycle carefully stored or use a decent lock and that shouldn’t be too much of a problem either.
Open Days at the University of Cambridge
What can you expect at a Cambridge University open day?
The University of Cambridge runs open days to allow prospective students a chance to see the accommodation and facilities, explore the campus and speak with current students and academic staff. It’s an excellent way to gain insight into what it’s like to study at the university. When in-person open days are not possible, the university has run virtual open days with live online Q&A sessions, a virtual tour and pre-recorded sessions about the departments, application, finances and student life.
Do you have to book open days at the University of Cambridge?
Yes, you need to book for both live and virtual open days.
How often does the University of Cambridge have open days?
The University of Cambridge usually runs two open days in July and two in September. Dates can change, so please check the uni website to make sure you’re booked in.
Getting to Cambridge University
How far is University of Cambridge from the train station?
The university is about 1.5 miles from Cambridge railway station, taking around half an hour to walk or about 5 minutes by taxi.
How far is University of Cambridge from the nearest Premier Inn hotel?
There’s a variety of Premier Inn hotels available within easy reach of the University of Cambridge, with our Cambridge City East and Cambridge North (Girton) hotels both just 1.6 miles away.