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A students guide to Cambridge


Cambridge is a sophisticated student city with a number of beautiful attractions and a long & exciting list of things to see and do; making it the perfect location for relaxed and enjoyable student living.

Many students will be heading to Cambridge for the very first time this year, and won’t be familiar with the city. We’ve put together this student city guide to Cambridge to help you learn about some of the cities hotspots, and make the most out of your time in Cambridge.

Things To Do

Cambridge is a beautiful city offering a wide variety of things to see and do including museums and iconic attractions of the city, as well as outdoor activities and a whole lot more. Whether you’re looking for the ideal site for a scenic walk or the perfect spot to watch some sports, with the right knowledge you’ll find everything you need in Cambridge.


Cambridge boasts the country’s highest count of museums and art galleries outside of London, so you’ll be spoilt for choice when you stay in this wonderful city.

The Fitzwilliam museum is one of the most notable museums in Cambridge. It’s located in the heart of the city, and its extravagant design makes it a staple piece of Cambridge’s cityscape. The Fitzwilliam museum homes more than half a million artworks and presents history as far back as 2500BC, making it an interesting place to spend a day learning and relaxing.

Cambridge is also home to two brilliant university museums, showcasing zoology, archaeology and anthropology, and dotted around the city you’ll find a multitude of historical buildings to explore including the 17th century folk museum, the polar museum and more.


If it is galleries you’re interested in, you’ll be pleased with the selection of classic and contemporary galleries available to visit in Cambridge. This beautiful city homes an array of art galleries, including contemporary displays like the Ruskin Gallery, classic exhibitions like the Kettle’s Yard gallery and the New Hall art exhibition; showcasing women’s contemporary art from around the world. 

The Outdoors

There’s plenty of opportunity for adventure in the outdoors in Cambridge. The area surrounding the city centre provides the ideal setting for countryside adventures. Cambridge has acres of lush green parks for you to relax in, as well as a number of nature reserves and other greenlands to enjoy a few tranquil walks.

Trumpington Meadows and Beechwoods nature reserve are some of the most notable nature reserves situated around Cambridge, and if you’re looking for something a little closer to the heart of the city, check out the LNR nature reserve, or Cambridge university’s botanical gardens!

Iconic Attractions

It’s always fun to explore a city’s iconic attractions when you have the opportunity. Cambridge is home to a multitude of iconic attractions, including Kings College & Kings College Chapel; two wonderful historic buildings of heritage dating back to the early 1200s, and – as Cambridge lays upon the River Cam – the city has a number of iconic bridges, including the Mathematical bridge, the bridge of sighs and Clare Bridge just to name a few.

Places To Shop

Cambridge is better known for its beauty and extravagance than its shopping opportunities, but it certainly has a great selection of places for you to shop, ranging from shopping centres to independent stores and bustling high streets.

The Grand Arcade

The Grand Arcade, situated in the heart of the city, is Cambridge’s leading shopping destination. This award-winning shopping centre houses a collection of 60 premium retail stores, as well as a choice of restaurants, cafes and coffee stores; perfect for when you’re fancying some refreshments.

Lion Yard Shopping Centre

Lion Yard shopping centre is a modern shopping centre featuring more than 40 stores over two storeys. This stylish shopping centre includes jewellery stores, clothing outlets, gift stores, eateries and more, and is located centrally in the city, not too far from Study Inn’s Cambridge student accommodation!

The Grafton

The Grafton is another wonderful shopping centre in Cambridge, just a ten minute walk from the heart of the city. This brilliant shopping centre features over 60 stores, a variety of eateries and even a VUE cinema, so you know there’s plenty to do here if you’re looking for a day out close to your accommodation.

Shopping Around The City

Cambridge’s shopping opportunities don’t stop at shopping centres, taking a walk around the bustling city will present you with a seemingly endless supply of independent stores, high street retailers and more. The city also homes a market in the cobbled traditional market square 7-days a week – great to explore if you’re out on a stroll in town.

Food & Drink

Cambridge has no shortage of great places to grab a bite to eat. With a variety of restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars to choose from, you’ll be sure to find something that suits your tastes.

Pubs & Bars

There are lots of pubs and bars around the city, providing the perfect setting for some wonderful evenings out with friends. Some of the most notable pubs and bars in Cambridge are The Mill – a homely retro-chic pub overlooking the Cam river, The Cambridge Brewhouse – a welcoming pub in the heart of bustling Cambridge, and The Pint Shop – a cosy pub offering traditional British pub food and a selection of craft ales and beers.

There are plenty more pubs in and around Cambridge, ideal for entertaining nights out with friends!

Restaurants & Café’s

Cambridge has an endless selection of restaurants and cafes for every taste and every budget, so when you’re staying in the city you can take yourself on a delectable tour of the eateries available, and experience the many tastes that Cambridge’s restaurants have to offer.

Situated on Trinity Street amongst some of the city’s most famous landmarks is The Ivy Cambridge Brasserie – an elegant restaurant with an extensive food menu and bar. Nearby you’ll also find the TABANCO restaurant, offering exotic Spanish & Portuguese cuisine, as well as a ripe selection of Italian, American, Indian and Vietnamese restaurants just to name a few!

For a lighter bite to eat visit one Cambridge’s delightful café’s, we recommend checking out The Urban Shed – a café offering a range of affordably priced tasty foods, with vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan options available, Aromi – a small Italian café and the Bould Brothers café –a cosy British café perfect to pop into for a coffee or a bite to eat!

Book Your Place At Study Inn Cambridge

Interested in studying at university in Cambridge? If you are looking for a place to stay throughout your time as a student, there’s no better place to reside than our Cambridge student housing.

Find out all about our University of Cambridge accommodation centre today, or contact us on +44 2476 239 349 to find the answers to all of your questions.

Don’t miss out; book your place at Study Inn Cambridge today!

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