Living in Cambridge

Cambridge has the great advantages of being small, cosmopolitan and extremely beautiful. It is lively and ‘student-friendly’ with all the buzz of a thriving city and all the benefits of a rural location.

Facilities to support learning are understandably superb, with the whole community benefiting from the heritage and global significance of the University of Cambridge. A history of over 800 years of learning has created an environment where the opportunities to learn are prodigious. There are museums and galleries, meetings and talks, presentations and debates … so many activities in which you can take part.

If you want to get a taste of study in the city that represents the heights of academia, CCSS will introduce you to amazing opportunities and encourage you to make the most of them.


The city has combined its tradition of scholarship with its new reputation as an internationally acknowledged centre of excellence for technology and science. The continuing “Cambridge Phenonema” is apparent at every turn, with Microsoft, GSK and AstraZeneca establishing their research centres in the technical hub of our city.

Resultant growth in business and commerce is apparent and the learning in this sector continues to evolve, led on many fronts by the Judge Business School, just two minutes’ walk around the corner from CCSS.

The thriving business and education environment have resulted in Cambridge now boasting excellent theatre, cinema, concerts, exhibitions, shops (especially bookshops), restaurants, cafés and sports facilities. The University of Cambridge and its colleges and Anglia Ruskin University have played a large part in promoting social development to match the area’s economic growth.

Cambridge is a compact city and central accommodation is highly prized. All CCSS student residences are located right in the heart of town, making them very popular, with so many attractive features of the city being easily accessible by bike, or on foot.

Cambridge is a diverse and tolerant place, respecting cultures, nationalities and religions, and you will find CCSS reflects the tolerance and diversity which makes Cambridge so special as well as the ambition and innovation that has led to our city’s global reputation.