Living in Cambridge

There is nowhere more pleasant and invigorating to study than Cambridge: steeped in tradition, quintessentially British and yet bursting with innovation and creativity.

With nearly 40 years’ experience, CCSS ensures that students are supported in their studies and introduced to the culture, heritage and full experience of life in Cambridge. Living in the heart of the city, yet close to rolling countryside and only 50 minutes from the centre of London, provides unparalleled opportunity for ambitious students.


Renowned Student City

Stepping out of the college buildings, our students find themselves in the centre of one of the most renowned student cities in Europe. Our day and residential students all value our location, a stimulating but safe city where there is always an opportunity to extend learning.
Facilities to support study 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 opportunities are prodigious. There are museums and galleries, meetings and talks, presentations and debates – so many activities in which you can take part.

The University of Cambridge and its colleges, teaching spaces and residences are all close by and the combined student community has a clear influence on the locality. Our students enjoy studying in such a prestigious and well-served student environment. CCSS has a well-developed network of associations and affiliations with Cambridge academic, sporting and cultural organisations and the opportunities and invitations extended to our students as a result of this are priceless.

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.

World-famous Centre of Excellence

Cambridge is a world-famous centre of excellence for teaching, learning and culture. 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 phenomenon’ is apparent at every turn, with Microsoft, GlaxoSmithKline 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.

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. 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.

A guide to Cambridge Life

Open Spaces

Cambridge is a cosmopolitan city with lots of open spaces to explore, including gardens and parks such as Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Midsummer Common, Jesus Green and Parker’s Piece.

Festivals and Events

Cambridge hosts a wide range of vibrant festivals and events throughout the year, including the Cambridge History Festival, Cambridge Literary Festival and the Cambridge Folk Festival which is one of the longest-running music festivals in the world. There is an annual ‘Summer in the City’ events programme which includes Jazz in the Park on Jesus Green, Midsummer Fair and The Big Weekend which is three days and nights of free family entertainment and music on Parker’s Piece. Other festivals throughout the year include Busker’s Street Performers Festival, Cambridge Comedy Festival, Cambridge Rock Festival and Strawberry Fair, a free music and arts festival.


Cambridge is a beautiful city, full of history, and is home to a number of museums. The most famous is the Fitzwilliam Museum, with over half a million artworks in its collection, presenting world history and art from the present day and as far back as 2500 BC. Other museums include the University Museum of Zoology, Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, Whipple Museum of the History of Science, Museum of Cambridge, The Polar Museum, The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, Museum of Classical Archaeology, The Centre for Computing History and Cambridge Science Centre.

Art Galleries

Cambridge galleries cover a wide range of tastes including Classic Masters, impressionists, local artists, sculpture and pottery. Galleries include: Kettle’s Yard, Ruskin Gallery, New Hall Art Collection, Byard Art, Fitzwilliam Museum and Wysing Arts Centre.


Cambridge has a wide range of shops from high street brands to independent boutiques. There is also a thriving market which is open seven days a week. There are two indoor shopping centres including the Grand Arcade which houses 60 premium and high street brands and The Grafton Centre which houses high street names, cafés, restaurants and a Vue Cinema.

Theatre and Cinema

Cambridge boasts excellent theatre, cinema and concert facilities offering a range of performances from comedy to music, to ballet and classical concerts. Venues include Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Mumford Theatre, Cambridge Junction and the ADC Theatre. Cambridge is home to three cinemas, The Light Cinema, Vue and The Arts Picturehouse. All three are within easy walking distance of the college and its boarding houses.


The Corn Exchange hosts performances by professional orchestras and international soloists. The University Music School on West Road has its own Concert Hall which is used by local and professional groups. The online Cambridge Concert Calendar, gives details of most concerts taking place throughout the year.

Restaurants and cafes

There is a wide selection of restaurants in Cambridge featuring cuisine from all over the world.

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