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University of Cambridge

Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

Est. 1209

Ranked among top 10 universities in GB

About University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge (informally known as Cambridge University) is a public university in Cambridge, England established in 1209. It is the third oldest university in the world and has consistently stayed in the top 5 rankings. It has 31 constituent colleges, 100 departments divided into 6 schools majorly teaching Arts and Humanities, Biological Sciences, Clinical Medicine, Humanities and Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and Technology. The university has educated some of the best mathematicians, philosophers, scientists, actors, writers, politicians and lawyers of the world.

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£21,600 (~US$27,500) /year
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£4,100 (~US$5,300) /year
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The University of Cambridge nicely places itself in the centre of the city of Cambridge (known as the University city) with their student population living in 20% of the city. Several departments divide the university into several parts, some of the main parts being: Addenbrooke’s, Downing Site, Madingley, New Museum Site, Old Addenbrooke's, Old Schools, West Cambridge, Sedgwick Site and Silver Street. The proximity of each of these sites from each other makes it a favourite choice for bike rides. In fact, 1/5th of the travel in the city happens on bicycles. And anyway, students are not allowed to hold car parking permits, so no option of driving a car. One can reach to Cambridge by boat too. Cambridge is just a 45-minutes train ride away from London.


Spread across 90.5 acres, Cambridge University is known for displaying the world's oldest patterns of brickwork such as that of Queen's College and St. John's College. It has beautiful patches of greens and eye-pleasing gothic architecture. Some of the buildings that speak of architectural brilliance are ‘King's College Chapel' (History), ‘Cripps Building' at St. John's College. Cambridge University. The campus infrastructure has been an enigma that has been a constant source of imagination for literature and often filmed in movies.

Residing Options

Unlike most colleges that ask graduate students to live off campus, Cambridge insists that students live on campus. If you live off-campus, rent for a private 1-bed that is relatively close to the city centre or in the residential parts of Cambridge will be about £700-£800, 2-beds range up to about £1200. A minimum of £30K per annum is enough to live off but not live it large. Comberton and Cambourne are the cheapest localities in Cambridge.


Cambridge is known to be the driest region of Britain with painful around 570 mm (half of the national average). Summer temperatures are usually higher than the rest of the nation. August is the hottest month with 18-degree Celsius and January is the coldest month with 4-degree Celsius. The lowest it can get in Winters is -17 degree Celsius. Summers see overjoyed students and tourists travelling across the scenic city through the Cambridge river.

Faculty and pedagogy

The faculty to student ratio is 11:1 and the pedagogy at Cambridge is admired for reasons more than one. Each college is a self-governing institution which makes its own recruitments and academic decisions. Undergraduate students are assigned supervisors who review their assignments before submissions and those who constantly stay in touch with the students under a process called Triposes, a process that is exclusive to only Cambridge. Students say that at Cambridge, there are no “office hours” for the professors unlike the American schools like MIT. Professors are easily accessible at a mutually convenient time. Cambridge has a ton of rules about attendance and one must follow them. You will be treated like an adult capable of independent study. Some of the popular professors at Cambridge are Ryan Schill (Business), Hallvard Lillehammer (Philosophy), Simon Cohen (Psychology), Frank King (Computer Science), Wilson Lee (Law) and Philip Xiu (Medicine).

Financial aid

The fees for graduate students at the University of Cambridge are about £21,600. There are various funding opportunities that open up once you fill out the Graduate Funding Form, like the Cambridge Trust, Gates Cambridge, Colleges, departments, Research Councils and central University funds. Cambridge is the wealthiest university in the UK and that also means it trickles down to the student scholarships. Overall, merit scholarships are the highest here. Most funding awards are made between March and July end. International students from developing countries may try applying for the CommonWealth Scholarship well in advance.

Jobs and placements

Salaries at Cambridge are the highest in the job market, irrespective of the economic conditions. For graduates, 92% of students receive job offers three months out of the university and 89% got employed three months out in 26 different countries. Average salary across all colleges is about £95000. Students say that the average salary from Cambridge Judge Business school (MBA) is about £85000. Top companies recruiting from Cambridge are Amazon, McKinsey & Company, Google, Uber and The Boston Consulting Group.


  • Stephen Hawking: Scientist
  • Hugh Laurie: British Actor
  • Sylvia Plath: Author
  • Dr Manmohan Singh: Ex Indian Prime Minister
  • John Oliver: English Comedian
  • Theresa May: British Prime Minister


If you get into Cambridge, you'd be lying to yourself if you don't see how big a deal it already is. There is a common debate of Oxford vs Cambridge but that's very much an individual choice and a pinch of luck. Cambridge University is a big campus and one of the biggest schools that you can ever be in. Students recommend that one should maintain a social life and not be intimidated by their peers because that can be utterly depressing. Your only competition is with yourself. Step up and participate in as many things as you can.

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