Your guide to living in Cambridge

See people boating on the river and students riding bikes around cobbled streets. These classic images of Cambridge are part of what makes it so special. The city has world-class museums and art galleries, beautiful architecture and a thriving café and restaurant culture waiting for you. Bellerbys College Cambridge is in the heart of this historic university city.

Things to do in Cambridge

  • Go punting on the River Cam – a ‘punt’ is a type of boating tradition in Cambridge and Oxford.
  • Visit world-class exhibitions at the Fitzwilliam Museum for free.
  • Walk ‘The Backs’ to see the beautiful university colleges along the river.
  • Admire the Corpus Clock – this sculpture was officially opened by Professor Stephen Hawking in 2008.
  • Relax in one of Cambridge’s many parks and squares.
  • Explore nearby countryside, historic market towns or the cathedral city of Ely.  

History and culture

Cambridge is home to many historic buildings and the University is one of the oldest in the English-speaking world.

A historic university city

The famous King’s College Chapel dates back to 1446. Even the city’s biggest concert venue is a piece of history. Part of city life since the 1860s, Cambridge Corn Exchange was once a building for farmers to trade cereal grains. Today it hosts big names in music, theatre and comedy.

Science in action

Trinity College, Cambridge opened the Cambridge Science Park in 1970. Since then, scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians have been innovating in the city, and a large number of start-ups have appeared in the last 20 years. These incredible developments in science and technology have been labelled 'The Cambridge Phenomenon'. Many start-ups here have strong links to the University of Cambridge.

Alongside start-ups, global companies in Cambridge include Microsoft Research, ARM and AstraZeneca. Medical students can also feel inspired by Addenbrooke’s Hospital – the world-renowned teaching hospital on your doorstep.

Cambridge map

Chumphot from Thailand

Bellerbys star student Chumphot

"I like living in Cambridge because it is a small city and I get to cycle around, which I don’t get to do in my country because it’s very busy and dangerous. Cambridge is also a city of science. I attended the Cambridge Science Festival once and it had many interesting science talks and shows, so it is good for science students like me."

Chumphot from Thailand - Studying A Level

Food and restaurants 

Cambridge has restaurants and cafés to cater for every mood and taste. Try international cuisines, explore fine dining or relax in one of the riverside bistros. If you visit the historic market square, you will find delicious produce, including artisan bread, speciality cheeses and handmade chocolates. 

Places of worship

Cambridge has an international community. You will find a Muslim society, Cambridge Muslim College, Islamic centre and a mosque. There are Catholic, Evangelical and Anglican churches; as well as a Buddhist centre, a synagogue and a Russian Orthodox church.

Museums and galleries

Cambridge University’s museums and galleries host some of the most renowned exhibitions outside of London. See Egyptian remains at the Fitzwilliam Museum, world-class exhibitions at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, or admire the Cambridge University Botanic Garden – it’s opposite the College. 

Getting around

Cycling is a popular way to get around Cambridge – especially for students – thanks to a great network of cycle paths. The College is only 15 minutes’ walk away from the city centre and 10 minutes from the train station. 

Transport links are convenient: 

  • Cambridge to London: 50 minutes by train
  • Cambridge to Heathrow Airport: 30 minutes by train
  • Cambridge to Stansted Airport: 1 hour 50 minutes by train

Accommodation Cambridge

Student in her accommodation

Bellerbys Cambridge students can live in dedicated student accommodation or with a homestay family. Options include a residence exclusively for younger students and city centre self-catering rooms. 

Bellerbys Cambridge

Bellerbys Cambridge Star Student Narawut standing outside the College

Bellerbys College Cambridge is a specialist science and engineering college. Study options include GCSEs, International A Levels, A2 and Foundation. Explore the College campus with our interactive tour and find out about facilities and resources.