Cambridge is the quintessential university city in England. It lives up to its international academic reputation and continuously attracts students from all over the world. It is home to thirty-two colleges of great architectural beauty, a large number of language schools, and despite its studious character, it exudes a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. In fact, many students prefer to get around by bike, both to attend classes and to admire the magnificent buildings, elegant little bridges, and the romantic banks of the River Cam. This city attracts many young people eager to learn English in England.
108 900 inhabitants
Urban, Plains, River
3 hours and 30 minutes from Geneva
Cambridge is a university city located 80 km north of London, crossed by the River Granta, also known as the "Cam." It is situated south of the Fenlands, former marshes that have been naturally drained and transformed into fertile agricultural fields over time. The climate in Cambridge is of an oceanic type, heavily influenced by the Gulf Stream, and is characterized by relatively significant annual rainfall spread throughout the year. In summer, you can expect mild winters in Cambridge, but they can be windy.
Originally founded by the Roman Empire during the occupation of Great Britain, Cambridge has always been an important center for regional trade and, as a result, the subject of much desire. Cambridge notably developed with the occupation of the Vikings starting from the 9th century. It was later taken by the Saxons, who built, among other things, the still-standing St. Bennet's Church. The Pythagoras School, built in 1200, is also still there in the St. John's College park and was the precursor to the establishment of the many schools that nowadays contribute to the international reputation of Cambridge in the field of education. Its famous university was founded a bit later in 1209 by scholars fleeing from Oxford and is the second oldest in the country.
Visit the world-renowned Cambridge University and explore its bustling market along the peaceful River Cam, which winds its way through the city, lined with numerous colleges. The city, rich in significant historical and cultural heritage, offers fascinating museums and churches to visit, both for their content and architecture, such as the Fitzwilliam Museum, Sedgwick Museum, Round Church, and King's College Chapel. The Cambridge Botanic Garden is also a favored spot for strolling, along with the gardens of Clare College, Emmanuel College, and Newnham College. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the city by punting for a few peaceful hours of relaxation on the Cam!
Cambridge is a pleasant city to explore on foot or by bike, and it also has a bus network. Taxis are also readily available. The cost of living in Cambridge is standard, lower than that of major Swiss cities like Geneva and slightly lower than that of secondary French cities such as Lyon. Expect to pay around €50 for a meal for two in a mid-range restaurant and €70 for a pair of Levi's 501 jeans.
Cambridge Tourist Information Center:
Peas Hill, Cambridge CB2 3AD, U.K.
Phone: +44 871 226 8006