University of Cambridge

Rank 3
Location Cambridge, England
Established 1209
International Students 40%
Famous Courses Second Best University in the World
International Fees £24,507-63,990
Key Information
Location Cambridge, England
Established 1209
Famous Courses Second Best University in the World
International Fees £24,507-63,990

Overview

The University of Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and is regarded as one of the world's top five universities. The University is a member of the Russell Group, a network of research-led British universities; the Coimbra Group, an association of leading European universities; the League of European Research Universities; and the International Alliance of Research Universities. It is also considered part of the "Golden Triangle", a geographical concentration of leading research universities.

As a collegiate university, Cambridge is unusual for having no campus and, as such, is a group of 31 self-governing colleges coming under one Cambridge banner. Each college is a part of Cambridge whilst being largely independent. They appoint their teaching staff and fellows in each subject, decide which students to admit, provide the supervision teaching for undergraduates, and are responsible for the domestic arrangements and welfare of students and staff.

Cambridge has produced 89 Nobel winners, more than any other university, while Trinity College has produced more than France. The University of Cambridge is also the third biggest landowner in the country, after the King and the Church of England.

Cambridge University courses are considered amongst the best in the world, and the University is one of the ten most targeted universities in the UK by Britain's leading employers (Graduate Outcomes).

Services for International Students

Colleges are students' main point of contact and vary in their orientation arrangements. In addition, support is available from student societies and volunteer alumni groups, which run fresher parties throughout September to introduce students to each other and university life.

The International Student Team runs an orientation program at the start of each academic year. This program offers information about the university and the chance to meet other international students.

The iCSU also represents international students at the University of Cambridge. The group welcomes new students as they arrive in the city and organises social events throughout the year. Currently, 1,300 international students from 65 countries are enrolled at Cambridge.

Ranking

  • 3rd in the Times Good University Guide 2024
  • 3rd in the Guardian University Guide 2024
  • 5th in the QS World University Rankings 2025
  • 5th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024
  • 4th in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2023

The University of Cambridge’s position as a world-leading institution has been recognised with the publication of the results from the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF). 93% of Cambridge’s submissions have been rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent'.

Accommodation

Accommodation is served by each college individually and varies strongly. Most colleges own houses and flats within Cambridge but can also offer rooms for undergraduates for all three years of study. The Accommodation Service is also available to help organise private rented accommodation.

Location

Cambridge is a large town in Cambridgeshire about 80km north of London. It is dominated by the university buildings, which have been a part of the town’s history for over 800 years. Cambridge is a small city, and almost all colleges and departments are central to each other. A bus service connects them, while Cambridge is famed for being one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the country.

By air, Cambridge is served by four major airports: Stansted, Luton, Heathrow and Gatwick. National Express coach services to Cambridge from all four airports and direct trains from London, which take about one hour.

Alumni

Notable University of Cambridge alumni include:

  • Sir Isaac Newton (Physicist, mathematician)
  • Charles Darwin (Naturalist)
  • John Milton (Poet)
  • Stephen Hawking (Physicist)
  • Bertrand Russell (Philosopher)

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