University Guide

University of Cambridge

Cambridge University is the second oldest university in the UK. It was founded in 1209 and is the fourth oldest university in the world. The university of Cambridge has over 18,000 students that are split into 31 colleges, where students receive small group teaching sessions. The university has over 100 libraries and owns 9 arts, culture and science museums.

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The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the University of Cambridge.

  • Rankings

    The University of Cambridge is ranked by the Times higher Education 2024 has being the 2nd best University in the UK.

  • Employability

    The University of Cambridge is consistently ranked in the top 10 universities in the UK for graduate employability.

  • Fees

    For UK students, the fees will be £9,250 for the full year’s tuition. For international students, these prices vary, ranging from £25,734 to £67,194 for the 2024/2025 admission rates. The prices depend on the course that an individual chooses to study and degrees like dentistry and medicine will have higher prices.

  • Bursaries

    Students can view the full range of scholarships and bursaries available to them here.


For the majority of students who choose to study at the university of Cambridge, their accommodation will be guaranteed by their College, for one of the College owned properties. Most colleges have their accommodation on the main university site, however some choose to have accommodation available in the main city. There is a variety of accommodation available at the university of Cambridge, from modern rooms to those that have a medieval theme, and students will have a choice of en-suite and shared bathroom facilities.

Students' Union

The University of Cambridge has two students Unions. Firstly, it has the Cambridge University Students’ Union, CUSU, and then it also has the Graduate Union, GU. Students will be automatically enrolled in either one, or both, unions depending on which course they study. The Unions are run by sabbatical officers and are there to support the student population across Cambridge.

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Famous for

The University of Cambridge is home to many notable alumni, such as Sir Isaac Newton, who conducted many of his world-famous experiments at the University of Cambridge Campus, Charles Darwin, famous for developing his theory of natural selection and Sir Francis Bacon.


Professor Julia Gog from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics is one of the many academics to be recognised for her work during the COVID_19 pandemic in the Queen’s Birthday Honours awards. Professor Gog have been made OBE for her services to academia during this time. The University is incredibly proud of Professor Gog and her influential research.

AFS says

"With an educational history which stretches back over 800 years, Cambridge is one of the most iconic places to live. Whether you’re strolling around the colleges or punting on the river, you’ll never run out of things to do".

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