Since the terms in Cambridge are so short I keep wondering how you can actually make yourself feel there at home?
From the information in other threads I understand that only few people choose to stay in college during break-time. This means that students spend more than half a year out of Cambridge. I am an international mature to-be-student and I had my share of traveling and living in different places and was hoping to find a place, where I could feel at home, a place i could call 'mine', at least for some time... Is that at all possible in Cambridge? How do you cope with this constant back and forth?
Would be great if you could share your experience ^^"
I know what you mean, its annoying.
But then again, you do have the option of living in your accomodation all year round. I've heard mature colleges are good if you choose to do this, since a lot of students are postgraduates who have much longer terms.
Maybe for postgrads you can stay all year round, but I don't know any undergrads who do - including international students. In my college the freshers get 3x10 week contracts, and unless you have a good reason no-one stays for longer.
I definitely feel at home in Cambridge, despite the short terms. Time feels very different, and a few weeks into Michaelmas I felt like I'd been here forever!
The constant back and forth isn't a massive issue for me, I just feel a bit like I'm leading a double life - home seems very far away when I'm here, and Cambridge feels like a dream when I'm at home.
If you're going to a mature college they might be more likely to do year-long contracts on accommodation, but I don't know. It would also get pretty lonely, from what I've heard everything sort of stops student-life-wise.
This won't be a problem if you're a mature student. You can live here all year round and alot of other mature students and grads in your college will too, so you won't be alone.
For me, Cambridge feels much more like home than where I go back to (Shanghai). I just love the city and how everything slots together. The only things that make me feel at home when I go back is the apartment (because I lived there before I went to uni) and my family.
As said before, for mature accommodation you'll almost certainly be able to get longer leases to stay over the holidays. Cambridge will feel emptier then though, although that might be good or bad depending on your perspective.
Thanks for the great answers!!
Ok, so assuming I stay there all year round. Is it possible to get a job during the summer in Cambridge (maybe at University) to pay for the rent? (otherwise it would feel like wasted time a little)
Isn't it perfectly possible to feel at home in multiple places? You feel at home because of the people as well as the place, and so by maintaining strong ties with different places, you keep them as different homes. Consequently though, I find, as an undergrad going between "home" home and Cam, it definitely helps in feeling at home in both places that when term ends, most of my friends leave Cambridge, so it makes less sense to stay there. I'm also itching to get back to Cologne, but I was only there for a month last summer, and know very few people there at the moment. But when I spend my Year Abroad there, I'm sure it will also become Home proper.