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    Hi people,

    I will be in Cambridge next academic year as a visiting researcher, sponsored by EU Leonardo da Vinci internship. The thing is that I want to start as soon as possible, because I'm at home and really bored and I want to move on with my life. On the other hand I'm afraid that the city is a bit dead in August/September, as the year only starts in October and makes it harder for me to fit in.

    So, how is Cambridge like during those months? I don't intend to kill myself working, as I don't have that kind of rythm and self-discipline, I'm from Portugal, so I need people around me and stuff to do.

    Apart from all this, I'm really looking forward, going to Brainland, at least it sounds like it, meeting all kinds of interesting people. I am trying to become college member, it's not easy as I started a bit late and my record is not really impressive.

    Take care, hope to see you around in the future
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    Your main problem will be accommodation. If you're going to be in college provided accommodation then they may not allow you to come into residence until late September, so you'd better email them and find out about that before you make any grand plans. If you are going to rent private accommodation then that's another matter. There will be grads around, but most of them have major work submissions towards the end of the academic year which means you might not find many hanging around for socialising purposes.
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    The city is far from dead in August - loads and loads of tourists around since it's summer holidays, so I'm sure there would be stuff going on.


    However, it terms of students / academics, I'd imagine the majority are on holidays, and those that are there are there because they have work and research to do, so they may not be up for spending their nights on the town.
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    When does the academic year end? Tourists are not the kind of people I want to find there, I was trying to figure out if I could you know, find people for my social circle, I will working too, so I won't be going every night or something.

    Unhapilly I couldn't get college accomodation, because my visiting status. In fact I still haven't got a college, but I'm trying to do that now
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    (Original post by botatao)
    When does the academic year end? Tourists are not the kind of people I want to find there, I was trying to figure out if I could you know, find people for my social circle, I will working too, so I won't be going every night or something.
    So you said. The consensus appears to be 'probably not'.
    It appears to end 30th of September but I couldn't tell you what that would mean for grads in terms of residence and coursework, so you're better off emailing to find out or seeing if it says anything on the department page.
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    (Original post by botatao)
    When does the academic year end? Tourists are not the kind of people I want to find there, I was trying to figure out if I could you know, find people for my social circle, I will working too, so I won't be going every night or something.

    Unhapilly I couldn't get college accomodation, because my visiting status. In fact I still haven't got a college, but I'm trying to do that now
    If you're looking for accommodation still, the acommodation service will probably help.
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    Well, I'm in Portugal, so I will have to wait until I get there to look for a place...

    Well, it doesn't look like a great time to get there but as nobody said nothing really scary, I think I will take my chances and leave summer here for your great brit weather I hope girls are nice to compensate the weather
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    (Original post by botatao)
    Well, I'm in Portugal, so I will have to wait until I get there to look for a place...

    Well, it doesn't look like a great time to get there but as nobody said nothing really scary, I think I will take my chances and leave summer here for your great brit weather I hope girls are nice to compensate the weather
    Looks like you made up your mind before posting the thread :rolleyes:

    Perhaps think of a few things you'd like to see around the UK so you can do a bit of exploring before your course starts.

    I would also warn you that most (male) foreigners (I know) don't list the girls as one of Britain's strong points, but obviously this is highly subjective.
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    I didn't made up my mind before, really! I heard about girls before and in Algarve, in the summer it's a british province, so the looks I know but I also meant personality
    In my childhood I read maybe 5 collections of Enid Blyton's books, so exploring UK's green country side is a must for me, it's just part of my imaginary but I'm planning to do it afterwards, 'cause I don't feel 'strong' enough to travel alone for the moment. Well, it will be March, maybe lots of rain and cold... I have to think it through.

    Can anyone tell what they think about postgraduate only colleges? I think I would prefer a mature students college, for diversity but Darwin is so close to where I will work. Are those colleges significantly different? Anyone parties there? I intend to enroll in some cultural and sporting activities too, I liked the description about St. Edmund's in the alternative prospectus but it is quite far. Is there something like the prospectus that includes the postgrad colleges?

    Thank you people.
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    You can look at the graduate prospectus, but the college information will probably be the same. You could look for the CUSU alternative prospectus which tries to give a student-level description.
    I don't think you should worry about Darwin. Everybody I know there loves it and they definitely have lots of parties. I got the impression that they had more parties than undergrads actually, which kind of makes sense if you bear in mind that some MPhil courses - especially in the Arts - are less time pressured than the undergrad equivalent at Cambridge (according to friends doing them)
    Personally I think Darwin is much nicer than St Edmunds. Maybe just my aesthetic taste, but I think its generally nicer looking. I don't know anything about the facilities though. Clare Hall is also nicer, in my opinion.

    Make sure you consult a Brit before taking to the countryside Cambridgeshire countryside is a really poor example as its uniquely characterised by the Fens and is very flat. If you want to see nice countryside go to Devon, the Peak District, or the South East (Kent and Surrey) to name a few examples.
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    The CUSU prospectus was the one I liked but didn't had the postgrad only colleges. The graduate prospectus was too 'offical' blabla stuff. Nice perspective into that postgrad/undergrad difference. Darwin it is, legs over head

    I will plan my trips properly... I want the highlands too
 
 
 
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