Member reviews of University of Cambridge

  • Musicc's avatar by Musicc on 24th January 2019
    Overall:
    An amazing place to study. Sometimes very stressful but terms are ridiculously short.
    University:
    Can be a bit lonely but the services are beyond anything I would have ever imagined.
    Course:
    Great teaching and if it doesn't meet standards things can be done. Music is a tougher subject than most imagine as contact hours are high enough whilst parts of the degree (performance and composition) are done in your own time.
    Location:
    Almost nothing is too far away in this small city
    Accommodation:
    Some is a bit old and has a few issues but accommodation is always provided and almost always beautiful.
    Settling in:
    Tough to start with so much work
  • ConvenienceMan's avatar by ConvenienceMan on 24th January 2019
    Overall:
    Honestly the university life was a lot better than I thought, it's easy to think it's a stressful environment but I think there are measures in place to cope with it and really thrive.
    University:
    The facilities are excellent including the libraries and gyms and are very accessible for most colleges. Some colleges have a free gym also which is incredible.
    Course:
    The workload is quite high but the level of cooperation between me and the supervisors is good enough to help cope with all the work.
    Location:
    Cambridge is a lovely city but equally it's barely a city too. It feels like a town just for the university so there isn't that much escape from your work life.
    Accommodation:
    The setting is very scenic and wonderful to cycle around (a bike is a must if you don't live in one of the central colleges). The accomodation is reasonably priced and the rooms are very spacious and well equipped (at Churchill at least).
    Settling in:
    It was very easy to settle in, the tutor helps ease you in with the pastoral side of things and with all four years of any course in the same accomodation the older students really make it easy to settle in as there's always someone to help you out.
  • ciarasimpson29's avatar by ciarasimpson29 on 24th January 2019
    Overall:
    Cambridge gives you so many opportunities, but it is a tough environment because of the academic pressure.
    University:
    Cambridge is a great place to study, but it is a very high-pressured environment.
    Course:
    The quality of teaching is outstanding.
    Location:
    Cambridge is a beautiful city.
    Accommodation:
    The accommodation is nice, but we did not have freezers or ovens which makes it hard to cook.
    Settling in:
    I loved my university experience.
  • jw1998's avatar by jw1998 on 24th January 2019
    Overall:
    Stressful but amazing.
    University:
    Very stressful generally. Brimming with clubs, societies, and sports, which are the main way to meet people outside your course and college. Night life is a joke - three main clubs, all of which are corny as hell - but the students bond over it.
    Course:
    Courses are extremely in depth and lectures are high quality. Supervisions are intense and force you to do your work in advance.
    Location:
    It is what it is. Proximity to London is useful. I like that you can cycle anywhere in town in under 20 minutes.
    Accommodation:
    Churchill College, where I live, is fuck ugly. We call it the gulag.
    Settling in:
    College makes an effort to help students settle in, and the university environment in general is very welcoming
  • Jake.Hennessey's avatar by Jake.Hennessey on 24th January 2019
    Overall:
    Really really excellent
    University:
    Really enjoyable
    Course:
    Really enjoyable, good teaching
    Location:
    Easily accessible by transport links
    Accommodation:
    Excellent accomodation provided by college
    Settling in:
    Playing rugby allowed me to meet and make friends
  • GrétaPanna's avatar by GrétaPanna on 24th January 2019
    Overall:
    The absolute focus is the student, several systems are in place to help you cope with any kind of problems. The most brilliant, interesting people surround you. If you adore your course and want to pusue it with passion, this is your place!
    University:
    There's an endless list of societies to join and the University pays close attention to our wellbeing.
    Course:
    The course has a unique focus, and this unconventional approach might give us a better shot at finding suitable jobs later. The course is very interdisciplinary, the teachers are the best in their field.
    Location:
    Perfect location, historic setting, close to the capital by both bus and train, not too big, not too small town. Not too rainy. Feels absolutely like Hogwarts.
    Accommodation:
    While close to lectures and the town centre, the convenience of location is overshadowed by the coldness of most rooms.
    Settling in:
    The freshers week helped to gain a friend group before term started. Our upperclassmen kindly assisted us and answered any questions we had.
  • SaifJalali's avatar by SaifJalali on 24th January 2019
    Overall:
    Great academic experience, but high pressure situations and very upper class environment make it feel very alienating at times
    University:
    It’s well equipped, but pretty lame as a student body
    Course:
    Very rigorous teaching style can lead to lots of stress. Generally well organised, but sometimes lacks some sense. For example, lectures are recorded, but we are only given access if we have a “serious reason”
    Location:
    Central location, College toan
    Accommodation:
    Modern rooms, but the kitchens look like they’re from the 80s
    Settling in:
    I live alone anyways, so not much of a change
  • Sophieoo1's avatar by Sophieoo1 on 24th January 2019
    Overall:
    fab
    University:
    love it
    Course:
    great people, great lecturers, great supervisors, lovely views and atmosphere
    Location:
    great city
    Accommodation:
    fantastic and affordable
    Settling in:
    lots of events and support available
  • piewyt1's avatar by piewyt1 on 24th January 2019
    Overall:
    Once in a lifetime experience
    University:
    Less time for social things because of very high workload
    Course:
    Excellent teaching by top academics. 1 on 1 attention given to each student through supervisions.
    Location:
    Beautiful location
    Accommodation:
    Quite affordable compared to London but more expensive than other small cities.
    Settling in:
    Easy to settle in
  • lignjoslav's avatar by lignjoslav on 20th November 2018
    Overall:
    Overall, just brilliant. You meet so many amazing people and are tought by some world class lecturers.
    University:
    Whilstnot perfect (some days are far to clustered), living, studying and socializing at Cambridge is an amazing experience.
    Course:
    Most of the lecturers are brilliant. The labs are very well equipped so the practicals are great. All my supervisors are friendly and happy to help with anything relating to the course.
    Location:
    Cambridge is a beautiful city with a plethora of activities to partake in to further enhance university life.
    Accommodation:
    A bit on the expensive side for Cambridge, but the rooms are very well equiped (I've even got my own shower)
    Settling in:
    It takes a while to start socializing with a completely new group of people and to adjust to the diffetent type of learning required at university
  • SarahPos's avatar by SarahPos on 20th November 2018
    Overall:
    What else can I say? I'm completely in love with this place and I'm sure you will be too!
    University:
    Amazing offer for both academic purposes and leisure! You'll never get bored around here as there is tons of activities but if you prefer a quiet moment for yourself that's possible as well!
    Course:
    Haven't yet started the course but so far everyone is really approachable and helpful! There's a range of interesting lectures I look forward to attend and I'm glad I get to know my tutors and directors of studies beforehand.
    Location:
    Cambridge is a beautiful little town ideal for students and it's only a quick train trip away from London! Christ's college is located in the very centre of Cambridge whefe you can easily access any bank/shop/pub/etc.
    Accommodation:
    I have a beautiful old room in Christ's college. It's spacious and welcoming and the college's central position is ideal as everything is only a 5 minute walk away! Affordable prices.
    Settling in:
    Everyone is extremely helpful and welcoming from the porter to the tutors to fellow students. As I'm sure I'll never be left alone with a problem I can see myself feeling at home quite quickly!
  • alow's avatar by alow on 4th August 2016
    Overall:
    Top notch.
    University:
    Ridiculous number of libraries including a legal deposit, CUSU is a bit crap but who cares - each college has a union anyway, lots of shopping centres.
    Course:
    Loads of choice in the course, supervisions are amazing for understanding the content.
    Location:
    Cambridge is great.
    Accommodation:
    Cheap, cleaned weekly, good location.
    Settling in:
    Really friendly atmosphere.
  • joostan's avatar by joostan on 7th April 2016
    Overall:
    The university is excellent, the people are great.
    University:
    Good amount of facilities.
    Course:
    Excellent supervision. Good lecturers.
    Location:
    Can be a little too busy at times, but overall is lovely.
    Accommodation:
    College accommodation is excellent, guaranteed and subsidised.
    Settling in:
    People are friendly and from all over.
  • Confucian's avatar by Confucian on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    Excellent, engaging
    University:
    There's something for everybody
    Course:
    The reputation and the quality of the course
    Location:
    It is not too isolated but in a quiet area of the country
    Accommodation:
    I really like all the facilities
    Settling in:
    Everybody's so friendly
  • excal9's avatar by excal9 on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    Excallent
    University:
    Many libraries and sports clubs
    Course:
    There's not much I would change
    Location:
    Small, compact city with everything within walking distance
    Accommodation:
    Incredibly good value for the location with accomodation provided for all years of undergraduate study
    Settling in:
    Homesickness
  • hamza_ahmad's avatar by hamza_ahmad on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    Pretentious and bad lecturers are present so students have to do all the work like in private schools
    University:
    Too expensive
    Course:
    My lecturers are boring and seem uninterested but they are teaching fun stuff
    Location:
    The campus is quite and beautiful
    Accommodation:
    Accommodation and view is amazing
    Settling in:
    Came with friends
  • alalndvn's avatar by alalndvn on 8th October 2015
    Overall:
    Amazing
    University:
    Over 700 societies
    Course:
    Love the course really interesting
    Location:
    Beautiful really convenient
    Accommodation:
    Amazing room really big free gym
    Settling in:
    Very friendly staircase and lots of activities
  • by Anonymous on 8th October 2015
    Overall:
    Even though I gave 4's for the most part I can't tell someone not to come here. The Uni really is further than a lot and allows one to have such a nice future that putting up with these idiosyncrasies for 3-5 years is fine.
    University:
    I mean I don't want to sound pretentious but the community could be a little more laid back as they are constantly stressing about tests and etc. This takes away from the overall nightlife but it expected of Cambridge.
    Course:
    Many of my acquaintances seem to think they are better than everybody else causing people to pretend to understand what's happening in class when in reality they need help.
    Location:
    It's fine, it's not such a big city in my opinion and most of it is somehow Camebridge related so one gets the feeling you're never really far from home. Funnily so you are never far.
    Accommodation:
    Top notch dormitories, breakfast in the hall before classes and the usual Cambridge Ordeal.
    Settling in:
    It took a long time to settle in. At first I was a bit shocked I got accepted than once there I felt alienated and now I'm slowly starting to accept the premise that most of the community is composed of to-be or world class academics.
  • by Anonymous on 8th October 2015
    Overall:
    Fantastic but tough too. An intellectual challenge, but the most fun you'll ever have along the way. Hectic and busy, but also personal and unique.
    University:
    Fantastic array of societies and clubs to become involved in, sporting or otherwise. Libraries in colleges are 24hrs, and the city has everything I could ever want from shopping.
    Course:
    It's not completely everything I wanted it to be - it's a lot more self-led than my friends doing English at the universities. A but more contact time would be nice.
    Location:
    Beautiful city with plenty of green space.
    Accommodation:
    The colleges are really old, so the accommodation isn't as 21st century as some would hope. It can be cold and dark in the rooms, and the amount of rules are unbelievable.
    Settling in:
    Cambridge is certainly a niche place to fit into and live and, coming from a small farm in the North, I felt as if I stuck out from the very beginning.
  • by Anonymous on 7th October 2015
    Overall:
    A university that still teaches using traditional ways. Methods of assessment differ greatly from majority of other universities.
    University:
    Fitness facilities are few, old and far. Libraries are decentralised and not centrally located. Too much contact hours.
    Course:
    Teaching and assessment methodology is old school and can use some updating.
    Location:
    Everything is too spread out and travelling is a chore.
    Accommodation:
    Far from department. Expensive.
    Settling in:
    The UK weather is horrible and accommodation is not near amenities and food establishments. Not very convenient and transportation in this area is bad.
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