Cambridge Student Guide – Where can I study?


Where can I study?

A view over the river.

There are two universities in Cambridge: the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University. The University of Cambridge (also known as Cambridge University or just Cambridge) is home to around 18,000 students and is a public research university. Cambridge is the second oldest university in the English speaking world (after the University of Oxford) and the seventh oldest in the world. The university has a strong reputation for academic excellence and consistently ranks in the top ten universities in the world. Graduates from the university have won a total of 65 Nobel Prizes, more than any other university in the world. The Times World University Rankings placed Cambridge sixth in the world for 2011/2012. Cambridge University is a member of the Coimbra group, the G5, the International Alliance of Research Universities, the League of European Research Universities and the Russell Group.

The University of Cambridge includes 31 colleges, which are comprised of 150 departments and faculties. There are six ‘schools’ in the university, which are used to group together related faculties and units. The six schools are Arts and Humanities, Biological Sciences, Clinical Medicine, Humanities and Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and Technology. Cambridge has a reputation for being closely linked with the development of high-tech businesses in the city. A Cambridge University press release in 2006 suggested there were around 250 new business start-ups linked directly with the university.

Anglia Ruskin University is much larger in comparison and is home to around 30,000 students. In fact, the university is one of the largest in Eastern England and has campuses in Cambridge and Chelmsford. The university also has centres in King’s Lynn, Peterborough and Harlow and maintains partnerships with educational institutions around the world. The main campuses at Cambridge and Chelmsford have recently seen over £80 million of investment and offer a number of specialist study facilities including a forensic science lab, a mock courtroom, a music therapy clinic and computer music studios.

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