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CamGuides: Welcome to Cambridge



a bicycle against a college building wallJoining a new university, starting a new course, and moving to a new city can be exhilarating, exciting, overwhelming and much, much more. These pages will help you become more aware of some features of the University of Cambridge, its libraries, its terminology, and some of the main sources of information and support available to you in Cambridge.


When you first come to Cambridge, all of it is new, and all of it is quite magical. But once you're familiar with it, it really becomes easy.

- MPhil International Development student

Being a student in Cambridge

a punt on the river Cam, by the colleges

A useful thing you can do before your course begins is to explore some of the principal websites and sources of information about the University of Cambridge, and about graduate study in Cambridge. In the midst of starting a new course and perhaps moving to a new city it's easy to miss some of the main places you can go for information, or to find out about support, training and other help available to you at the University.

There's a lot of aspects to being a graduate student in Cambridge. First and foremost, there is studying. But there's also a very rich social life, provided by my college, but also students' clubs and societies, and the town of Cambridge itself.

- MPhil (Part III) Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics student

Take a peek at what Cambridge has to offer

This video takes you across the city to discover some of the places and facilities that will be available to you at Cambridge.

More about this section

In this section of CamGuides we'll provide some of the key information you'll need as you start your Master's degree in Cambridge. Use the links at the bottom of each page to move through the different topics, or skip ahead to those you think are most relevant to you by using the menu on the left hand side (or at the top if you're using a mobile device).

The goal of this section is to highlight some of the resources, services and support available to you, and to encourage you to reflect on and act on what you can do before you arrive in Cambridge to help you understand more about the University. At points, there will be an icon in a grey box, which identifies a task: something that you can usefully do now, before your course begins, to increase your understanding of Cambridge. Needless to say, this should always be contextualised by your discipline, areas of interest, and previous experiences of learning at university, in the workplace, or elsewhere.

You can find out more about CamGuides for Master's on this 'About' page.

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With thanks to:

#1 and #3 Anya Melkina (MPhil Japanese Studies)

#2 Yolanda Murillo (MPhil Mathematics)

#4 Deepa Iyer (MPhil International Development)

Image credits

CC0 by Clem Onojeghuo via Unsplash

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