University of Cambridge

Clubs and social environment

Please tell us more about the social environment, sports clubs and societies and anything else you think candidates need to know about life at your university.

2018

"There's a huge range of societies for all abilities, from casual at college level to playing for the uni with elite athletes or competitors."
"There is a society for everything imaginable and, if there isn't a society that you want, you can create one. It is also easy to apply for funding for co-curricular activities and trips abroad, though this does depend to a certain extent on how rich your college is."
"The uni has a never-ending list of societies and clubs with possibilities to create your own. Each college has its own communal rooms such as butteries, bars and JCRs making it incredibly easy to socialise."
"There are loads of societies because each college has a wealth of its own. Having both university-level and college-level sport makes it accessible to everyone."
"You can play sports at either a university level or a college level."
"I can't comment on sport but there are loads of other great societies, pretty much one for every niche interest. Some of these are very engaged and some are very chill."

2016

"The sheer variety of sports clubs and societies on offer for students is undoubtedly one of the university's main strengths. There really is a society for everyone, be it the rowing club or the water fighting group! Also, the fact that Cambridge is a collegiate university is a real strength regarding sports, since college-level sport provides a level at which people can take up new sports in a relaxed environment (I have, for example, been able to take up rugby and squash at college level: sports I would never have been able to play if sport at Cambridge had been 'university level or nothing')."
"Sports clubs and societies are great. Theatre is phenomenal at Cambridge, best scene in the country for uni I'd bet."
"There's a huge range of societies on offer, there's something for everyone. If you want to start a society then that is an option. I couldn't imagine a better system."
"Cambridge is a biking town centre, so bring your bikes and learn how to cycle again!"
"Loads of different societies, there is something for everyone. Social environment tends to be college based, but certain societies have large friendships groups that have members from all the colleges, like the theatre, union, student newspapers and sports teams."
"I think they should know (as they expect) that the range is simply incredible. It is actually hard to believe how there are enough things for the quantity of societies we have. The dedication of some groups of students is just astounding as well and means that whatever you want to do, you will find that activity and like-minded friends."
"Unique social environment with high-quality sports provision, especially rowing."
"Fantastic selection of sports due to organisation being split between college level (which is casual, and you only need minimal experience) and university level (which is high-level and high-pressure)."
"Sports are really good, you get the chance of competing with other colleges while representing your own."
"Good, college sports are a nice social level of sports with regular socials etc. Uni-level sports obviously cater for those who take it mode seriously."

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