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.
"Societies are really great. There's a club for everything and people really do stick to going to societies. There are various language programmes, even for Turkish and Arabic, which are full of students because it's nice when it's not limited to European languages. The sports societies take their sports quite seriously and a lot of people are up at 6.00 am for training. The clubs are really worth attending and everyone goes to a society, it's a bit odd if you don't."
"There are so many sports clubs and societies, this is again due to the collegiate system. Each college has its own sports clubs and societies and there are also university-wide ones. This allows for a range of people to get involved."
"We have plenty of sports clubs that are both serious and more for fun. The same goes for societies, there will be a society giving you as much engagement and time-consumption as you wish it to."
"The college system means that you will get to know lots of people in your own college very quickly. This is helped by the number of college sports societies, most of which are really relaxed about ability and experience. If you're keen to play, you can play. There are also a lot of university clubs and societies. The sports clubs are a little more serious but there are lots of more relaxed and social university societies (such as the Cambridge University Gilbert and Sullivan Society)."
"The college system creates a welcoming environment and an opportunity to take part in activities, especially sport, on a smaller level than the whole university."
"There's a huge variety of clubs and societies within colleges and the university itself."
"There are lots of sports clubs of all abilities so there's every opportunity to get involved at college or university level."
"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."