University of Cambridge


What are the worst things about studying at your university?


"The contact hours are quite minimal in some subjects. The facilities mean that you don't have the option to cook for yourself and have to go to the hall for your meals instead. This can be difficult when the lunch and dinner hours are so inflexible and you might have an event on at 6.00 pm, meaning you miss dinner. Bedrooms can be cold in the accommodation."
"The intense workload can sometimes mean difficulty in balancing your work and social life."
"I think the workload makes it difficult to balance the student life and living costs. There's also no proper student union."
"All subjects have a heavy workload so the environment can be stressful. The nightlife could be improved and some of the living costs are expensive."
"Very hard work, lots of it, at a very high pace. It leaves less time for extracurricular interests."
"Short terms and full timetables can create a lot of pressure."


"Very high levels of work in a very short time period means it's quite intense. You don't really get a break even over the vacation periods."
"No sleep and HUGE workload leaves little time for socialising. There is a strange complex of feeling guilty every time you do something other than work and simultaneously worrying about not having enough of a life."
"Bureaucracy, expectations of student stress."
"The pressure. This uni is not great for people who cannot cope with a lot of pressure. Pressures and stresses obviously come in different forms but the heaviness of the work load required makes it hard for some people to cope with the degree alone, never mind integrating social and fun."
"Intense. Small demographic of people. Repetitive."
"Poor library hours."
"The workload is, undeniably, incredibly intense. There's simply not enough time to meet deadlines, participate in extracurricular activities, sleep and (dare I say it) relax a bit."
"The terms are only eight weeks long and the pressure on completing academic work is very stressful."
"Relatively quiet and small, nightlife leaves much to be desired, colleges can be insular (harder to meet people in other colleges)."
"Excessive workload; cost of living in Cambridge."

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