University of Cambridge and City
Cambridge is a city which has changed the world and the ideas, science and learnings that create today's society. It is difficult to separate the city from its University and the town and gown are recognised to live in (mostly) harmony alongside each other.
Cambridge University is the fourth oldest surviving university in the world and the second oldest in the UK. The oldest university in the UK is Oxford, and together they are commonly referred to as ‘Oxbridge’. The University of Cambridge is a collegiate public research university, founded in 1209 and grew out of an association of scholars who left Oxford University during a period of conflict between the state and the church.
The rich history, achievements and influence of the University made it one of the most prestigious academic facilities in the world. The university is spread across Cambridge city centre and many other areas in the surroundings. It comprises of 31 constituent Colleges and 100 academic departments that specialise in a wide range of subjects. The university also oversees the city's Botanic Garden, used for biological research. The city benefits from eight scientific and cultural museums as well as a University of Cambridge library containing eight million of the fifteen million books within the university's collection.
For 2022 Cambridge is listed by the ‘Times Higher Education World University Rankings’ as the as the joint 5th best university in the world. Explore this fairytale city on your trip, hear the rich history, architecture and stories to find the real Cambridge.
Home to more Nobel Prize winners than any other city, Cambridge is brimming with history, learning, culture and world-changing discoveries.