Local information

Tourist information



College and University buildings
The University of Cambridge comprises 31 Colleges and over 150 departments, museums and other institutions. You can see examples of beautiful architecture, learn about the University and city history, visit museums and attend musical events when you visit Cambridge.

Each College has a different policy on admitting members of the public, and it is best to check individual College entries on the Visit Cambridge website or College websites before you visit.



Punting
The River Cam runs through the heart of Cambridge allowing you to enjoy fantastic views of the world famous Cambridge College ‘Backs’.

King's College Chapel, The Wren Library at Trinity College and the Bridge of Sighs, are just some of the famous Cambridge landmarks you can expect to see during the tour.

There are a number of fully licensed punt operators available in the city and for further information on prices and timings check the Visit Cambridge website.  



Arts Theatre
The Cambridge Arts Theatre is one of the region’s liveliest and most exciting venues, hosting a varied programme of drama, dance, music, comedy and pantomime, as well as many shows from the West End. 

Situated within the Anglia Ruskin University campus, the Mumford Theatre is a university theatre presenting a range of touring professional, local community and student theatre, as well as music events including a series of free lunchtime concerts.

 

Shopping
Cambridge is a compact city with a wide choice of shops. From the hustle and bustle of the city’s seven-days-a-week market in Market Square, to an abundance of boutiques and independent shops as well as high street brands, designer labels and shopping centres. Cambridge has much to offer.



Useful local information 

  • Money - Britain's currency is the pound sterling (£). Credit cards - especially Visa and Mastercard - are widely accepted in restaurants, bars, cafés and shops. American Express and Diners Club cards are less commonly accepted. There are plenty of cash machines (also known as cashpoints or ATMs) available in and around Cambridge.

  • VAT - Value-added tax (VAT) is a 20% sales tax levied on most goods and services except basic food items, books and children's clothing. Restaurants must, by law, include VAT in their menu prices. If you are travelling for leisure or business purposes, you may be eligible for a VAT refund. The VAT refund scheme is called the Retail Export Scheme or Tax-Free Shopping. www.hmrc.gov.uk/vat/sectors/consumers/overseas-visitors.htm

  • Electricity - UK appliances are fitted with three-pin plugs that can be connected to the UK mains supply through wall sockets. Unlike the sockets in many other countries, these have a switch to turn the power supply on and off - make sure you've turned it on if you're trying to charge your appliance. UK power sockets deliver an average voltage of 230v, although in practice this can be slightly higher. To charge devices that are compatible with this voltage, simply buy the appropriate adapter from the airport or from high street shops. If your device runs on a lower voltage, however, then you will also need a converter to stop it from over-heating. Even if your country uses lower voltages, remember to check whether your device is dual-voltage (look for the 110-240v notation) before buying a converter.

  • Telephone - If you're visiting the University of Sussex from abroad, don't forget that the UK dialling code is +44 (which replaces the 0) and to check your own country's code before you travel. If you are travelling to Cambridge from abroad, using your mobile phone may cost you more than it does at home. Check your network's roaming charges before you travel.

  • Climate and weather - The UK has a changeable climate, Cambridge temperatures in September range between 12°C (54°F) to 20°C (68°F). For the latest local BBC weather report click here.

  • Health services - The National Health Service (NHS) is the main healthcare provider in the UK. NHS treatment is free for UK residents. Overseas nationals are not eligible for free NHS treatment except if they need emergency treatment while in the UK. You are strongly advised to take out travel insurance to cover any medical expenses. If you come from a country that holds a UK healthcare agreement, you are entitled to free or reduced-cost medical treatment if needed immediately for a condition that started after your arrival in the UK. If you're visiting from Europe, you need to carry a valid EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) in case you need immediate and necessary medical treatment in an NHS hospital. Without this you can be charged for treatment. Travel insurance is still advisable as it offers greater flexibility over where and how you're treated, and can cover expenses not paid for by the NHS. Find out more on the NHS website www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad

  • Emergencies - Visitors should be aware of their personal safety. Call 999 for the emergency services (police, fire and ambulance) which is a free call from any phone. You can also call 112 for non-life threatening assistance and to report crimes. To report non-urgent crime, call the police on 101 from within the UK.

Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline:
    20 May 2016
  • Student bursary deadline:
    20 May 2016
  • Early registration deadline:
    03 August 2016
  • Registration deadline:
    25 August 2016