With two large universities in this relatively small city, Cambridge is a hive of student activity. Being a student in Cambridge is the chance of a lifetime that you shouldn't pass up. While you will be expected to study (it is 'study' abroad after all), as long as you employ good study habits and time management you should have ample time to experience Cambridge and the rest of Europe.
You should have a look at all there is to do in and around Cambridge on the Get to Know Cambridge page, but being an INSTEP-WFU student in Cambridge does afford you some benefits that the typical tourist never gets to experience. All INSTEP-WFU Cambridge students are temporary members of The Cambridge Union Society (CUS). The CUS is home to the historic Cambridge debate chamber, a private library and student run cafe. It's here that you can attend a lecture or debate, grab a meal in the cafe or just find a quiet place to study. The CUS is also a great place to meet and interact with Cambridge students.
INSTEP-WFU students are also encouraged to join a club or society through the Cambridge University Student Union (CUSU). There are currently more than 500 clubs and societies sponsored by CUSU that range in topics such as academic interests, sports, food and drink, culture and outdoors activities. While not all clubs and societies are open to INSTEP-WFU students, many are. To name just a few, past INSTEP-WFU students have participated in clubs and societies focusing on American football, ice hockey, fencing, economics, wine, mathematics and religion.
All INSTEP-WFU students in Cambridge are temporary members of the Marshall Library located in the Department of Economics at the University of Cambridge. The library has ample study space and also contains many sources required in the courses. In addition, students can participate in many of the special topics lectures at the university known as Cambridge Talks. As you will see, there are a wide range of lectures to choose from during term time.
Another important aspect of being a student in Cambridge is the ability to travel to other parts of the United Kingdom and Europe. While your studies should take priority over travel, with good study habits and time management students find ample time to explore. Check out our dedicated page on travel possibilities from Cambridge.