Home to 25,000 students attending Britain’s top university and 35,000 workers in the ‘Silicon Fen’, Cambridge sustains a rich cultural mix, creating a dynamic atmosphere. The city’s lively student culture embraces four theatres, two concert halls, nightclubs, 20 cinema screens. The city has a wealth of bookshops, a fine museum and several art galleries. The vast Fitzwilliam Museum reveals ancient Egyptian relics, specimens collected by Darwin and masterpieces by Canaletto, Titian, Cézanne. Fascinating too is the Scott Polar Institute or the 1695 Wren Library. There are many architectural gems like Wren’s Emmanuel College Chapel, Foster’s Law Faculty Building and the world heritage site King’s College Chapel with its sublime choir. Corpus Christi’s mesmerising grasshopper clock, unveiled by Professor Stephen Hawking, is a popular attraction in central Cambridge.
Cambridge is a delight in any season – relax in its varied restaurants, cafés and pubs including The Eagle, where in 1953, Crick announced he and Watson had found DNA. Spend time in the parks and gardens: opposite the school is the expansive University Botanic Garden with over 8000 plant species and just up the road is Parker’s Piece, where in 1863 the basis of today’s Football Association rules were formed. Stroll along the river to the enchanting village of Grantchester and have tea at The Orchard – favourite haunt of Virginia Woolf, E.M Forster and Keynes.
As part of the OISE experience the social programme at OISE Cambridge is designed to extend language learning beyond the classroom in a culturally enriching environment. All activities are chosen to allow students to discover the character of Cambridge, whilst having fun and socialising and to offer students as many different contexts as possible in which to communicate in English.