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Cambridge University: Punting along the River Cam

Cambridge is a unique and beautiful city in which to spend 12 months studying for your MBA. It is a small town, easy to cycle across, with plenty of green space and beautiful historic architecture. Our students enjoy the setting as an inspiring backdrop for study and collaboration. But Cambridge is only 45 minutes from London by train, so you will also feel connected to the capital and the opportunities for work and leisure there.
Cambridge Judge Business School sits right in the middle of the city, surrounded by Colleges, and is a few minutes’ walk from Kings College Chapel and the River Cam.

City of Cambridge

Cambridge is a thriving city for business and is referred to as the ‘Silicon Fen’ because of the high density of technology innovation and start-up activity in the city.

Entrepreneurship & innovation

  • Cambridge attracts the largest investment per capita in Europe (five times that of London)
  • Total amount of capital (including VC) invested in Cambridge start-ups is £600m
  • 900 high-tech firms operate within 50 miles of the city Centre – 36 per cent in healthcare and life sciences, 24 per cent in IT and 16 per cent in communications

Find out more about the Cambridge cluster

Cambridge Judge Business School

Established in 1990, the building was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II upon completion in August 1995. Under appointment of architect John Outram, the building reflects our focus on interaction and collaboration, incorporating large break out areas to stimulate a networking environment. This can also be reflected in the seminar balconies, rather like opera boxes, for individuals to collaborate on projects.

As a Cambridge MBA, the majority of your time will be spent at Cambridge Judge Business School, where most of your lectures, meetings, careers sessions and leadership events will take place. With its central location in the city, you are able to connect easily with your College environment and other sites in the city.

Your College experience

All Cambridge MBAs become a member of one of the University's Colleges, allowing students to experience the rich history and traditions of the University of Cambridge. Colleges offer accommodation including facilities for dining and socialising. Most MBAs choose to live in their College, with some providing single or family accommodation.

Each College has its own internal governance and procedures. They select their own students, subject to University regulations, and most admit both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

It is the responsibility of the MBA Admissions team to apply and secure a College place for you. This process happens after you have accepted an offer to join the MBA.

Read more about the College application process

College life will enable you to diversify your School network – to meet and be inspired by students and academics from a wide range of disciplines. This exciting mix of individuals has led to exciting and fruitful collaborations - MBAs have joined forces with collegiate peers to combine knowledge and skills to create new ventures.

Visit the University website to find out about Colleges

Your accomodation

The majority of single MBA students are offered accommodation by their College. You can expect different facilities in different Colleges, some may offer more modern facilities including en-suite bathrooms whilst others may not. It is important to note that not all College accommodation is situated within the main College grounds and that many graduates live in College houses in and around the easily accessible city centre.

Learn more about accommodation for MBAs

Partners & family

We understand that opting to do an MBA is a joint decision for candidates with partners and family. We welcome and encourage partners to our open days (running throughout the year) and interview days. We also invite current MBA partners to provide insight to those attending. We also provide support in finding family friendly accommodation and advise you of the several Colleges that provide family sized apartments.

The City as a location for families

Cambridge is an ideal location for couples and families with children. Small with green spaces and beautiful architecture, Cambridge also offers a wide range of cultural, educational and leisure activities and is easily accessible from the rest of the UK and overseas. With a cosmopolitan population, schools in Cambridge welcome children from around the world. The University also runs two nurseries in the city for University members, close to the School.

We provide support where we can upon your arrival to help you and your family settle in. You will also be within a community of partners and families if you decide to live in your College. The University has a wide range of facilities and services for students with children and can provide advice on healthcare, accommodation, childcare and financial help available to you.

Find out more about the Central Childcare Bursary Scheme

Read the Cambridge guide for student parents

View the CUSU childcare information

Find out more about childcare information services for Cambridgeshire

Learn more about College life as a Cambridge MBA

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