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Cambridge life

Cambridge is a beautiful, exciting and dynamic city renowned as home to one of the world's most prestigious universities.

The 31 Cambridge colleges are an important part of the rich history and traditions of Cambridge, and attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

Cambridge in brief

  • Close to London - under an hour by train with direct links to Kings Cross and Liverpool Street stations 
  • Close to international airports - 30 minutes from London Stansted and 90 minutes from London Heathrow 
  • Total population - c. 108,000; student population: c. 22,000 
  • A heritage in finance - the University of Cambridge has a strong heritage in finance and its parent disciplines 
  • Financial networks - with investment banks, hedge funds, private equity firms and consultancies 
  • Thriving night-life - many restaurants, music venues, cinemas, galleries, museums and much more! 
  • Many sporting activities on offer - such as rowing and other team sports, swimming, private gyms and golf courses, as well as punting along the river Cam! 

King's Parade

View of King's Parade, Cambridge.

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College life

View of St Catharine's College, Cambridge.

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The Backs

View of the Backs, Cambridge.

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Taking part in college activities like rowing improved my teamwork skills and mental endurance.
Panayot Poshtov, MFin 2016

College life

As a Cambridge Master of Finance (MFin) student, you will automatically become a member of one of the colleges. Many (but not all) MFin students live in college, and you will usually spend some time eating and socialising there. Most colleges have their own library, chapel, dining hall and bar, and there is always a great range of sporting and cultural clubs and societies for you to enjoy.

Clubs and societies, social events, and sports teams are at the very heart of the college experience. In addition, many colleges have their own excellent sports grounds and facilities, which as a member, you are entitled to use.

College allocation can be discussed with the MFin Admissions Office once you hold a conditional offer. Please note that not all colleges accept MFin students and those that apply towards the end of the admissions cycle may find the choice and availability of college places is more limited. Therefore, early application is strongly advised.

Visit the online University of Cambridge Graduate Studies Prospectus to find out more about colleges and college life.

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The majority of single MFin students are housed in college accommodation which usually consists of a single room, with access to shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. College accommodation is not always within the college site, and many students are housed in college owned houses in residential streets around Cambridge.

Demand for college accommodation can often outstrip supply, particularly for students who will be bringing their partners or families. Students who apply late in the admissions cycle may also find that college accommodation is no longer available. If the college are unable to provide accommodation, or if you would prefer to rent your own flat or house, the University Accommodation Service can assist with the search for suitable private accommodation.

Why the Cambridge MFin?

The Cambridge MFin focuses on the theory and practice of finance, drawing upon the University of Cambridge's long heritage of excellence in teaching and research. We are one of only a few Master of Finance programmes in which 100% of the class has existing work experience in finance.

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