The Cambridge Student Survival Guide
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The Cambridge Student Survival Guide

Bargain dinners, vintage clothing and the best big nights out – get these student-friendly hangouts on your radar!

Cheap eats in Cambridge

If you’re on a shoestring budget, there are some great in-the-know gems for cheap eats here in Cambridge.

Offering a street food-style experience with a Mexican flavour – is Nanna Mexico, whose Big Ass burritos are the stuff of legend and provide a hearty, hefty meal for under £10.

Another beloved spot is Tradizione, which has branches on Mill Road, Cherry Hinton Road and at Cambridge Station: pay a visit for well-priced Italian fare and BYOB to keep it wallet friendly.

Where to shop in Cambridge

Looking for a unique outfit? Jemporium Vintage on Burleigh Street is a treasure trove of clothing and accessories from the 1950s to the 1990s, and with fresh stock added daily, there’s always something new to discover.

Chill out with Cambridge café culture

Need somewhere to catch up on your reading list or meet a friend after a lecture? Hot Numbers (Gwydir Street and Trumpington Street) is always abuzz with students, and serves delicious coffee and cakes.

For a coffee or lunch with a view – head to Quayside’s Café Foy, which has outside tables overlooking the river and serves amazing cheese toasties.

A big night out in Cambridge

It might not have the buzzing nightlife of some other university towns, but there’s plenty of fun to be had on a Cambridge night on the tiles – if you know where to look.

For all-out cheese, head to Vinyl, where you’ll find a light-up dancefloor, an abundance of disco balls and a retro playlist which takes you from Abba to the Spice Girls.

Lola Lo’s puts a Tiki spin on nights out, with Polynesian cocktails, club classics and kitsch theme nights, while La Raza offers a more sophisticated option, with DJs and live bands in a stylish subterranean setting.

Slightly off the student beaten path, but absolutely worth a look, is Cambridge Junction, which plays host to big name bands and the odd club night, or try MASH, serving up drum and bass, funk, house and disco, depending on which night you visit.

Dine out in Cambridge with your parents

Book a table at The Orator to give your family a true taste of the city’s illustrious academic heritage. Housed in the historic Cambridge University Union, which has hosted Winston Churchill and the Dalai Lama to name a few, this brasserie and bar serves steaks, pasta, fish dishes and more – plus it’s got a gorgeous lawn to enjoy drinks on.

Top tip for cost-conscious students

If you’re a student at Cambridge University, you’re entitled to a CAMCard, which gives you discounts all over town. Get the full list of participating venues here:

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Did you know?

Take a wander around Cambridge between spring and autumn and you might be greeted by the sight of cattle roaming freely in parks and green spaces.