The Cultural Enrichment and Activities programs ensure that whenever students are not in class they have a wide range of opportunities available through which to further immerse themselves in local life and culture. From museum tours to choral concerts, sports and movie-nights, students have multiple options every day to satisfy their creative, intellectual, and gastronomic ambitions. The Activities Directors transform the program sites into laboratories in which students can actively, and safely, engage with their exciting surroundings.
Activities & Sports
Our extracurricular program maintains a healthy balance between study and leisure time that allows students to relax and unwind. To that end, the Activities Directors organize a full daily program of elective social events and sports. These typically include dances, quiz nights, talent shows, open mic nights, as well as many sports and activities.
Students may choose to participate in structured activities or take advantage of the hundreds of other opportunities that Cambridge provides. Our sports program includes aerobics, yoga, fitness classes, and English sports, such as cricket, lawn tennis, soccer, rounders, and touch rugby, as well as opportunities to play softball, basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, touch football, or to go jogging through the historic city of along scenic paths. For both fun and exercise, lessons in various forms of dance are part of the activities program, from Ballroom and Salsa to Zumba and Hip Hop. Avid swimmers are certain to enjoy the Jesus Green lido, one of the longest swimming pools in all of Europe.
Students might visit Trinity College’s Great Court, a lap of which was run by Olympians Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell in the classic English film, Chariots of Fire. Other pursuits include playing croquet, chess and board game tournaments, punting on the River Cam, staff-led country rambles, and walks to local villages and nearby historic sites.
Designed to complement students' class work, the cultural enrichment program ensures that whenever students are not in the classroom they have a range of cultural opportunities available. From museum tours to choral concerts, students have multiple options every day to satisfy their creative and intellectual ambitions. The Activities Directors transform Cambridge into a living museum, in which students can actively engage with the history and tradition around them.
From enjoying the Cambridge's Shakespeare Festival to looking for Oliver Cromwell’s head in Sidney Sussex College, students have nearly unlimited opportunities to explore the town. One might find students browsing an antiquarian bookshop, visiting an exhibition in the Fitzwilliam Museum or Kettle’s Yard, listening to Evensong in King's College Chapel, watching graduation take place at Senate House, or simply watching the world go by in a local café. The University of Cambridge has nine University museums. Aside from the University’s world-class collection of art and antiquities, the University is home to several collections that are certain to pique the interest of budding scientists; these award-winning museums include the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, Museum of Zoology, Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, and the Scott Polar Museum.
There are also many historical sites in each city that mark pivotal events in British history from early times to the present day. Every college is a fascinating chapter in the story of the University. Every moment is a glimpse into hundreds of years of intellectual endeavor and academic tradition.
With summer festivals, music, theater, art and museum exhibits, Cambridge offers unsurpassed opportunities for cultural exploration and adventure. We do our best to ensure that all our students make the most of their time in England.