Having a family member or friend to travel to Cambridge with you on your first day is always helpful, but if this is not possible contact your College common room (known as a JCR or MCR) and they can arrange for people to meet or help you when you get into Cambridge. It’s most likely that you’ll be arriving and moving into your College on the first weekend of October. If you think you’ll have a lot of luggage, the easiest way to arrive in Cambridge is to drive. Your college will let you know about parking for arrivals weekend, but if you cannot come by car, you have the following options:
Arriving by train
Cambridge train station is located 1 mile (1.6 km) south-east of the city centre. Cambridge North train station is located 4.2 miles (6.7 km) north-east of the city centre. It is advisable if you have a lot of luggage to get a bus or taxi to your college. The only exceptions to this are Homerton College, which is approximately a 15 minute walk from Cambridge train station, and Girton College which takes about 15 minutes in a taxi.
Cambridge has multiple taxi companies, and it’s always good to have the number of at least one saved in your phone for emergencies.
Here are the numbers for a couple of companies:
- Panther cabs: 01223 715 715 and via their app
- Camcab: 01223 704 704 and via their app
- A1 Cabs: 01223 313 131
Arriving by coach/bus
National coaches will take you to Drummer Street or Parkside bus stops. Both are near the city centre and you can walk with a suitcase from here to most city centre Colleges. If you are taking luggage to a west Cambridge College (Robinson, Selwyn, Wolfson or Newnham) or a hill College (Fitzwilliam, Lucy Cavendish, Churchill, Murray Edwards, St Edmunds, Girton or Homerton) you may want to get a local bus or a taxi.
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