Cambridge is only a one hour direct train ride from Hatfield. As well as being home to the famous university, Cambridge is a beautiful river city offering a breadth of culture, adventure and fun activities for students.

Things to do

There's something for everyone in this historic city. A great mix of galleries, a thriving theatre scene as well as opportunities to take in live music from local gigs to touring stars, the world-famous annual Folk Festival, Beer Festival, and popular Secret Garden Party festivals mean there is always something going on.

You can take advantage of all the green spaces by having a picnic in one of the many parks, going on a walking or cycling tour around the city and even punting on the river Cam.

I love how relaxed Cambridge is. Shopping is fun, walking around the parks is great to unwind but punting has to be my top tip. You can get someone to give you a tour and do the work, but it's much better to hire a boat with some friends and do it for yourself - just don't fall in! It's so easy to get to the city from Hatfield, it makes a perfect stress-busting day trip.

Emily Needham

MA Modern Literary Cultures

Every April and November, the city hosts the Cambridge Literary Festival which offers a programme of lively events across all genres of literature and attracts authors and literary luminaries to the area.

If you fancy doing some shopping during your visit to the city, Cambridge offers a varied mix of shopping options to suit your interests. From the Saturday Garden Art and Craft market to the shopping centre which offers a mix of high street brands, designer labels and boutiques and independent shops.

Getting further afield

Cambridge is served by a major railway interchange which is situated about one mile south-east of the city centre.

Frequent and fast trains run to London Liverpool Street as well as major destinations such as King's Lynn, Norwich and Ipswich.

Getting to the city is easy by train but if you do want to travel by car you can make use of the bus services linking five Park and Ride sites - all of which operate seven days a week.