General info

Cambridge is in the western European time zone (GMT).
The city, like most of the UK, has a maritime climate highly influenced by the Gulf Stream.Average temperature in winter is around 10º Celsius (50º Fahrenheit). Average temperature in summer is around 18º Celsius (65º Fahrenheit).
The official language is English.
Across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the UK’s currency is pounds sterling. You may see pounds sterling referred to as GBP. The symbol ‘£’ means pound, and ‘p’ is an abbreviation for pence (there are 100 pence in one pound). Informally, people sometimes refer to pounds as 'quid', and pence simply as ‘p’. Coins are available in 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2 denominations, while bank notes are divided into £5, £10, £20 and £50 amounts.

Most UK stores and businesses accept cash, debit cards and credit cards. Some retailers still accept cheques, but many don't anymore. In small shops or on buses, you may be asked if you have any 'change' (small amounts of money, particularly coins), as large notes may not be accepted.
When you pay for your shopping using a debit card, you may be asked, 'Would you like some cash back?' This is a way of obtaining money from your own bank account, equivalent to using a cash machine (ATM).
There are no special health requirements, with the exception of vaccination certificates for persons coming from areas where yellow fever is endemic, at the present there are no special health requirements.
Cambridge is a compact city with a wonderful choice of shops. From the hustle and bustle of the city’s seven-days-a-week market where you can rub shoulders with the locals in Market Square and the Saturday All Saint’s Garden Art and Craft market, to an abundance of boutiques and independent shops as well as high street brands, designer labels and Shopping Centres
Cambridge has it all.
% of VAT
  What the rate applies to
  Most goods and services
  Some goods and services, eg. children's car seats and home energy                
  Zero-rated goods and services, eg. most food, children's clothes

For non E.U. residents, tax free shopping schemes are available in many shops, which give substantial reimbursements to visitors.
Cambridge boasts a delicious choice of places to eat and drink, whatever your appetite there is something to suit all tastes.
For a romantic dinner for two, why not choose an intimate brasserie dining setting at one of Cambridge's many hotels, or choose from an extravagant fine dining experience at some of the region's best Michelin Starred restaurants.
If you are looking for something a little less formal, the city and surrounding villages are host to some of the best pubs in the region, you can choose to dine at some of the vibrant and bustling inner city pubs and bars or take a trip out into the coutryside to visit one of the many village pubs available.
For the best places for mums and dads to take the family, there are a number of family-friendly restaurants where the little ones can run around and make as much noise as they like.
For those of you that enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea or barista coffee, we have some of the best around, from charming tea rooms to quaint coffee shops, spilling out onto the bustling Market Square, linning King's Parade or tucked away in quiet back streets - whatever you favour, Cambridge has something to suit.

British cuisine has numerous national and local varieties, as well as Scottish, English and Welsh cuisine, which each of them has extended their own regional dishes.
Some of the main meal dishes are Toad-in-the-Hole (made of sausages wrapped in batter and roasted), Roast Meats (beef, pork, lamb, chicken, duck, goose, gammon and turkey), Lancashire Hotpot (casserole of vegetables and meat topped with cut potatoes), Bubble & Squeak (made of cabbage, carrots, peas, potato, Brussels sprouts and other vegetables), fish and chips and gammon steak with egg.
Some delicious salads that may encounter in the country are Chickpea Salad (made of chickpeas mixed with fresh herbs, garlic and cucumber), King Prawn Salad (cooked king prawns with vegetables), Mozzarella and Beetroot Salad (pieces of beetroot with mozzarella, flavored with a beetroot vinaigrette), Potato Salad (served with a slice of garlic bread) and Roast Vegetable and Feta Salad (made of vegetables, chick-peas and baby spinach).
Pudding is one of the famous desserts in the country. There are several variations of puddings like Spotted Dick (sponge pudding with raisins and sultanas), Trifle (layers of sponge cake with fruit, custard and whipped cream), Apple Crumble (served with cream and custard), Hasty Pudding (steamed pudding of butter, cinnamon, eggs, flour and milk), Semolina Pudding (made of eggs, milk, flavoring and sugaring), Roly-poly (made of fruits rolled up in dough and baked), Treacle pudding (with a syrup topping), Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. Other desserts include Banoffee pie, ice creams, lardy cake, lemon meringue, strawberry cheesecake and vanilla crème brulee.
The usual drinks in the country are tea (most Britons like strong and dark tea with milk), coffee, beer, soft drinks, and wine.

Clinics and hospitals provide 24 hrs emergency service. The european emergency phone number is 112. It is used alongside the national emergency number 999.
Disabled people can contact 112 via SMS (this requires preregistration) or text relay using the access code 18000.

Electrical current is 230 volts at a frequency of 50 hertz and the Power plug is type G like the image below:

The city of Cambridge prohibits:
  • Smoking in smaller parks (15,000 square feet or less) and tot lots, and at city-permitted events;
  • Use of e-cigarettes in settings where tobacco products are prohibited, such as restaurants, social clubs, and all indoor workplaces;
  • Smoking in restaurant or bar outdoor seating areas on city-owned property (e.g., sidewalks) where food is served. Electronic cigarettes and hookahs are allowed in seating areas on private property, such as restaurant back patios; 
  • Smoking in all rooms at inns, hotels, motels, and bed & breakfasts;

Telephones – Even though most Londoners have cell phones, you’ll still find brightly painted red call boxes dotted around town. The ones that say "telephone” are coin operated and the ones that say "phone card” only take cards
These days the minimum cost for a call from a public phone call box is 60p (20p for the call and 40p for the connection), and it will give you up to 30 minutes for either a local or national call, though some phone numbers are excluded from this tariff. 
With the old-style British public phones, you should dial first and only insert your change when you hear the beeping sound (your cue to put the coins in), which means that the call has been answered. With the more modern phone boxes, you put the money in first before you dial. 
Other ways to pay for your call from a public phone box include getting a phone card from British Telecom or using your credit/debit card and PIN number. 
If you are going to be making several international calls you may want to get an international phone card from your local post office. Some of the call boxes in London (as elsewhere in the United Kingdom) are very sophisticated these days and will let you send a text message, email, or fax.

All British cell phones start with one of the following prefixes: 074, 075, 077, 078, or 079. The prefixes for "freephone” numbers (toll-free numbers) in the United Kingdom are 0500, 0800, and 0808. (Be aware that British mobile operators may charge for calls to freephone numbers.) Numbers beginning with 09, 118, and 0871/2/3 are premium rate and cost more than the standard rate.

To call United Kingdom from abroad, you need to dial the international code 00 plus United Kingdom's country code 44. To call abroad from United Kingdom, dial 00, followed by the country code, the city code and the number required. The various country codes are displayed in public telephones.

Internet – Wireless internet (Wi-Fi) has become increasingly common in the United Kingdom whether its free or paid for.

Most hotels will offer in-house wireless internet. The log in code if this is the case will be in your room information pack. In larger cities, simply sitting in a café and checking for Wi-Fi will work, but visitors must be aware of the following safety points when considering Wi-Fi:

  • It is an offence in the United Kingdom to use wireless internet without being given the express permission of the administrator. Check for "Free Wi-Fi" or "Wi-Fi Access Here" signs before logging on.
  • Connecting to a Wi-Fi network without an adequate firewall poses a security risk to your device.
  • Attempting to connect to a person's private Wi-Fi router is known as "freeloading" and is an offence, punishable by law. The web site has a very hard to navigate database of people who offer their Wi-Fi for free.
-  International Emergency Number: 999 | European Emergency Number: 112
-  London Stansted Airport: +44 (0) 844 335 1803
   (calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge)
-  Flight arrival and departure times: 
-  Baggage Claim (lost and found): +44 (0) 844 824 3109
   (London Stansted Airport - phone line open 13:00 to 17:00 daily) or
-  Cambridge Tourist Information Centre: +44 (0) 871 226
-  Cambridgeshire Constabulary: 101

Queens' College
University of Cambridge

Lucy Cavendish College, 
Cambridge CB3 0BU,
University of Cambridge

St John's College
University of Cambridge

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