PREPARATION AND TRAVEL

Visas

Prior to your arrival in Cambridge, we would strongly recommend checking whether or not you require a visa for the UK here.

If you need visa, on the application form for Chairs, Delegates and Members of the Press Team please indicate you need a visa. The CUIMUN team will send you a visa letter after payment has been made. Please note that the letter does not guarantee a visa to be acquired.

If you do require a visa, then we would like to ask you to bear in mind that arrangements to get one can take up to three weeks. Make sure that you do get one before coming to the UK and proceed carefully through the application resources and guidelines that can be found here.

Getting to Cambridge

By Car

We advise that visitors arriving by car use the Park and Ride services detailed at www.cambridgeparkandride.info. Visitors from the north can also use the Guided Busway Park and Ride - follow the signs for Longstanton Park and Ride from junction 29 of the A14. For more information see www.thebusway.info.

Disabled parking is available in the city’s car parks and on some streets. Please check details in advance with the Tourist Information Centre: www.visitCambridge.org.

By Bus

National bus services stop at Parkside, next to Parkers Piece.

By Train

Cambridge is well-connected by train and the station is located approximately one mile from the city centre (around 20 minutes on foot). There’s a taxi rank outside the station and buses run frequently between the station and city centre. For ticket purchases and journey planning information, see National Rail Enquiries.

Fly

The nearest airport to Cambridge is London Stansted, followed by London Heathrow and then London Gatwick. From London Stansted, there is a twice hourly direct train service to Cambridge which takes approximately 30 minutes. There is more than one bus service between Cambridge and Stansted Airport. For details see the National Express website. The airport bus stops at Parkside. The bus is the cheapest option from Heathrow Airport: there is an hourly bus to Cambridge which leaves from stops at both Heathrow Central Bus Station and Terminal 5. Timetables and information will be available at the airport, or check the National Express website. The journey takes just over two hours and arrives at Parkside. You can also travel to London King's Cross either on the London Underground Piccadilly line, or take the Heathrow Express to Paddington station and change to the London Underground Circle or Hammersmith & City lines. You can then travel by train from London King's Cross station to Cambridge. The best way to get from London Gatwick airport to Cambridge is to take the train. There is a frequent service from Gatwick to St. Pancras station, which is adjacent to King's Cross station, where you can catch a train to Cambridge.

Getting around Cambridge

The University’s faculties and departments and the Colleges are spread all over Cambridge, though most are within walking distance of the city centre. As Cambridge is fairly compact and better suited to pedestrians and cyclists than vehicles wherever practical and possible we recommend getting around the city on foot or by bike - these are often the quickest means of transport and are also best for getting a sense of the city.

The Universal bus service – operated by Whippet Coaches - runs frequently between Madingley Road Park and Ride and Addenbrooke’s Hospital via Cambridge Railway Station. This service connects both the Biomedical Campus and West Cambridge Site to Cambridge city centre.

There are other bus services as well. Please visit the Cambridgeshire County Council website. Both Google Maps and the University Map are very helpful in this regard.

Accommodation

Cambridge has a wide variety of offers on the table ranging from luxury hotels, budget business hotels to youth hostels. In the past delegates have booked accommodation through the YHA, Trip Advisor, Airbnb etc. University Colleges might have spare rooms that they are willing to rent if you manage to book them in advance. We would warmly recommend this list, which has been compiled by the University for visitors staying short periods of time in Cambridge. Ultimately, for delegates we encourage you to do your own research and see which alternatives work out best in accordance with your budget and travel plans. If you have any inquires about accommodation in Cambridge please email: delegates.cuimun@cuuna.org
Please note: Chairs and Delegates are expected to arrange their own accommodation, the Secretariat can only assist with providing suggestions for accommodation such as those listed here.

CONTACT US

Please don't hesitate to contact us by email if there's anything we can help you with.

Delegates team: delegates.cuimun@cuuna.org

Academics and Chairing: academics.cuimun@cuuna.org

Secretary General: secgen@cuuna.org

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