One reason Cambridge is so peaceful is that students are not allowed to park a car within 5 miles of campus. That’s why there are thousands of bicycles in town. Students must live within 3 miles of Great St. Mary’s in the centre of town, so this is definitely not a commuter campus. You have to live here, so it’s easier to commit to the rowing team, the choir, the amateur dramatic society and to support your friends in their extra-curricular activities. Students are not allowed to work, so no part-time jobs on weekends. You’ll need that time for studying. To be accepted as a student at the University you must first apply to the college of your choice. The colleges are independent of the University, but Cambridge U grants your degree. Each college has a residence, a dining hall, a library and a chapel. You take your meals in this magnificent hall surrounded by portraits of the founding fathers. Selwyn is only 150 years old, so it’s one of the newest colleges.
Tomorrow I hope to see the Wren library, examine the Elgar autograph score at the Fitz, hear one last Evensong, and then a concert in the evening at King’s. That will be it for Cambridge : (
P.S. I had a nice encounter with a tabby cat on the sidewalk – first feline I’ve seen in a long time.