There’s no shortage of things to do when you put your study books down in Cambridge. As well as functions organised by college and the countless societies you will doubtless join, there are plenty of the more traditional pubs, clubs and the like scattered about. Cambridge is really quite small, everywhere is within 15 minutes’ walk. This is especially useful at night when attempting to stumble/crawl home (mainly as you are not tempted to try and use your bike). Your primary port of call, as always, should be the college bar – there’ll always be a smiling face there and Duncan (our barman) will be happy to pull you a reasonably priced pint.

The JCSU put on a variety of Entertainments, or Ents throughout the year. In charge of these are Amelia and Zanthe – they can be reached by e-mail at It’s their job to organise the College bops, bands, bingo, barbecues and bookings of the Party Room. The Bar has recently undergone a complete facelift – it has been considerably expanded and modernised. It has comfy seats, flat screen TVs, a table football table and the ever-popular wiidance.

Last year we held frequent classic bops, a bingo night, a pub quiz, and an extremely successful summer garden party, where we basked in the glorious May sunshine, munched on some great barbecued nosh and were entertained by Jesus and the University’s best bands. Every Monday night during term we put on an ents night – we’ve had open mike nights, Jesus College Big Band and even a steel pan band.


There are 4 main clubs in Cambridge that host nights for primarily Cambridge University students. These are:

  • Fez  – This is a Moroccan themed club on Market Passage. It’s building up a committed following on Sunday nights.
  • Cindies – Officially called Ballare, Cindies is situated just behind Lion’s Yard. Tuesday and Wednesday night Cindies are probably the busiest and most popular nights in Cambridge. Get there early to avoid queueing.
  • Life – Officially Kuda, Life is just off Sidney Street and so is the closest to Jesus. Their main club night is Sunday. Although hot and sweaty, we still love Life. They also hold a popular LGBT night on Mondays.
  • Lola Lo’s – Lola Lo’s the the furthest away club (still only a 5-10 minute walk/stumble), and can be found on Corn Exchange Street. With 3 floors all playing different music, you’ll be sure to find something you like.

On top of this, some college’s run weekly events that are open to Cambridge students of any college. Clare Cellars and Emma Ents are probably the most established, and are certainly worth checking out.