A world-class university city

Cambridge is an historic and cosmopolitan university city, famous for its academic excellence. The Bell campus is set in beautiful grounds and within easy reach of the city centre. It has impressive study, social and leisure facilities, and offers a large contemporary learning centre, student games room and indoor and outdoor dining facilities, perfect for socialising after class. The Principal at Bell Cambridge is Frank Pinner - read his welcome message here - and meet the teachers.

For students studying English and preparing for university, few places can compare with the university city of Cambridge. It has a truly worldwide reputation for academic excellence and a lively student community, making it the perfect location for students who want to study English for general and educational purposes. Past students of the city have included Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. 

  • 30 newly-refurbished classrooms with interactive whiteboards
  • A large learning centre
  • Computer rooms with free internet access
  • Free higher education advisory service
  • Lift for disabled access
  • Restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining facilities
  • Outdoor sports facilities

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Travel information

From the airports

Most Bell students choose to fly into one of the London airports:

  • London Heathrow
  • London Gatwick
  • London Luton
  • London Stansted

Booking your transfer
For a smooth arrival, you can book an airport transfer with us to take you directly to your accommodation. You can book this via the online booking form as part of your course reservation.

By bus
If you’d prefer to arrange your own transport, an airport express bus service runs to Cambridge from all the above airports. You can buy a ticket on the bus or book online at the National Express website.

By train
Regular train services run from:

For train timetables visit the National Rail website

Eurostar terminal
The Eurostar terminal is located in the newly-refurbished St Pancras terminal. A train runs from King’s Cross station (in walking distance to the St Pancras terminal) direct to Cambridge, taking around 45 minutes.

If you decide to travel by bus or train, we recommend you take a taxi to your accommodation on arrival in Cambridge.

Getting around Cambridge

  • Bus - services around the city are fairly regular, but expensive. You can save money by buying weekly or monthly passes on board the bus. You can get more information at the Cambridge City Council website
  • Bike - travelling by bicycle is a popular way to travel in Cambridge, but can be dangerous. We recommend that before you hire a bike, you consult the Student Services Manager for more information on bicycle hire and safety. See our guide to cycling in Cambridge for more information.

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Language in Action

At Bell we encourage you to put your language into action through our structured activities and social programme. Our activities are a great way to make friends, explore the UK and most importantly practise your English.

You will be set clear learning objectives so you can track your progress along the way.

Choose to:

  • Visit historic and vibrant UK destinations such as London, Brighton, Bath, Cambridge and Oxford.

Examples include:

Orchard Tearooms, Granchester

A visit to Cambridge’s most famous and idyllic tearooms provides an opportunity to:

• practise making requests, such as buying a bus ticket or afternoon tea

• learn the history of the Orchard at Grantchester.

Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising

On this trip you will:

• learn how well-loved brands evolved through their creative use of packaging and advertising

• gain an insight into British culture.

• learn and develop skills through a range of activities from CV writing and public speaking to orienteering, drama, film or book clubs.


  • Learn and develop skills through a range of activities from CV writing and public speaking to orienteering, drama, film or book clubs.

Examples include:

Film Club

A great way to socialise and make friends while you:

• practise your listening skills

• learn about the making of films

• gain an understanding of how British culture is reflected in the film.

Baking Scones

Scones are a traditional British teatime treat. You will learn:

• how to make the perfect scone
• common verbs used in baking and the names of ingredients
• the history and tradition of the British cream tea.


Find out more about our activities and trips and view our calendar of events for each month.

Explore Cambridge

Home to the historic and world-famous University of Cambridge, the city’s streets are lined with beautiful old colleges, many dating back to the thirteenth century. These days, the city still has a lively student population and it’s a vibrant and cosmopolitan place to live with a large selection of museums, galleries, restaurants and entertainment on offer. Experience a classic English city and an 800 year-old centre of learning as you study with Bell to achieve your own academic goals. Find out more about where to visit in Cambridge.

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