The Best Student pubs in Cambridge

Are you a student in Cambridge or looking to go to university in the city? If so, lucky you. It’s an incredible place to live and study. Not least because of the number of great pubs that are crammed into such a relatively small area. And let’s face it, going out for food and drinks is one of the best things about being at uni, isn’t it. So let’s dive straight into the best student pubs in Cambridge. 

The Eagle

Why it’s great for students: Get into the Cambridge spirit

Let’s start with the city’s most iconic pub. Yes, it’s a little touristy. But it’s also the quintessential Cambridge pub, packed with history and tradition. It’s really cool to immerse yourself in that and be a part of it while you’re a student in the city. The Eagle is famous for being the place where a couple of scientists excitedly announced they’d figured out the structure of DNA and “discovered the secret of life” in the process. What could be more inspirational for a student than getting into the city’s pioneering spirit – especially if you’re studying any of the sciences. Great minds drink alike, after all. 


The Bath House

Why it’s great for students: Some of the best value in town

A stone’s throw from King’s College, the Bath House is a less famous and therefore usually quieter version of the Eagle. It doesn’t have a beer garden, or stories to tell about the discovery of DNA, but it’s cheaper. And that’s one of the most important things to consider when we’re talking about the best pubs for students in Cambridge, right? Open ’til midnight Thursday to Saturday and 11pm the rest of the week, you can’t go wrong with the Bath House’s cask ales, wines and pub food. 


The Grain & Hop Store

Why it’s great for students: Shuffleboard, live music and deals

A group of Cambridge students were among the first to come up with a set of rules for football in the mid-19th century. They did so at Parker’s Piece, which is overlooked by the Grain & Hop Store – where you can watch live football on Sky Sports and TNT Sports. Also popular for its shuffleboard and live music, students get 20% off all food and drinks with the Student Beans app. There’s outdoor seating for those sunny days, while last orders are midnight over the weekend. 

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The Pickerel Inn

Why it’s great for students: Last orders 1am on Saturdays

Another of the top student pubs in Cambridge is the oldest pub in the city – the Pickerel Inn. Lying across the street from Magdalene College, it traces its history all the way back to 1608. Just imagine how many students have enjoyed a drink there over the years. Nowadays it’s great for people watching and also has a heated outdoor patio, open fireplaces and photos of various Cambridge societies on the walls. The Pickerel is also one of the pubs open the latest for your nights out in Cambridge, with last orders at 1am on Saturdays. 


The Milton Arms

Why it’s great for students: Cheap food, pool, live sport

If you’re looking for the best student pubs in Cambridge for food, the Milton Arms is hard to beat. Just a short stroll from the Westbrook Centre, this place has it all. An affordable Hungry Horse food menu where you can tuck into huge meals for cheap prices. Beer garden. Pool table. Sports on TV. What more could you ask for? Free Wi-Fi, perhaps. It has that too. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to go with your mates or family when they visit, with great regular food and drinks offers, the Milton Arms is the perfect place. 

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The Prince Regent

Why it’s great for students: one of the most popular student pubs in Cambridge

If you’re searching for student bars near you, make sure you check out the Prince Regent. Sandwiched between Downing College Quadrangle and Parker’s Piece, this pub’s right around the corner from Cambridge University Cricket Club. It’s one of the most popular student pubs in Cambridge, offering free Wi-Fi, a wide selection of beers, wines and spirits and a cosy outdoor area with heaters. 

As well as all these buzzing student pubs, Cambridge colleges usually have their own bars too. These can vary in price and quality, especially when they’re run by students. Whether you’re looking for a pub close to your college or near your student accommodation, enter your postcode via the button below to find the nearest pub to you. 

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