At Babraham, students have good opportunities to meet up with each other and with post-docs and researchers from the Institute and the Bioincubator, both informally over coffee in the Forum or during organised courses and seminars or other formal presentations. The student web page offers useful information about courses and lectures as well as bus timetables and an archive of photos from previous student parties! The Graduate Committee arranges a welcome party and a summer barbecue each year, which are held on site. In addition, students have the option of joining the Institute's Sports and Social Club, which organises trips, parties and the bar on site.
All students are also members of a Cambridge College, which provides additional sporting, social and cultural activities with other students from a range of different backgrounds and interests. Student life in Cambridge is very lively with hundreds of societies representing a range of interests from football to opera. Colleges generally provide graduate student accommodation at least for the first year of the PhD, although the quality and cost varies greatly.
Colleges also provide an additional network of pastoral support through College Graduate Tutors and the University Counselling Service. The Babraham Institute is uniquely placed within the University of Cambridge to provide students with excellent scientific training as well as stimulating and interesting lives outside of science.
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