Cambridge FAQ and VISA Information

Accommodation

Where is the conference location?
The conference is being held at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. Information about the college can be found at http://www.fitz.cam.ac.uk/conferences. To see where the college is located in Cambridge, follow this Google Maps link.
Are towels and toiletries provided?
Towels and complimentary toiletries are provided in all rooms. For further details see our conference accommodation page.
Can I arrange additional accommodation prior to or following the conference?
Accommodation between the 3rd to the 6th Jan is included in the conference price. A limited number of rooms are available before the conference for the 2nd or afterwards for the night of the 6th. If you wish to book a room for the 2nd or 6th you should contact the college directly by email conference.office@fitz.cam.ac.uk. Please also let sarahlbdunlop@gmail.com know the extra nights you have booked for our records.

Travel

There is limited car parking available which we would like to reserve for people who have a genuine need to drive to the conference. Please contact nickshepherd@centreforyouthministry.ac.uk if you wish to enquire about booking a parking space. For the best details visit – http://www.fitz.cam.ac.uk/about/location/directions

By air:

From London Heathrow
: Take the tube, or Heathrow Express, and tube to Kings Cross (1 hour) and then train to Cambridge (45 mins). The fast train to Cambridge runs every 30 minutes. You will need to buy separate return tickets for the tube (about 5 pounds) and train (about 20 pounds). See www.nationalrail.co.uk 
b) There is a direct coach service to Cambridge (Jetlink). This runs every hour and costs 23 pounds. More details are available from Jetlink. Go to stop 18 at Terminal 4, or stop 9 at the central bus station. This is probably the easiest option.
c) If you hire a car leave Heathrow on the M4 westbound, take the first exit (Jn 4b) to join the M25 northbound at Jn 15. Follow the M25 to the M11 (Jn 27) and continue northbound to Cambridge. Leave the M11 at Junction 13 and drive along Madingley Road towards Cambridge. After Churchill College, turn left into Storey’s Way. Fitzwilliam is on your right after the first corner of Storey’s Way

From London Gatwick
: Take the Thameslink train to Kings Cross (1 hour?) and then train to Cambridge (45 mins). The fast train to Cambridge runs every 30 minutes. You should be able to buy a return ticket covering both trains at about 25 pounds. There is a Gatwick express to London Victoria, but this is more expensive and you will need to take the tube from Victoria to Kings Cross.
b) There is a direct coach service to Cambridge (Jetlink). This runs every hour and costs 30 pounds. More details are available from Jetlink. Go to South Terminal stop 8, or North Terminal stop 3.
c) If you hire a car leave Gatwick on the M23 northbound, continue to the end and join the M25 eastbound at Jn 7. Leave the M11 at Junction 13 and drive along Madingley Road towards Cambridge. After Churchill College, turn left into Storey’s Way. Fitzwilliam is on your right after the first corner of Storey’s Way

From London Stansted
: Take the train to Cambridge (45 mins). The cost is 13 pounds.
b) There is a direct coach service to Cambridge (Jetlink). This runs every hour and costs 11 pounds. More details are available from Jetlink. Go to bay 18.
c) If you hire a car leave Stansted on the M11 northbound to Cambridge. Leave at Jn 13 on the A1303 and turn right into Cambridge. Continue for about a mile until you come to a junction on your left, turn (crossing some speed bumps) and turn right at the top, following the signs to New Hall car park.

From London Luton
a: There is a direct coach service to Cambridge (Jetlink). This runs every hour and costs 13 pounds. More details are available from Jetlink. Go to stop B.
c) If you hire a car a map is advisable. Leave Luton on the A505 towards Hitchin, continue on the A505 through Baldock to Royston. Take the A10 towards Cambridge and join the M11 heading north just outside Cambridge. Leave at Jn 13 on the A1303 and turn right into Cambridge. Continue for about a mile until you come to a junction on your left, turn (crossing some speed bumps) and turn right at the top, following the signs to New Hall car park

From Birmingham International: take the train to Birmingham New Street where there is a direct connection to Cambridge
From East Midlands International take the transfer coach to East Midland Parkway station and take a train to Leicester where there is a direct connection to Cambridge. See http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ for further details and information on all other rail journeys.

From the station

The train station is situated on the South of Cambridge City Centre, and Fitzwilliam can easily be reached using taxis or buses. The town centre is approximately half way between the station and the College.
Please see a detailed street map of the route from the station to Fitzwilliam.

Purchasing tickets

National rail and London Underground tickets can be purchased from ticket offices and automated machines before boarding trains. You can also buy tickets on line at sites such as www.thetrainline.com or www.qjump.co.uk.
If you are likely to spend more than a day in London it is worth buying an Oyster card from a London Underground ticket office or Local shops displaying the Oyster card symbol. Oyster fares are much cheaper and cover all travel in Greater London see http://visitorshop.tfl.gov.uk/

Do I need a visa?

We welcome all colleagues who are actively involved in research in the field of youth ministry. If you are coming from outside the UK and would like to check whether a visa is required, we recommend that you visit the web site www.ukvisas.gov.uk, operated by the UK Home Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
If you require a letter confirming that your paper has been accepted we can provide this for you. If you need a letter confirming your registration, this can be provided; however it will only be issued after a delegate has registered for the conference and payment has been received. There can be no exceptions to this and no letters confirming registration will be issued before payment has been received. Additionally, we may require a reference from your academic institution. To request a letter confirming paper acceptance or registration please email sarahlbdunlop@gmail.com.

What will the weather be like?

Winter in Cambridge can be damp and cold with low temperatures (high 7C/45F, low 0C/ 32F), so be sure to bring a warm overcoat, scarf and gloves. Snow is infrequent, but there are often cold, clear, frosty days. Although there is often some fine, sunny weather at this time of year, January is one of the wettest months in Cambridge. If you are planning to visit outdoor locations, an umbrella is always a useful item to carry.

Will I have access to WiFi?

Access to the college WiFi will be available for all conference guests.

How do I get money?

The airports and train stations all have currency exchange desks and bank cashpoints (ATMs) that accept most credit and debit cards. If you will be using a credit card, it is sometimes advisable to inform your bank that you are travelling abroad.

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