The conference will take place in the Faculty of Education (Donald McIntyre Building – Hills Road, Cambridge). The Faculty is located just south of Cambridge City Centre, in close proximity to the Cambridge’s Rail Station.
Homerton College is directly adjacent to the Faculty. Homerton will be the location of the conference dinner and can also offer a limited amount of reasonably priced en-suite accommodation to attendees (see below for information). Homerton is one of the most attractive colleges in Cambridge, with a mixture of old and new buildings set in spacious wooded grounds.
General details about reaching the Faculty of Education (by train, bus, etc) can be found on the Faculty of Education website [https://www.educ.cam.ac.uk/about/reachus].
Further information about the rooms being used during the conference will be provided in due course.
General details about reaching the Faculty of Education (by train, bus, etc) can be found on the
Faculty of Education website.
Getting to Cambridge
The closest airport is Stansted. Two trains run every hour from Stansted direct to Cambridge (between approximately 05:00 and 23:00).
Cambridge Rail Station
There are several trains every hour from London Terminals (Kings Cross and Liverpool Street) to Cambridge Station. The journey can take between 45 and 85 minutes.
Please note, a new station recently opened near the City named ‘Cambridge North’. This is approximately 4 miles from the conference venue so travel there is not recommended.
Getting to the Faculty of Education
From the Train Station
The Faculty of Education is approximately a 15-minute walk from the train station (https://goo.gl/maps/k8d7zYUFqgT2). There is a taxi rank outside the rail station, and a taxi journey costs approximately £5 to the Faculty.
From the City Centre
Stagecoach Citi bus services (Number 1 and 3) go from Cambridge City Centre and stop very close to the Faculty. Bus tickets can be paid for on the bus by cash or contactless card. Details of bus maps and timetables can be found here: https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/travel-roads-and-parking/buses/bus-timetables/
Cambridge is not very car-friendly! We strongly recommend you do not travel by car unless absolutely necessary. If you are coming by car, check if your accommodation has parking, as on-street parking is very limited and paid parking can be costly. The following website [https://www.visitcambridge.org/visitor-information/accessibility] has information for disabled visitors on parking in Cambridge.
Cambridge has a number of Hotels and Bed & Breakfasts. These can, however, often be quite expensive and get booked up quickly. We recommend looking for accommodation early as Cambridge is a busy and vibrant city in the summer months.
A limited number of single en-suite bedrooms are available at Homerton College. These are located within six residential buildings overlooking the College grounds and gardens, and are easily accessible from the Faculty of Education (3-minute walk). All come with an en-suite shower room or ‘wet room’, and each floor houses specially adapted wheelchair-friendly rooms. Tea and coffee making facilities are standard in each bedroom along with a telephone, ethernet point and toiletries. Free wireless internet access is available on-site. Rooms cost £87 per night (inclusive of tax) on a bed and breakfast basis.
Attendees can book and pay for their own room online through Homerton’s website:
Attendees should use the Promotional Code kx32459EARLI
Other Accommodation Options
During the summer, affordable accommodation can often be booked at a range of Cambridge Colleges through the University Rooms website [LINK: https://www.universityrooms.com/en-GB/city/cambridge/home]. Some of the colleges in which rooms are available are located in the City Centre (approx. 20-minute walk to the Faculty). The cost of a single room with a shared bathroom starts at around £50.
Located opposite the Faculty of Education, the Bridge Guest House [https://www.bridgeguesthouse.co.uk/] offers simple, comfortable accommodation from around £60 per night.
Further information on accommodation in Cambridge can be found here [https://www.visitcambridge.org/accommodation/]
Combining the conference with SIG 10 & 21 conference, tips for travel between the two conferences
On the same week, there is an interesting conference co-organized by SIG 10 (Social Interaction in Learning and Instruction) and SIG 21 (Learning and Teaching in Culturally Diverse Settings) in Luxemburg on August 30-31, 2018. For more information, see https://earli.org/SIG10-21. The conference dates have been planned so that is easy to combine these two conferences.
There are cheap and direct flights from London Stansted to Luxemburg by Ryan Air (Flight time 1h 25 min). From Cambridge, you can reach the Stansted Airport by direct train in 35 minutes.
A conference dinner is being arranged at Homerton College for the evening of Monday 27th August. Further details (e.g. exact location, menu) will be available in due course.
Things to see/do
General information on Cambridge itself is available here [www.visitcambridge.org] and here [https://www.lonelyplanet.com/england/eastern-england/cambridge]
What to do and where to eat in Cambridge
Cambridge has a number of very good restaurants, pubs and cafés. There are also plenty of attractions for visitors to the city, particularly in the summer months. The links below provide some information on these:
Cost-free visitor activities: http://www.cambridgetouristinformation.co.uk/free-things-to-do/
Cambridge visitor guide: https://www.visitcambridge.org/things-to-do
Recommended pubs in Cambridge: https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/whats-on/10-best-pubs-in-cambridge-13492304
See also Trip Advisor’s page on Cambridge: https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Tourism-g186225-Cambridge_Cambridgeshire_England-Vacations.html