The University of Cambridge is committed to supporting local businesses and a range of local discounts have been incorporated into the CAMbens Discount scheme. Full details can be found on the CAMbens Discounts website.
Eating out and shopping
Local Secrets vouchers
University staff can take advantage of Local Secrets eating out and shopping privileges. Many restaurants, pubs and other places in Cambridge and the local area participate in the scheme. Just click on the link above, print the vouchers and show them with your University card.
The Cambridge Chop Houses
Obtain a 10% discount (Monday to Friday only, up to 4 people per table) by showing your University card when asking for the bill at The Cambridge Chop House. This discount is available to students, fellows, and faculty members as well as employees. Call 01223 359506 for Kings Parade or 353110 for St Johns Chop House, Northampton Street if you wish to make a reservation.
University employees are eligible to receive a discounted rate off the cost of one of BUPA's private medical schemes for individual members (BUPACare). The scheme offers a discount of 56% on normal premiums, although you must apply and pay the premiums directly to BUPA. Cover is available for spouses, civil partnership couples and families, as is the option to transfer membership from an existing BUPACare scheme. However, should you wish to transfer existing membership please be aware that, in order to take advantage of this discount, BUPA will almost certainly request a further medical history declaration from you. They will then reserve the right to exclude existing conditions from cover. Application packs are available from Deborah Hough in the Pensions Office on 01223 331202.
University employees can receive special rates with Health Shield, a not-for-profit mutual organisation that provides flexible health care cash plans. The scheme provides a wide range of benefits from dental treatment to hospital benefits with payments starting from £1.85 a week. It can be used on its own or as a complementary addition to private medical insurance. The scheme is available to all University employees. University employees to arrange their own cover, with deductions made through the payroll. For further information and application details, visit the Health Shield website. You should refer to the Corporate Scheme in the benefits tables to see the preferential rates available to you. Alternatively, telephone 01270 503931.
Cambridge Complementary Health Centre
On production of your University card, University employees can access a range of discounted treatments from the team of therapists at the Cambridge Complementary Health Centre (located in the city centre). Therapists offer an individual treatment rate and discount (up to 25%). Please note, not all therapists will offer this discount, please check at the time of booking. Telephone 01223 355344 to make further enquiries or an appointment.
Blue Fitness, Cambridge University Centre
Blue Fitness is available for all University members to join, including all current staff and students, College staff, alumni, retired University staff, visitors to the University and spouses of members. Discounted membership fees are available on an annual, quarterly or monthly basis. For more information call 01223 337766, visit the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LivingWell Health Club
The LivingWell Health Club is based at the hotel Doubletree by Hilton Cambridge and offers staff a discounted joining fee of £25.00 and a monthly membership fee of £44 per month (for a minimum period of 6 months). If you are interested, contact Nicky Blanning (email@example.com) at the Accommodation Service.
Nuffield Health, Fitness and Wellbeing
Nuffield Health, Fitness and Wellbeing (not far from the Beehive Centre) offers University staff a wide variety of discounted 3 month and 12 month memberships with prices starting at £48 a month. For a chance to try the club for free for 2 days or for more information about memberships please call 01223 868102.
Moving and storage
Bishop's Move provide Local, National and Global moving services including full Relocation assistance and HomeSearch services. To access your 10% discount, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01293 613027.
Doree Bonner International
Abels Moving Service
To access a 10% discount on removals, contact Abels Moving Service via their website www.abels.co.uk.
Cycle Shop Discounts
A number of cycle shops offer discounts on cycles and accessories to University employees. All you need to do is show your University card. Details can be seen at:
Zipcar offers a range of self-service pay-as-you-go cars to University employees with a discounted joining fee.
Zipcar's range of self service cars and vans are available 24/7 for rent by the hour, day, week or month. With a large range of vehicles throughout Cambridge, Zipcar is a convenient, cost efficient, environmentally conscious alternative to owning your own car.
Hourly rates start from £5 or £49 for 24 hours, inclusive of fuel, insurance and tax.
Half-price private membership (£29.50) and £30 driving credit valid for 30 days are available for University of Cambridge staff and students. Visit www.zipcar.co.uk/cambridgeuni to register.
The University part-funds the Uni 4 bus service, which runs from Madingley Road Park and Ride to Addenbrooke's Hospital Bus Station, via many University sites. Current members of the University can travel for a discounted fare of 80p per journey on the Uni 4 on presentation of their University Card.
Travel by Train
A 10% discount rate on the purchase of train season tickets and bulk buy tickets is now available for staff of the University of Cambridge.
Exclusive CAMbens Savings Account
The Cambridge Building Society in conjunction with the University of Cambridge and CAMbens has launched an instant access savings account.
Exclusive to employees of the University of Cambridge, the account can be opened in two city centre branches; St Andrews Street or Grafton Centre and managed in any of 18 branches, located in Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Hertfordshire.
Santander financial products
Santander has been serving the Cambridge University community since 2009. The bank provides tailored services to students and staff and launches products on regular basis that offer better conditions than those offered in other Santander branches.
A range of preferential mortgage rates are available exclusively to University staff. For more information about mortgage rates and other products please contact Branch Manager Kevin Bardwell (tel. 05511430046, email email@example.com) or visit your University branch on 60 St Andrew's Street.
Santander has launched its new freedom mortgage range available to staff giving you the option of freedom to join with no booking fees, freedom to save with a free valuation and £250 cashback on standard legal fees, freedom to overpay and freedom to leave with no early repayment charges on selected products only.
A new campaign has also been launched on 1 November 2013 whereby any University of Cambridge staff member who is accepted for a mortgage will also receive 20 free shares in the bank if they apply before 31 January 2014, or until 100 sets of shares have been allocated. The application must be completed at the branch through a mortgage adviser, or using the mortgage telephone team if the in branch team set up the appointment.
Almary Green has 4 advisors in the Cambridge area that offer advice on all aspects of financial planning including mortgages, pensions, divorce and investments. They offer a discount to University staff of £25 per hour off their hourly rates (please quote AGI-CAMB UNI).
Money Wise IFA Limited has provided financial advice in Cambridge and to University staff since 1962. They arrange initial meetings at no charge to establish whether or not they can help and to clarify the issues and to identify options. At the end of this meeting they will explain the actions that should be taken, and, if appropriate, the work that should be completed and any associated fees. If they recommend work should be carried out on your behalf they reduce their usual initial advice fee by 20%. Call Oliver Bridgman on 01223 211122 to arrange a meeting.
NW Brown Group
NW Brown began life as a partnership in Cambridge in 1974 and today comprises several subsidiary companies together offering a comprehensive range of financial services including Financial Planning, Life and Pensions, Investment Management, Employee Benefits, General Insurance and Mortgages. We are pleased to offer discounts on our charges and welcome enquiries about our services.
Other local retailers
Scudamore's Punting Company
Scudamore's offer discounted rates on self-hire of punts, canoes, rowboats and kayaks for University staff when they show their University Card. The discounts include up to £5 per hour off standard hourly rates and up to £20 off day and overnight rates. Please see Scudamores website for further details.
Cambridge University Press
Visit the Cambridge University bookshop on Trinity Street and show your University card to obtain a 20% discount on any purchase.
Premier Travel Agency
Premier Travel Agency offers University Staff a 5% discount on selected package holidays, upon production of your University card. Please contact Wendy at Premier Travel on 01223 503000 (Addenbrooke's site).
Sit ’n’ Sleep
Sit ’n’ Sleep sells sofa beds, futons, and futon accessories. Visit the shop or telephone 01223 290941 to place an order and obtain a 10% discount
Cotswold Outdoor specialise in outdoor clothing and equipment and offer University of Cambridge staff a 15% discount in store (6–7 Bridge Street, Cambridge) on presentation of a University card.