National Geographic : 1936 Sep
© National Geographic Society Finlay Photograph by Bernard Wakeman WILLIAM WORDSWORTH USED TO WANDER IN THE "BACKS" WHERE NOW STANDS ST.JOHN'S NEW COURT The poet describes undergraduate life of 150 years ago: "We sauntered, played, or rioted; we talked unprofitable talk atmorning hours; drifted about along the streets and walks, read lazily in trivial books." New Court, with its ivy-clad cloisters, stands inthe "backs" ontheCam's west bank. Cambridge University has more than 5,000 students. Most live in colleges, but many take lodgings in town during their three-year course.