A recent study has decided Cambridge is the best city, in the UK, to be living in if there is a ‘Zombie Apocalypse’. Residents of Oxford, Preston, and Derby, however, ought to be worried if such a nightmarish situation was ever to be realised.
Cambridge won first prize due to the large amount of farmland surrounding the city, as well as the significant number of onshore wind farms and recycling centres.
The city even has its own ‘survival farm’, owned by Peter Dawe, equipped with an underground bunker. Some may remember Dawe as the Brexit Party candidate in the last general election, who styled himself as a ‘superhero’ and wore a cape at hustings. Dawe has kept the farm’s location secret, however, and it is unclear whether he will let others use it if we were to be overrun with zombies.
According to the company that commissioned the study, SaveOnEnergy, the large number of wind farms will be ‘useful in a zombie apocalypse when electricity is sparse or non-existent’, while the numerous recycling centres ‘can provide a whole host of items to help with day-to-day life, like wood for fires or old used furniture’.
Out of a maximum of 700 points, Cambridge received 348, just beating Swansea, on 341, and Belfast, on 329. With just 82 points Oxford was the worst performer principally due to its ‘lack of outdoor space and clean air’.
Out of the 40 cities considered by the report, however, Cambridge only came 29th for number of parks per 100,000 people. This means that there will be limited ‘green space’ available for people ‘to take advantage of’. While this might not concern students at Jesus or Churchill, it could be something for those thinking of applying to Caius or Pembroke to take into consideration.
While a ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ might seem unlikely, one student told TCS that the prospect ‘isn’t actually as outlandish as you might think. Prior to the pandemic, when walking through Sidgwick just before 9am on a Thursday I sometimes thought that the apocalypse had indeed arrived.’
SaveOnEnergy stated that while ‘much of the population believe that a zombie apocalypse is little more than a fictitious scenario, a number of Brits still fear the possibility, with pop culture leading some to believe that a zombie takeover remains a reasonable explanation of how the world might end.’
While it seems unlikely we will perish at the hands of zombies, this might provide reassurance to some.