Don't forget to phone home, Lily: The model-turned-student bears an uncanny resemblance to ET

She's got the bike, the hood and a mobile to phone home. If she were to jump into the carrying basket, the ET impersonation would be complete

Not, perhaps, the comparison Lily Cole was aiming for when she struck this archetypal student pose in Cambridge.

The 20-year-old model, who is studying history of art there, has managed to squeeze trips to New York and London into her first weeks of university, but is now burying her head in her books once more.

Lily Cole

Otherworldly:  With her bike, hood and mobile phone, Lily Cole bears a resemblance to E.T.

But she is still managing to bring a touch of catwalk style to the usually bohemian student world.

Cycling around the city on a vintage-style pushbike yesterday, Miss Cole wore a fashionable purple hooded knitwear cardigan.

As any fashionista worth their salt knows, knitwear is very big this season and such an image is bound to be reproduced on the pages of glossy magazines, meaning Miss Cole still gets her exposure despite being miles from the catwalk.

Miss Cole, who models for Marks and Spencer, is proving rather an unconventional university student all round.

Lily Cole

Uncanny: If she were to jump in the basket, Miss Cole's impersonation of the lovable movie alien would be complete

On Saturday, she mingled with stars including Lindsay Lohan, Chaka Khan, N*E*R*D and MIA at the Diesel xXx 30th Anniversary Rock & Roll Circus celebration at Brooklyn Waterfront's Pier 3.

Miss Cole won a place at Cambridge two years ago after achieving straight-As to study social and political sciences but took two years off to concentrate on her modelling career.

She went on to switch her degree choice.

Lily Cole pictured leaving Kings College , Cambridge on her new bike.

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