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Frequently asked questions about the University of Cambridge Open Days.

What are the Cambridge Open Days?

Each year the Collegiate University opens its doors for two days at the end of June / beginning of July. The events are designed to give prospective undergraduate applicants an insight into what it’s like to study at the University of Cambridge.

What is a College Only Ticket?

A College Only ticket allows you to access all of the Colleges in Cambridge, providing you with the opportunity to meet with current undergraduate students and academic members of staff. This ticket type does not grant you entry into the general or departmental presentations.

What are College-specific events?

Some Colleges will offer College-specific events on 6 and 7 July. You can choose whether to attend the Cambridge Open Days, a large-scale event organised by the University, or smaller College-specific events at individual Colleges. If you would like to attend a College-specific event, please contact the College directly for further information and to make a booking.

When and where are the events taking place?

The next Cambridge Open Days will take place on 6 and 7 July 2017. Information sessions, course presentations and sample lectures will be held in University and College buildings across the city, and there will also be information stands for each Department. Sessions run from 10.00am-4.00pm, with some Colleges open earlier. Full details will be listed within the programme, available in June 2017.

Can I come for both days?

No. The programme is largely the same for both days. If you would like to spend two days in Cambridge, you may wish to make a booking for a College-specific event for the second day.

Do I need to book?

Yes. Booking is essential. Online booking will open in April 2017.

Will I receive a ticket?

Yes, a ticket will be sent to you by email. Please ensure that you print this out and bring it with you on the day. You may not be admitted without it due to capacity, and health and safety restrictions. If you are bringing a guest, they will also need to print their ticket.

Can parents attend?

Yes. Each prospective applicant can bring up to two guests with them if they wish, although students are also permitted to attend without a parent or guardian. The booking form will allow you to select whether you wish to bring a guest. Guests will need their own ticket, which will be sent to you by email.

I am a teacher. Can I bring a group of students?

Yes. We welcome school groups and offer a presentation specifically for teachers. In order to capture all of the information we need, students are required to make individual bookings. If you are intending to bring a group of students, please do contact us for details of coach parking (if required).

I am currently in Year 11; can I attend the Cambridge Open Days?

No. The Cambridge Open Days are for Year 12 (or equivalent) students who are thinking of applying to Cambridge in October 2017 for entry in 2018 or deferred entry in 2019. We are unable to accommodate younger students at this event. You will be welcome to attend an open day when you are in Year 12. The University organises a number of other events throughout the year, including some aimed specifically at students in Years 9 and 10. Further details can be found under open days and events.

I have a disability, is there anything in particular I need to know?

If you have indicated that you have a disability or other additional need when making your booking, we will contact you to ask whether you require any special arrangements to be made.

Are all departments involved?

Yes. Full details will be included in the programme, available in June 2017.  

Are all Colleges involved?

Yes. Many Colleges will be available for you to ‘drop in’ at your convenience to look around. Opening times for each College will be indicated within the programme, available in June 2017.

Some Colleges will also be holding separate College-specific events on these days for which a separate booking is required. Please contact the relevant College for more information.

I have booked to attend an event at an individual College. Can you tell me more about it?

Please contact the College you have booked to attend for further information.

I am booked to attend an event at a College during the morning. Can I attend the departmental presentations during the afternoon?

If your College event is taking place in the morning and you would like to attend departmental presentations in the afternoon, please ensure you make a further booking for the Cambridge Open Days in order to receive your individual ticket. This will enable you to access the afternoon sessions.

How can I get to Cambridge?

Car parking in Cambridge is very limited, so we advise you to travel by public transport wherever possible. For further details about travelling to Cambridge please see our travel information. Detailed maps to help you navigate the city will be available from the information point on the day. If you are driving to Cambridge, we recommend that you use the city’s Park and Ride service.

Is accommodation available?

Unfortunately, we are unable to arrange accommodation for visitors. Some Colleges are able to offer accommodation – please contact them directly for further information. Cambridge Tourist Information can provide details of accommodation in Cambridge (01223 457 581; There is also overnight accommodation at the Cambridge Youth Hostel (01223 354601;;

I've booked to attend but now I can't make it. What shall I do?

Please cancel your place via Eventbrite (the booking system used for your original booking). 

I can’t make the Open Days - can I visit at another time?

The University and Colleges offer a wide variety of open days and events where you are able to obtain answers to almost any question regarding undergraduate studies (eg courses, entry requirements, application procedures and more). For a detailed list of open days arranged by the Colleges, University departments and Cambridge Admissions Office, view the Open Days and Events section of our website. Please note that some of the open days do require booking and not all of them are open to parents.

If you are unable to attend an organised open day, many of the Colleges are open to visitors during the weekdays and the weekends and will allow you to stroll around independently during visiting hours (with the exception of some restricted areas). If you wish to meet with an Admissions Tutor during your visit you are advised to contact that College admissions office in advance to make an appointment.

I am interested in postgraduate study, can I attend the Cambridge Open Days?

No. The Cambridge Open Days are for undergraduate applicants only. If you are interested in postgraduate study at Cambridge please contact the Graduate Admissions Office for more information about courses available and opportunities to visit:

Cambridge Open Days 2017


Cambridge Open Days will take place on 6 & 7 July 2017.

Contact Cambridge Open Days

Cambridge Open Days Team