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Undergraduate Study


If you’ve met the conditions of your offer and have a confirmed place at the University, congratulations! We look forward to your arrival in Cambridge.

To help you prepare yourself, you may find the following information useful before you arrive.

Pre-arrival ‘Welcome to Cambridge’ events

If you’re a new student coming to the University of Cambridge this autumn, you’re probably feeling excited, nervous and have lots of questions.

You can speak to current students and alumni at one of the pre-arrival ‘Welcome to Cambridge’ events taking place around the world in August and September. Hosted by Cambridge alumni groups, these optional events are a great opportunity to meet incoming and current students before you arrive.

Visit to find your nearest event.


Accommodation is provided by your College and is guaranteed for three years for all students.* Your College will send you more information about accommodation along with the arrival and registration details.

*Accommodation guarantee applies to single undergraduates without children at all Colleges except St Edmund’s.

Arrival and registration

Information about registration will be sent to you by your College. Some Colleges also put information on their websites.

You can access the online Current Students pages, which tell you everything you need to know about studying at the University of Cambridge.

You may also find that the University map comes in handy. 

Clubs and societies 

Details of the registered university societies and sports clubs can be found online:

CUSU also runs a Societies Fair and has a comprehensive Societies Directory where you can find out more.

Computing facilities 

When you arrive in Cambridge, the University Information Services will provide you with an email account and access to computing facilities.

Course information

Information about your course and/or a reading list may be sent to you by your faculty/department. There may also be information for new students on departmental websites, though some of these pages may not be accessible outside of the University network. If you have any queries about your course and/or preparatory reading/work, please contact the relevant faculty/department.

Disability resources 

The Disability Resource Centre (DRC) provides information, advice and support to students with a disability/impairment, Specific Learning Difficulty, long-term medical condition.


Detailed information about financial arrangements is available from GOV.UK Student Finance. Further student finance information can be found in the Finance section of this website.

The University of Cambridge provides non-repayable Cambridge Bursaries, currently of up to £3,500 a year, to UK/EU students studying for their first undergraduate degree and whose household income is £42,620 per year or less. Visit the Cambridge Bursary Scheme website for further information.

Your College may also be able to offer additional scholarships and/or financial help.

Health advice 

Advice for new undergraduates about healthcare can be found on the Current Students pages.

International students 

The International Student Team provide information on visas and imigration for new undergraduate students.

CUSU International manages the International Freshers' website.

There’s also an orientation event for non-UK students, run by the University’s International Office.

Students' Union

Cambridge University Students' Union (CUSU) is the central students' union in Cambridge, although each College also has their own student organisation. CUSU manage a Freshers’ Guide which includes information and advice about all aspects of student life, from fees to what to bring with you.

Term dates 

Information about the University Term dates.