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Frequently asked questions about the University of Cambridge Open Days.

What are the Cambridge Open Days?

Each year the University and its Colleges open their doors for two days at the beginning of July. These events are designed to give prospective applicants an insight into what it’s like to study at the University of Cambridge.

Do I need to book?

Yes. Booking is essential and will open in April 2018.

Will I receive a ticket?

Yes, your Eventbrite 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 to sessions without it due to health and safety considerations. If you’re bringing a guest, they will also need a ticket.

Can parents and supporters attend?

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

Can I come for both days?

If you wish to attend both Cambridge Open Days, please book a University & Colleges ticket for one day and a Colleges Only ticket for the other day. You will need to make two separate bookings to do this.

What’s a University and Colleges ticket?

A University and Colleges ticket allows you to access:

  • all general presentations, such as Applying to Cambridge and Student Life
  • all course sessions
  • all the undergraduate Colleges

Please note that for the majority of general presentations and course sessions, priority will be given to prospective students – unfortunately, parents and supporters aren’t guaranteed access.

Some Colleges and departments will also be running their own events on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 July, for which a separate booking will be required. A University and Colleges ticket will not grant you entry to these events.

What's a Colleges Only ticket?

A Colleges Only ticket allows you to access the undergraduate Colleges, giving you the opportunity to meet current students and members of academic staff, as well as take a tour of the facilities on offer at each College.

This ticket type will not grant you entry to the general presentations and course sessions.

Some Colleges will also be running their own events on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 July, for which a separate booking will be required. A Colleges Only ticket will not grant you entry to these events. If you’d like to attend a College-specific event, please refer directly to the College’s website for further information and to make a booking.

Are all the undergraduate Colleges involved?

Yes. All the undergraduate Colleges will be open for you to drop in and look round at your convenience. Opening times for each College will be included in the programme, which will be available from late June.

Some Colleges will also be running their own events on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 July, for which a separate booking will be required. Please refer directly to the relevant College’s website for further information.

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

Please contact the relevant College directly for further information.

I’ve booked to attend an event at an individual College in the morning. Can I attend the course sessions in the afternoon?

If your College-specific event is taking place in the morning and you’d like to attend the course sessions in the afternoon, you must also book a University and Colleges ticket. This will enable you to attend the course sessions.

Are all the courses represented?

Yes. Full details will be listed in the programme, which will be available from late June.

I’m a teacher/HE adviser. Can I bring a group of students?

Yes. We welcome school groups and offer a presentation specifically for teachers and HE advisers. In order to capture all the information we need, you and your students must make individual bookings . If you’re intending to bring a group of students and you require coach parking, please contact us.

I’m currently in Year 11 (or the equivalent). Can I attend one of the Cambridge Open Days?

No. The Cambridge Open Days are for Year 12 students (or the equivalent) who are thinking of applying to Cambridge in October 2018 for entry in 2019, or deferred entry in 2020. We’re unable to accommodate younger students at these events. However, you’ll be very welcome to attend one of our Open Days when you’re in Year 12.

I’m interested in postgraduate study at the University. Can I attend one of the Open Days?

No. The Open Days are for prospective undergraduate applicants only. If you’re interested in postgraduate study at the University, the Postgraduate Open Day will be held on Friday 3 November 2017. Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office for more information about the courses available and opportunities to visit.

I have a disability. Is there anything in particular I need to know?

If you have indicated on our Eventbrite booking form that you have a disability or other additional requirement, we’ll contact you to ask whether you need any special arrangements to be made.

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 information points on the day. If you’re driving to Cambridge, we strongly recommend that you use the city’s Park and Ride services.

Is accommodation available?

Unfortunately, we’re unable to provide or 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 the city (01223 791 500;

Will there be storage available (eg for luggage, coats etc)?

For security reasons, there won’t be any storage facilities available to visitors – you must keep all personal belongings with you at all times.

I’ve booked to attend one of the Open Days but now I can’t make it. What should I do?

Please cancel your booking via Eventbrite (the system used to make your original booking).

When and where are the Cambridge Open Days taking place?

The next Open Days will take place on Thursday 5 July and Friday 6 July 2018. 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 course on the Sidgwick Site. Sessions will run between 10:00am and 4:00pm, though some Colleges will open earlier. Full details will be listed in the programme, which will be available from late June 2018.

I can’t make the Open Days. Can I visit the University at another time?

Most Colleges and some departments offer a variety of Open Days and other events where you can get answers to almost any question about undergraduate studies (eg courses, entry requirements, the application process and more). Further details are available on the Open Days and Events pages of our website. Please note that you’ll need to book in advance for some of these events, and not all of them are open to parents/supporters.

If you’re unable to attend a scheduled open day, many of the Colleges are open to visitors during weekdays and weekends and will allow you to look round independently. Please note that restrictions and/or charges for tourists are in place at some Colleges and at certain times, such as during the exam period, so please check with the relevant College(s) before you visit. If you’d like to meet with an Admissions Tutor during your visit, please contact one of the Colleges’ admissions offices in advance to make an appointment.

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