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Frequently asked questions about the University of Cambridge Open Days.

Will I receive a ticket?

Yes – your Eventbrite ticket will be sent to you by email. Please ensure that you bring it with you on the day, either as a print-out or on a phone or other mobile device. You may not be admitted to sessions without it due to health and safety considerations. If you’re bringing a guest, they’ll also need a ticket and to bring it with them.

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 throughout the year, at which you can have almost any question about undergraduate studies (eg courses, entry requirements, the application process and more) answered. 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 a member of admissions staff during your visit, please contact one of the Colleges’ admissions offices in advance to make an appointment.

Can parents and supporters attend?

Yes. Each prospective applicant can bring up to two guests with them, 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 need their own ticket, which will also be sent by email. All visitors (students and parents/supporters) must bring their tickets with them on the day.

Can I come for both days?

If you wish to attend both Cambridge Open Days, please book a University and Colleges ticket for one day and a Colleges Only ticket for the other day. You’ll need to make two separate bookings via Eventbrite (one for each ticket type) to do this.

Are all the undergraduate Colleges involved?

Yes. All the undergraduate Colleges will be open for you to drop in and look round during the Open Days. 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 separate booking will be required. Please refer directly to the relevant College’s website for further information and to make a booking.

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 presentations in the afternoon, you must also book a University and Colleges ticket via Eventbrite. This will enable you to attend the course presentations.

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 via Eventbrite. If you’re intending to bring a group of students and you require coach parking, please contact us.

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

No. The Cambridge Open Days are for Year 12 (or equivalent) students and prospective mature students (aged 21 or over) 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.

If you are unable attend the Open Days, this summer the University of Cambridge is running a University taster afternoon aimed at year 10 and 11 students and their parents/supporters. Students will have the opportunity to gain a valuable insight into the next steps when thinking ahead to higher education and making an application to a selective, research-led university. For further information and to book tickets please visit the University taster afternoon booking page

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

No. The Cambridge Open Days are for prospective undergraduate applicants only. However, you’d be very welcome to attend our Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 2 November 2018 – please see the University’s Graduate Admissions website for more information. To find out more about our postgraduate courses, please visit the Course Directory on the Graduate Admissions website.

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

If you’ve indicated on your Eventbrite booking form that you have a disability (disability, Specific Learning Difficulty, long-term health condition, or mental health condition) or other additional requirement(s), we’ll contact you directly about any arrangements to be made.

How do I get to Cambridge?

There’s no University parking for the Open Days, and car parking in Cambridge is very limited. We strongly advise you to travel into the city 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 in the programme (from late June) and on the day.

If you’re planning to drive to Cambridge, we strongly recommend that you use the city’s Park and Ride (P&R) services to travel into the city. As we’re expecting a large number of visitors on 5 and 6 July, the P&R sites will be especially busy on those days – particularly Madingley Road and Trumpington. Please allow plenty of time to travel in case your intended P&R site is full and you have to continue to an alternative P&R site.

Is accommodation available?

We’re unable to provide or arrange accommodation for visitors. Some Colleges may be 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. Any items left unattended will be disposed of. If you’re staying in Cambridge, you should ask your accommodation provider if they have any storage facilities where you can leave your luggage.

What are the Cambridge Open Days?

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

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).

Do I need to book?

Yes – booking via Eventbrite is essential. You’ll need to bring your ticket with you on the day and have it to hand.

When and where are the Cambridge Open Days?

This year’s Open Days will take place on Thursday 5 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. Sessions will run between 10.00am and 5.00pm, but most of the undergraduate Colleges will open earlier. Full details will be listed in the programme, which will be available from late June.

Cambridge Open Days 2019


Cambridge Open Days will take place on 4 & 5 July 2019.

Cambridge Open Days Programme 2018

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