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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 to give prospective applicants an insight into what it’s like to study at the University of Cambridge.

When and where are the Cambridge Open Days?

This year’s Open Days have now taken place. The next Cambridge Open Days will be on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 July 2020. 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. The event will run between 9.30am and 5.00pm. Full details will be listed in the programme, which will be available from late June 2020.

Do I need to book?

Yes – booking is essential. Bookings for Cambridge Open Days in 2020 will open in April 2020. You’ll need to bring your ticket with you (either on a mobile device or as a print-out) on the day and have it to hand.

Will I receive a ticket?

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

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. Prospective students will receive one ticket for themselves and up to two guests.

Can I come for both days?

If you wish to attend both Cambridge Open Days, please book a Full Access (University and Colleges + Presentations) ticket for one day and a Partial Access (University and Colleges Only) ticket for the other day. You’ll need to make two separate bookings (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 2 and Friday 3 July 2020, 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 Full Access (University and Colleges + Presentations) ticket. 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 2020.

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. Can I attend one of the Cambridge Open Days?

Unfortunately not. The Cambridge Open Days in 2020 are for Year 12 (or equivalent) students and prospective mature students (aged 21 or over) who are thinking of applying to Cambridge in October 2020 for entry in 2021, or deferred entry in 2022. We’re unable to accommodate younger students at these events due to the large numbers of people attending. However, you’ll be very welcome to attend one of our Open Days when you’re in Year 12.

If you’re an international student who will be considering applying to Cambridge in the next three years and would like to visit, please email CAOevents@admin.cam.ac.uk for more information.

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 1 November 2019 – 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 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 2020) 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 Thursday 2 and Friday 3 July, the P&R sites will be especially busy on those days – particularly Madingley Road. 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; www.visitcambridge.org).

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.

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 either via the ‘Manage your booking’ function on your confirmation email or contact us at CAOEvents@admin.cam.ac.uk.

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.

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