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What are the Cambridge Hybrid September Open Days?

For our September Hybrid Open Days, the University and its Colleges will open their doors to give prospective applicants an insight into what it’s like to study at the University of Cambridge. The September in-person Open Days take place on 15 and 16 September 2022, with a focus on our Colleges to help applicants finalise their College choice.

Please note that most subject departments won't be open as part of the in-person days, but all our undergraduate courses will have virtual content available, primarily through on demand course presentations and/or sample lectures.

Who are the Cambridge Open Days for?

The Open Days are aimed at prospective applicants from Year 13 (or equivalent) and mature applicants (aged 21 or over), together with their parents or supporters, to help them learn more about the University.

When and where are the Cambridge Open Days?

Our remaining 2022 in-person Open Days will take place on 15 and 16 September 2022, with a focus on Colleges.

Virtual content and sessions are also available as part of the Hybrid Open Day from 5 – 18 September.

Will the Open Days proceed, given the news of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s passing?

The University has taken the decision that the Cambridge Open Days – including events held in Cambridge on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 September – can continue as planned.

The University community has been greatly saddened by the death on Thursday, 8 September of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

If you wish to pay respects during your visit the University Church, Great St Mary’s, will be open 9am to 6pm daily, and a Book of Condolence, provided by the City of Cambridge, will be available to the public.

Will the Open Days go ahead during the rail strike on Thursday, 15 September?

Yes, the Open Day will still go ahead on Thursday, however an almost identical programme will also be taking place on Friday 16 September if you are unable to join us on Thursday. For alternative methods of travelling to Cambridge, please see our travel information page. If you're planning to drive to Cambridge, we strongly recommend that you use the city's Park and Ride services to travel into the city as there is no University parking available.

Do I need to book?

Yes – booking is essential. You will need to register via the online booking form. Please note that each prospective applicant can bring a maximum of two guests with them to the in-person Open Days.

Once registered you will receive a ticket via email. You’ll need this to access our online resources and you should bring your ticket with you (either on a mobile device or as a print-out) to the in-person Open Days.

Do I need to book for Drop-in sessions?

Drop-in sessions are one of the three types of sessions we are offering at the Open Days. You do not need to book for drop-in sessions. These take place in person and they are flexible so you can ‘drop-in’ at any time during the time slot; you do not need to arrive exactly at the start time and you may not need to stay for the duration.

Will I receive a ticket?

Prospective students will receive one ticket for themselves for virtual events and one ticket for in-person events (if applicable) immediately after registering to the email address supplied on the booking form. Please avoid signing up with school/work email addresses as these can have security measures which can block our emails from coming through. 

This is an interactive ticket which you will need to use to access sessions virtually and in person. If you’re visiting in person, please ensure that you can access your ticket on the day, either on a mobile device or as a print-out. We will also send you your ticket the week before and the day of the Open Days for your reference.

I can’t find my ticket. What should I do?

If you have not received a confirmation email, we would firstly advise you to check your junk/spam folder as our emails often end up there. Secondly, if you have signed up with a school email address, please try signing up with an alternative email as sometimes our communications are blocked by school systems. Please note that we cannot make a booking on your behalf.

If you did receive a confirmation email, but now can’t locate the ticket, please be rest assured that we will send you your ticket the week before and the day of the Open Days for ease.

How do I access the virtual content for the Open Days?

You will be able to access On Demand virtual content by browsing our Virtual Tour platform once it is available from 5 September. You do not need to pre-book to access this content.

For virtual sessions, such as our Warm-up Webinars, you will need to access these through your virtual event ticket. We will send you an email one hour before the session begins to remind you to join. You can access the webinar by clicking the 'join now' button in your ticket 15 minutes before. Please note that the 'join now' button will only appear 15 minutes before the start time. We recommend logging in at least five minutes early in case there are any technical issues on the day.

Will the virtual live sessions be recorded?

Yes. Most sessions will be recorded and the recordings will be posted on our website afterwards. They will be available until the 18 September. For College live sessions please check with the College directly.

Will I be able to access Open Days content after the Hybrid Open Days have finished?

Unfortunately not. Our Open Days’ content will only be available to view during the Open Days weeks. All content will be removed on the 18 September.

Having trouble accessing the Virtual Tour?

The Virtual Tour may take 10-15 seconds to load. While the Virtual Tour is designed to work on several versions of Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Safari, if it isn't running smoothly or you're struggling to access some areas, please ensure that your browser is up to date and try loading the tour again.

Can parents and supporters attend in person?

Yes. Each prospective applicant can bring a maximum of two guests with them, although students can also attend without a parent/guardian. You can register your guests as part of the main sign-up form. If you have already signed up for the Open Days then you can use your Open Day Ticket to edit your guests. Please scroll to the bottom of your ticket and click ‘Manage Guests’ to edit accordingly. 

Can parents and supporters attend virtual sessions?

Yes. If you are attending our live virtual Q&A sessions with your parents or supporters, we recommend each household shares the same screen rather than using separate devices. You will be able to access the webinar by clicking the 'join now' button in your virtual ticket 15 minutes before.

Please note that the 'join now' button will only appear 15 minutes before the start time. We recommend logging in at least five minutes early in case there are any technical issues on the day.

Can I come for both days?

We strongly encourage students to choose one date to attend, either Thursday 15 or Friday 16 September. Both of these dates will have a very similar programme and we’ve planned the day to make sure you can see everything you need to, meaning you should only need to attend one date to gain a proper understanding of studying at the University of Cambridge.

Please get in touch if you feel you have exceptional circumstances which mean you need to attend both in-person days.

Are all the 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 are included in the programme. You will not need to book in advance for Colleges that are offering ‘drop-in’ visits. 

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.

Are all the courses represented?

Please note that most subject departments won't be open as part of the in-person days, but all our undergraduate courses will be represented virtually. Academic departments will be offering online content, such as course presentations and sample lectures and some will be hosting virtual Q&As where you can ask questions.

You can view full details of subject sessions in our programme.

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

Yes! We are happy to welcome school groups to our Open Days. Please note, that in order to capture all the information we need, teachers and students must make individual bookings via the registration form, so that everyone receives their own ticket.

If you’re intending to bring a group of students and you require mini bus parking, please contact us.

If you need accommodation we would recommend contacting the College that is linked to your area – see a full list of College Area Links.

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

No. The Cambridge Open Days are for Year 13 (or equivalent) students and prospective mature students (aged 21 or over) who are thinking of applying to Cambridge in October 2022 for entry in 2023, or deferred entry in 2024. We’re unable to accommodate younger students at these events. However, you would 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 currently in Year 12. Can I attend one of the Cambridge Open Days?

The September Open Days are aimed at students going into Year 13. They will focus on College choice for those submitting an application in October 2022. The in-person September dates will be focused on Colleges, so most departments will not be open.

You will be able to view videos and presentations from your preferred course online, on our Virtual Tour platform, as part of these Open Days, so it may be worth registering to attend virtually and then coming to our “full” Open Days for Year 12s in July 2023.

I’m interested in postgraduate study at the University. Can I attend?

No. The Cambridge Hybrid Open Days are for prospective undergraduate applicants only. You would be very welcome to attend our Virtual Postgraduate Open Days later this year. To receive updates about our Postgraduate Open Days, alongside other events which may be of interest, please sign up to our Postgraduate Mailing List.

If you would like to find out more about postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge, please visit the University’s Postgraduate Admissions website and the Course Directory.

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 (specific learning difficulty, disability, 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?

If possible, we strongly advise you to travel into the city by public transport. This is because Cambridge is a small city and therefore there’s no University parking for the Open Days, and car parking in Cambridge is very limited. For further details about travelling to Cambridge, please see our travel information.

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 15 and 16 September, the P&R sites will be especially busy on those days. 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.

Once you arrive in Cambridge, detailed maps to help you navigate the city will be available on the day.

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. If you are a school group looking for accommodation we would recommend contacting your linked College first. 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 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.

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. You can do this by clicking on the box that reads ‘View your in-person Open Day ticket here’ in your confirmation email. This will open a separate window in your browser, please scroll down to the bottom of the page and select ‘Cancel Booking’. If you have any difficulties please contact us at CAOEvents@admin.cam.ac.uk.

If you registered for any of the virtual elements of our Hybrid Open Days then you will still be registered for these. If you would like to cancel these please repeat the above steps with your virtual ticket. If you did not book any virtual elements, and now would like to, please visit our Open Days webpage for the booking form and more information about the virtual elements of our Open Days.

I’ve booked to attend one of the Open Days but now need to swap to the other day. What should I do?

Please cancel your first booking and rebook for your new day.

You can cancel your original booking by clicking on the box in your confirmation email that reads ‘View your in-person Open Day ticket here’. This will open a separate window in your browser, please scroll down to the bottom of the page and select ‘Cancel Booking’. You can then rebook through the booking form on the Open Days webpage for your new date.

Please note, bookings for sessions will not be transferred from one booking to the other, so please keep in mind that some sessions on the alternative day may be fully booked and we cannot guarantee you a place. If you have any difficulties please contact us at CAOEvents@admin.cam.ac.uk.

I’ve booked to attend one of the Open Days but now need to change the number of guests I have booked. What should I do?

Each prospective applicant can bring a maximum of two guests with them. You can use your Open Day Ticket to edit your guests by clicking on the box that reads ‘View your in-person Open Day ticket here’ in your confirmation email. This will open a separate window in your browser, please scroll down to the bottom of the page and select ‘Manage Guests’ to edit accordingly. 

I have been waitlisted for a session. What does that mean?

For some sessions, you may have been added to the waitlist. You can check this by opening your Open Day Ticket and seeing which session(s) have been labelled as 'waitlisted'.

If this has happened, this means that the session has already reached capacity. However, if anyone cancels their place, the next person on the waitlist will automatically be allocated the spot. This will be reflected in your Open Days ticket, as the status will change from 'waitlisted' to 'registered' accordingly. 

Can I register for the 2023 Open Days?

We haven’t opened bookings for our 2023 Open Days yet, so please register for our mailing list and we’ll let you know when they are open for bookings. 

Cambridge Open Days 2022

15 SEPT
16 SEPT

Our next Open Days will be 15 and 16 September.

Maps of the venues

Use Google Maps to find your way around or download a PDF of the main sites.

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Contact us

Cambridge Open Days Team
CAOevents@admin.cam.ac.uk