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What are the Cambridge Open Days?

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

Who are the Cambridge Open Days for?

The University of Cambridge’s Open Days are aimed at prospective applicants from Year 12 (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 2022 Open Days will take place on Thursday, 7 July and Friday, 8 July 2022. We will also be hosting smaller Open Days on 15 and 16 September 2022.

The Open Days will be held in a hybrid format with content available in person at Cambridge, as well as virtually within our Virtual Tour.

Course presentations, sample lectures and general information sessions will all be hosted virtually and uploaded to our Virtual Tour.

Most Colleges will be open for visitors and there will be plenty of opportunities to speak to current students.

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

Do I need to book?

Yes – booking is essential. Please register via the booking form on our Open Days webpage.

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.

Please note that if you are attending as a guest, you do not need to submit an additional booking form – only one booking form needs to be submitted per group (to cover both the applicants and their guests). Each prospective applicant can bring up to two guests with them to the in-person Open Days and we will be asking attendees to confirm their guest(s) nearer the time.

Will I receive a ticket?

Prospective students will receive one ticket for themselves immediately after registering to the email address supplied on the online booking form. You can then use your ticket to access the Cambridge Hybrid Open Days. Please ensure that you can access your ticket on the day, either on a mobile device or as a print-out.

If you’re bringing guests, they will also be sent booking confirmation, which will act as their ticket for the day. We will collect guest information once the programme goes live (in June) and guests will receive a booking confirmation at this point.

Please note that if you are attending as a guest, you do not need to submit an additional booking form – only one booking form needs to be submitted per group (to cover both the applicants and their guests).

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

All recorded virtual content will be added to our Virtual Tour. If you have registered for a live virtual session, you will be sent specific joining instructions to the email address you used to register.

Will the virtual live sessions be recorded?

Yes. These recordings will be posted on either our website or our Virtual Tour afterwards.

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 17 July 2022.

Having trouble accessing the Virtual Tour?

The Virtual Tour may take 5-10 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 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 immediately after registering. We will collect guest information once the programme goes live (in June) and guests will receive a booking confirmation at this point. 

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.

Can I come for both days?

We strongly encourage students to choose one date to attend, either Thursday 7 or Friday 8 July. Both of these dates will have a very similar programme, 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 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 in June.

Some Colleges will also be running their own events on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 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.

Are all the courses represented?

Yes. All our undergraduate courses will be represented at the Cambridge Hybrid Open Days. Academic departments will be offering a mix of online content, such as course presentations and sample lectures, as well as hosting subject stands across Cambridge where you can ask questions. Full details will be listed in the programme, which will be available in June.

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 on our website, so that everyone receives their own ticket. 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 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 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 Postgraduate Virtual 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: https://www.postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/events

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 (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?

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 7 and 8 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.

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. 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. You can do this by clicking on the box that reads ‘View your 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 still wish to attend the virtual elements of our Hybrid Open Days, you are welcome to re-book your ticket for virtual attendance only. Please visit our Open Days webpage for the booking link, and further 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 that reads ‘View your 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’. You can then rebook through the booking form on the Open Days webpage for your new date. If you have any difficulties please 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.