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Undergraduate Study


If you’ve met the conditions of your offer and have a confirmed place at the University, congratulations! We look forward to your arrival in Cambridge. To help you prepare, you may find the following information useful before you arrive.

Pre-arrival Freshers’ Events this summer

Around the world, in August and September, Cambridge Alumni Groups will be hosting pre-arrival Freshers’ Events for new students coming to Cambridge this autumn.

These optional events are a great opportunity to prepare for university and make some friends before you arrive. There will be the chance to meet current students and alumni from whom you can get tips and advice for living and studying at Cambridge.

Visit to find your nearest event.

If you are unable to attend a Freshers’ Event, you can contact any of the 460+ Alumni Groups worldwide for information and advice before you arrive and throughout your studies.


Accommodation is provided by your College and is guaranteed for three years for the majority of students.1 Your College will send you more information about accommodation along with the arrival and registration details.

1 Accommodation guarantee applies to single undergraduates without children at all Colleges except St Edmund’s.

Arrival and registration

Information about registration will be sent to you by your College. Some Colleges also put information on their websites.

You can access the online Current Students pages, which tell you everything you need to know about studying at the University of Cambridge.

You may also find the University map handy. 

Clubs and societies 

Details of the registered University societies and sports clubs can be found online:

CUSU also runs a Societies Fair at the beginning of October, and has a comprehensive Societies Directory where you can find out more.

Computing facilities 

When you arrive in Cambridge, the University Information Services (UIS) will provide you with an email account and access to computing facilities.

Course information

Information about your course and/or a reading list may be sent to you by your faculty/department. There may also be information for new students on departmental websites, though some of these pages may not be accessible outside of the University network. If you have any queries about your course and/or preparatory reading/work, please contact the relevant faculty/department.

Disabled students' resources 

The Disability Resource Centre (DRC) provides information, advice and support to students with a disability, impairment, Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) or long-term health condition. The DRC can also offer advice on applications for funding related to your disability.


Detailed information about government financial arrangements is available from the GOV.UK Student Finance website. Further student finance information can be found in the Finance section of this website.

The University of Cambridge provides non-repayable Cambridge Bursaries, currently of up to £3,500 a year, to UK/EU students studying for their first undergraduate degree and whose household income is £42,620 per year or less. Visit the Cambridge Bursary Scheme website for further information.

Your College may also be able to offer additional scholarships and/or financial help – please refer to your College's website or contact the College for information about funding you may be eligible for.

Health advice 

Advice for new undergraduates about healthcare can be found on the Current Students Welfare and Wellbeing pages.

International students 

The International Student Team provide information on visas and imigration for new undergraduate students.

CUSU International manages the International Freshers' website.

There’s also an orientation event for non-UK students, run by the University’s International Student Team.

Students' Union

Cambridge University Students' Union (CUSU) is the central students' union in Cambridge, and manages a Freshers’ Guide which includes information and advice about all aspects of student life, from fees to what to bring with you. Each College also has a student organisation, and you College students' union website may provide some guidance for new students.

Term dates 

Information about the University's term dates.

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