Making the most of the Cambridge Hybrid Open Days

With universities switching from fully virtual Open Days to in-person and hybrid events, it can be difficult to know how to plan your time effectively.

  • How can I plan to attend both in-person and virtual events?
  • Which events should I go to in person and which should I attend online?
  • Is it even necessary to visit in person?

We’ve compiled some tips and advice to help you make sure you get the most out of our Hybrid Open Days.  

The virtual elements of our Open Days are a great way to find out more about the application process, Colleges, student life and more. They’re also a great place to ask questions after your in-person visit.

Whether you’re attending in person or virtually, we’d recommend booking on to some of our Warm-up Webinars and watching our course presentations and sample lectures which will be available on demand throughout the Open Days.

Most of these sessions won’t be repeated at the in-person days, so they are the best place to get a broad overview of Cambridge and our courses before meeting staff and students and looking around the University and facilities at the in-person days.

If you’re not attending in person you can look around the University through the Virtual Tour on our website.

If you are attending in person, the Virtual Tour is also a great way to get a feel for Cambridge and to help to plan your day and where you’d like to visit when you come to the city.

You’ll also have opportunities to ask current students and staff questions in both ‘live’ virtual department Q&A sessions and in-person activities across the university.  

Tips for making the most of the Hybrid Open Days

1. Check our Virtual Tour and website, and start considering which courses and Colleges you’re interested in. We recommend shortlisting around five to ten sites or Colleges to explore further during the Open Days. 


2. Think about the questions you’d like to ask. Make sure to take notes of these so you don’t forget during the event. 


3. Book onto and watch some of our Warm-up Webinars. These cover topics such as the interview process, student life and deciding which College to go to. If you attend the session live, you will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session. All of our webinars will be recorded and available on our website until 18 September.


4. Plan your in-person visit. You can view our programme here and we recommend you use this to help you plan your day. The September Open Days are focusing on Colleges. If you want to visit multiple Colleges, we would recommend looking at each College location and the distance between them before planning to attend their tours to allow yourself plenty of time to reach your next destination. You can find College locations and information here.


5. Plan your virtual sessions: We’ll be offering virtual Q&As from 12 - 13 September where you can ask questions to staff and students from Colleges and departments. These are great if you’re attending virtually, or even if you’re planning to come in person but have questions you’d like to ask before you arrive. We will also be offering a handful of Live Chats from University departments on the 15 and 16 September so those who are attending virtually can ask their questions!


6. Make sure you can access your interactive Open Day ticket. Your ticket will also show you all the sessions you’re booked on to, and that’s where you will access links to join any virtual sessions too.


7. If you are attending any virtual elements of our Hybrid Open Days, please make sure to log into the live events at least five minutes early. Set an alarm so you don’t forget to log in on the day! Allow time to ensure you can access everything and resolve any technical glitches.


8. And a final tip for those of you coming to Cambridge in person – make sure to plan your travel in advance. We’re expecting the city to be busy, so we’d recommend travelling by public transport if possible or using one of the city’s park and ride sites.


We hope you have a great time at the Open Days and look forward to welcoming you to the University – either virtually, in person, or both!

Some example questions to get you thinking:

  • Do you have any tips for applying to this course?
  • What is your favourite paper or practical in this course? 
  • What does a typical week look like for a student taking this course?
  • What career paths do graduates of this course take? 
  • What is your favourite part of being a student at Cambridge? 
  • What is the accommodation like at this College?  
  • What makes this College different to other Colleges, how do you decide which one is best for you? 
  • What do students do outside of their studies for fun/to relax? 
  • How competitive is this sport at Cambridge, can I do it just for fun? 
  • I am interested in this society, what made you want to join?

To get the most out of a Q&A session, do some research in advance. You can find information about course structures and entry requirements on our website. Use the session to ask the things you can’t find out; the questions that will help you get a sense of what the University and Colleges are really like, and what it would be like to study here. 

However, if you can’t find the answer to your question on our website, please do ask!  

Lastly, make sure to keep an open mind. The search for the right university depends on where you think you’d perform the best in the subject you love. Gathering as much information as you can about each university and course you are interested in is key.  

We will be hosting the Cambridge Hybrid Open Days on:

5 - 18 September (with in-person visits on 15 and 16 September)

Find out more about the Cambridge Open Days, and book your place on our website.

We hope to see you there!

The information in this article is correct at the time of publishing. For the most up to date information about events at the University of Cambridge, visit our website.

Last reviewed August 2022.