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Undergraduate Study

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Welcome to Cambridge!

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. The information below should come in handy when you’re planning to join us in October, and you can find further details on the Cambridge Students website, including a range of advice and resources specifically for new undergraduate students.

It’s useful to check our term dates as early as possible – plan ahead with the University’s list of term dates.

Arrival and registration

Your College will send you details about the arrangements for your arrival in Cambridge. Some Colleges will also put registration information on their websites, so it’s worth checking your College website before you arrive in Cambridge. Your College will also include information about accommodation in your arrival and registration details.

If you have any queries, contact your College directly and they’ll be able to help.

Course information

Information about your course will usually be sent to you by your faculty or department. There may also be information for new students on department websites, so check online for more details. If you have any queries about your course and any preparation that might be needed before you join us in Cambridge, please contact the relevant faculty or department.

For information on how the University and Colleges are responding to coronavirus, please see our Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for prospective students page.

Before you arrive

This summer, University Alumni Groups will be hosting online and in-person Freshers' Events around the world for new students starting a course at Cambridge. These optional events are a great opportunity to hear from current and former students about their experiences of Cambridge and meet other new starters before the beginning of term.

You can also connect with other new students on social media – there’s lots of useful information about College social media accounts and connecting through clubs and societies on the Cambridge SU website.

The first few weeks

It’s common to feel a little nervous about starting University, but there will be lots going on in your first few weeks to help you settle into life at Cambridge.

Cambridge SU offers information for new undergraduates, and runs programmes of events and activities to help you settle in. Colleges and faculties/departments usually offer an induction or orientation programme in the first few days of your arrival to cover key information (eg finding your way around, facilities/resources etc).

Ongoing support

Throughout your time at Cambridge, you’ll have access to a wide range of support and help when you need it. You can start accessing information, support and advice from many of these services before you join us – visit the websites below for more information.