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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 useful before you arrive. For more information, see the Cambridge Students website, which includes a range of advice and resources for new students.

Arrival and registration

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

The Cambridge Students website includes information for new students and everything you need to know about studying at the University of Cambridge.

You may also find the University map handy. 

Alumni online Freshers’ Events

Around the world in September, University Alumni Groups will be hosting online Freshers’ Events for new students starting a course at Cambridge this autumn. 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 start of term.


Your College will send you more information about accommodation along with arrival and registration details.

International students

The International Student Office provides specialist support to students who come to study at Cambridge from outside the UK. The team offers a visa advice service a provides practical guidance on coming to live and study in Cambridge from an international student perspective.

The International Students' Campaign aims to "serve as a hub for all things international happening in Cambridge" and manages the International Freshers' events.

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.

Student Unions, clubs and societies

Cambridge Students' Union (SU) is the central representative body for all students at the University of Cambridge. Their website includes information and advice about all aspects of student life, from fees and funding to what to bring with you to University. The SU also usually runs a Freshers Fair at the beginning of October, and has a comprehensive online Clubs and Societies Directory.

Each College also has a student organisation, and your College website may provide some guidance for new students as well.

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.

Please note that, due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and government guidance, changes may have been made to your original course programme. Please check Course changes for 2020 entry for details. 

Computing facilities 

The University Information Services (UIS) will provide you with an email account and access to computing facilities. You don’t have to wait until you get here to start using the IT services - check out their website to get started.


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 our website.

The University of Cambridge provides a non-repayable Cambridge Bursaries, to UK/EU students studying for their first undergraduate degree, dependent on household income. Visit the Cambridge Bursary Scheme website for details.

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 and Wellbeing

Advice about healthcare and wellbeing for new undergraduate students can be found on the Student Wellbeing website.

Term dates 

The academic year commences on 1 October and finishes on 30 September each year. Plan ahead with the University's list of term dates.