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Welcome to Cambridge!

While you’re here, you’ll be able to visit our Colleges and facilities to see for yourself what studying at Cambridge is like.

Staff across the university will be on-hand to help if you have any questions while you're here. In the Student Services Centre you will find staff from the Cambridge Admissions Office and the International Team, as well as Student Support Services including the Disability Resource Centre and Careers Service.

Connect to our wi-fi

Choose the network ‘UniOfCam-Guest’ and log in via your chosen social media platform. This network is available throughout the University buildings, and once you have connected you should be automatically signed in when you visit different buildings. Speak to a member of staff if you have any issues.

Planning your day

The University of Cambridge is spread across lots of buildings in the city (there are 29 undergraduate Colleges alone!). There’s plenty to explore, so we recommend you plan to visit six to ten places during the day.

The September Open Days will be focusing on Cambridge Colleges. Most Colleges will be open for you to explore and many will be offering sessions too.

Most subject departments won’t be open as part of the in-person days, but all our undergraduate courses will have virtual content available, primarily through on demand course presentations and/or sample lectures. 

Check the programme for full details and locations to plan your day. We’ve also compiled some tips and advice to help you get the most from our Open Days.

Catering

You can find a wide range of cafés and restaurants throughout the city where you can stop for a drink and a bite to eat. There are also University-owned cafés which will be open for visitors during the Open Days. Their opening times are listed below:

Café name Opening times Address
Alison Richards Café 8:30 – 15:00 Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DP
Sidgwick Site
West Hub 8:00 – 16:00 JJ Thompson Avenue, West Cambridge Campus, Cambridge, CB3 0FZ
Centre of Mathematical Sciences 9:00 – 16:00 Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge, CB3 0WA
Whale Café 10:00 – 15:00  New Museums Site, Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3EJ

Getting around Cambridge

Where possible, walking is often the quickest and easiest way to travel between venues. You can access Google Maps via our guest wi-fi or PDF icon download the Open Days maps to help find your way around the city.

Approximate walking times between main sites around Cambridge:

From To
Drummer street/Emmanuel Street bus stops New Museums and Downing Sites (5 minutes)
Sidgwick Site (15 minutes)
City centre Sidgwick Site (10-15 minutes)
Cambridge train station (20-25 minutes)
West Cambridge Site (30-35 minutes)
New Museums and Downing Sites Sidgwick Site (10-15 minutes)
West Cambridge Site (35-40 minutes)
Sidgwick Site West Cambridge Site (15 minutes)

Buses

Open Day visitors can buy reduced price tickets for the Whippet Universal (U) bus service. Tickets will be just £2 per person for unlimited travel on the day of purchase. You can buy tickets from the bus driver.

The U bus service makes it easy to get around the city and provides a convenient link between many of our departments and Colleges. The service runs from Eddington, next to the Madingley Road Park and Ride Site, to Addenbrooke's Hospital and our Biomedical Campus via the central train station.

Prayer rooms

If you need a space for quiet reflection and prayer we will have a Prayer Room available for Open Day attendees to use in the Student Services Centre from 9:00 - 17:00. Please speak to staff at the Reception for directions. 

Please note that most Colleges have a Chapel which you may also be permitted to use during the Open Days. Please speak to College/Chapel staff for more details. 

Cambridge Open Days 2023

6 JULY
7 JULY

Our next Cambridge Open Days will be 6 and 7 July 2023.

Maps of the venues

Use Google Maps to find your way around or download a PDF of the main sites.

Download maps

Contact us

Cambridge Open Days Team
CAOevents@admin.cam.ac.uk