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Cambridge Open Days frequently asked questions

What are the Cambridge Open Days?

The University and majority of Colleges open their doors for the Cambridge Open Days for two days in July, every year. Both days consist of a flexible programme of sessions designed to give you an insight into what it’s really like to study at Cambridge. The full programme is available online in early June.

When and where are they taking place?

The next Cambridge Open Days will take place on 2 & 3 July 2015. Information sessions, Course Presentations and Sample Lectures will be held in University and College buildings across the city, and there will also be Information Stands for each Department. Sessions run from 10.00am - 4.00pm, however some Colleges are open from 9.00am.

Do I need to come to both days?

The programme for the two days is virtually identical, so there is no need to attend both days of the event.

Do I need to book?

To attend the Cambridge Open Days, you will need to complete the online registration form. Booking will open in April 2015.

Are all departments involved?

Yes. All undergraduate courses are expected to be represented in some shape or form over the two days, and you should check the programme for full details once it is available.

Are all Colleges involved?

Yes. All Colleges will be participating in the Cambridge Open Days, and you should check the programme for full details once it is available.

Please note that in addition to being open as part of the Cambridge Open Day, some Colleges will also be holding their own College open days on these days. If you would wish to attend a College open day you will need to book a place with the appropriate College.

How can I get to Cambridge?

For further details about travelling to Cambridge please see our travel information. Detailed maps of the University and Colleges will be available from the Welcome Desk on the day. If you are driving to Cambridge we recommend that you use the city’s Park and Ride Scheme.

Is accommodation available?

Unfortunately we are unable to provide accommodation for open day visitors. Cambridge Tourist Information can provide details of accommodation in Cambridge (T 01223 457 581; W There is also overnight accommodation at the Cambridge Youth Hostel (T 01223 354601; E; W

I've booked to attend but now I can't make it. What do I need to do?

If you have booked for the Cambridge Open Days but can no longer attend, please contact the Cambridge Open Days Team on 01223 765514 (Mon/Tues/Fri) or 01223 764782 (Weds/Thurs).

Can I visit at another time?

The University of Cambridge offers a wide variety of open days and events where you are able to obtain answers to almost any question regarding undergraduate studies (e.g. courses, entry requirements, application procedures and more). For a detailed list of open days arranged by the Colleges, University departments and Cambridge Admissions Office view the Open Days and Events section of our website. Please note that some of the open days do require booking, and not all of them are open to parents.

If you are unable to attend an organised open day, many of the Colleges are open to visitors during the weekdays and the weekends, and will allow you to stroll around independently during visiting hours (with the exception of some restricted areas). If you wish to meet with an Admissions Tutor during your visit you are advised to contact that College admissions office in advance to make an appointment.

I have a disability, is there anything in particular I need to know?

If you have a disability or require extra support or facilities at the open days, we are happy to help wherever we can. Please contact the Cambridge Admissions Office in advance or visit the Welcome Desk on the day.

I am interested in postgraduate study, can I attend the Cambridge Open Days?

The Cambridge Open Days are designed to provide information to prospective undergraduate applicants to the University. If you are interested in postgraduate study at Cambridge you will need to contact the Graduate Admissions Office for more information about courses available and opportunities to visit:

I am currently in Year 9/10, can I attend the Cambridge Open Days?

The Cambridge Open Days are aimed at Year 12 students who are thinking of applying to Cambridge this October for entry in 2015 or deferred entry in 2016. The University organises a number of other events throughout the year including some aimed specifically at students in Years 9 and 10. Further details can be found under Open days and events.