University of Cambridge



College open days

Cambridge students are admitted by Colleges, not departments (although the University, through the academic faculties/departments, determines course content and provides core teaching), and students are based in a College for day-to-day living.

College open days give you the opportunity to get a sense of what College life is like, and to pick up a wide range of useful information (College open days cover all courses offered by the College unless otherwise indicated). The Admissions Tutor will usually introduce the College and you’ll be shown round the grounds and facilities, probably by some of the students. Directors of Studies (who oversea students’ academic progress and welfare) will discuss in detail the University’s courses and the College supervision system, and outline any specific admissions requirements their College might have. Some Colleges may also provide lunch in the College hall or buttery.

Due to limits on numbers, you need to book a place to attend a College open day. Bookings are made with the individual Colleges.

Please note that visiting a particular College doesn’t commit you to applying to that College – you can attend whichever College open day is convenient for you and apply to any College (or make an open application) afterwards.

There are curently no College Open Days scheduled, please check back at a later date.