Arriving in Cambridge

This page is part of the offer-holders section for students who have been offered an undergraduate place at Christ's College. 

Coronavirus updates

24 August: The Stay Safe Cambridge Uni website launched today. This is important information - please take time to read it.


Arrivals from Britain

For students coming from within Britain, the arrival date is Saturday 3 October, by 1.00pm at the latest. Slightly earlier arrival is possible, on Thursday 1 October or Friday 2 October if that is more convenient. It is likely that students will need to book a car park place in advance and this may cause difficulties at certain times. Further details will be available nearer the time.

Arrivals from outside Britain

From countries where no quarantine requirement is expected upon arrival (currently most European countries): arrival is no later than Saturday 3 October at 1.00pm; but earlier arrivals are permitted, Saturday 26 September at the earliest.

From countries where quarantine is highly likely to be necessary upon arrival, therefore: if you will need to self-isolate on arrival in the UK, then please arrive between 11th and 15th September. Please email Dee in the tutorial office if you have questions about quarantine and early arrival (tutorial@christs.cam.ac.uk).

Freshers Fair
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Practical information about joining Christ's

All the practical information about joining Christ's will be sent to to you by our tutorial team in September before you start, and this includes details about arriving in Cambridge and the first week.

The pack of information will include a map and directions to the College, together with instructions about what to do when you get here. You should be aware that the traffic in and around Cambridge will be extremely heavy and much patience is required. Several hundred other students also will be trying to get into their colleges through streets which were laid out in medieval times!

There are some social events organised by Christ's International Student Reps and CUSU (the University students’ union), for non-UK students who arrive early. But all of these events are entirely optional, and you don’t need to arrive early to attend them unless you want to. You won’t be disadvantaged in any way if you miss them.

Lectures start on Thursday 8 October 2020 and term dates are here.

"College very quickly becomes a home away from home, and you rapidly connect with people of all ages and degrees, not just your own!"

Karan (Economics, from London)

"Before arriving at Cambridge I was worried that I would be the only Northerner from a state school, and that I wouldn’t fit in! Thankfully, this didn’t turn out to be the case and everyone was very friendly and welcoming."

Anna (Medicine, from Oldham)