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.

Freshers from Britain

The date of arrival for most undergraduates in October 2021 will be Saturday 2 October 2021. All new students must normally arrive by 1pm that day. If this will be difficult for you because of travel distance you may instead arrive at any time on Thursday 30th September or Friday 1st October, so long as you seek permission from the Tutorial Office in advance (please contact after July 2021 if this is relevant).

Freshers from outside Britain

If you are from outside Britain you can arrive from Saturday 25th September 2021 at the earliest and must be in College by Saturday 2 October at 1pm*. Once you know your exact arrival date, please inform the Tutorial Office by emailing Many thanks! Please keep an eye on travel restriction and self-isolation requirements as there may be updates for your country before the start of term.

*If a 10 day quarantine is highly likely for students from your country, you may be given permission to arrive on Wednesday 22 September 2021 at the earliest (this makes it 10 days until 2 October when all others arrive) but will need to liaise with the tutorial office (, letting them know which country you are coming from). See information from UK.Gov.

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!

Freshers Fair
    Christ's Freshers' Fair

For non-UK students, there will be some social events organised by Christ's International Student Reps and Cambridge 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 7 October 2021.


"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)