Cambridge University Open Days

Thursday 4 and Friday 5 July 2019. Booking is open.

Emily Tomlinson and students

The Cambridge University Open Days take place on Thursday 4 July and Friday 5 July 2019. This is the biggest event of the year for prospective students - all Colleges and all university departments take part so attending one of the days is a very efficient way to visit the whole of Cambridge University and speak with a range of relevant lecturers, students and admissions staff.  

  • There are introductory talks explaining how the University works, what it's like to be a Cambridge student, student finance, and how to apply.
  • All subjects have very useful course presentations and sample lectures.
  • You can speak to current students and lecturers individually at the subject stands.
  • All Colleges are open and offer guided tours as part of the programme, and you can speak with College admissions staff and current students. 

A detailed programme for the open days is published in late June each year (see the 2018 Cambridge Open Days programme as an example). Some faculties also provide detailed information on their websites to supplement this:

  • If you're interested in Engineering, the faculty normally publishes a more detailed Engineering programme on it's website, as there are tours of the various workshops and facilities that you use as an Engineer. 
  • If you are interested in Natural Sciences, there are quite a range of different subject areas so again, a more detailed programme of  Natural Sciences talks and events is made available by late June. 

The open days are a great opportunity to get lots of subject information and to visit multiple colleges as well as to ask application questions. If you've never visited Cambridge before and are feeling a bit unsure about where to start, we'd advise you to go to an Applying to Cambridge talk at the beginning to the day (see page 3 in the programme), as these will help a lot! 


How to book a place on a Cambridge Open Day

Booking is open - please book your ticket on the central Cambridge Admissions website. Please read the information about ticket types first of all and then go to the relevant booking page for Thursday 4 July or Friday 5 July.

If you book a Full Access (University and Colleges) ticket, this will get you into all events in the Cambridge Open Days programme. 

Your Open Days programme, which is sent to students who have booked a couple of weeks before the event, will set out what is on across the whole university, with times and locations so that you can plan your day. There will also be plenty of student helpers around to point your in the right direction on the day, and you don't need to book appointments or anything - you just turn up at the places indicated in the programme.

Chatting in the Fellows' Garden

Can I visit Christ's College? 

Yes! We'll be open all day during both Thursday 4 and Friday 5 July, and we welcome visitors with a Full Access (University and Colleges) ticket or with a Partial Access (Colleges only) ticket so just come and see the College whenever you want to. 

  • The Christ's students will be out in force, giving guided tours of the beautiful grounds and facilities.
  • We'll be happy to show you inside some of our student accommodation.
  • We'll have our Admissions & Outreach team to answer your application questions and give any advice and guidance that you need at this stage. 
  • You can pick up printed information for the subject that you want to study at Christ's, with all the information you need to apply, advice and resources etc. 


The Christ's open day accommodation is reserved for Year 12 students on our Worcestershire and Herefordshire HE+ projects so we are unable to offer accommodation to other school groups or to individual students visiting Cambridge for the open days.

If you need to stay overnight and are not on the Worcestershire and Herefordshire HE+ projects, it would be worth getting in touch with another Cambridge College to see if you are able to stay there (this is often possible if you request it early enough), or you may like to look at other local accommodation options

in the Fellows' Garden


Visiting students are responsible for getting themselves to Cambridge for open days, however there is information about getting here.

If you are in (or were previously in) Care, please read about the Care Travel Fund (eligibility criteria apply).

Where is Christ's? 

We're on St Andrew's Street (CB2 3BU), but don't worry too much, as we're very central, you'll have a map in your open days programme, and there will be students throughout the university to point you in the right direction if you need any help. 


2020 Cambridge Open Day dates

If you are currently in Year 11 and would like to attend this event when you are in Year 12, the dates for next year are Thursday 2 and Friday 3 July 2020.  Although it is some way off, if you would like to register your interest for the 2020 Cambridge Open Days, we will send you an email when bookings open (bookings normally open at the end of April when you're in Year 12). You will then be able to review the information and book a place if you are still interested in attending at that stage. 

Undergraduate Admissions / Open Days / Why choose Christ's?

"Christ's is the Goldilocks college in terms of size so you'll never feel overwhelmed with all the students but you can still blend into the background if you want. When everything you need is within a stone's throw of the college, why choose anywhere else?"

Shadab, Natural Sciences student

 "It was great to be able to talk to current students doing your subject in an informal way and I felt really comfortable to ask any questions."

An open day visitor