Christ's College Open Days
College open days which take place in October, February and September.
Here is the current information about which forthcoming College Open Days will be online and which we will organise in person if we can.
What is a College Open Day?
Our College Open Days offer opportunities to meet us, see the College and find out more when it suits you in the year preceding an application:
- October - about a year before application
- February - about 8 months before application
- September - just before application
Please see the Open Days and events page for forthcoming College Open Day dates.
For students at school in England, the October and February dates will be in "Year 12" and the September event will be in "Year 13". Of course, school years are called different things in different school systems and we also welcome students on a gap year, mature applicants etc. We therefore tend to describe the events in relation to when you would apply to Cambridge e.g. 'those applying in October 2020', 'those applying in October 2021'.
What happens on an in-person Christ's College open day?
College Open Days include an opportunity to look around the College grounds and facilities, to learn more about applying for your subject, and to meet current students, academic staff and admissions staff. We usually start mid-morning with registration and refreshments, and finish mid-afternoon (so depending on your travel arrangements there may be some time for you to have a look around Cambridge as well). Lunch for prospective students is also included free of charge.
If you'll be coming to the 17-18 September open day, the details are a bit different for that one - see the September open day page.
You may find the participants' comments and images from previous College Open Days helpful.
How do I request a place?
Once booking has opened, there will be a booking form to complete on the open days and events page
In the meantime:
- If you are applying in Oct 2020, you can register your interest for the 11 September College open day (confirmed online)
- If you are applying on Oct 2021, you can register your interest for events in the 2020-21 academic year.
If you register your interest for an event, this means that we will send you an email when we open booking.
Can I bring parents / guardians?
We're sorry that the College doesn't have adequate space to allow parents to attend the prospective students' part of the College Open Days. However, if a parent or guardian plans to come to Cambridge with you, they are welcome to visit the public areas of the College.
On most College Open Days, we offer a short programme, normally for one parent or guardian per student on the open day, though we will accommodate two parents if space is available once everyone is seated. The short programme normally includes a talk and a guided tour of the College and no separate booking is needed for this (details will be sent as part of the information for students who have completed the booking form). Please note that the parents / guardians programme is not suitable for siblings to also attend. If, as a parent, you cannot attend, please don't worry as plenty of information is available online.
Travel information and maps
Visiting students are responsible for getting themselves to Cambridge for open days, however we provide travel information and a map of the college:
If you are in (or were previously in) Care, please read about the Care Travel Fund (eligibility criteria apply).
What if I need accommodation?
We welcome students who live a long way from Cambridge. If you will need accommodation the night before one of our open days, do email email@example.com after completing the booking request form. Depending on the availability of rooms, we may be able to help you with this.
What if I can't attend?
Don't worry - although we offer the opportunity, we know that some of you live a very long way away and it's not always possible or practical to attend an open day or other event. There's certainly no requirement to do this before making an application to Christ's. Many students make a successful application without having visited in advance. Do read the admissions pages thoroughly and feel free to contact us if there are specific questions that you want to ask.
If the dates of our events don't work for you but you will be in Cambridge another time, you may visit the College any time. Please see the page on visiting Christ's as a prospective student for details.
What can younger students attend?
For students with a few years to go yet before you apply to university, it is not possible to attend a College Open Day, but you might be interested in these Subject Matters events, and the annual Cambridge University Science Festival, Open Cambridge, and Cambridge Festival of Ideas also provide many excellent opportunities to visit the university. For further inspiration, do also explore the range of museums and collections.
Some students will also be eligible for events for children in care.