New Graduate Students

Pre-arrival information for graduate students whose place for October 2019 entry has been confirmed will be emailed out at the beginning of September 2019.

Students whose places are confirmed later than that will receive the pre-arrival information email within three working days of the confirmation on CamSIS that they have met all the conditions of their graduate offer. 

Once you arrive at College please call to the Tutorial Office in Y4, Third Court, to collect your full welcome information pack.  The pre-arrival email contains the prelimary information you may need prior to your arrival date whereas the full welcome information packs available from Y4 when you arrive are far more comprehensive.


  • 2019 Information Booklet for Graduate Students
  • Compulsory College Events during First week of Michaelmas Term
  • MCR Freshers' Timetable
  • College Nurse Health questionnaire
  • Opening a UK Bank Account


  • The International Student Office of the University has a prepared Pre Arrival web page with useful information.
  • Students should read the Immigration and Healthcare information from the International Student Office.
  • Students studying on a Tier 4 visa should read the Tier 4 guidance and familiarise themselves with the Tier 4 Responsibilities guide, to ensure you are complaint with your visa requirements.
  • All students studying on a Tier 4 visa will be issued with a 30-day entry permit vignette in their passport.  The Tier 4 visa will be in the form of a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), which will be collected on arrival in the UK.
  • Students studying under any type of visa, including Tier 4, must present their passport and visa to Tutorial staff in the Tutorial Office (Y4) by the deadline of 4.00 p.m. on Friday 11 October 2019 at the latest.
  • Certain students, depending on nationality, may have to register with the police: details can be found here.


  • All young people starting University are being urged by the Public Health bodies to get vaccinated against meningitis (including the new strain meningitis W).
  • You are also encouraged to have two doses of the MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) vaccine.
  • You might want to organise these vaccinations straight away.


  • Your Cambridge email account and computing access will be made available to you before you arrive in Cambridge.
  • You will be given a unique Cambridge user name, known as a CRSid, which is always a combination of letters and numbers, e.g. abc12.   You need this to log on to Raven, the University's authentification service, which gives access to many online resources.
  • Your CRSid is then combined with '' to make up your email address, e.g.
  • You will receive an email from the University outlining the steps you need to take to access your email and Raven password.
  • Please note that the 'User Name' you will be asked to input in order to register for email and computing services is your CRSid, not your USN number.
  • You will find it helpful to read the IT leaflet Getting Started with IT @ Cambridge from the University for new students.  
  • CamGuides is a free online resource for all Master’s students with a taught element, designed as an introduction to some of the academic, digital and research practices that they will engage in at the University of Cambridge. It encourages students to think about ways they can prepare for their Master’s degree before it starts, and students will have access to the resource throughout their time in Cambridge. The content has been created by Cambridge University Libraries as part of the Cambridge Information Literacy Network. Valuable input from current taught Master’s students and academic staff has been used throughout the resource. The guides have been created for taught Master's students but they may also be useful for students on other programmes, they can choose the parts that seem most important or relevant to them.


  • The University has a Childcare Office to support students with children, which has two bursary schemes to help with the cost of childcare.


  • You will receive just before the start of each term an email to your @cam email address containing an attachment with your bill for that term.
  • The deadline for the payment of your termly College bill is two weeks after the first day of each term.
  • Annual tuition fees are paid in the proportion of 1/3 each term.
  • Other College expenses (accommodation, catering facilities charge, etc) are charged termly and College bursaries or other awards are also credited termly to offset that term's charges.