New Postgraduate Students

Pre-arrival information for postgraduate students whose place for October 2020 entry has been confirmed will be emailed out in early September 2020. This will give you essential information that you need to know before arriving in Cambridge, including our 2020 Information Handbook for Postgraduate Students, compulsory events that will take place during the first week of Michaelmas Term, and the MCR Freshers' timetable.

We would ask you to please wait until you receive your pack before contacting us with enquiries or request.

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 postgraduate offer. 

You will also receive a Welcome pack with further information at our Welcome Hub on Saturday 3 October.

Weclome Hub - Saturday 3 October

  • The Welcome Hub will be based in a marquee ub Second Court from 9.00am to 1.00pm, and the Tutorial team will be pleased to meet you.

  • You must bring your passport or National ID card, as the Tutorial team is required to complete a compulsory ID check, and you can collect your University Card and Welcome pack

Non-UK Students

  • 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 Student visa should read the Student visa guidance and familiarise themselves with the Student  visa Responsibilities guide, to ensure you are complaint with your visa requirements, and look out for emails from the University and College with instructions on passport, entry vignette and BRP collection.

  • All students studying on a Student visa will be issued with a 30-day entry permit vignette in their passport.  The Student visa will be in the form of a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). In most cases, BRPs will be delivered by the University to College for you to collect. For this to happen, you must choose the 'special Alternative Collection Location ' code in your visa application: collection from the University (NOT the Post Office). We expect to have BRPs ready for collection at the Welcome Hub on 3 October.

  • 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.

  • Advice from the University for new students is given here.

IT and computing access

  • 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 guide Getting Started with IT @ Cambridge from the University Information Service 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.

Childcare support

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

Your first College bill

  • 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.

  • College charges, such as accommodation, are charged termly.

  • College bursaries or other awards are also credited termly to offset that term's charges.