New Undergraduate Students

What happens next?

  • At the beginning of September 2020 information packs will be emailed to all confirmed new students.
  • We would ask you please to wait until you receive your pack before contacting the College with enquiries or requests.
  • The packs are very comprehensive and include an Information Handbook which should answer most, if not all, of your questions!
  • You will also receive a Welcome Pack with further information (including a hard copy of the Handbook) at our Welcome Hub on Saturday 3 October.

Information Pack Contents

  • The generic part of your Freshers' Pack is now available on Moodle and includes:
  • 2020 Information Handbook for Undergraduate Students
  • List of compulsory College events during your first week after arrival
  • Travel directions to the College car park for arrival
  • Getting Started with IT @ Cambridge
  • Getting online in College
  • Information for International Students (including quarantine information)
  • Problems and Advice leaflet
  • Susceptibility to infection information
  • Information about the College Chapel and Choir, library and gym
  • Cambridge Bursary information
  • JCR Freshers Week timetable

The following information will be sent to your personal email a little later (around 17 September):

  • Welcome letter from your Tutor
  • Personal Information Sheet specifying your room number and rent
  • JCR family letters

Date and time of arrival

  • Saturday 3 October 2020 is the standard  date of arrival for undergraduate students. All new undergraduates should have arrived in Cambridge by 1.00 p.m. on that date.
  • All new undergraduate students should register at the College's Welcome Hub on Saturday 3 October (see below).
  • UK-based students who would find it hard to arrive in time on Saturday itself may arrive on Thursday 1 October or Friday 2 October instead.
  • International students from countries where no self-isolation is required on arrival: Saturday 26 September at the earliest.
  • International students from countries where self-isolation on arrival is required: Friday 11 September at the earliest.
  • Special arrangements can be made for those taking a compulsory pre-term course.
  • All confirmed offer holders will receive a survey via email in mid August from the Tutorial Office called 'College Living Arrangements' which asks you to specify your arrival date.

Saturday 3 October 2020

  • Student helpers will be available in the College car park and around Third Court to welcome you and show you where to go.
  • After you arrive at the College please go to the Welcome Hub which will be based in a marquee in Second Court to collect your University card/room key and welcome pack. 
  • You must bring your Passport or National ID card, and you will be asked to sign the University's matriculation sheets.
  • You must also bring your original final school exam certificates with you if you have completed exams in any other format but A Levels (e.g. IB, or any international qualifications).
  • The Welcome Hub will be open from 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
  • Refreshments will be available in the marquee for new students and their families from 1.30 p.m. until 2.30 p.m.
  • A meeting with your Tutor will take place online during the afternoon, and an official welcome to College from the Senior Tutor will take place in the evening.

Vaccinations

  • 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.

Non-UK students

  • The International Student Office of the University has a prepared a 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 must read the Tier 4 guidance and the Tier 4 Responsibilities guide, and must look out for any emails from the University and the College with instructions on passports, entry vignettes and BRP collection.
  • The Tier 4 visa will be in the form of a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). This BRP will in most cases be delivered by the University to the College. We expect to have most BRPs ready for collection at the Welcome Hub on 3 October. 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).
  • Certain students (depending on nationality) may have to register with the police soon after arrival: details can be found here.

For students who need to self-isolate after arrival in the UK

  • Please check the official UK government website of countries exempt from quarantine/self-isolation (the list may change at short notice).
  • Please check out the UK government’s changing advice on quarantine/self-isolation.

  • You will be able to use public transport to travel to Cambridge.

  • The College will provide a room for you on arrival. This will be your term time room or a temporary room.

  • There will be kitchen facilities close to your room. The kitchen contains a kettle, fridge, basic hob and toaster.

  • There will be bathroom facilities close to your room (some rooms will have an ensuite bathroom).

  • The College provides a pillow and duvet, but please bring a sheet, pillow cover and duvet cover.

  • The College will provide food/meals (details to be confirmed).

  • What else to bring: toiletries, towels

  • Laundry facilities in College: can only be used once you are out of self-isolation.

Cambridge Bursaries for UK and EU Students

  • Student Finance England (SFE) or equivalent institutions in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will assess over the summer the household incomes of those UK and EU students who asked to be means-tested.
  • We recommend means-testing for all students with low to medium household incomes, single parent families or those with multiple siblings - you may be eligible for a Cambridge Bursary.
  • Please make sure that you give permission for your household income information to be shared between SFE and your institution (the University).
  • If you are eligible for a Cambridge Bursary, your Bursary will be approved after you have arrived in Cambridge.
  • Your Bursary will be paid in three equal instalments directly into your bank account during the fourth week of each Term once it is approved. 

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 '@cam.ac.uk' to make up your email address, e.g. abc12@cam.ac.uk.
  • You will receive an email from the University outlining the steps you will need to take to access your Cambridge email account and Raven password.  This email should be received before or during the first week of September.
  • 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 or UCAS reference number.
  • You will find it helpful to read the IT leaflet Getting Started with IT @ Cambridge from the University for new students.  A copy will be sent to you in your information pack.

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 subject line of the email with be: 'Latest Statement'.
  • The deadline for the payment of your termly College bill is two weeks after the first day of each term.
  • College charges such as accommodation are charged termly.
  • Tuition fee charges are aggregated slightly differently:
  • UK and EU students in receipt of a Student Finance tuition fee loan will not see a charge for tuition fees on their College bills as these are paid directly to the College.  
  • UK and EU students who are self-funding will see a charge for tuition fees on their College bills. The annual tuition fee is charged in the proportions of 25% in Michaelmas Term, 25% in Lent Term, and 50% in Easter Term.  
  • Overseas (non EU) students are charged each term for 1/3 of their tuition fees.

External pre-arrival events

completely optional:

https://www.alumni.cam.ac.uk/events/cambridge-university-freshers-events