New Undergraduate Students 2021

What happens next?

  • At the beginning of September 2021, information packs will be sent out 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 at our Welcome Hub on Saturday 2 October.

Information Pack contents

  • 2021 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 online in College
  • Information for International Students
  • Problems and Advice leaflet
  • Information about the College Chapel and Choir, Library and Gym
  • Cambridge Bursary information
  • JCR Freshers Week timetable
  • Welcome letter from your Tutor
  • College family information

The following information will be sent a little later:

  • Personal Information Sheet specifying your room number and rent

Date and time of arrival

  • Saturday 2 October 2021 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 2 October (see below).
  • If this will be difficult for you because of travel distance, you may instead arrive at any time on Thursday 30 September or Friday 1 October, so long as you seek permission from the Tutorial Office in advance.
  • International students may arrive from Saturday 25 September and exceptionally from Wednesday 22 September (where ten days of self-isolation is required).
  • Special arrangements can be made for those taking a compulsory pre-term course.
  • All confirmed offer holders will receive a survey via email in late August from the Tutorial Office called 'College Living Arrangements', which asks you to specify your arrival date.

Saturday 2 October 2021

  • 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 the marquee in Second Court to collect your University card/room key and Welcome Pack. 
  • You must bring your Passport or National ID card. If you do not have a passport please contact the Tutorial office in advance.
  • 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.
  • A meeting with your Tutor will take place during the afternoon, and an official welcome to College from the Senior Tutor will take place in the evening.

Vaccinations

  • Students are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated against Covid-19 prior to arrival. Vaccination advice for incoming students can be found here.
  • All young people starting University are being urged by the Public Health bodies to be vaccinated against meningitis.
  • You are also encouraged to have two doses of the MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) vaccine.

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 Student visa must read the guidance and the Student visa responsibilities guide. Please also look out for any emails from the University and the College with instructions on passports, entry vignettes and BRP collection.
  • Students who are collecting BRP's should be able to do so from the Welcome Hub on 2 October.
  • Certain students (depending on nationality) may have to register with the police soon after arrival: details can be found here.

Cambridge Bursaries - UK student only

  • Student Finance England (SFE) or equivalent institutions in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will assess over the summer the household incomes of 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 in early 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 following University IT information for new students: Getting Started with IT @ Cambridge 

Your first College bill

  • Many students contact us as soon as their place is confirmed to enquire about what they need to pay and when. You will not need to pay until after you arrive. 
  • You will receive your College bill just before the start of each term as an email sent to your @cam email address.
  • 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.
  • If you have any difficulties paying your bill on time, please speak to your Tutor.
  • College charges such as accommodation are charged termly.
  • Tuition fee charges are aggregated slightly differently:
  1. UK 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.  
  2. UK 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.  
  3. Non-UK students are charged each term for 1/3 of their tuition fees.

External pre-arrival events

Completely optional:

https://www.christs.cam.ac.uk/admissions/offer-holders/welcome