New Undergraduate Students

What happens next?

  • At the beginning of September 2019 information packs for UK and EU students will be dispatched in hard copy by post.
  • Information packs for non-EU students will be dispatched via email at the same time.
  • 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!

Information Pack Contents

  • Welcome letter from your Tutor
  • 2019 Information Handbook for Undergraduate Students
  • Cover sheet with explanatory notes and other instructions
  • Personal Information Sheet specifying your room number, room location and estimated termly accommodation charge 
  • List of compulsory College events during your first week after arrival
  • Confidential College Nurse Health questionnaire
  • Emergency Contact Details form
  • College Problems and Advice leaflet
  • Information about the College Chapel and Choir
  • Getting online in College
  • Getting Started with IT @ Cambridge
  • Travel directions to the College car park for arrival
  • JCR Welcome Letter
  • JCR Freshers’ Guide
  • JCR Freshers’ Week timetable

Date and time of arrival

  • Saturday 5 October 2019 is the standard date of arrival for undergraduate students. All new undergraduates must arrive in Cambridge by 1.00 p.m. on that date.
  • Non-UK students may arrive earlier but Tuesday 1 October 2019 is the earliest date permitted.
  • Non-UK students should email to advise us of their arrival day.
  • Special arrangements can be made for those taking a compulsory pre-term course.

Saturday 5 October 2019

  • 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 Lloyd Room in Third 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.
  • The Hub will be open from 9.00 a.m. and will provide refreshments on arrival.
  • Lunch will be available for new students and their families in Upper Hall from 12.00 noon until 1.30 p.m. (cash payment on the day).
  • A meeting with your Tutor and a JCR welfare session will both take place during the afternoon.
  • An informal dinner will be served in Hall at 7.30 p.m. followed by the official College welcome from the Senior Tutor.


  • 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 familiarise themselves with the Tier 4 Responsibilities guide, to ensure they are compliant with their 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) and will then be collected on arrival in the UK. It is necessary to book an appointment for the collection of the BRP.
  • 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.

Cambridge Bursaries for UK and EU Students

  • The Student Loans Company (SLC) will assess over the summer the household incomes of those UK and EU students who asked to be means-tested.
  • If you are means-tested, please make sure that you tick the box 'Share my household income with my institution' on the SLC website.
  • Your Bursary cannot be approved until you actually arrive in Cambridge and the College confirms that you have arrived to the SLC (we do this by the first Friday of Term).
  • 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 '' to make up your email address, e.g.
  • 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 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 Fresher events

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