Arrival Information for Postgraduate International Students (EU and rest of the world only)

International students are invited to arrive at the College after 2.00 pm but before 4.00 pm on Thursday 28 September to enable participation in the orientation activities hosted by the University's International Student Team (please see further information below).  Please note, it is not possible to arrive any earlier than Thursday 28 September, unless you have a course start date in September.  You will need permission to arrive or come into residence early (any date prior to Saturday 30 September) and must contact the Graduate Admissions Officer by Friday 1 September if permission is required.  All requests are subject to availability of accommodation.

Please refer to the International Student Guide for practical pre-arrival information.

Please print this event timetable now which will assist you on arrival at Downing.

You should first report to the Porters’ Lodge, at the entrance to the College, and do the following:

  • Ask the Porters to provide you with a map of the College as well as direct you to the Tutorial and Admissions Office, if you are a visa holder, to enable your visa and passport documentation to be scanned.
  • If you have been allocated a room at Downing, please sign-in and ask for the key to your accommodation.  (Please note, if you have a room which is accessible by University Card only, you will need to collect this card from the Tutorial and Admissions Office.)
  1. Collect the post from your pigeon hole.  (You will find a copy of your College bill.)

Secondly, all new graduates must report to the Tutorial and Admissions Office (located on B staircase) on Saturday 30 September to register and do the following:

  1. Collect your University Card, if not already done so.  (Required to obtain food and drink in the Dining Hall/Butterfield Bar and access to some College rooms, gates, Libraries and certain Faculties.)
  2. If you are a new Clinical Medic, Clinical Vet, PGCE student or have taken out a Postgraduate Master's Loan from the Student Loan Company, you will need to obtain Student Loan payment authorisation.  (To release your student loan we are required to see either your passport or driving licence so please remember to bring one of these with you.)
  3. Complete critical forms.
  4. Collect your Registration pack.

The Tutorial and Admissions Office is open for registration at the following times:

Saturday 30 September 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Please note, the University Ordinances prohibit all students from keeping a car in Cambridge, save in the most exceptional circumstances.  For further information or queries please contact the College Office.

Visa Information

If you require a visa (in the form of a Biometric Residence Permit) to study in the UK, you are expected to arrive on the start date of your course, unless an alternative date is agreed in writing.  As soon as the outcome of your visa application is known, please ensure that the course start date and the date you plan to arrive at the College is emailed to the Graduate Admissions Officer.  

On arrival in the UK, you will need to collect your visa, in the form of a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), and instructions on how to do this will be emailed as and when your CAS is issued.  If you selected to collect your BRP from the University (and not the Post Office) on your visa application, please go to the University Centre between 26 September and 3 October (excluding the weekend).  For further information please refer to the International Student Team website.

As a visa national, you must report to the Tutorial and Admissions Office within seven working days of the course start date (or agreed alternative), otherwise the UK Border Agency will be notified.

On arrival at the College you will need to present your Biometric Residence Permit and passport at the Tutorial and Admissions Office for scanning, as well as attending Registration on Saturday 30 September.

Visa nationals from certain countries are also required to register with the police.  Please check this information to determine if you need to arrange an appointment.  This must be done within seven days of collecting your BRP and is available at the University Centre between 26 September and 3 October (excluding the weekend).  Appointments must be booked in advance.

Your responsibilities as a Tier 4 student are listed here.

Orientation Activities - Friday 29 September

Designed to help international students settle into their new environment and studies, you are invited to attend one or both of the optional sessions available on the topics of 'Feeling at Home in Cambridge' and 'Developing Academic English Language Skills'.  Please register online if you wish to attend.