This information is for those holding unconditional and conditional offers of places to study at Downing College. Any questions not addressed here can be directed to the Admissions Office via email.
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What happens when you get your exam results
You will receive an email on or shortly after 15 August 2019.
This will direct you to the August checklist for Undergraduates. This will include links to various forms, including an accommodation form for you to complete and return.
All Downing College first-year students will be offered accommodation in college. The August checklist for Undergraduates will include an accommodation form to complete and return in mid-August 2019.
Please note that the accommodation company called Downingstudents.com is completely unrelated to Downing College and does not provide accommodation for Downing College undergraduates.
We will then contact you again at the beginning of September if you are due to start your course in October 2019, with:
- information about the accommodation that has been reserved for you
- the name of your personal Tutor and your Director of Studies
- information about arriving at Downing
Reading lists are currently being updated and most still have 2018 details at the moment. Do have a look at these, but be aware that they may change over the next few months: Reading lists
It is important to try to do as much of the recommended reading as possible before you arrive in Cambridge as work starts almost immediately when you arrive.
If you need any further information please contact the Admissions Office.
Cambridge Bursary Scheme
If you are a UK or EU undergraduate student with a household income of below £42,620 then you are likely to be eligible for a Cambridge Bursary of up to £3,500 per year. The Cambridge Bursary is in addition to any loan for maintenance or tuition fees which you receive from the UK government. Most UK students do not need to apply separately for the Cambridge Bursary, you will be automatically assessed by the Student Loans Company as part of your application for student Finance from the UK Government.
There is further information and how to apply here.
The College and University work together to offer all disabled students the maximum possible support.
Now that you have received an offer, we would like to give you a further opportunity to let us know if you have a disability and if you will require any support or advice when you come up to Cambridge.
If you have already disclosed your disability as part of your application you do not need to get in touch but if you have not, please contact the Admissions Office now.
Student Registration and IT
In late August you will be sent an email from the Student Registry containing detailed instructions and a link to the CamSIS Student Registration web pages. You should complete the registration process before you arrive in Cambridge.
Please contact the Admissions Office if your email address is changing.
When to arrive
Undergraduate International Freshers (EU and Rest of the World only) – after 2.00 pm on Thursday 3 October 2019 - IF REQUESTED (see below) - please note that it is not compulsory to arrive before Saturday 5 October 2019 (see information below for Home-UK only Freshers)
International students are deemed to be those who have not previously lived or attended school in the UK. Please note, all international students will be able to move directly into their own rooms, apart from students who are allocated accommodation in Kenny B - students will not be able to gain access to their permanent room until after 2.00 pm on Friday 4 October 2019, unless instructed otherwise by the Housekeeping Office. Students will be given a temporary room in the meantime. Registration will commence on Saturday 5 October 2019 at 1.00 pm in the Tutorial and Admissions Office on B staircase.
Undergraduate Freshers (Home – UK only) – after 1.00 pm on Saturday 5 October 2019
Registration will commence at 1.00 pm in the Tutorial and Admissions Office on B staircase on Saturday 5 October 2019. Accommodation will be available from 2.00 pm onwards. New students will be granted permission to arrive earlier if they are unable to travel on Saturday 5 October due to religious reasons or if they have a compulsory pre-sessional or language course with an earlier start date.
Welcome to Cambridge events
A number of events in the UK and overseas are organised by Cambridge alumni: https://www.alumni.cam.ac.uk/get-involved/welcome-to-cambridge-events. You may be interested in attending one of these events but please note that these are not events necessary for student induction and that there is absolutely no obligation to attend. Please note that some events require the payment of a fee.
Setting up a bank account
International students (including those from EU countries) with confirmed offers are advised to make an appointment with their chosen bank (if necessary) to set up an account, so that you can request the required letters and confirmation from the Tutorial and Admissions Office in advance of arrival at Downing College. If you have given at least one week's notice for this request, your pre-requested letters can be collected from the Tutorial and Admissions Office when you arrive. You will need to let the Tutorial and Admissions Office know your request, including the name and address of your chosen bank and any specific details that may be required, by emailing Kate Flint, Admissions Officer on email@example.com
The College operates a system of Normal Periods of Residence (NPR) which allows students to be in residence for a few days at either end of University Full Term.
Term dates for 2019/2020 will be shown here when confirmed.
University Full Term
Each teaching term (also known as Full Term) is eight weeks long. There are three terms per year:
- Michaelmas (running from October to December)
- Lent (January to March)
- Easter (April to June).
Full Term dates are available on the University of Cambridge site.
CUSU International Freshers guide - not yet available.