You are very welcome to come and look round Downing College at a time that suits you and, if you would like to, talk to the Admissions Office staff.

The Office is open:

Monday to Thursday 9.30am – 12.00pm and 1.00pm - 5.00pm
Fridays from 9.30am - 12.00pm and 1.00pm - 4.00pm.

You do not need to make an appointment, but you may wish to check that we will be available when you are planning to visit by emailing the Admissions Office directly:


Downing College Open Day - Saturday 4 May 2019 - THIS OPEN DAY IS NOW FULLY BOOKED


University Open Days 4th and 5th July 2019

Downing College will be open during the Cambridge University open days on 4th and 5th July 2019.

You do not need to book to visit Downing College but you will need to book onto the Cambridge University open days, please book via the University Open Days page when booking opens in April.

Downing College will be open on both of these days between 09.30 - 16.00.  You can just drop in and look round the College; there will be tours with current undergraduates, accommodation to view and admissions staff on hand to answer any questions.


Downing College Open Day - Friday 20 September

This open day will include talks about making an application, the opportunity to talk to the Admissions Tutor and a Director of Studies, a tour of Downing College and cafeteria lunch in the College Hall.

The day will start at around 10.00am and finish by approximately 2.00pm.

To book a place, please email the following information to

Your name

The subject you wish to study

The school you currently attend


Open Day Travel Fund

The Open Day Travel Fund, administered by the central Cambridge Admissions Office, assists young people who are in care and care leavers with travel to any of 100+ Open Days organised by the University and Colleges of Cambridge.

Applicants must have been in care for 3 or more months in the school years including and after Year 10. Applicants must also either be either:

  • in Year 11 or above
  • from a further education background
  • a prospective mature student.

Apply for the Open Day Travel Fund here. You can also download the Open Day Travel Fund flyer.

Information about how your personal information will be used by us in connection with the administration of these events/activities, and for related purposes, is available at Please contact with any questions in the first instance.