Information for new Postgraduates with a confirmed place for 2020

We look forward to welcoming you to Downing. 

Staying safe in Michaelmas Term webpage

Please ensure that you are thoroughly familiar with the content of the webpage and check back regularly for updates.

Postgraduate Registration and University card

In order to collect your University Card from the Porters’ Lodge, please bring photo ID with you.  This is the College registration process.  If you need to gain access to the College, please ring the bell on the wall just inside the College gates, or call the Porters’ Lodge on 01223 334800.


Thursday 8 October 2020

All new Postgraduate students will be formally welcomed into College membership by the Master and Praelector at a Matriculation Ceremony on Thursday 8 October 2020 at the Master’s Lodge, Downing College.  Events are expected to begin at 12.30 with further details with regard to the timings and arrangements to be confirmed closer to the event date.  In light of all the current difficulties, there will be no signing during the ceremony this year.  This element has been replaced with an online Matriculation process, which you should have received an email about recently.  Please ensure you undertake this process as well as attend the formal ceremony above.  Please note, if you haven’t yet already done so, you will need to purchase a Downing College academic gown from Ryder & Amies.

More information will be published in September 2020.


Action for Postgraduates  
Staying safe in Michaelmas Term Read the Staying safe in Michaelmas Term webpage. Please ensure you are thoroughly familiar with the content and check back regularly for updates.
Arrival in College

Dates, times and arrival procedure

Information for international students including pre-arrival and orientation information

Early arrival in College Permission is required from the Graduate Admissions Office to arrive before 1 October - all requests are subject to room availability
Bicycles, cars and parking Rules and regulations


The College policy and how to increase your cover

Accommodation: Room agreement Once received by email, must be signed and returned immediately
Accommodation Handbook Please see page 6 of the Accommodation Handbook for further information on Furniture, Fittings and Decoration
Academic Gown

Purchasing a gown

How to obtain a discount code

Health and Welfare

College Nurses

Introduction to the College Nurses and health information

University health advice and vaccination checklist Check which vaccinations you need before coming to Cambridge
Health Questionnaire

At the beginning of September, or following confirmation of your place, you will be emailed a link to your personalised online health questionnaire. 

If your place at Downing is confirmed in late September, please complete the health questionnaire as soon as possible.

Registering with a College Nurse How to register with a College Nurse - Appointment system opens on 1 October
Registering with a General Practitioner [GP] How to register with a doctor in Cambridge
Information Technology

IT services for students at Cambridge

Quick-start guide for Freshers

University Student Registration process How to update your personal information and collect your Cambridge email address and passwords
IT and computing at Downing Information and IT facilities available to you at Downing

College Bill

How and when to pay your College Bill


College Registration procedure

Electronic copy of Registration document

University Card Information on your University Card and how to collect your card

Visa advice

Information on a range of Tier 4 and related areas of immigration

Matriculation on Thursday 8 October 2020

Information on Matriculation dress code. You are asked to gather in the Downing Amphitheatre at 12.30pm.

Freshers induction intranet site Refer to the new Downing intranet site for information and welcome to Downing College.

Any queries should be directed to the Tutorial and Admissions Office.