What are the dates, times and arrival procedure for new students?

Please refer to the arrival information on either the undergraduate or postgraduate pages for full details.  

If we arrive by car, are we permitted to park in College?

Parking is allowed for unloading purposes only during the permitted arrival times and all cars should be removed promptly once this is complete.  Further information regarding the special traffic and parking arrangements will be published closer to the start of the academic year.  Details regarding local car parks are provided by Cambridge City Council.  On arrival at the Regent Street entrance to College, you will be met by College members who will direct you where to park.  Getting to Cambridge and Downing maps can be found here.

My son or daughter has been allocated a room at Downing.  When will it be ready to move into?

All rooms will be available on Saturday 3 October, unless your son or daughter has permission to arrive into residence earlier.  Room keys and/or University cards will be issued at Registration.

Instead of bringing everything with us, can we arrange to have items sent to the College in advance of our arrival?

Unfortunately, the College does not have sufficient on-site storage to allow this.  Therefore, nothing is to be sent to College prior to your son or daughter taking up residence.

Are there any welcome events for parents and family members?

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we cannot offer the usual complimentary refreshments available in College while your son or daughter registers with us.  Toilets will be available. 

It is likely that the Freshers' Parents' Lunch, usually held in November, will also be postponed to 2021. 

Each year the Master, Vice Master and Senior Tutor cordially invite the parents and guardians of first-year undergraduates to a reception and sit-down lunch in College.  There is no charge for this event.  Students may attend, but numbers are limited to a maximum of 2 attendees per family because space in the Hall is limited.  For example, one parent or guardian may attend with the Fresher, two parents or guardians may attend without the Fresher, or one parent or guardian may attend with another family member or guest.  There is an opportunity after lunch to join a historical and architectural tour of the College.  

When will my son or daughter receive their first College bill and how should this be paid?

A College bill, which is due for payment by Wednesday 14 October 2020, will be sent to your son or daughter's Cambridge email address by Friday 2 October.  If you would like to discuss any items on the bill or have any other questions, please contact the Bursary.  Please note:  Bursary staff will be working remotely and will be available to answer any queries you may have on Saturday 3 October 2020.

Is separate insurance cover required for rooms and personal belongings?

No, students living in College accommodation pay the Residence Charge, which includes insurance through the College provider, S-Tech.  The policy provides cover in various categories, including accidental damage to rooms, as well as limited cover for bicycles and laptops, on and off College premises.  Insurance cover can be increased here.