Arriving at St Edmund’s

Last Updated on 07/07/2017

While full term does not begin until Tuesday 3rd October 2017, you are welcome to arrive from Wednesday 27th September – and this is when the social events in College begin!  If you have a presessional course that runs before this date, please get into contact with our Rooms Officer to discuss the possibility of moving in earlier.

Please follow this link for some University advice and guidelines regarding your arrival and registration at the University of Cambridge:  http://www.cambridgestudents.cam.ac.uk/new-students/arrival.

For specific College and University events that will be happening throughout Freshers’ week (some optional, some compulsory), please see below.

Before 27th September:
  • Keep checking this page for further information about the specific social events that have been organised to help you settle into life at Cambridge.
  • Unless your course is running pre-sessional events (in which case your accommodation will be made available earlier), you will not be able to come into residence until 27th September.  Please contact the accommodation office to discuss the possibility of arriving earlier if absolutely necessary.
From 27th September onwards:
  • When you arrive at St Edmund’s, go to the College Reception.  From here you will be advised as to your accommodation, and instructed as to where to collect your University Card, which will allow you access to your room and dining facilities.
  • Go to the Student Helpdesk in the Combination Room.
  • Explore the City, find your Department and plan your route to lectures.

  • International Students - If you need to pick up your Biometric Residence Permit (international students only), you must make an appointment to visit the International Student Team : Where and when to pick up your BRP
  • Once you have your BRP card, please bring this and your passport to reception to be scanned.

 

 

College Organised Events during your first two weeks

Wednesday 27th September onwards

New students may arrive in College from this date.  Anyone holding a room offer who is due to attend a presessional course, sports training or another valid reason must contact accommodation@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk to ensure that they can arrive earlier than this.

Friday 29th September

      

1.00pm at the front of College: Matriculation Photo - this is an optional photograph, but many freshers (part time, full time, undergraduate and graduate) choose to attend - this is an official 'class photo' of all students starting at Eddies in 2017.  Click here for an example of the matriculation photograph taken last year.  Students are asked to wear gowns - you may wish to buy one, or there will be a limited number available to borrow on the day.  There is a guide here about gowns (relevant to both undergraduates and graduates) - current members of the college and anyone working in a gown shop will also be able to help you choose the correct one.

 

The following events are essential to attend:

1.15pm : Welcome Lunch - this is your chance to meet your pastoral tutor at St Edmund's, over an informal buffet lunch.  Every student at the College is allocated a tutor who will be their first point of contact at any point during the year for guidance.  Your tutor group will be a mix of undergraduates and graduates, studying various subjects - so this should be a nice chance to meet different people!  You will be guided where to go on the day.

3.00-4.30pm in the Garden Room : Meeting for all new students reading the Tripos (BA, Diploma, MASt).  Please join us in the Garden Room to meet the Master, Senior Tutor, Tutors, CR members, Bursar and Senior Tutorial Assistants.  This will be followed by drinks in the Garden Room.

5pm - 6pm in the Garden Room : Safety Meeting, led by the College Bursar.

Monday 2nd October

5.30pm in the Garden Room : Meeting for all new students reading an MPhil or PhD.  Please join us in the Garden Room to meet the Master, Senior Tutor, Tutors, CR members, Bursar and Senior Tutorial Assistants.   This will be followed by a Safety meeting led by the Bursar.

Tuesday 3rd October

10am - 12.45pm at the Corn Exchange, Cambridge City Centre - Graduate Safety Course for all science graduate students.  Please arrive 15 minutes early.  See this link for a timetable of events.

Wednesday 4th October

Mill Lane Lecture Theatre - further optional graduate safety courses for science graduate students.  Please arrive 15 minutes early.

Thursday 5th October

Lectures begin.

 

Friday 6th October, Monday 9th October and Friday 20th October - Inaugural Ceremonies (Matriculation)

These will all take place in the College Chapel, at 6.15pm.  Please arrive in good time to get a seat.  Please note that telephones and photography are not allowed during the ceremony, but you are of course welcome to take pictures after the ceremony.  Please wear your gown.

The ceremony is straightforward - after an introductory speech from the Master, the Dean and Praelector Father Alban McCoy will read your name and degree out to the congregation.  Please walk over to the Praelector and Master, and follow this by signing the College book.  We have a lot of new students every year, and only one chapel, which means we must hold three ceremonies!  You will receive an official invitation to a specific ceremony, based on your College tutor group.  

The Inaugural Ceremony will be followed by a drinks reception in the garden room, and an inaugural formal dinner.  The Formal food at St Edmund's has a wonderful reputation, and this would be the perfect chance to give it a try.  Please notify the catering team if you have any specific dietary requirements.

Friday 6th October

6.15pm, College Chapel - The first of three Inaugural Ceremonies (your matriculation, where you officially join the College and University). 

Monday 9th October

6.15pm, College Chapel - The second of three Inaugural Ceremonies (your matriculation, where you officially join the College and University).

Friday 20th October

6.15pm, College Chapel - The final of three Inaugural Ceremonies (your matriculation, where you officially join the College and University).