Arriving at St Edmund’s

This information will be updated in Summer 2017.  Please use the below as a guideline for the timings and activities that should take place in the opening weeks, however please be aware that these are yet to be finalised.


While full term does not begin until Tuesday 4th October 2016, you are welcome to arrive from Wednesday 28th September – and this is when the social events in College begin!  You may receive an accommodation offer in the months before your arrival, stating that your accommodation contract starts on 1st October, but you are welcome to arrive before this date if needed. 

Please follow this link for some University advice and guidelines regarding your arrival and registration at the University of Cambridge:

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

Before 28th 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 28th September.  Please contact the accommodation office to discuss the possibility of arriving earlier if absolutely necessary.
From 28th 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.
  • Unpack your bags and take some time to settle into your room.
  • Go to the Student Helpdesk in the Combination Room.
  • Explore the City, find your Department and plan your route to lectures.
  • If you need to pick up your Biometric Residence Permit (international students only), you must visit the International Student Team : Where and when to pick up your BRP


College Organised Events during your first two weeks


(more to come, check the CR website for more information):







28th September onwards

--------------- Arrival in College 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 to ensure that they can arrive earlier than this.


30th September

1.00 pm

Matriculation Photo

Photo for matriculating students, Fellows and CR Central Exec


30th September

1.15 pm


Welcome Lunch


A buffet lunch, with an opportunity to meet your College tutor, who will help you with any pastoral issues


30th September

2.00 pm

Informal meetings with Tutors and Directors of Studies

Meetings continue, opportunities for new undergraduates to meet Directors of Studies


30th September

5.30 pm

Meeting for all new students taking Tripos (BA, Diploma and MASt students)


Safety Meeting

All Undergraduates, Diploma students and MASt students to meet with the Senior Tutor, Tutors, CR President and Welfare, Bursar and Senior Tutorial Assistants.


This is followed by a meeting outlining safety in and around College, led by the Bursar.


1st October

7.30 pm

At Lucy Cavendish College:

Mature Freshers' Reception

For all mature and affiliated undergraduate freshers.  Drinks reception and quiz night - a chance to meet other mature students from around the University.


3rd October

5.30 pm

Meeting for all new MPhil and PhD students

All MPhil and PhD students to meet with the Senior Tutor, Tutors, CR President and Welfare, Bursar and Senior Tutorial Assistants.


This is followed by a meeting outlining safety in and around College, led by the Bursar.


6th October

9.00 am

Lectures Start

Your timetable will provide you with the information required

7th, 11th and 21st October

6.15 pm

Inaugural Ceremonies

New students matriculate (are inaugurated by the College) by tutor group - you will be contacted with your matriculation ceremony date nearer to this date.  You must sign the matriculation book to be registered at this College and to be awarded your degree.  It is especially key to sign this book if you are a Tier 4 Visa Holder.


14th October

--------------- All Tier 4 Visa Students must have signed in at Reception

Attend Reception with your passport and BRP to be scanned, and to sign in.  If you are unable to attend by this date, please contact the College, in advance where possible, to explain your situation.  If you do not do this and your absence is not expected there may be implications for your immigration status.

When registering, you are confirming that you are currently engaged with your studies as expected, and that you have informed the University of any changes to your immigration status, study circumstances or contact details including UK residential address and telephone number (please update these on CamSIS as soon as possible).


29th October

Afternoon (time TBC)

At St Edmund's College:

Mature Re-fresher Event

For all mature and affiliated undergraduate freshers.  Panel discussions featureing 2nd and 3rd year undergraduates, wth presentations on resilience and writing tips.