For the Michaelmas term 2017  make travel arrangements so that you can arrive at the College on Thursday 28th September. If your course starts in September, or you will not be able to arrive on that date, contact the Graduate Office. Full term starts on 3rd October. College orientation will be on 29th and 30th September and 1st October.  Most departments will arrange their orientation from 2nd October onwards.

If you start in the Lent term (January) or the Easter term (April),  there will be fewer scheduled events, but you will still need to pick up keys and cards as below. Please contact the Graduate Office to discuss arrival dates.

Before you arrive

You will find the following information useful to review before travelling to Cambridge.  

MCR Freshers Week information and welcome booklet

University of Cambridge arrival information for new students - including the student registration process (annual for all students).  You will receive access to your email address once you have completed the registration proces.

Pre-arrival information for international students including the International Student Guide

As soon as you arrive…

Go to the Porters’ Lodge at the College main entrance on Storey’s Way (map). At the Porters’ Lodge, you can:

Key Collect your room key and sign your accommodation contract.
University Card Collect your University Card. The University Card allows access to University buildings, and works as a charge card in the College buttery and Café Bar. (If you already have your University Card, bring it with you so that it can be registered.)
Pigeon hole Find your pigeon hole in the shelves near the Porters’ Lodge. Collect your welcome pack and any other information that's waiting for you. Please check your pigeon hole at least once a week, even if you live away from the main College site.  If you can't find your pigeon hole, or your welcome pack, please ask the Porters Lodge staff.
MCR Meet the MCR. If you arrive on 28th September, members of the Middle Combination Room  will be there to welcome you. If you miss them on your first day, members of the MCR Committee and other graduate students can usually be found in the MCR Common Room in The Grove in the evenings.

Please note

Car Students cannot keep cars in Cambridge without permission. You can request permission from the Graduate Office, but it will only be given in exceptional circumstances. Please apply by 23 September. If you are given permission, you will be allocated an off-road parking space at or near the College. If you do arrive by car, ask the Porters where you can keep it before your space is allocated.
Luggage The College cannot take responsibility for your property before you arrive, and there is no storage space available. If you need to send your belongings by post, arrange for them to arrive at the same time as you do.


The Porters' Lodge is manned 24 hours a day. However, overnight, the Duty Porter acts as a security officer, so may leave the Lodge unmanned from time to time. If the Lodge is unmanned when you arrive, please wait for the Duty Porter's return.