Undergraduate offer holders
The resources linked from this page are for our 2023 offer holders, to help guide you through the rest of our admissions process.
Please read these pages carefully. As in earlier stages of the admissions process, adhering to deadlines and engaging with necessary administration is really important.
If any of the personal and/or contact details that you have previously declared in UCAS have changed or change between now and the end of August, you should update them first in UCAS then email the Admissions Office to advise. These are the details we will eventually use to register you as a student so it’s vital that they remain up to date.
31 July 2023:
- For all qualifications other than A Levels, IB, Pre-U, SAHs, and STEP.
30 June 2023:
- For all qualifications you’ve declared as complete on UCAS.
- For home fees students who’re applying for fees and/or maintenance support from UK Student Finance.
Health, Learning, and Wellbeing
If you have any needs relating to health, learning, or wellbeing, we want to work with you now to make sure they’re addressed from the moment you arrive. Full disclosure to appropriate staff as soon as possible is therefore very important, so any necessary arrangements can be made in a timely fashion.
Health matters should be reported to the College Nurse, whereas issues relating to wellbeing can be discussed with Louise Ranger, our Wellbeing Coordinator. If you have support or access needs – ranging from specific learning difficulties, like dyslexia and ADHD, through to requirements arising from medical circumstances – please complete an Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre (ADRC) “Student Information Form” immediately, even if you’ve not declared these previously. Prompt engagement with the ADRC is especially important if you have received support and/or adjustments at school or college which you hope will continue at university, since the ADRC will work with us and your Department or Faculty to provide you with the most suitable arrangements.
Finally, if you’re uncertain or have any questions at all, please email our Tutorial Office for advice and guidance.
All freshers should be in residence in College by 3pm on 30 September
UK students: All new students in the UK should arrive at Churchill between 10.30am and 3pm on the Saturday before the start of term (30 September 2023). Registration begins at 10.30am. Students may usually gain access to their room after 11am on 30 September, unless otherwise instructed. It’s important that all freshers are in residence by 3pm that day.
Overseas students: New overseas students should plan to arrive up to a week earlier, from Saturday 23 September 2023. From 23 September, you can arrive at College at any time in the day or night, as we understand that your arrival time may depend on when your international flight lands in the UK. There will always be a Porter at the front desk of the College, in the Porters Lodge, who will give you a key to your room. It’s important that all freshers are in residence by 3pm on 30 September.
Mathematics students (Overseas and UK): The College will run mandatory Mathematics pre-sessional classes on 27, 28 and 29 September 2023. You should plan to be in College the night before the pre-sessional begins (on the night of 26 September), in order to be ready to start the classes at 9.15am on the morning of 27 September. These pre-sessional classes are for both UK and Overseas Mathematics students.
In late August, an arrival form will be made available here so you can let us know your expected arrival date and time. After the arrival form closes in early September, we will email you to provide further details about arrival practicalities.
By mid September, you will be notified of your College room allocation.
General information about residential rooms at Churchill can be found at our our undergraduate accommodation page.
To express your preference for a particular room type during your first year, we’ll open an online survey in June/July. This will give you basic information about available room types and rents, and ask you to express a preference for particular room types. We will then use your responses in September to allocate your first-year room. To be clear, we don’t allocate rooms to anyone until we know exactly who is going to join us, following the conclusion of the annual UCAS process at the end of August.
For information, we do not have sufficient ensuite rooms for all first years so priority is given to those who require ensuite for medical reasons, etc. After these, ensuites are allocated randomly to students who express a preference for one. Medical details (and supporting evidence) that are relevant to room allocations, like preferred room types, are captured in our online survey mentioned above, so there’s no need to contact us about these beforehand. All rooms that are not ensuite have a hand basin and typically share bathroom / toilet facilities between 4-6 students.
All residential rooms at Churchill are private, whether ensuite or not. You will not have to share your room. First year students (Freshers) are usually accommodated together so you’ll be close to other Freshers, whichever room you’re allocated to. You’ll have access to snack kitchens (typically shared between 4-14 students), in which there are communal fridges. You can rent a small fridge for your room if you wish.
Churchill provides accommodation for at least 30 weeks per year. You’ll pay termly, normally for a minimum of 10 weeks per term – known as “Periods of Residence” or POR. If you want or need to stay in College outside of the POR then you will be asked to apply once you’re here by using an online form. Residence outside of term will likely be in a different room from your term-time room and may be charged at a different rent rate.
Assuming you are not going to stay in residence outside of term, you will need to pack up and take away your personal effects during each vacation. College has very limited space to store items between terms and this is prioritised for students who need it most, e.g., those who live a long way away. Therefore, you should only bring to College things that you really need. On rare occasions, bringing excessive belongings can sometimes result in items being abandoned.
If after reading this you still have questions about Churchill accommodation, please email the Tutorial Office.
Frequently Asked Questions
Regarding rooms which are not ensuite, what facilities are shared?
- Bathroom toilets are shared.
- Showers are shared. Shower rooms are separate from bathroom toilet rooms.
- All bedrooms have their own hand basins.
I understand accommodation is termly and for 30 weeks a year. Is this a fixed rental period or is it possible to rent for longer?
- Payment at the agreed rate per week must normally be made for a minimum of 10 weeks in any termly Period of Residence.
- If you need to stay in College accommodation outside of the term, you must apply in advance using an online form and you may be charged at different rates from your term-time rate. You could be moved to a different room if staying in College outside of term.
Is there anywhere to store belongings between terms?
- Arriving students should only bring to College accommodation items which they need.
- All bedrooms contain a small lockable cupboard, where students can securely store small belongings between terms.
- Trunk rooms are available for overseas students to store belongings between terms.
During the final months of our admissions process, we regularly circulate information that’ll be relevant to some or all of you. We know it’s easy for emails to get lost so we’ll upload this content here too, so you can always come here to check back through it.
Information shared here includes:
- Cambridge ISO Visa Information
- Online Freshers’ Events by Cambridge Alumni
- Induction Programme for Incoming Black Students
- Churchill’s Virtual Freshers’ Pack (due to be published in September 2023)
- Churchill Reading Lists
Cambridge ISO Visa Information
The University’s International Student Office will issue a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to support a student visa application once all the conditions of offer have been met.
If you will be applying for a student visa, it is important you understand the student visa application requirements and prepare any necessary supporting documents. You must make your visa application (apply for ‘entry clearance’) in your country of nationality or your country of residence and obtain the visa prior to travelling to the UK. You can only make a student visa application inside the UK (apply for ‘permission to stay’) if you have a valid visa that allows you to extend or switch in-country.
In advance of receiving a CAS, applicants are advised to familiarise themselves with the information about applying for a visa on the International Students webpages – www.internationalstudents.cam.ac.uk/immigration/student-visa. This includes information on webinars hosted by the International Student Office in June and July and intended for those who will be making their visa application from outside the UK.
This year’s webinars:
If your passport is from a country outside the EEA/Switzerland:
- Friday 9 June(14:00 UK time)
- Tuesday 27 June(15:30 UK time)
- Thursday 6 July(14:00 UK time)
- Monday 10 July(12:30 UK time)
If your passport is from an EEA country or Switzerland:
If you have any questions relating to your visa application or the visa requirements, you can email the International Student Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Induction Programme for Incoming Black Students
Are you an incoming Black student at Cambridge? We would love to welcome you on Thursday 21st September 2023, from 1pm-5pm, at the Black students’ Induction Programme coordinated by the Black Advisory Hub. The event will involve information sharing, meeting some current students and staff, as well as opportunities for discussion. The programme for the afternoon will involve a range of sessions demystifying Cambridge and giving practical tips on how to navigate the University processes and practices. In addition, current Black students and alumni will host break-out sessions covering a range of topics from societies and leadership, through to post-study career advancement.
Register for this induction event here.
The induction will take place on Zoom on the Thursday 21st September from 1pm to 5pm (BST). The Zoom invitation will be circulated 24 hours beforehand to registered attendees, so please make sure you register early to be included in the email with the link. We ask that you try to be logged in at 12:55PM in order for us to start promptly at 1pm.
Following this online induction meeting, we are planning some follow-up in person events for undergraduates and postgraduates, after term starts and you have settled into Cambridge. More details of these events will be shared at the Zoom induction, and we will circulate an invitation to those who have registered as well as post further information about signing up on the Black Advisory Hub.
In order to empower incoming Black students to share their hopes, anxieties and questions for their upcoming degree, this virtual induction day is for Black-identifying Cambridge University students exclusively; if you have any questions at all about your potential participation/eligibility, please do not hesitate to be in touch with the BAH team at: email@example.com.
The Black Advisory Hub pursues values of equity and non-discrimination, and seeks to ensure that the day is fully accessible to all disabled participants. If you are interested in any alternative formats for presentations, or would like to make us aware of any reasonable adjustment necessary for your full participation, please do be in touch with Zeena at firstname.lastname@example.org
Online Freshers’ Events by Cambridge Alumni
Around the world in August and September, University Alumni Groups will be hosting online and in-person freshers’ events for new undergraduate and postgraduate students starting a course at Cambridge this autumn. These optional events are a great opportunity to hear from current and former students about their experiences of Cambridge and meet other new starters before the beginning of term.
View the schedule of events .