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Boarding:

Where will I live?

Cambridge

Our boarding facilities provide you with a home-from-home, with over 230 single en-suite rooms on campus ensuring that you are comfortable. As our boarding house is connected to the school building, you do not even need to step outside in winter. We offer catered or self-catered accommodation for over 18s at Varsity House, a short walk from campus – allowing you to be more independent and preparing you for life at university.

Canterbury

Our boarding facilities provide you with a home-from-home, with over 220 single en-suite rooms on ensuring that you are comfortable, safe and secure. We also offer catered or self-catered accommodation for over 18s – allowing you to be more independent and preparing you for life at university.

London

We know how important it is for you to have safe, secure and comfortable accommodation, which is why we offer the highest level of quality and security possible. With the CATS London accommodation only a short three minutes’ walk or 15 minute underground journey from the main campus building, you will be safe, secure and get a great introduction to living in London.

What can I eat and when?

Cambridge

All meals are served on campus for catered students, cooked by our team of onsite chefs. As we look after students from all over the world, we know the importance of enjoying a taste of home as well as trying food from different cultures. Recent meals include – Braised Beef, Stir-Fried Noodles, Roast Chicken, Steamed Cod and Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding, and Borsch.

All fully catered students take breakfast, lunch and dinner in The Hub at the following times:

MONDAY - FRIDAY

Breakfast: 07.30 - 08.30
Lunch: 11.30 - 14.00
Dinner: 17.00 - 19.30

WEEKENDS

Breakfast: 09.00 - 11.30
Lunch: 11.30 - 13.00
Dinner: 16.30 - 18.00

There is also a coffee shop which serves snacks throughout the day and into the evening.

Canterbury

All meals are served on campus for catered students, cooked by our team of onsite Chefs. As we look after students from all over the world, we know the importance of enjoying a taste of home as well as trying food from different cultures. Recent meals include – lamb tagine, stir-fried noodles, risotto and vegetable stew.

All students living in residence take breakfast, lunch and evening meals in the canteen at the following times:

MONDAY - FRIDAY

Breakfast: 7.30 - 8.35
Lunch: 11.30 - 14.00
Dinner: 17.00 - 18.30

WEEKENDS

Brunch: 11.30 - 13.00
Supper: 17.00 - 18.00

Drinks and snacks are available from the CATS Canterbury Café and local shops. There are also small kitchen areas to make snacks for yourselves in residences during the evenings and weekends.

London

All meals are served on campus for catered students, cooked by our team of onsite chefs. As we look after students from all over the world, we know the importance of enjoying a taste of home as well as trying food from different cultures. Popular meals include – Breaded Fish, Chicken curry, Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding, and Stir Fried Noodles.

All fully catered students can take breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Dining Hall at the following times:

MONDAY - FRIDAY

Breakfast: 07.30 - 08.40
Lunch: 11.30 - 14.00
Dinner: 16.30 - 19.00

WEEKENDS

Brunch: 11.30 - 13.00
Dinner: 16.30 - 17.30

There is also a coffee shop which serves snacks throughout the day and into the evening.

What do I do if I want to leave the campus?

If you wish to leave the campus overnight or leave the city you can apply for an exeat – this will allow you to explore other amazing parts of the UK such as nearby London, or visit university open days.

Where can I do my laundry?

Cambridge

We encourage our students to live independently, preparing you well for life at university. Personal laundry is your responsibility and washers and dryers are available in the residences, and washing powder is available free of charge.

Canterbury

We encourage our students to live independently, preparing you well for life at university. Personal laundry is your responsibility and washers and dryers are available in the residences and your House Parent will help you use them.

London

We offer a weekly laundry service with a local laundry company and you will need to pay for this service. Alternatively, washing and drying machines are available for you to use.


Activities:

What will I do in the evening?

Cambridge

For students living in our main campus residence you should be back by 19.30 Sunday-Thursday, unless you are taking part in an activity, to give you time for Prep (supervised study). On weekends you will be back in your residence at either 20.30 or 21.30, depending on your age. Your evening can then be spent doing your homework and private study in your room, or socialising with your friends.

Canterbury

You should be back at your residence by either 20.00 or 21.30 Sunday-Thursday, and either 22.00 or 22.30 on weekends depending on our age. Your evening can then be spent doing your homework and private study in your room, or socialising with your friends. Lights out Sunday to Thursday is at 23.00.

London

For students living in our main campus residence you should be back by 21.30 Sunday-Thursday, unless you are taking part in an activity, to give you time for Prep (supervised study). On weekends you will be back in your residence at either 22.30 or 23.30, depending on your age. Your evening can then be spent doing your homework and private study in your room, or socialising with your friends.


Religion:

Am I able to practise my religion?

Cambridge

CATS Cambridge is a non-denominational organisation. We respect your right to practise your religion and are happy to give you details of the closest church, mosque, synagogue, temple or alternative place of religious worship. A prayer room is also available in Elizabeth House and arrangements can be made during times of fasting. We also provide Halal food.

Canterbury

CATS Canterbury is a non-denominational organisation. We respect your right to practise your religion and a quiet room is available for prayer and reflection at the College. We can help you attend places of worship and can try to put you in touch with a member of your faith who lives locally. There is also a Prayer Room with books in 14 different languages in. It is a quiet and relaxing place to be and you do not have to be at all religious to use it.

London

CATS London is a non-denominational organisation. We respect your right to practise your religion and are happy to give you details of the closest church, mosque, synagogue, temple or alternative place of religious worship. We can also try to put you in touch with a member of your faith who lives locally.

Are there any compulsory religious traditions or activities I will need to take part in?

Cambridge

No, but if you would like to continue practising your own faith then we are happy to help you make contact with local people who follow your religion.

Canterbury

No. We are not a religious school, but we do support students who wish to go to a church or Friday prayers or undertake religious observance. We celebrate Christmas in the Cathedral but this is not a religious occasion and it is welcoming to those who have any faith or for those with no faith at all. It is a great cultural event and all our students really enjoy the privilege of being welcomed into one of the oldest places in the UK as special CATS students.

London

There are no compulsory religious traditions or activities, except activities that are related to the curriculum which directly impact on coursework and examinations. All students are encouraged and motivated to participate in festivals and activities.


Staff:

Who do I go to if I feel unwell?

Our fully trained onsite medical staff manage the Health Centre and provide support including – medicine and health advice, information on diet and healthy living, assessing and providing treatment if required, making referrals to Doctors, Dentists and other specialists.

Who do I talk to if I have a personal problem?

Cambridge

We pride ourselves on growing a community of excited and happy students. Our team of live-in House Parents are always on hand to provide you with the highest standard of safety and pastoral care. Your House Parent will also make teachers aware of issues that happen outside of the classroom such as homesickness or trouble with homework, so that you are fully supported at every step of your CATS journey. Our Welfare Officer will also ensure that you have everything you need – offering advice on travel, culture shock, personal emotional support and counselling for personal issues. So you can feel confident settling into a new home with a new culture.

Canterbury

We pride ourselves on growing a community of excited and happy students – from helping you settle into your residence, to creating a caring home for you to feel comfortable in. Our team of live-in House Parents are always on hand to provide you with the highest standard of safety and pastoral care. Your House Parent will also make teachers aware of issues that happen outside of the classroom such as homesickness or trouble with homework, so that you are fully supported at every step of your CATS journey. Our Welfare Team will also ensure that you have everything you need – offering advice on travel, culture shock, personal support and counselling. We are here to provide a supportive, caring and safe environment so that you can have confidence in yourself, respect for others and feel confident settling into your new home.

London

We pride ourselves on growing a community of excited and happy students. Our team of live-in House Parents are always on hand to provide you with the highest standards of safety and pastoral care, including checking you’re leaving for classes on time and home by your curfew. Your House Parent will also make teachers aware of issues that happen outside of the classroom such as homesickness or trouble with homework, so that you are fully supported at every step of your CATS journey. Our Welfare staff will also ensure that you have everything you need – offering advice on travel, culture shock, personal emotional support and counselling for personal issues. They are available 24 hours a day to ensure you have the support you need, so you can feel confident settling into a new home with a new culture.

Who do I talk to about my studies and plans for the future?

Cambridge

Every student at CATS is assigned a Personal Tutor (PT) to make sure that you are happy and able to fulfil your potential. Your PT will guide and assist you in all areas of life at the school, and you will regularly meet to discuss your personal development – from personal wellbeing to aims and targets, challenges and accomplishments. Each Programme of Study also has a Programme Director (PD). This is a senior teacher who oversees all the Personal Tutor groups for your programme. If your Personal Tutor is not available for any reason you can always talk to your Programme Director or contact a member of the welfare team.

Canterbury

Every student at CATS is assigned a Personal Tutor (PT) to make sure that you are happy and able to fulfil your potential. Your PT will guide and assist you in all areas of life at the college, and will meet with you each week to discuss your personal development – from personal wellbeing to aims and targets, challenges and accomplishments. Our Director of Personal Development oversees all Personal Tutors and Programme Directors for IB, A level and Foundation, whilst our Senior Tutor does the same for Pre and GCSE programmes. So you can be confident that you are getting the best teaching and support possible, and can contact someone every day if needed.

London

Every student at CATS is assigned a Personal Tutor (PT) to make sure that you are happy and able to fulfil your potential, and together with about 15 others student this will form your Personal Tutor Group. Your PT will guide and assist you in all areas of life at the college, and you will regularly meet to discuss your personal development – from personal wellbeing to aims and targets, challenges and accomplishments. Each Programme of Study also has a Programme Director (PD). If your Personal Tutor is not available for any reason you can always talk to your Programme Director or contact a member of the welfare team.


What to expect:

What do I need to bring with me?

You should bring your passport, and certificates showing any previous qualifications (especially GCSE/O level or equivalent). If you are a non-EU student please also bring your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card or visa letter to show which address your BRP card will arrive. If you are in independent accommodation, please bring your full address details.

What happens when I first arrive at CATS?

Cambridge

During your induction we ensure that you have everything you need to make Cambridge your second home. We will show you the local banks, shopping areas, bus routes and bookstores so that you can settle in easily, as well as introducing you to clubs so that you can make friends.

Canterbury

During your induction we ensure that you have everything you need to make Canterbury your second home. We will register you with a Doctor’s Surgery, show you the local banks, shopping areas, bus routes and bookstores so that you can settle in easily, as well as introducing you to clubs so that you can make friends.

London

During your induction we ensure that you have everything you need to make London your second home. We will show you the local banks, shopping areas, bus routes and bookstores so that you can settle in easily, as well as introducing you to clubs so that you can make friends.

When will I need to choose my degree and universities?

Cambridge

This depends slightly on where you applying to and for what course, but for most students you need to choose by October of your last year of study with us. If you start in January on Fast-Track UFP, then as soon as possible.

Canterbury

At Canterbury over 165 universities visit us each year so you can start thinking about this and be helped from day one. You only need to make final decisions by December in your final year with us.

London

Choosing the right and correct course is integral to a strong and clear Personal Statement. You need to understand the importance of this element of the UCAS process and we aim to give you the time to carry out this task successfully which will give you the best chance of receiving offers from you five chosen university courses. At least 25 universities visit the college, throughout the year to support our students’ UCAS applications.

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