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Your first week

On your first day you will register at the College and get settled in.  You will have time to unpack and meet your fellow students, Houseparents and some of your teachers.   You will also have the opportunity to explore Cambridge and do some last minute shopping for things you would still like in your room.  This is why it is important to arrive on the weekend; to use this free time to make yourself comfortable at College. 

On Monday 2 September you are given an Induction timetable.  This is not the timetable that you will follow for your lessons for the rest of the year.  This is a special timetable to ensure you get all the induction tasks done before you start lessons.  Some of these tasks include:

Meet your Personal Tutor and your tutor group

A tutor group is a small group of students who meet with their Personal Tutor (PT) every day.   In PT time you discuss issues like attendance, personal development and your progress throughout the year. 


You will register your details with Student Communications, the local doctor and the Police if necessary (students from certain countries only).

Say hello to your fellow students, College staff and the Curriculum team to confirm your course/ subjects and get your timetable. You will also be introduced to the Finance team to give them evidence of payment of fees.

Tour the College and Cambridge City

Take a guided tour of the College facilities and get to know your way around Cambridge. There will also be outings in and around Cambridge, as well as other cities. To learn more about Cambridge before you arrive, go to -

Get e-connected

Receive information on how to log on to the College network, your personal student portal and CANVAS, the College’s virtual classroom network.

Collect your permit

Collect your Biometric Residence Permit (students with Tier 4 visas only) and your College ID card for entrance to College facilities and proof of entitlement to meals.


To ensure that you are placed in a class that is appropriate for your academic level, you will take some placement tests in the first week which may include Mathematics, English, and an ALIS or YELLIS test, which helps us set your target grades in all your subjects.

Do not worry!  You do not have to study for any of these placement tests.  All you need to do is try your very best.

Sports day

One of our most popular events during Induction week is the whole school Sports day. We put on an event that you and your Personal Tutor group will participate in together where you will get to know each other even better.

It’s more about joining in than winning and features some unusual events like bungee running, giant board games and Ultimate Frisbee.

Please remember to bring sports shoes and clothes for this.

You will also talk to an academic advisor about your subject choices and your university aspirations.  At the end of the Induction week you will be given your timetable and then you begin your lessons.


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