You will probably feel a bit anxious about what to expect and we've tried to cover all the information you'll need. It's a good idea to re-read your UCAS personal statement before you come to interview so that it's fresh in your mind. The most important part to remember is to go to the Porters' Lodge to register on the day of your interview (even if you have stayed in College the night before). Only there will you be told of any changes to your interview schedule (we might have to move your interview room or adjust a time or replace an interviewer unexpectedly).
How do interviews work?
All candidates are seen by at least two Cambridge academics. All in all our interviews are designed to find out what you know, not what you don't. The interviewers want to see how you think on your feet, and where your interests and enthusiasms lie, especially in terms of commitment to the course you are applying for. Queens' College will only offer video conference interviews in exceptional circumstances. There are links to some interview videos here, including both official University videos, and some by a current Queens' student.
Accommodation and Catering – for full details please see here.
How do you prepare for the interview?
There is lots of information here and on the University website. Our best advice is to try and relax and enjoy the experience but do re-read your application, especially your personal statement so that it’s fresh in your mind before the interview. Although students will probably choose to dress smartly, we certainly do not expect candidates to wear suits or suchlike especially for the interview. Queens’ wishes to make your experience of interview as pleasant as possible so do let us know if there are any special circumstances of which we ought to be aware.
How do you get to Queens' College?
The College cannot offer all day parking to interview candidates or their travelling companions. There are several on-road “Pay and Display” parking areas around the College and several “Park and Ride” systems around the City Centre. The nearest car park is Grand Arcade in Corn Exchange Street.
If you are delayed on your journey and you think you may be late for your interview, please ring us to let us know then come straight to College.
Interviewee Travel Fund
To enable applicants to come to interview in Cambridge, the Colleges are pleased to provide support for travel costs to students who are in local authority care and/or are currently eligible for Free School Meals and who attend a UK maintained sector school/college. Mature applicants in receipt of certain benefits may also be eligible. Public transport travel costs will be reimbursed, and the Colleges will contact eligible applicants directly with further information when they’re invited to interview.
Your interview day at Queens' College
You should aim to arrive at Queens’ no later than 20 minutes before your first appointment. Go straight to our Porters' Lodge on Silver Street. At the Porters’ Lodge you must register with our Queens’ student hosts. It is essential that you do this – even if you have stayed the night before. We must establish that you have arrived for your interview and they will give you vital information for the day and your final itinerary. Please read this as it might contain changes to times or rooms for your interview. The students will then direct you to your interview room or the waiting room and a map will be handed to you.
You must also bring a valid ID to your interview and assessment (if taking one at interview) to be checked. Valid ID would be your passport or a driving license.
PLEASE NOTE: The use of mobile phones is STRICTLY PROHIBITED until after your last interview.
We provide a waiting room where you can wait for as long as you wish during the day. It will not take longer than 5 minutes to get to any interview room, so 5 minutes before your interview time go along to your interview. In some areas places will be marked where you should wait. Otherwise wait close to the interview room. There is no need to knock and the interviewers will call you in when they are ready for you.
You are welcome to look around the College grounds whilst you are here and the College map will show you where the accommodation for students is located. There will also be some current Queens’ students acting as hosts so feel free to ask them about the College.
If someone is bringing you to Queens’ for your interview they are welcome to make use of the facilities. The waiting room is the Qbar where a coffee bar with refreshments and some food will be open at various times during the interview period. You will be given a lunch voucher which you can use in the College Cafeteria or Qbar if you prefer. Your companions cannot use the lunch vouchers but they can eat in the Cafeteria if they pay cash. Your companions can also use the waiting room whilst you are having your interviews, but please note – we do not expect anyone to accompany you to your interview room.
Once all your interviews and tests are completed you are free to leave College. You do not have to tell anyone you are leaving. We will make our decisions in mid-January
Accident or illness
If you are suffering from any illness or injury which may affect your interview, please contact the Queens’ Admissions Office as soon as possible.
If you become ill or have an accident whilst you are at Queens’ please contact the Porters’ Lodge in the first instance or inform a member of the Admissions Office.
If you are going to be delayed or have any problems or emergencies during the interviews here are some useful numbers:-
01223 335540 or
If you are delayed or cannot get to your interview please ring the Admissions Office immediately. Our hours are 08:00 – 16:30 during interviews.
If you cannot reach us on this number, please leave a message on our answer phone, or, if there is any emergency, contact the Porters’ Lodge.
If your parent or guardian urgently needs to contact you whilst you are in Queens’ at interview, please give them the Admissions Office number. We will be able to leave a message for you in the waiting room.
Accommodation at Queens' College is also offered.