Incoming students (Freshers)

Congratulations on joining Queens’ College, and we look forward to welcoming you in October.  This page should hopefully provide you with information for both graduates and undergraduates to help you prepare for your arrival. Please check this page regularly, as further links to useful sites will be added over the coming months.

There are other pages specific to new graduates and new undergraduates about events which will take place during your first few weeks in Cambridge.

Pre-arrival and orientation information


Our section on Health Matters and the University’s Health Guidelines will provide you with information on health and wellbeing.

Please complete the GP registration form upon your arrival.

Passports and Visas (this section is applicable to ALL students)

All students will need to bring a form of photo ID which will be scanned on one of the College Registration Days (see below). Please see a list of acceptable documents.

If you are travelling from overseas and require a visa to study in the UK please refer to the International Student Office’s website for information. You will not be able to matriculate without your passport and current Cambridge-sponsored visa, which the College will scan during your Registration session (see further below).


Dates TBC

Arriving in Cambridge

The first two weeks at the start of the Michaelmas Term are filled with introductory sessions, both at college and in the departments, completing administrative tasks and formal induction into the university and college.

On arrival you should collect your University card from the Porters’ Lodge.

 College Registration Days will take place on:

  • Thursday 1 October between 12:00 and 16:00
  • Friday 2 October between 10:00 and 16:00

At these sessions, your ID documents will be scanned, students on a Tier 4 visa are required to sign the visa register, a memory stick containing useful information will be issued to you, and undergraduate students can collect their gowns.

You will be expected to attend the events marked with an * on the Freshers programmes (see specific Undergraduate and Graduate sections). This includes Matriculation, which marks the formal admission of a student to membership of both the University and the College, by signing the matriculation registers. To mark the occasion, a matriculation photograph will be taken, and you will attend the matriculation dinner. Further details can be found in the Undergraduate and Graduate sections.

You will need to attend Faculty/Department inductions.

Open a UK bank account as soon as you arrive. International students should bring enough money to last their first week in Cambridge as it can take some time to open an account. The bank will need confirmation of your status as a student, and the Tutorial Office can provide you with such a letter. The letter will be placed in your pigeon hole, once you have registered at the College following your arrival.

The Tutorial Office can provide you with Student status letters for other purposes, by completing your request on-line. Please allow at least three working days for the Office to process your request, especially due to the high volume of requests at the start of the academic year. Please note that again, incoming freshers will receive any student status letters they requested in their pigeon hole, once they have registered followed their arrival.

All students MUST register with a doctor as soon as possible. Please complete the Doctor Registration Details Form and e-mail it to the Tutorial Office by Friday 11 October 2019.

Set up your Cambridge e-mail address.

If you are receiving a maintenance loan from Student Finance, you will need to bring your University or College Payment Advice to the Financial Office in the Essex Building when you wish to trigger the payment. Please read the further information.

Other sources of welcome and information

There are many other University organisations which provide welcome activities and/or useful services. These include:

Safety & Welfare

Key Tutorial Policies

International students: