Freshers

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This page is for King's offer-holders who have met all the conditions of their offer.

Shortly after A level results are published in the UK (Thursday 17 August 2017) all successful conditional offer-holders, whether 2017 or 2018 entry, will receive a formal letter confirming their place at King's.

We will write to all students due to start their course in October 2017 in late August/early September 2017 with details of the practical arrangements for joining the College, accommodation etc. There will be some forms to fill in and send back to us. Students with offers for 2018 entry will receive this letter in early September 2018.

Most 2017 entry freshers will need to arrive at King's mid afternoon on Friday 29 September 2017. There will be a small number of exceptions who need to arrive earlier e.g. those with instrumental award auditions, those with Classics intensive Greek language classes etc. Week 1 (the beginning of lectures) will start on Thursday 5 October 2017 (Cambridge weeks start on Thursdays).

Current notes for freshers (2017 entry)

  • 2017 entry: The links and details below this box will be updated in September 2017 for 2017 entry freshers. In the meantime we have left the 2016 entry information on the page as it should give you a good idea of what to expect.
  • Welcome to Cambridge events for 2017 entry freshers will take place in regions around the UK (as well as in some countries abroad) in late August / September. See this website nearer the time.
  • Do read the Frequently Asked Freshers Questions.
  • We advise students to re-read the documents for offer-holders shortly before starting at King's.

Pre-King's (old - from 2016)

  • King's Freshers' information was posted to 2016 entry students on Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 August 2016. They will obviously take a little time to arrive, depending on where you live. Once you receive your pack, please read the information about joining the College carefully. There will also be some forms to fill in and return to us by Wednesday 7 September.
  • By 7 September 2016 we would like to receive:
    • your UMS form (by post) if you took A levels.  A hard copy will be enclosed with the information we are sending (where relevant). Note that we need the information on this form - please do not just send in copies of your results statement.
    • your online accommodation form
    • your health questionnaire (by post)
  • There may be further forms to fill in too so do read all the information carefully.
  • Do continue to read/prepare for your course - see the reading lists and the information we are sending about joining the College.
  • 2016 Welcome to Cambridge Events: You may like to see if there's a Welcome to Cambridge event near you in late August or September.
  • Please also read the Frequently Asked Freshers' Questions

Useful Links (2016 entry)

Frequently Asked Freshers Questions

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Why can't I have information before September?

On this page we have tried to put as much information as we can provide for freshers (the King's handbook in particular will answer a lot of your practical questions) but we do need to ask for your patience. Some offer-holders know well in advance that they will be starting at King's - exciting news and it is only natural to have questions. However, many students hold conditional offers and do not receive their exam results until the third week of August in the year they start at King's. We need to wait until we have a confirmed list of freshers before we can organise things at this end. We write to everybody at the same time with the information you will need - that's the only fair way to do it and it's also the only way we could manage administratively.

We are, of course, happy to answer questions if you have a specific reason for needing to know something before September and the information is not included in the links above.

Is accommodation allocated on a first come, first served basis?

No. As long as we receive your online form by the deadline (6 September in 2017) you will be at no advantage / disadvantage over other candidates. This means that there is no reason to worry if Royal Mail are a day slower than you expect delivering your letter with the information about accommodation, or if you are away for a few days, or live outside the UK.

Is there a freshers' week?

Freshers' party

Yes! KCSU (King's College Student Union) organises a range of activities designed to help you meet people, get questions answered, settle in and try out some of the activities at King's. There are also meetings with your Director of Studies and the Senior Tutor, matriculation (when you officially become a member of the College and University) and talks to make sure you have practical information. Here's an example of  a previous year's KCSU Freshers' Week timetable.

Does King's have College families?

Yes! You will be sent a letter from your College parent(s) (King's students in the years above) who can be a useful source of information and advice before you arrive as well as helping you to settle in when you get here.

How do I join societies?

Freshers' fair

CUSU Societies Fair

In Freshers' Week you will be introduced to the activities available in King's, and you can also attend the big CUSU Societies Fair. At this event, students from University Societies and Sports Clubs run stands so that you can go along and talk to them about activities you are interested in and sign up for their mailing lists.

If you want to have a look in advance, see the Life at King's section and the University Societies and Sports pages. Note that while some websites are very good, many society websites are not kept up-to-date so it will be easier to find out about the activities once you are here and can talk to students involved.

I'm confused - I'm an A level candidate and I thought we only had to send in UMS grades if we had missed our offers.

We need UMS scores quickly on A level results day in some cases and don't want everyone sending them then as it is a very busy time. However we do collect the UMS grades of all A level candidates, hence the form we mention in the Pre-King's section above.

When do the accommodation costs have to be paid?

Accommodation is charged termly on College bills, which are normally issued to students a week or two after the start of each term.

Is there any storage at King's for between terms?

Yes - we have trunk rooms for students on a short accommodation contract who don't want to take things home between terms. See the facilities section (other facilities). Students who choose a long accommodation contract keep their room between terms.

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