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 15 August 2013) all successful conditional offer-holders, whether 2013 or 2014 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 2013 in late August/early September 2013 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 2014 entry will receive this letter in early September 2014.
Most 2013 entry freshers will need to arrive at King's mid afternoon on Friday 4 October 2013. There will be a small number of exceptions who need to arrive earlier e.g. those with instrumental award auditions, those with Classics intensive language classes etc. Week 1 (the beginning of lectures) will start on Thursday 10 October 2013 (Cambridge weeks start on Thursdays).
Current notes for freshers
- 2013 entry: The links and details below this box will be updated in September 2013 for 2013 entry freshers. In the meantime we have left the 2012 entry information on the page as it should give you a good idea of what to expect.
- Students who will have a visa: see the checklist.
Pre-King's (information from 2012)
- Read the Frequently Asked Freshers' Questions
- Receive and read the information about joining the College carefully.
- By 6 September 2012 we must receive:
- your UMS form (by post) if you took A levels. You can download and send this now (word format; rich text format) or 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 (the link and full information will be provided)
- your health questionnaire (by post)
- your finance form (by post)
- Continue to read/prepare for your course - see the reading lists and the information we sent about joining the College.
- Check whether there's a freshers' party near you which you would like to attend - see the UK and overseas invitations or the separate documents for Northern Ireland and Hong Kong.
Useful Links (information from 2012)
- King's Undergraduate information booklet 2012-13
This booklet is the best source of practical information about living in King's. The updated version is available each September.
- Cambridge University Student Handbook
- CUSU 2012 Freshers' Guide
- CUSU 2012 International Freshers' Guide
- Settling in (University film)
- Introduction to Cambridge University libraries
- 2D Map of King's College, 3D Map of King's College and virtual tours.
- Cambridge University Maps
- Term dates
- Computing information (information will also be sent to you in due course)
- Healthcare in Cambridge
- Disability Resource Centre: incoming students with a disability
- The first few weeks at Cambridge
- Cambridge University Language Centre
- Cambridge University Careers Service
- Cambridge University Counselling Service
- Cambridge Events
- Direct debit form (don't worry about this yet)
Frequently Asked Freshers Questions
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 2012) 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.
I'm confused - I thought we only had to send in A level 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 linked in the Pre-King's section above.
Is there a freshers' week?
Yes! KCSU 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. You might like to look at a previous Freshers' Week Schedule.
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?
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 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.
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.