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 18 August 2016) all successful conditional offer-holders, whether 2016 or 2017 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 2016 in late August/early September 2016 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 2017 entry will receive this letter in early September 2017.
Most 2016 entry freshers will need to arrive at King's mid afternoon on Friday 30 September 2016. 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 6 October 2016 (Cambridge weeks start on Thursdays).
Current notes for freshers
- 2016 entry: The links and details below this box will be updated in September 2016 for 2016 entry freshers. In the meantime we have left the 2015 entry information on the page as it should give you a good idea of what to expect.
- Student writing can be really helpful for getting a sense of what arriving, living and studying at King's is going to be like. King's College Student Union (KCSU) has collected accounts for their Day In The Life Of... project, including Scott's account of a day in the life of a fresher. Further useful insights can be found in the King's Student Perspectives.
- Do also read the Frequently Asked Freshers Questions.
- A number of Welcome to Cambridge events take place in regions around the UK (as well as in some countries abroad) in late August / September each year to give you a chance to meet other freshers, Cambridge students and alumni. Check this page for the information about those nearer the time.
- We advise students to re-read the documents for offer-holders shortly before starting at King's.
Pre-King's (old - from 2015)
- Freshers' information and confirmation lettters (if your offer was conditional) were posted to students with a mailing address outside the UK only on Wed 19 August 2015, and all remaining packs were posted on Thurs 20 August. 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 9 September.
By 9 September 2015 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.
- 2015 Welcome to Cambridge Events: You may like to see if there's a Welcome to Cambridge event near you. These are held in late August and September.
- Please also read the Frequently Asked Freshers' Questions
Useful Links (2015)
- Settling in (University film)
- King's undergraduate information booklet
- 2D Map of King's College, 3D Map of King's College and virtual tours.
- King's facilities and sports, music, social life etc.
- Cambridge University Maps
- Cambridge University Student Handbook
- Cambridge University Student Union (CUSU) Freshers website
- Introduction to Cambridge University libraries
- Term dates
- Computing information
- Find out what your Cambridge email address will be (available in late September)
- Healthcare in Cambridge
- King's multigym (The Vault) and Freeweights Gym
- Disability Resource Centre: incoming students with a disability
- New students: the first few weeks at Cambridge
- Browse societies and clubs and CUSU Societies Fair
- Cambridge University Language Centre
- Cambridge University Careers Service
- Cambridge University Counselling Service
- Cambridgeshire Constabulary's Newcomer's Guide
- The Money Charity's Student Moneymanual (updated version available from September)
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 (it was 9 September in 2015) 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?
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?
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.