Open Days and Visiting

Prospective students are welcome to visit King's. If you have been reading about studying at King's on this website and are interested in a potential application for an undergraduate course, one way to find out more is to attend one of our Open Days. You'll get your questions answered by Admissions staff and often meet subject specialists too, chat with current students and have a guided tour of the College. These events are a great way to get a feel for King's, how the University works and what Cambridge is like as a city, as well as finding out more about the application process.
 


 

King's Open Days in 2019

Open Day sessions are for prospective undergraduate students only, though parents and guardians will be able to visit the Chapel and public areas of the grounds in most cases. Some Open Day sessions are specifically designed for particular students, whilst others are open to all applicants looking to study any subject at King's.

Saturday 27 April 2019 - Mathematics Open Day (booking required)
Prospective mathematics students arrive for a talk and Q&A with a King's academic in Mathematics starting at 12:00 noon. Afterwards there will be a chance to meet a current King's undergraduate studying Maths, who will give you a tour of King's College then take you to the relevant lecture theatre (not far from King's) for the Mathematics Faculty Open Afternoon (a series of taster lectures and information about STEP). Please see the Mathematics Faculty website, which will be updated with further information. Please note that the talk and tour of King's will be for prospective students only. The event ends at 16.40.

A link to the booking form for the King's Mathematics Open Day will appear here.

Monday 24 June 2019 - BME Open Day (booking required)
This one-day event will be open to prospective students aged 16+ from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. The aim of the event is to give BME students an opportunity to experience life at Cambridge and ask questions about anything from admissions to student life here at King’s. The event will feature a talk on admissions, a "Meet the Students" event in which current students and academics will be answering subject-specific questions, tours of King’s College (including the Chapel) and many more engaging activities. Lunch will be provided and support is available for long-distance travel on a needs-assessed basis.

In order to register for the event, please see the event page here.

Thursday 4 July 2019 - Drop-in Open Day (all subjects)
The College welcomes you to drop in between 09.00 and 17.00. Admissions staff and undergraduate students will be available to talk to, there will be subject meetings (details will be available nearer the time) and College tours (last tour leaves at 16.30). This drop-in event at King's is part of the Cambridge Open Days - you will need to register to attend.

Friday 5 July 2019 - Drop-in Open Day (all subjects)
The College welcomes you to drop in between 09.00 and 17.00. Admissions staff and undergraduate students will be available to talk to, there will be subject meetings (details will be available nearer the time) and College tours (last tour leaves at 16.30). This drop-in event at King's is part of the Cambridge Open Days - you will need to register to attend.

Friday 20 September 2019 - Year 13 open morning for all subjects (booking required)
This is an opportunity for you to get to know King's a little better. It is designed for students who will be applying in October 2019. The morning will include talks, a Q&A with current King's students, as well as a College tour. Most of the activities will be for students only, but we also offer a talk for parents. You arrive between 10.00 and 10.15 and the event finishes at 13.00.

You can find the booking form here!

Teachers - Please note that King's Open Days are not suitable for bringing groups to. They are designed for individual students specifically interested in applying to King's. If you would like to bring a Year 12 school group to find out more about studying at Cambridge University, please see our Schools' Liaison page.

Friday 20 September 2019 - Year 13 afternoon self-guided tours for all subjects (no booking required)
This is an opportunity for you to walk around the grounds and public areas of the college. The College will be open for self-guided tours from 13.00 to 16.00. Please be aware that you won't be able to enter any buildings or areas that are marked private and that you need to stay on the signed paths. When you arrive, please introduce yourself as a prospective student at the Porters' Lodge and ask for a self-guided tour. Please only bring one parent or guardian with you when you visit. Other members of your family may have to pay for entry. 

Teachers - Please note that King's Open Days are not suitable for bringing groups to. The self-guided tours are for individual students and one parent or guardian accompanying them.

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King's organises and undertakes visits to schools, as well as co-ordinating visits to the College by school pupils and teachers.
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The annual King's Open Day specifically designed for prospective students aged 16+ from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

Visiting at Other Times

Prospective students are always welcome to visit King's. You should let the Visitor Guides on the Gate know that you are visiting as a prospective student. If there is no Visitor Guide or you see a 'College Closed' sign, please do not be put off - introduce yourself to the porters in the Porters' Lodge, which you'll find on your left, just inside the entrance.

The public areas of King's will be open to you and information can be picked up from the Porters' Lodge. Guided tours of the College are only available at Open Days but you can download and print our self guided tour for prospective students (see below).

It may be possible to speak with one of our Admissions Officers (Caro and Emma) when you visit.  This is available Mon-Fri from mid-January to the end of August and by appointment only. We are unable to accommodate drop-in visits. These meetings normally last up to 15 minutes.  We also suggest that you read the relevant sections of this website thoroughly in advance and think about what you would like to ask. 

Visiting the Rest of the University

As well as visiting King's you will probably want to visit other parts of the University - whether other Colleges, academic departments, or other facilities such as the University Library and museums. If you visit during the Open Days in July, each faculty has an infomation stand and you can attend taster lectures and chat with academics and current students in your subject. The University Library and teaching collections are also open to visit on these days.

Many departments also run Saturday Subject Masterclasses for Year 12 students in November, or have their own Open Days specifically designed for prospective students looking to study that subject. Check the links below for more details.

The University has some very interesting and significant teaching collections and museums which might be relevant depending on your subject, such as the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, The Polar Museum, and the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences. Many of the resources are used in undergraduate teaching, and admission is free of charge (except for the Botanic Gardens). The University maps should help orientate you when you're here.

Travel and Accommodation

Cambridge is a well-connected city, accessible by train, coach, car, and plane. For more information about getting to the College, do check the Visit King's area of the website. Whilst we cannot assist with travel expenses as a general rule, students who are (or have previously been) in care may be eligible for financial assistance from the University Open Day travel fund.

Accommodation in central Cambridge can be expensive and if you are staying overnight it might be worth considering accommodation 1-2 miles from King's, or near the train station, where there is a Youth Hostel and several more affordable B&Bs. The local bus and taxi services may be useful if you do not want to walk.

Unfortunately, apart from the small number of rooms available to eligible students through the Link Area Accommodation Scheme (see below), we are not able to provide accommodation at King's for individual students visiting or attending Open Days. Some of the other Cambridge Colleges provide Bed & Breakfast at specific times of the year and you might like to look at the Accommodation in Cambridge page below for alternative options.

Useful information for prospective students about where to stay in Cambridge during your visit to the College.
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If you're a Year 12 student thinking of applying, and based in Yorkshire or the North East, you may be eligible to stay in College free-of-charge.

What If I Can't Visit King's?

Don't worry: it is not essential to visit King's or Cambridge before applying, and many successful candidates have never been to Cambridge before their interview. If you're unable to visit the College or University prior to making your application, you can find lots of information here and on the main University website, which should help explain how studying in Cambridge works.

If you'd like to take a look around from the comfort of your own home, you can use the virtual tours to see inside the College and our world-famous Chapel. The King's Student Perspectives also give you an insight into what it is really like to live and study at King's, and are particularly useful if you have not had the opportunity to chat with current students on an Open Day.

Take a virtual tour of the College grounds and explore King's from the Front Gate to the River Cam and Fellows' Garden.
What's it really like to study at King's? We asked students to discuss their course, life in the College and what they do outside their studies.

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