Open Days, Visiting and Online events

Covid-19 update: At this time of year we would normally be hosting visits from schools at King's, visit schools in our link area and prepare and run Open Days. Due to the current situation, we won't be able to do this in the normal way. We continue to run a number of events online as an alternative and details of these can be found below. Please keep an eye on this page for further updates. We also always welcome emails if you have any questions about applications to King's or events that we are running. You can contact us at Mail to admssion or slo@kings.cam.ac.uk

We hope that you keep safe, stay at home and stay healthy!

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.

Can't wait for an open day? We hold regular informal meetings throughout the year! See below for further information. 

King's Open Days in 2021

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 (for in person events and when the college is open only). 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.

Upcoming Open Days (details tbc.)

16, 17 September 2021 - September Open Days for prospective applicants

There are currently no events scheduled – please check back soon.

Online Events

Informal meetings with Admissions and Outreach Officers

Due to the current closure of the College because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are unfortunately unable to offer in person meetings at this current time. We have however put together a schedule of online alternatives which we hope will be helpful for prospective undergraduate students. You can expect an introduction to King's College with it's facilities along with time to ask all your questions. These sessions typically last 60 minutes. 

Upcoming informal meetings for prospective undergraduate students:    
Wednesday 28th July 16:30 - CLICK HERE to register


If you have any questions please get in touch at SLO@kings.cam.ac.uk

We don't have rules about who can request a place at these meetings, but as guidance, we recommend any time from age 16, or the summer after you sit your GCSE (or equivalent) exams. Once we have your details, we'll then send you further information about the meeting.

Introduction to Cambridge (Y12/equivalent UK students)

These sessions are an introduction to how Cambridge works as a University and provide an overview of how the application process works for students who are currently at a UK school. They are designed for students in Y12 (or equivalent) who are planning to apply in autumn 2021 for entry in Autumn 2022 (or deferred 2023). (These sessions typically last 60 - 75 minutes.)

Upcoming sessions:

Please check back again soon for updates

Introduction to Cambridge (Y12/equivalent international students)

These sessions are an introduction to how Cambridge works as a University and provide an overview of how the application process works for international students or UK students who are currently living abroad. They are designed for students in Y12 (or equivalent) who are planning to apply in autumn 2021 for entry in Autumn 2022 (or deferred 2023). (These sessions typically last 75 - 90 minutes.)

Upcoming sessions:

Please check back again soon for updates

Personal Statement workshop 

While the UCAS deadline still seems a long way off, it's never to early to start thinking about writing your personal statement. In this workshop we will introduce all aspects of the personal statement: what things to include, how to structure it and what universities are looking for when they read your personal statement. This session is for students planning to make an application in autumn 2021 for entry in October 2022 (or deferred 2023). (These sessions typically last 75 - 90 minutes.)

Upcoming sessions:

Tuesday 27th July 16:00 - 17:30 CLICK HERE to register

Sessions for schools

If you are a school interested an alternative online provision to our usual in-person activities, please do get in touch (slo@kings.cam.ac.uk) so we can discuss options with you. Additional information can also be found on our Schools Liaison Initiative webpage (linked below). 

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King's participates in a number of schemes to make studying in Cambridge a realistic possibility for students from under-represented backgrounds.
King's organises and undertakes visits to schools, as well as co-ordinating visits to the College by school pupils and teachers.

Visiting at Other Times

Please note that due to COVID related restrictions, it is unfortunately not possible for prospective students to visit the college at this current time. We will update this page as soon as it is possible again. In the meantime, please take a look at our online informal meeting offerings which will hopefully give you an insight to our college from comfort of a location of your choice. Alternatively, you can send any questions to undergraduate.admissions@kings.cam.ac.uk

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 Undergraduate Admissions Officers (Caro and Ellie) 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. 

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The Library is normally closed to the public but this virtual tour will give you a sense of its appearance and different rooms.
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Take a virtual tour of the College grounds and explore King's from the Front Gate to the River Cam and Fellows' Garden.
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Use the 'Navigate the Chapel' button in the top left of the tour to choose a different viewing point in the Chapel.

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.

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Useful information for prospective students and parents / guardians about where to stay in Cambridge during your visit to the College.
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.

You could also take part in one of our online sessions which gives you the opportunity to answer any questions you might have! 

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Take a virtual tour of the College grounds and explore King's from the Front Gate to the River Cam and Fellows' Garden.

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