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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.