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Freshers' Week


You’re invited: Cambridge SU Virtual Freshers’ Fair
5th- 6th October 2021 | Supported by Domino’s Pizza


Get ready for the biggest event in the freshers’ calendar – the annual Cambridge SU Freshers’ Fair. On Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th of October, we’ll be hosting hundreds of Clubs, Societies and commercial partners on Parker’s Piece. There’ll be drinks, food, entertainment and of course, plenty of freebies! 

Here at Cambridge SU we’ve been spending the past months putting together the very best aspects of student life into one big space for you to discover. Regardless if you’re a new or returning student, postgrad or undergrad, home or international – this is the fair all about, and for, you!

If you aren’t able to attend our in-person fair, then there is no need to worry. We will have our online Freshers’ Fair site with the same great societies to discover. For more detailed information on the Freshers’ Fair, including how to grab a free ticket for the event please visit the Cambridge SU website. If you have any questions about the fair, please contact:


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What else happens during freshers' week?

Freshers' Timetable

When you arrive you’ll be sent a timetable of events in your College and around the University by your JCR/MCR (Junior/Mature Common Room). The events on the timetable will be a mix of nights out and nights in, giving you casual ways to meet fellow students. There’ll be non-alcoholic options, and don’t feel pressured to attend any events you aren’t keen on – there are plenty of ways to make friends while you’re here so just do what you’re comfortable with.



One of the first things that will happen when you arrive is that you will “matriculate” – it’s all very Harry Potter but without the sorting hat. It usually involves a group photo, a formal dinner and a ceremony where you shake someone’s hand and sign an enrolment agreement. Matriculating basically means fully enrolling into your college, but with a bit more ceremony. You may be required to buy a gown to matriculate in when you arrive (they’re around £40), but you might be able to buy a second hand one for cheaper. Postgraduate students can buy or hire a gown from the SU Reception and Undergraduate students should purchase their gowns from their respective college supplier.


College parents and siblings

You will get the opportunity to meet your college parents (see our Feel Prepared section for more information). They will show you around college when you arrive and probably have a “family dinner” with you.


Start of term

At Cambridge, weeks start on Thursday. This means that if you arrive on the weekend, you have four days before lectures start. Before this you’ll have time to meet your Director of Studies (DoS) who will go over your timetable and give you some advice about starting work at Cambridge. If you’re lost or confused, the Student Advice Service will be able to send you in the right direction.

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Lent | Tue 18th Jan – Fri 18th March
Easter | Tue 26th April – Fri 17th June

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