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    Welcome to 51福利社

    Congratulations on getting your place.听

    These pages contain lots of information and will be updated often between now and when you arrive in October so please visit them again later.听 The information below is relevant to both undergraduate听and postgraduate freshers but there are pages with information specific to international,听postgraduate, and Undergraduate and Foundation year freshers.

    Student Registration听

    All students are required to complete Student Registration on an annual basis. This is to make sure that the information held on your student record is correct and, for Freshers, the way that you can get your CamSIS log-in details and access to your @cam email address: it is not a way of registering for, or applying for, a course of study.听

    Please do not attempt registration until you听receive an email asking you to log in to your Self-Service account and complete the Student Registration process.

    You must complete your student registration by the deadline given in your email and are advised to undertake this as soon as possible. Registration is designed to be a simple process and will only take a few minutes.听 There is further information is available on the .

    Arrival in Cambridge

    For those of you who will be living in College accommodation and arriving here by private care (not taxi), the postcode for your SatNav is CB3 0DR: this will take you to our car park.

    Postgraduate students are expected to be in College for matriculation on 29 September and here is further information on the Postgraduate page

    Undergraduates are expected to arrive on 30 September and there is further information on theUndergraduate/Foundation Year pages.

    Accommodation

    Insurance

    For those who live in College accommodation, the College has taken out insurance to cover items in your room and your bicycles.听 Please read听the Certificate of Insurance听to see what is covered: if it does not meet your needs, you are advised to take out additional insurance.听 You may want to check your current household cover if you require extra cover for valuables, musical instruments etc, as often additional cover is available as part of a standard household contents policy.听听

    Register with the My Endsleigh app to confirm your cover and find out what鈥檚 insured.


    TV licensing

    The College's television licence does not cover your room.听 If you want to watch any programmes, please read our TV Licensing information to ensure that you do so legally.

    College Specific Information

    Identity Check

    We are required to check the identity of all new students but there are different requirements for students from overseas and from the UK.听 Please read and follow the instructions relevant to you and please don't forget to bring the original documents with you when you come to register in College (Friday 29 September for Postgraduates and Saturday 30 September for Undergraduates and Foundation Year students).听 This immigration documents guide from the University is also very helpful for International students.

    Catering

    Information about the services offered by Catering, how to top up your EPOS account and how to book formal halls.

    The Catering webpage听has information on menus, opening times and prices in the Dome.

    Finance

    Scams and Phishing

    Advice on avoiding scams and phishing attacks

    Caution Money

    The College requires all new full-time undergraduate and graduate students to pay 拢200 caution money: this is听included in their first College Accommodation Bill.听 Read more...

    Amenities Charge

    All members of the College not living in College accommodation are charged a termly Amenities Charge; this includes medical and veterinary clinical students.听 Read more...

    Discounted Rail Fairs

    Get 1/3 off the cost of travelling by train with a 听(also covers mature students)

    Bank Accounts

    We can only provide you with a letter of introduction to a bank once you have arrived in Cambridge. We will need to know which bank you want to open an account with as they can require different letters.

    We have been advised that Barclays Bank will only allow international students to open a student account if they have lived in the UK for three years. International students who have lived in this country for less than three years will only be able to open a standard account. A college letter is not accepted by Barclays Bank as proof of address for those opening a standard account, even those living in College accommodation. It is suggested that, if you do want to open an account with Barclays, you use their app as it is likely to verify your location by GPS and, if it does, they will send you a letter and no other proof of address will be required.

    Gateway

    The Gateway Programme at 51福利社 is a suite of integrated interdisciplinary activities. It has been designed specifically to encourage you to achieve excellence and to succeed both academically and in your future career.听 Read more...

    Health and Welfare

    Vaccinations

    Before you come to Cambridge, please read the听University's Vaccination Information听and ensure that you have any required vaccinations.

    Register with a GP (doctor)

    It is a University and College requirement that students are registered with a GP in Cambridge.听 You can read more information on your options or, if you are happy to register with the surgery right next door to College, you can register on-line听听but please don't forget to add them to your CamSIS Self-Service.

    Disability support while at Cambridge

    The University鈥檚 Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre (ADRC) works with students to put in place support for all those who experience barriers in accessing education due to having or being considered to have an impairment.听 Read more...

    College Counsellor

    Introduction to our College Counsellor

    University Counselling Service

    The has a range of self-help leaflets but听听and their may be helpful now.

    Outside sources of support

    Cambridge Police

    Healthcare in the UK

    IT

    Our IT team is located next to the basement of the library (much nicer than it sounds) and they are all wonderful.听 Here are some links to get you started but if you have any problems, pop down to see them during normal office hours.

    IT in College, including how to connect to the WiFi (added 23 September)

    - getting your Raven ID

    Maps and Travel

    How to听find us

    Frequently asked questions

    Miscellaneous

    Information that people outside of College would like us to pass to you

    Freshers' events听

    Freshers' events organised by alumnae

    Around the world in August and September, University Alumni Groups will be hosting online and in-person freshers鈥 events for new undergraduate and postgraduate students starting a course at Cambridge this autumn. These optional events are a great opportunity to hear from current and former students about their experiences of Cambridge and meet other new starters before the beginning of term.

    Schedule of events

    Freshers' events organised by the University

    Are you an incoming Black student at Cambridge? Register for our First Year Induction Programme!

    We would love to welcome you on Thursday 21st September 2023, from 1pm-5pm, at the Black students' Induction Programme听coordinated听by the .听听The event will involve听information sharing, meeting some current students and staff, as well as opportunities for discussion.听The听programme for the afternoon听will involve a range听of听sessions demystifying听Cambridge听and听giving practical tips on how to navigate the University听processes and practices.听听In听addition,听current听Black students and alumni听will host break-out sessions听covering听a range of听topics听from听societies and leadership, through to post-study career advancement.听听Register for this induction听event听
    The induction will take place on Zoom on the Thursday 21st September from 1pm to 5pm (BST). The Zoom invitation听will be circulated 24 hours beforehand to registered attendees,听so please make sure you register early to be included in the email with the link.听We听ask that you try to be logged in听at 12:55PM听in order for听us to start promptly at 1pm.听听

    Following this online induction meeting,听we are planning some听follow-up听in person听events听for听undergraduates and postgraduates, after term starts and you have settled into Cambridge.听More听details of these听events听will be shared at the Zoom induction, and we will circulate an invitation to those who have registered as well as post further information about signing up on the Black Advisory Hub.听听

    In order to听empower incoming Black students to share their hopes, anxieties and questions for their upcoming degree, this virtual induction day is for Black-identifying Cambridge University students exclusively; if you have any questions at all about your potential participation/eligibility, please do not hesitate to be in touch with the BAH team at:听contact@blackadvisory.hub.cam.ac.uk.听

    The Black Advisory Hub pursues values of equity and听non-discrimination, and听seeks听to ensure that the day is fully accessible to all disabled participants. If you are interested in any alternative formats for presentations, or would like to make us aware of any reasonable adjustment necessary for your full participation, please do be in touch with Zeena at听contact@blackadvisory.hub.cam.ac.uk

    Music

    Centre for Music Performance

    Language Centre

    Information on the Language Centre

    Information specifically for听

    International Students

    Postgraduate Freshers

    Undergraduates and Foundation Year freshers