Open days

College Open Days are a great way to get an idea of what it's like to live and study here. They include introductory talks, question and answer sessions, mock interviews with current students, tours of the college with current students, and the opportunity to meet academic staff at the College who specialise in your subject. 

We run College Open Days in early July, timed on consecutive days with the University Open Days, enabling you to attend both, if you choose.  St Catharine's also runs Open Days in September for students who are beginning to focus in earnest on their university applications. We also run some subject-specific taster days.

Parents and supporters are welcome to attend all elements of the open days, although candidates often attend the meetings with academic staff in applicant-only groups. Prospective applicants will also receive a free lunch in the College Dining Hall at open days; their accompanying parents or supporters can purchase a voucher for lunch in Hall. 

While open days can be an excellent way of informing your decisions about university, you should be assured that if you are unable to attend an open day, this will in no way affect the chances of success of any subsequent application.

Also, St Catharine's is always open to prospective applicants, even if the 'Closed to Visitors' sign is out. Just tell the Porters you are thinking of applying, and they will let you in to have a look around.


St Catharine's College Open Days

The 2017 St Catharine's open days will take place on the following dates. All the general college open days will follow a similar format, but the summer dates have the advantage of being adjacent to the whole-university open days. To book a place, fill in the form at the foot of this page.

  • Wednesday 5 July 2017 10am-5pm (all subjects)
  • Saturday 8 July 2017 10am-5pm (all subjects)
  • Saturday 9 September 2017 10am-5pm (all subjects)
  • Saturday 16 September 2017 10am-5pm (all subjects)


St Catharine's Subject Taster Days

We will also be running a number of subject 'taster' days, which schools can nominate pupils to attend. These will take place on the following dates. For booking/nomination details, see below.

The timetables of the September open days may be downloaded from the right column of thsi webpage.

  • Monday 3 July 2017 - Theology and Religious Studies (direct booking, not by nomination)
  • Monday 3 July 2017 - History
  • Tuesday 4 July 2017 - Medicine
  • Tuesday 11 July 2017 - Modern and Medieval Languages / Asian and Middle Eastern Studies / Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic (joint taster day)
  • Monday 18 September 2017 - Archaeology


Cambridge University Open Days 2018

The 2018 University Open Days will take place on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th July 2018, from 9am-5pm. You can find more information about these on the University admissions site. On these days St Catharine's is very much open, with an information desk at the front of the College, informal tours with students, and informal drop-ins with some directors of studies so you can ask more questions about your particular subject. (More details will be posted on this page nearer the time.) You need to book a place on Cambridge University Open Days, but you do not need to book to come into St Catharine's on these days - we'll be out the front of the college under a big red gazebo waiting to welcome you!



To book a place on a 2017 College Open Day, or the Archaeology Taster Day please complete and submit the form below.

The nomination form for all other subject taster days is now closed.

If you are attending one of our College or University Open Days, you can if you wish book bed-and-breakfast accommodation on adjacent nights. Click this link to book, quoting promotion code UNIOPENDAY to receive a 10% discount. You must be accompanied by at least one guest who is aged 21 or over.


Booking form for all 2017 College Open Days, and the Archaeology Taster Day.