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Open days

Visit the College and get an idea of what it's like to live and study here.

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 July and September - the former adjacent to the Cambridge University Open Days, enabling you to attend both, if you choose.

While open days can be an excellent way of informing your decisions about university, we do not want potential applicants' options to be narrowed by their ability to attend them (see, for example, this link). 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, all the information you need to apply should be on this College website, the University website, or the UCAS website - but if you have any further questions, please do feel free to e-mail us. In addition if you believe travel costs would prevent you from attending one of our College events, please contact Kathryn Singleton, our Schools Liaison Officer, at

St Catharine's and the entire University have cancelled all their 2020 open days and access events until at least 31 August 2020, due to the worldwide spread of coronavirus COVID-19. We will continue to seek external advice on this matter and hope to resume events as soon as possible after that date. We hope to expand our online resources and September event schedule to compensate for this. Once booking opens for events after August 31, please feel free to book for the College's (free) events as usual, but we will of course inform you if any of them are later cancelled. You may also decide to delay booking non-refundable travel.

In addition, after movement restrictions have ceased, St Catharine's will once again always be 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.


Access and Widening Participation throughout the year

St Catharine's is committed to encouraging applications from able students of all backgrounds, so we run access visits, talks and taster days throughout the year. These are usually targeted at state school students within our geographical 'link areas', and disadvantaged or under-represented groups, Teachers and potential applicants can read full details of these events by clicking the 'Outreach' tab in the main menu, above.


St Catharine's College Open Days 2020 - July day cancelled

The 2020 St Catharine's open days (for all subjects) will take place on the following dates. Both these general college open days follow a similar format, and are also adjacent to 'whole-university' open days. Booking for our 2020 college open days is not yet open.

  • Saturday 4th July 2020 10.00am-4pm (all subjects) - cancelled
  • Saturday 19th September 2020, 10.00am-4pm (all subjects)

If you are unable to come on one of our open days, feel free to peruse our webpages and email the Admissions Office with any queries you may have.

Parents and supporters are welcome to attend most elements of the open days if space permits, 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. Schedules for the open days can be found at the bottom of the page in the download section.


Cambridge University Open Days 2020 - cancelled

The 2020 University Open Days will take place on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3th July 2020, from 9:30am-4:30pm. You can find more information and book free tickets on the University admissions website. On these days, St Catharine's is very much open, with an information desk at the front of the College, tours with students, and informal drop-ins with some Directors of Studies so you can ask more questions about your particular subject.

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!

There will also be an open day on Friday 18th September 2020 of a 'mixed' format - there will be university events, but also some colleges, including St Catharine's, will be running their own events. Due to the cancellation of summer events, it is also proposed to run an additional day on Thursday 17th September 2020. More information will appear as it becomes available.


St Catharine's / Faculty Mathematics Open Days 2020 - postponed or cancelled

Please note that this event has been postponed and possibly cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Be aware that if you want to study Maths at St Catharine's you can instead attend a University or College open day - see above.

On 25 April and 2 May 2020, the Cambridge Faculty of Mathematics is holding an afternoon open session for those considering applying for either Maths or Maths with Physics. If they wish, attendees can also attend a small introductory event at a college of their choice on the morning of the same day. St Catharine's is participating in both days – starting at 10.45 there will be talks from the College's own maths staff, and tours and Q&A sessions with current students. Prospective applicants will be given lunch in the College leaving enough time to get to the Faculty for the afternoon's activities. Bookings open on 10 February. All bookings are made via the Faculty website – simply select St Catharine's from the list of options. You do not need to book separately to come to St Catharine's morning event – just book on the above webpage and turn up at our Porters' Lodge on the day!


Financial Support

If you are traveling to Cambridge from another part of the UK and believe travel costs would prevent you from attending one of our College Open Days, please contact Kathryn Singleton, our Schools Liaison Officer, at