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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, We also run some subject-specific taster days.

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 Open Days or Subject Taster Days, please contact Kathryn Singleton, our Schools Liaison Officer, at

In addition, 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 2019

The 2019 St Catharine's open days (for all subjects) will take place on the following dates. All the general college open days follow a similar format, but the summer dates have the advantage of being adjacent to the whole-university open days. Booking for our college open days is now open - register using the form below.

  • Saturday 6 July 2019 10.00am-4pm (all subjects)
  • Saturday 7 September 2019, 10.00am-4pm (all subjects)
  • Saturday 14 September 2019, 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.

There will be an all-subject St Catharine's open day on Saturday 4th July 2020, and also at least one on a Saturday in September 2020 - we will confirm the date as soon as possible.

Cambridge University Open Days 2020

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 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, 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!

St Catharine's Subject Taster Days 2019 - booking now closed

St Catharine's College holds several subject taster days each summer, for high achieving students interested in studying particular subjects at the University of Cambridge. The days give students the chance to hear talks from the College's academics, meet current students, and also experience sample lectures, a tour of St Catharine's, and a lunch in the College hall.

Booking for these events is now closed, but we expect to run more taster days in 2020.

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 or Subject Taster Days, please contact Kathryn Singleton, our Schools Liaison Officer, at

St Catharine's College Open Days 2019 - Registration