Information for Offer Holders
Congratulations on obtaining an offer to study at Wolfson College! We look forward to seeing you.
Term dates 2019-2020
Each academic year contains three Terms, but only part of each term is designated Full Term. This refers to the period of just over eight weeks during which students attend lectures and teaching takes place.
|Full Michaelmas Term||8 October - 6 December|
|Full Lent Term||14 January - 13 March|
|Full Easter Term||21 April - 12 June|
Before you Arrive
- Once you have received your offer and made a decision you need to confirm with UCAS by their given deadline and also by emailing the Undergraduate Administrator to advise her of your intentions.
- If you have any academic conditions, please send your results to the Undergraduate Administrator as soon as you receive them.
- You will receive a Financial Undertaking Form. The deadline for returning this form is 1 August, although you should aim to submit it as soon as you are able.
- You should post a copy of any academic transcripts not previously submitted with your application to the Undergraduate Administrator.
- If you may be eligible for a Cambridge Bursary, you will need to apply to Student Finance England. Information on eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found on the Cambridge Bursary website.
- The University does advise that you check that your vaccinations are up to date before you arrive.
- Accommodation forms will be sent from mid-May to those who meet the academic conditions of their offer. In the meantime, please see the Accommodation section of our website for further details. If you do not intend to live at College, please note that undergraduates must live within three miles of the centre of Cambridge. Special allowances can be made in some cases for living up to ten miles from the centre of Cambridge. If you would like to be considered for this, you should contact the Undergraduate Administrator.
- It's best to prepare by reading for your subject before undertaking your studies.
- Please see our FAQs on Fees & Finance, which includes information on how to pay your fees upon arrival.
- Take a look at the section for Current Students, which provides detailed information on Wolfson College, be it academic, social or simply practical information. If you have any further questions which are not answered here, please contact the Undergraduate Administrator.
It is very important that you update us with any change of postal or email addresses as well as contact telephone numbers.
When you get here
Most students arrive during Freshers' Week, when there are plenty of activities to help you get settled at College.
When you first arrive please report to the Porters’ Lodge which is located just inside the front entrance to the college. The Head Porter, Mike Wignall, Deputy Head Porter, Miles Stratton, or any of the Duty Porters will be able to answer most questions you may have, or they will point you in the direction of someone who can.
You must attend to the following administrative matters in the first few days:
- Collect your Welcome Pack containing important and helpful information about the University and the College;
- Pay your fees at the College Office;
- Take your Student Finance Entitlement letter (if applicable) to the College Office;
- Matriculate (that is, complete the formal registration process);
- Make arrangements to meet your Tutor;
- Take your passport and visa to the Tutorial Office for scanning (Non UK/EU students only).
- Information on how to register with a General Medical Practitioner (GP) and how to set up a UK bank account are included in your welcome pack; both of these activities can be completed upon arrival in Cambridge if required.
Details and packs are available from the Welcome Desk staffed by current students. Please be sure to come into the College during the intake weekend, even if you are not going to be living in College, or if you arrive in Cambridge well in advance of these dates.
All students must matriculate in order to become a member of the University. This involves signing a formal declaration agreeing to abide by the Statutes and Ordinances of the University and College, after which you are recognised as a full member of the University and College.
The Praelector, Dr Brian Cox, is the Officer of the College whose responsibility it is to matriculate students by witnessing the signing of these documents. Following acknowledgement by the College Office that you have met your financial obligations to the College by paying your fees, you present yourself to the Praelector to sign the declaration. Matriculation ceremonies are held in the Lee Hall, which the President and the Senior Tutor attend to welcome new students.
A further admittance to the University and College is celebrated by a series of formal dinners, the Matriculation Dinners, two of which are held in October and one (for students admitted later in the academic year) during the Lent term. All new students are invited to attend one of these dinners: it is not necessary to have completed the formal matriculation process before attending a dinner.
Deferred Entry Offer Holders
You will need to complete a Financial Undertaking Form this year so that we can confirm that you can finance your studies. You will be asked to complete this again next year, in case there have been changes to your financial situation.
You should begin to read for your subject during your extra year. If there are any areas in particular in which you would like to undertake further reading, please contact the Undergraduate Administrator who will put you in touch with your Director of Studies.
You will be sent accommodation details next year, along with details of any bursaries for which you may be eligible.
The links at the bottom of the page will either take you straight to the reading list itself or to a web page containing the reading list link alongside further information. Unfortunately, not all Departments and Faculties supply reading lists. If this is the case for your subject and you would like some suggested reading, please contact the undergraduate administrator and she will ask your Director of Studies.