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For Offer Holders

Congratulations! You're coming to Wolfson College. What next?

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Information for Offer Holders

Congratulations on obtaining an offer to study at Wolfson College! We look forward to seeing you. To keep up with the University's policy on the COVID-19 situation, visit their page for offer-holders.

It is very important that you update us with any change of postal or email addresses as well as contact telephone numbers.

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 May, 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.
Summer Virtual Offer Holders' Events

To help you get to know Wolfson, meet other offer holders and have your questions answered we run a series of virtual sessions for you in June. You'll receive full details with times and Zoom links by email nearer the time. We encourage you to attend as many of them as you can - last year's offer holders found them extremely useful and gave them fantastic feedback.

If Government restrictions allow we will also plan a day where you can come and visit, tour the College, meet key staff and have lunch with us.

Introduction to Wolfson, Tuesday 8th June

Find out how the Cambridge collegiate system works, meet key staff and learn about the pastoral support on offer to you at Wolfson. We can answer questions about everything from accommodation to current COVID precautions.

Social event and meet the alumni, Thursday 10th June

A chance to attend a purely social event where you can meet each other and chat with recent alumni to find out about their time at Wolfson and what they went on to do. 

Introduction to the Library and Academic support, Tuesday 15th June

Meet Wolfson Librarian Laura Jeffrey and find out how the Library works, what they do to support students and the fantastic academic skills programme they offer.

Introduction to WCSA and meet the current students, Tuesday 22nd June

Wolfson College Students’ Association committee members will be on hand to tell you about the integral role WCSA play in the social and welfare life of the College. You can also meet other current students from a variety of subjects and ask them your questions!

If you have any questions about these events, please contact Hannah, Outreach and Student Recruitment Officer.

When you get here

Please note: this information will be up-dated over the coming months for entry in October 2021.

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 Miles Stratton, Deputy Head Porter, 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;


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.

  • 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.



* Information regarding matriculation for 2021 will be shared here when it is available. In 2020 all matriculation took place online due to the COVID-19 pandemic and we were not able to offer formal dining.

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 David Goode, 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.

Reading Lists

The links at the very 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.