Information for Offer Holders
Congratulations on obtaining an offer to study at Wolfson College! We look forward to seeing you.
It is very important that you update us with any change of postal or email addresses as well as contact telephone numbers.
- What do I need to do before I 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 us 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. Please return this as soon as you are able.
- You should send 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.
- 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.
- How do I find out about accommodation?
You are guaranteed accommodation for three years. No undergraduate accommodation is allocated before the end of August, even if you have an unconditional offer and your Financial Guarantee is in place. The Accommodation Manager will contact you with instructions towards the end of August and you do not need to contact us.
More information about room types can be found on the Accommodation section of our website.
If you have specific needs related, for example, to a disability please inform the Accommodation Manager
- 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.
- Summer Offer Holders' Events
To help you get to know Wolfson, meet other offer holders and have your questions answered we plan to run a series of virtual events in June 2023. Dates from last year are given below and we will update them for 2023 soon. You will be emailed more information and links to these.
There will also be a day where you can come and visit, tour the College, meet key staff and current students.
Introduction to Wolfson, Tuesday 7th June 2022
Meet key staff and learn about the support and facilities on offer at Wolfson. We will be happy to try to answer any questions you might have.
Meet the current students, Tuesday 14th June 2022
Current students will be on hand to tell you about the social and welfare life of the College. You can also ask them your questions, on anything from food to Cambridge cycling!
Introduction to the Library and Academic support, Tuesday 21st June 2022
Meet Wolfson Librarian Laura Jeffrey and find out how the Library works, what they do to support students and the academic skills programme they offer.
In-person Offer Holder Day, Friday 1st July 2022
Your chance to tour the College, meet some staff and meet other incoming students!
- What will happen when I arrive?
Please note: this information is for students arriving in 2022 and will be further up-dated over the summer
Induction for undergraduates runs from Wednesday 28 September to Friday 30 September, so you will need to request an arrival date of 27 September with the Accommodation Manager when you book your room, as room licences run from 1 October.
Most students arrive during Freshers' Week, when there are plenty of activities to help you get settled at College. 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.
When you first arrive please report to the Porters’ Lodge which is located just inside the front entrance to the college. The Porters will be able to answer most questions you may have, or they will point you in the direction of someone who can.
In the first few days you need to:
- 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 (if you have a Study Visa - EU and International students only);
- Register with a General Medical Practitioner (GP) and set up a UK bank account. Information on how to complete both of these activities will be provided upon arrival in Cambridge;
- Pay your fees at the College Office;
- Take your Student Finance Entitlement letter (if applicable) to the College Office.
- What happens at Matriculation?
Information regarding matriculation for 2023 will be shared here when it is available.
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 Matriculation Dinner.
- What if I have a deferred offer?
You still 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 will be sent accommodation details next year.
- Where do I find reading lists?
Each subject will have a reading list for offer holders. Please note these lists may be updated over the Summer. Please read the guidance on your list carefully; it is unlikely that you will be expected to read or buy everything but there may be one or two key texts that your Department or Faculty would like you to have access to before/at the start of term. You may find other resources listed on there as freely available. When you arrive in Cambridge you will have access to the collections in the college Library. Most of these books are to support taught courses and so you may find that you don't need to buy many books, if any, depending on your course. You will get access to e-books and journal articles once you arrive too.