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If you're thinking about studying at St John's,
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St John’s is committed to admitting students who are capable of making the most of studying here, regardless of where they went to school, or where they are from. The Admissions Team provides information, advice and guidance to those considering their higher education options and are there to help students with little or no experience of Cambridge to explore their options.

If you are a teacher and would like to discuss arranging a visit or event for your students, please don’t hesitate to contact the Admissions Office (details are under “Contact”, below).

Experience St John's

Drop-in Hours

We are generally open for drop-in visitors Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm. If you would like to visit us outside of these times please contact the Admissions Office by emailing and we will try to accommodate your request.

The Admissions Office is situated on the ground floor of the Old Divinity School on St John’s Street (entrance door on All Saints Passage) directly opposite the main entrance (Great Gate) to St John’s College. 

View the map to see how to reach us - the Old Divinity School is marked as item 30.

Admissions Clinics

Admissions Clinics are an opportunity for prospective students and their teachers or advisors to meet the Admissions Tutor and Admissions staff informally.

If you wish to reserve a place on one of the clinics detailed below, please send an email to stating your name, latest school/college, the subject you are interested in studying at university and the time you would like to attend. During each Admissions Clinic you can select which 30 minute slot you would like to attend, with the final slot starting 30 minutes before the end of the Clinic.



Thursday 15  March


Friday 16  March


Monday 19  March


Tuesday 20  March


Thursday 22  March


Tuesday 27  March


Thursday 19  April


Monday 23  April


Wednesday 25  April


Thursday 26  April


Wednesday 2  May


Wednesday  9 May


Tuesday 15 May


Friday 18 May


Wednesday 23  May


Friday 25  May


Monday 28  May


Wednesday 30  May


Please note that Admissions Clinics are not suitable for those who are holding offers for the coming academic year (2018) or holding a deferred offer for the following year (2019).  

College Open Days

We will be holding our College Open Days for prospective applicants on Monday 25 June (for Arts & Humanities subjects) and Tuesday 26 June (for Science subjects) 2018. These Open Day events provide the opportunity (amongst other things) to tour the College and view undergraduate accommodation, chat to current undergraduates and learn more about the Admissions process from Dr Helen Watson, the College’s Admissions Tutor. More information and online booking will be posted as soon as possible.

We will be holding more events in 2018, including a College Open Day at the end of September and more Subject Taster Days, details of which will be published on our website as details become finalised. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact the Admissions Office (

University Open Days

University Open Days on 5 and 6 July offer the opportunity for Y12 students (or equivalent) to attend presentations explaining the Cambridge system, the application procedure and interviews, as well as sessions outlining student finance, support for students with a disability and the work of the careers service. There is also information about each Tripos, and the chance to visit the Departments and Cambridge Colleges, including St John's. For further information on these Open Days and to book a place please go to the University website.

Department Open Days

It may be the case that you want to attend a Department Open Day, with a particular focus on a subject within a faculty or department. These are usually between March and July, and will often be held outside Colleges, in buildings housing a subject’s offices, lecture rooms and library. If you are coming to Cambridge for a Department Open Day, and have some free time, do take the opportunity to visit St John’s and to meet the Admissions staff. The Admissions department keeps ‘drop-in’ hours (see above) when we will be happy to welcome you to St John’s and to answer any questions you might have.

Open Day Travel Fund

The University of Cambridge Open Day Travel Fund assists children in (or previously in) care to travel to any of the open day events organised by the University and Colleges of Cambridge. For more information on the support available to Care Leavers please click here.

Sutton Trust summer schools


The Sutton Trust Summer Schools are free subject-specific residential courses for Year 12 students from UK state-maintained schools. St John's is one of the host Colleges.

Area link scheme


As part of the University of Cambridge’s Area Link scheme, St John’s works with six local education authorities in particular (although not exclusively) – Blackburn with Darwen, Bolton, Rochdale, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, and Lambeth.

The Area Links Scheme enables Cambridge Colleges to build effective relationships with schools and colleges across the UK. It gives the schools a direct way of staying in touch with the University, and for the Cambridge Colleges involved, it offers an opportunity to get to know specific regions and the local educational environment.

If you are not in one of our link areas, don’t worry – we would still love to work with you! Please take a look at “School Visits” below for more information.

School visits


We are very keen to welcome groups of students into St John’s, and we can also come and visit your school. To arrange either, please use the Contact information at the end of this page.

Schools can participate in both day and residential visits, and we can provide presentations and workshops covering a range of topics, including life at St John’s and Cambridge, advice about choosing a course and a college, information about the admissions process, and student finance. In addition, it is possible to organise other educational and social activities in and around the College.

Our Admissions Tutor is also available to visit schools, sixth forms and colleges to talk to students, teachers or parents on a similar range of topics to those listed above.

Taster Days


Throughout the year St John’s runs Taster Days in different subjects. These are great opportunities for prospective students from around the country to experience Cambridge life and find out more about what to expect when they apply for a particular course.

Participants also have the chance to attend sample lectures from researchers at St John’s, to meet current undergraduates, and to ask plenty of questions.

For more information about forthcoming Taster Days take a look at our “Upcoming Events” listings. Booking is open now.

Upcoming events

Open Days, Study Days, Taster Days and more run throughout the year and you can check back here for more information about forthcoming events. Click on an event in the table to see full details. To book, please use the link in each event page.

Event Date
Science in Archaeology Day 20 March 2018
Natural Sciences Taster Day Booking has now closed 21 March
STEM Taster Day Booking has now closed 22 March
Maths Open Days 28 April 2018
5 May 2018
College Arts Open Day 25 June 2018
College Science Open Day 26 June 2018

Contact & bookings

If you would like to book a visit to St John’s, arrange for someone to come and visit your school, or if you have questions about our access events, we would love to hear from you. Please contact:

The Admissions Team
Admissions Office
Old Divinity School
St John’s College
Tel: 01223 338703


To book for any of our upcoming events, please use the form below: