Studying at Cambridge can be challenging: the terms are short and fast-paced and the academic standards are high. So we support students throughout their time in the College in lots of different ways.
Right from the start, during the Bridging Programme, your Tutors and Directors of Studies will work with you to set your personal, career, and academic goals and will help you to review them regularly. You will discuss what additional study skills sessions you might want to sign up for, which careers events you might like to book in to, and what clubs and societies you might want to join either in the College or in the wider University. We encourage all our students to try something new while at Cambridge and to get involved in at least one activity that is nothing to do with their course. See our Settling In page for more details
Health & Fitness
We have a gym on site and we run free or subsidised exercise classes at the College including yoga. The state-of-the-art University Sports Centre is just up the road and we are close to the Rugby Club and Tennis Club too. There are lots of sports activities you can join at every level of experience and fitness. And if you are an accomplished sportsperson, chosen to represent the University in its top teams or playing at national squad level, we may be able help you financially with some of the expenses you will incur.
Your mental health is just as important to us as your physical health. We run mindfulness sessions, fun activities during the exam period and a wide range of events where you can meet other students, make friends and join in. Our Library runs ‘elevenses’ and ‘threeses’ during term time with the opportunity to chat, relax and enjoy a free hot drink and biscuits – See our Library page for more details. We also have a University Counsellor at the College two days a week, a college nurse, and a vicar who visits once a week.
Our beautiful gardens are there for you to use as you wish. We welcome your family and friends at all times and the public when we open as part of the National Open Gardens Day each summer.
Your Tutor and staff in the Student Office are regularly on hand to help you to balance your time at Cambridge successfully, to thrive personally, and get the most out of all the opportunities on offer. Every student is assigned a personal Tutor and you will meet yours during the Bridging Course. We have a special team of First Year Tutors who are very experienced in helping students begin their term successfully, integrate, and thrive from the start of their time at Cambridge. Your Tutor will help you set your individual goals for the year and review them regularly. Tutors can offer advice or just listen to how you are getting on and to any concerns you may have. There is always a Tutor available over weekends during term time and the Porters’ Lodge has emergency contact details if you need to see one urgently.
The Student Office
The Student Office has useful information about everything you need to know on a day-to-day basis for example about funding, exams, student visas, registering with a doctor, or registering to vote. They arrange for you to ‘matriculate’ as a member of the College and University when you first arrive and they organise your graduation celebrations when you finish your degree.
See our Student Office page for more details about Tutors and the Student Office (including Student Office opening hours).
Director of Studies
Your Director of Studies is responsible for overseeing your academic progress and acts as a link between your University Department and the College. They help you to plan your course of study where you have a choice of papers, they appoint your Supervisors, and give advice about dissertations and other academic matters. You will meet your Director of Studies (or “DoS” as they are frequently called) during the Undergraduate Bridging Course.
Supervisions are small-group sessions (most often for up to four students) with a Supervisor who is an academic. They are usually arranged by Colleges and sit alongside the lectures, lab sessions, seminars and other teaching that is organised by the Departments. You will have supervisions for each of the papers you are taking every week or fortnight and you will prepare work in advance and hand it in, e.g. write an essay or complete a set of problems. In the supervision you get feedback on your work, present your ideas, and discuss them with your Supervisor. Supervisions may take place at Lucy Cavendish College, in another college or in a Department.
We want to make sure that we cater for any special needs you may have, so we recommend that students with a disability consult the University’s Disability Resource Centre (DRC) before commencing their studies. We send DRC forms to candidates along with our offer letters, so please do let us know how we can help.