Whether you're interested in applying as an undergraduate or a postgraduate, visiting Sidney is the best way to see what it might be like to live and study here.

Attending a College Open Day is a fantastic way to get a feel for Sidney. Find out more below.

Undergraduate Open Days

In light of the latest advice about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, all in-person outreach activities and events organised by Cambridge Admissions Office have been cancelled until the end of December 2020 including the July and September Open Days. The University and Colleges will be organising a virtual alternative.

Postgraduate Open Day

In light of the latest advice about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, our in-person Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day has been cancelled this year. However, we are working on producing a virtual alternative which will be available in November. More information will be available in September on the Postgraduate Open Day webpage.

What happens at an Open Day?

Attending a Sidney Sussex Open Day is a great way to:

Taster Days for prospective undergraduates

Discover what it might be like to study a subject you're really interested in at the University of Cambridge by attending a Taster Day at Sidney.

You'll get to meet with current undergraduate students and academics who are learning and teaching in the same field.

Please note that Taster Days are for students only, with no sessions arranged for visiting parents. The exact timetables of the day are yet to be confirmed, but the days will last between 10:00 and 15:00, with a free lunch provided.

Visiting students are responsible for getting themselves to Cambridge for taster days, however we provide travel information and a map of the college.

If you are, or were previously, in Care, please read about the Care Travel Fund (eligibility criteria apply).

Physics, Chemistry, and Chemical Engineering Taster Day (Saturday 21 March 2020) - CANCELLED

For current Year 12 students - - DUE TO COVID-19 THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Are you interested in physical sciences or chemical engineering? Whether you know exactly which course you want to study at university or if just want to explore these subjects in a bit more depth, this Taster Day will offer you an insight into what university-level study looks like.

Academic sessions and workshops will be delivered by Sidney Sussex academics and graduate students, and as well as attending these sessions you will get to meet current undergraduates who will take you on a tour of Sidney Sussex and chat to you about life as a student at Sidney Sussex and the University of Cambridge.

In addition to the subject sessions, the Admissions Director and Schools Liaison Officers will talk to you about making a competitive university application and studying at the University of Cambridge.

The taster day will run from 10.00-15.00 and will include a free lunch. The taster day is free to attend (excl. travel) and is just for students (no sessions will be run for parents).

If you have any queries, please contact the Admissions Office at slo@sid.cam.ac.uk or call 01223 338820.

Deadline to apply: Midday (GMT), Monday 2 March 2020

MML, HSPS, Law, and English Taster Day (Saturday 28 March 2020) - CANCELLED

For current Year 12 students - DUE TO COVID-19 THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Are you interested in exploring Law, Modern and Medieval Languages, English, or Human, Social, and Political Sciences? Whether you know exactly which course you want to study at university or if just want to explore these subjects in a bit more depth, this Taster Day will offer you an insight into what university-level study looks like.

Academic sessions and workshops will be delivered by Sidney Sussex academics and graduate students, and as well as attending these sessions you will get to meet current undergraduates who will take you on a tour of Sidney Sussex and chat to you about life as a student at Sidney Sussex and the University of Cambridge.

In addition to the subject sessions, the Admissions Director and Schools Liaison Officers will talk to you about making a competitive university application and studying at the University of Cambridge.

The taster day will run from 10.00-15.00 and will include a free lunch. The taster day is free to attend (excl. travel) and is just for students (no sessions will be run for parents).

If you have any queries, please contact the Admissions Office at slo@sid.cam.ac.uk or call 01223 338820.

Deadline to apply: Midday (GMT), Friday 6 March 2020

Useful information

Check out the useful information about visiting Sidney below. If you have any questions about visiting, feel free to get in touch!

Parking

We regret that we cannot provide parking. 

When you're planning your visit to Cambridge you may consider driving into the city and using one of the many car parking facilities made available by Cambridge City Council.

The closest car park to Sidney is located at Park Street which is just across the road from us. 

One of the simplest ways of visiting Cambridge by car is to use one of the five Park & Ride sites located on the outskirts of the city.

The Cambridge railway station is located around one mile southeast from the historic city centre, and is around a 30 minute walk to Sidney. There are plenty of buses that can take you straight into the centre of town.

Accommodation for Open Days

If you have to travel a very long distance to Sidney, then you may wish to consider booking overnight accommodation within the College. You can book accommodation on our website.

Please note that there is no accommodation available for the Mathematics Open Days or the College Open Days in September.

Due to constraints on space we regret that we are not able to provide accommodation for parents. The Cambridge Tourist Information Centre can provide details of local hotels and guesthouses.

Open Days and Events Travel Fund

The University of Cambridge has established a travel fund to enable children in (or previously in) care to travel to open day events organised by the University and Colleges of Cambridge. For more information and to apply, please see the Travel Fund webpage, or contact care@cao.cam.ac.uk.

Drop-in visits

The College is often open for drop-in visits. Find out more on our Visiting page.

If you are unable to attend an Undergraduate Open Day, you are very welcome to come and have a tour of Sidney. You will be accompanied by a member of the Sidney Admissions Team or a current undergraduate student. Please email the Undergraduate Admissions Office to make an appointment.