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 Day
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person outreach activities and events organised by Cambridge Admissions Office have been cancelled. This includes the 2021 July and September in-person Open Days. Sidney will be organising virtual alternatives with live events, and you can find the latest information on Sidney's Virtual Open Day web page.
Postgraduate Open Day
The 2021 Postgraduate Open Day will take place virtually between 1 November - 14 November 2021. Further information will be added here in due course. More information will be available on the Postgraduate Open Day web page.
What happens at an Open Day?
Attending a Sidney Sussex Open Day is a great way to:
- speak to the Admissions Team
- meet our academics
- attend talks about student life, the application process, and making a competitive application
- tour our beautiful College grounds
- see some student accommodation
- chat to our Student Ambassadors about life at Sidney and Cambridge
- explore the beautiful city of Cambridge
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).
Check out the useful information about visiting Sidney below. If you have any questions about visiting, feel free to get in touch!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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. Please email the Undergraduate Admissions Office to make an appointment.