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Every student of the University must also be a member of one of the colleges. Degrees and other qualifications are administered and awarded by the University, but admission to a college is a requirement of enrolment in any course. So, admission to Cambridge is a two-pronged process consisting of admission to the University and admission to a College. The two are interlinked and confirmation of your college membership depends on you having met the conditions set by the University (either Graduate Admissions, the Faculty of Education or Judge Business School, depending on your course) as well as satisfactorily completing the college admissions process.

We advise that you begin the college admissions process as soon as you can for a quicker result, even if you are not in a position to return all the documents at once.

I’ve received a college offer – what do I do now?

To accept your place:

What forms do I need to complete?

The Admissions Office aims to process returned forms within eight working days generally; however, at peak periods (June onwards) it can take longer given the volume of paperwork we are dealing with.

  1. Acceptance Reply Form: Complete the Acceptance Reply Form. You can also use the College’s Disability Information Form, to indicate whether you require any adjustments or additional support.
  2. Finance Form: You will have completed the University’s Financial Undertaking Form in order to meet the financial condition of admission. (See the University’s Your Offer page for more information.) The College may contact you to confirm details or request further information as a condition of membership.

All students, other than those who will be in receipt of either public, departmental, or scholarship funding (written confirmation is required), must pay their University and College fees and charges in advance.

How do I secure a college room?

Student rooms in the College are priced by bands based on the size of the room, the room’s location, and whether or not it has en-suite bath or shower facilities. You can see information about the bands, current prices, and the various types of college rooms in the student fees and charges and accommodation sections of this website. In the Spring, the College will set the accommodation allocation policy and the band prices for the academic year commencing that October, and at that point the room allocation process for new students will be opened. More information about accommodation, including policies and guides can be found in the Student Centre.

Applicants for postgraduate study who are offered a place are asked to return the Acceptance Reply Form, for undergraduates this happens through UCAS. Shortly after your acceptance has been received by the College you will be contacted by the accommodation team and asked to complete the Accommodation Preference Form where you indicate which price bands you prefer for your College accommodation. (Those who return the Acceptance Reply Form before the room allocation process for new students is opened will be emailed when it is opened.)

When you have been fully confirmed as a student by the University and the College, submitted your Accommodation Preference Form, and if there are rooms available, we will send you an email notifying you of the process to secure a room in the allocation. Our Accommodation Allocation Policy 24-25 contains information on how we allocate rooms.

If you have queries about the process you can contact the accommodation team at rooms@hughes.cam.ac.uk.

If you have disability requirements related to accommodation you should complete the Disability Information Form or contact the College’s Disability Equality Officer equality.officer@hughes.cam.ac.uk who will help you provide the necessary information to enable the college to provide suitable accommodation. Sometimes this requires specific medical information which can take time to secure. The earlier you contact the Disability Equality Officer, the easier it will be to complete the process and to secure suitable accommodation.

When will my college membership be confirmed?

Once you have submitted all the required forms and supplementary information your file will be reviewed. Depending on your individual financial circumstances you may be asked to make advance payment before we will confirm your membership. This mainly affects self-funded students. Other students may be asked to pay in full before arrival. You will be notified by email by the Student Finance Administrator if any prepayment is required.

Otherwise, provided you have met the conditions set by the university, (this may be Graduate Admissions, Judge Business School or Faculty of Education depending on your course), you will receive an emailed letter of confirmation of college membership from our Admissions Office. This letter will inform you of the date you are required to arrive in college for your College registration day.

See the university card section of the preparation and arrival page for information about your university card.