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Matriculation and residence


Matriculation occurs at the start of a student’s course, it marks the student’s entry to the University community, and their agreement to the rules and regulations of the Universty. The word itself comes from medieval latin (matriculare) and reflects the ancient practices of the University. Your matriculation marks the formal admission of a student to membership of the University and the occasion is marked by a Matriculation Photograph and a Matriculation Dinner at the start of the year.

When you matriculate, you will be required to subscribe to the following declaration by signing the Matriculation Registration Form:

“I promise to observe the Statutes and Ordinances of the University as far as they concern me, and to pay due respect and obedience to the Chancellor and other officers of the University.”

Only by signing these documents does the student become recognised as a full member of the University and College.

Matriculation Day

Although a significant moment in your Cambridge journey, the actual Matriculation is very informal. The matriculation takes place in college and will be a relatively quick process. Each year, the College arranges a Matriculation photo of the whole year group and this photo will be available to purchase.

Matriculation Dinners

At Hughes, we celebrate this milestone at subject–specific Matriculation Dinners throughout Michaelmas Term. These dinners are a great way to start meeting other new students in your subject and year group. You will receive an invite to your Matriculation Dinner at your matriculation (registration) day.


During Full Term, all full-time students must ‘keep residence’ by living in Cambridge, except for PGCE students and for PhD students granted permission to ‘work away’. If you are unavoidably absent for a serious reason like illness, you must consult your Tutor, who can then apply for an appropriate allowance.