Information for new Postgraduates with a confirmed place

We look forward to welcoming you to Downing. 

Please ensure that you are thoroughly familiar with the content of the webpage and check back regularly for updates.

Postgraduate Registration and University card

In order to collect your University Card from the Porters’ Lodge, please bring photo ID with you.  This is the College registration process.  If you need to gain access to the College, please ring the bell on the wall just inside the College gates, or call the Porters’ Lodge on 01223 334800.


October 2022

All new Postgraduate students will be formally welcomed into College membership by the Master and Praelector at a Matriculation Ceremony.  The Tutorial team will email you with more details. 

Please note, if you haven’t yet already done so, you will need to purchase a Downing College academic gown from Ryder & Amies.


Action for Postgraduates  
Arrival in College

Dates, times and arrival procedure

Information for international students including pre-arrival and orientation information

Early arrival in College If you are allocated College accommodation, please see the accommodation application form for the date accommodation is available.  If your course begins earlier than this, please state this on your accommodation form and the Accommodation Officer will attempt to allocate a room for the start date of your course, though not necessarily in the room allocated to you for the rest of the year.  College is unable to offer accommodation for those attending the pre-sessional language course.  All requests are subject to room availability.
Bicycles, cars and parking Rules and regulations

Information on postgraduate accommodation at Downing.


The College policy and how to increase your cover

Accommodation: Room agreement Once received by email, must be signed and returned immediately
Accommodation Handbook Please see the Accommodation Handbook for further information on Furniture, Fittings and Decoration
Academic Gown

Purchasing a gown

How to obtain a discount code

Health and Welfare

Introduction to the College Nurses and health information

Registering with a College Nurse via Moodle

University health advice and vaccination checklist Check which vaccinations you need before coming to Cambridge
Health Questionnaire

At the beginning of September, or following confirmation of your place, you will be emailed a link to your personalised online health questionnaire. 

If your place at Downing is confirmed in late September, please complete the health questionnaire as soon as possible.

Registering with a General Practitioner [GP] How to register with a doctor in Cambridge
Information Technology

IT services for students at Cambridge

Quick-start guide for Freshers

IT and computing at Downing

University Student Registration process How to update your personal information and collect your Cambridge email address and passwords

College Bill

How and when to pay your College Bill

Postgraduate Financial Support Form 2022-23


College Registration procedure

Electronic copy of Registration document

University Card Information on your University Card and how to collect your card

Visa advice

Information on a range of Tier 4 and related areas of immigration

Freshers induction intranet site Refer to the new Downing intranet site for information and welcome to Downing College.

Any queries should be directed to the Tutorial and Admissions Office.