Arts and Humanities Residential

A new programme coming soon. Please fill out the interest form here to be emailed when the registration is open.


  • Tuesday 29 August to Friday 1 September 2023 in Cambridge
  • Online sessions will be scattered throughout the week of Monday 10 to Friday 14 July 2023, times to be confirmed

Arts and Humanities Residential 

Downing College is offering a residential for students interested in learning more about Arts & Humanities subjects available at Cambridge. Successful students will take part in subject workshops online before coming to stay at Downing for a few days to live like a student. During the residential students will take part in:

  • Academic taster sessions
  • Subject debates and discussions
  • College and Department tours
  • Critical thinking workshops
  • Museum visits
  • And more

The residential will be run by academic staff, the outreach team and current student ambassadors. After the residential students will have the opportunity to submit an essay and receive feedback from members of Downing College on their work.

This is a fantastic opportunity to explore your subject interests further and see what studying at the University of Cambridge would look like.

Who can apply?

There are only 40 spaces available on the programme and students must meet the following criteria to apply:

  • Be currently in Year 11 (England and Wales), Year 12 (Northern Ireland) and S4 (Scotland) 
  • Be attending a UK state school

Students must also meet at least one of the following criteria and students who meet more than one will be prioritised: 

  • Currently or previously living under local authority care
  • Eligible for Free School Meals (currently, or in the previous six years)
  • Young carer
  • Students from underrepresented ethnic groups
  • Disability/extenuating circumstances which has affected study
  • IMD deciles 1-2
  • POLAR 4 classification 1 or 2
  • No parental history of higher education