Welcome to Robinson College!

This page provides useful information for new graduate students.

'Welcome to Cambridge' events

If you are a new student coming to the University of Cambridge this autumn you’re probably feeling excited, nervous and have lots of questions.  Get tips and advice by speaking to current students and alumni at one of the pre-arrival ‘Welcome to Cambridge’ events taking place around the world in August and September.  Hosted by Cambridge alumni groups, these events are a great opportunity to prepare yourself for university and make some friends before you arrive.  See the University of Cambridge Development and Alumni Relations website for further information. 

On Arrival in Cambridge

If the Senior Tutor's Assistant has allocated you a room you can collect your room key and sign in at the Porters' Lodge.  You will be asked to visit the Tutorial Office to sign your Occupancy Agreement during the week following.  The Tutorial Office is staffed Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.  Please check your confirmation letter to ensure you arrive on the right day.

International Students Information

The International Student Team  provides specialist support to students who come to study at Cambridge from outside the UK.  They also help to promote and support student opportunities, and they administer some specific international funding awards. Prospective and current students from outside the UK should visit  International Students for guidance on admission, immigration, orientation and studying at Cambridge.  IST will be holding an orientation session entitled "Feeling at Home in Cambridge," on TBC September.  This is for new graduate students and it aims to help new students manage the impact of moving from a familiar culture to the cultural and learning environment that is Cambridge.  You will need to book for this event through their website.

Finance Information

All finance matters, including arrangements for and payment of invoices, are handled by the College Office, which is staffed Monday to Thursday, 9.00 am to 5 pm, and Friday 9 am to 4.30 pm, and closed between 12.30 - 1.30 for lunch.

Robinson College Membership Deposit

All students are required to pay a £250 College membership deposit before the start of their course, regardless of whether they are staying in College accommodation or living out.  This deposit will be held on your account for the full duration of your time with the college and will only be refunded once you have completed your course and graduated.  The deposit invoice will be sent to your @cam.ac.uk email address by the College Office at the beginning of September and you are expected to pay within 7 days of receiving.

College Bills for Tuition Fees and Residency

These are sent to your @cam.ac.uk email address either prior to arrival, or on arrival. Full payment for both is expected within 7 days of receipt. 

All graduate students are required to pay the full year's University tuition fees, and residence charge, if applicable.  If you have arranged to take up room occupancy before Saturday 23 September you will be charged for each extra night in addition to your agreed residency charge. 

How to pay your College bill:

  • Debit/Credit card via the College Office (open Monday to Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm, and Friday 9 am to 4.30 pm, and closed between 12.30 - 1.30 for lunch).  Payment by credit card will incur a 2% charge.
  • Bank transfer from an overseas bank or a UK account to the College Bank account.  Please quote your unique college account number (which can be found on your invoice) in the payment reference box so that the funds are credited to the correct account.
  • Ways to pay and full bank details can be found on the bottom of all invoices.
  • Please note: there may be a bank charge for the transfer of funds from an international account so please enquire with your bank as to any additional charges you may incur.

We strongly recommend that funds are transferred in sterling rather than in your local currency, in order to avoid currency fluctuations.

Robinson College does not accept cheque or cash payment.  We strongly discourage you from bringing large amounts of cash with you..  This is highly risky, and cash will not be accepted by the College Office.

Please note that non-payment of fees to your college constitutes grounds for removal from the student register. 

Graduate Tutors

Graduate Tutors at Robinson College give advice and support on a wide range of pastoral issues.  Graduate students are formally assigned to one of them (and you will be informed in due course the name of your particular tutor).  However, you are welcome to contact any of them. 

Tutors are available to give general advice on life as a graduate student and issues associated with your time here, whether in College or your Faculty.  They may not be in your subject, however.  For more subject-specific advice, you also have a Supervisor in your Faculty or Department. 

Matriculation

All new graduates are expected to attend a Matriculation event in College on Monday 2 October from 5.30 pm.  You will be asked to sign the Matriculation Lists for the University and collect you University ID card if you have not done so already from the Tutorial Office, before lining up for a Matriculation photograph.  From 6.45 pm the MCR will provide pre-dinner drinks on the balcony for new and continuing graduate students. The Matriculation Dinner, to which only new graduates are invited, will follow in the evening.  Attendance is by invitation only and dress code is lounge suits and gowns. You can find further information about this event in the MCR Freshers’ Week timetable.

Robinson College MCR

All graduate students at Robinson are automatically members of the MCR (Middle Combination Room).  The day-to-day affairs of the MCR are run by the MCR Committee, who provide representation, entertainment and support to graduate members of the college.

Formal Hall

Formal Halls are one of the ways in which the College community celebrates its collective life.  Formal Hall takes place twice a week, on Tuesday and Friday evenings, during full term in the College Dining Hall and places must be booked in advance. They are three course waitress-served meals where diners are seated throughout the meal.  Junior and Senior members are allowed to bring guests, and members and their guests are expected to treat the occasions with respect.

The dress code for Formal Hall is smart casual and members of the college must wear their gowns.

Gowns

Gowns are required for the Matriculation Dinner and Formal Hall.  Cambridge’s clothier shops where you can get advice and  buy gowns (both used and new) are Ryder and Amies (on King's Parade), A.E. Clothier (on Pembroke Street), and Ede and Ravenscroft (on Trumpington Street). However, a better option may be to buy it through the Graduate Union.

Registering with a GP (doctor)

Please note that you must register with a Cambridge GP.  The practices listed below are those most frequently used by the College.  You are, of course, entitled to register with any GP of your choice:

Newnham Walk Surgery, Wordsworth Grove, Cambridge, CB3 9HS
Telephone: 01223 366811
http://www.newnhamwalksurgery.nhs.uk/

Bridge Street Medical Centre, 2 All Saints Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3LS 
Telephone:  01223 652671
http://www.bridgestreetmedicalcentre.com/

Lensfield Medical Practice, 48 Lensfield Road, Cambridge, CB2 1EG   
Telephone: 01223 561020
http://www.lensfieldpractice.org/

Trumpington Street Medical Practice, 56 Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1RG 
Telephone:  361611  
http://www.trumpingtonstreetmedicalpractice.co.uk/doctors.htm

Please inform the College Nurse, Health Centre, Set 19, W Staircase, as soon as you have registered with a GP and in any event by Monday 24 October at the very latest.

Opening a UK bank account

If you are  going to be studying in Cambridge for six months or more, we advise you to open a UK bank account in order to make it easier for you to manage your money. The banks are very busy with student accounts in September and October so you may be asked to make an appointment. The main banks with branches in the town centre are HSBC, Barclays, NatWest, Lloyds Bank, TSB, RBS, Santander, and Halifax. In order to open a bank account you will require a Student Status Letter issued by the college, stating that you are a student here, your course length etc, and confirming your home address and UK address and full names. This letter can be obtained from the Graduate Secretary in the Tutorial Office by emailing rg473@cam.ac.uk.  Please include in your email the name and address of bank you would like to open an account, and allow 3 days for the letter to be issued.

General Information

There are many other university organisations which provide welcome activities and/or useful services. These include: