Welcome to Robinson College!
This page provides useful information for new postgraduate students.
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 receive your Occupancy Agreement for signature by email prior to your arrival. Your pre-arrival pack will be available at the Porters' Lodge and your University Card will be included.
International Students Information
The International Student Office (ISO) 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 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.
All finance matters, including arrangements for and payment of invoices, are handled by the College Office.
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 postgraduate 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 19 September you will be charged for each extra night in addition to your agreed residency charge.
How to pay your College bill:
- Debit card.
- 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.
- Pingit - mobile payment service.
- 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.
Postgraduate Tutors at Robinson College give advice and support on a wide range of pastoral issues. Postgraduate 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 postgraduate 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.
All new postgraduates are expected to attend a Matriculation event in College which will take place mid-October, the MCR will confirm the arrangements in due course. Attendance is by invitation only and dress code is lounge suits and gowns.
Robinson College MCR
All postgraduate 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 postgraduate members of the college.
Gowns are required for the Matriculation event and Formal Hall. Clothier shops in Cambridge, 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 Postgraduate 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
Bridge Street Medical Centre, 2 All Saints Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3LS
Telephone: 01223 652671
Lensfield Medical Practice, 48 Lensfield Road, Cambridge, CB2 1EG
Telephone: 01223 561020
Trumpington Street Medical Practice, 56 Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1RG
Telephone: 01223 361611
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 19 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, UK address and full name. This letter can be obtained from the Postgraduate Administrator in the Tutorial Office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the name and address of the bank at which you would like to open an account and allow 3 days for the letter to be issued.
There are many other university organisations which provide welcome activities and/or useful services. These include:
- Cambridge University Student Union
- Postgraduate Union
- University Counselling Service
- Student Advice Service
- You don’t have to wait until you get to Cambridge to start using the IT services the University provides for you. A quick start guide for new students at Cambridge: IT matters @ Cambridge
Page updated 25th June 2020