Clare College Cambridge

Open Days



Dates for 2018


Timetable for 22nd September 2018


All talks will take place in the Gillespie Centre (Lerner Court), Memorial Court, Clare College (CB3 9AJ). The Porters will be able to direct you on the day.

10.30am - 11.00am      Registration and Refreshments

11.00am - 1.00pm        Meet the Directors of Studies (Arts 11am-12pm; Sciences 12pm-1pm)

11.00am - 11.30am      Q&A session with the Admissions Tutors (parents / carers / teachers)

11.00am - 11.50am      'Sciences' Academic Taster Session (prospective applicants only)

12.00pm - 12.50pm     'Arts' Academic Taster Session (prospective applicants only)

The Admissions Tutors and staff from the Admissions Office will be on site from 10.30am - 1.30pm and will be able to answer specific application questions that applicants may have.

Current undergraduates will also be giving tours of Clare College throughout the day.


Are you thinking of applying to Cambridge?

If you are a student thinking of applying to Cambridge University and in particular to Clare College, then do come to one of our Open Days. As well as having a look around the College, you will get to find out more about how the Cambridge system works and about the courses we offer and our entry requirements. There will also be current undergraduates around to talk to you about their experiences of studying here. We particularly welcome teachers accompanying school or college groups, and offer teachers their own session with Admissions Tutors while school or college students are with the Directors of Studies.

What happens at a Clare Open Day?

  • Introducing Cambridge: the University and the Colleges
  • Subject sessions with the Director of Studies
  • Interview discussions (following on from the subject sessions)
  • Parents' Question and Answer Session with an Admissions Tutor
  • Tours of the beautiful College grounds, including the Gardens
  • There will be time to visit the Town Centre and other Cambridge Colleges close by.

You can wander round Clare and look at some student rooms, the Chapel, the Main Hall, the Forbes Mellon Library, the Junior Common Room and the gardens. Please note viewing student rooms cannot usually be arranged at another time as students are living in them.

Is accommodation available?

Some accommodation is available for our Open Days in July, and priority is given to those that cannot travel to Cambridge and back home in the same day. Accommodation should be booked using the on-line instructions and booking form.


It is NOT advisable to drive to Clare. Parking is limited and very expensive (up to £25 per day) and gridlock is an everyday occurrence. We suggest that you consider the Park-and-Ride system, which is excellent and will save you time, as well as parking charges. Detailed information about travel can be found on the Clare webpage Maps and Directions.

What if I can't make it to an Open Day?

Don't worry too much if you are unable to attend any of the pre-arranged Open Days. We know that this is not always possible.

You are very welcome to visit Clare at any time. If you tell the Custodians/Porters that you are a prospective student they will let you in without charging you the usual tourist fee and will point you in the direction of the Admissions Office should you want further information about Admissions. The Admissions Office is open from 9.00am - 5.00pm (except weekends). You are very welcome to look round the College, but we regret we are unable to arrange conducted tours and cannot promise to arrange meetings with Admissions Tutors - although we would always try.

It is very important to emphasise that candidates who have not visited the College are not in any way disadvantaged in the admissions process.


   Timothy Chesters    

The Admissions Team: from left to right, Professor Howard Griffiths, Dr Timothy Chesters, Mrs Rachel Chiodo and Ms Emma Lee