Clare College Cambridge

Open Days



Dates for 2018

  • Thursday 5th July 2018 - All Subjects Open Day, in conjunction with University-wide Open Day* - Book your place here. An overview of the timetable can be seen below.


  • Friday 6th July 2018 -  All Subjects Open Day, in conjunction with University-wide Open Day* - Book your place here. An overview of the timetable can be seen below.

  • Saturday 22nd September 2018 - All Subjects Open Day.

 *Please note that you will be required to book a place separately to attend the University Open Days on 5th and 6th July 2018.


Timetable of events for Clare College Open Days (5 and 6 July)


For those who have booked a place to attend the Clare College Open Day, each day will run to the timetable below:





Registration in Old Court

refreshments will be available

10:15 – 11:00

An Introduction to Cambridge

prospective students only

11:15 – 12:15

Subject Specific Sessions

prospective students only

11:15 – 12:15

Q & A Session

parents / guardians and teachers

Clare College will be open all day to drop-in visitors who wish to see the College. There is no need for drop-in visitors to book a place. Current undergraduate students will be present throughout the day and will be leading tours of the College grounds and facilities. Admissions Tutors and Staff will be available all day to answer any questions you may have.

We look forward to welcoming you to Clare College in July.


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, Ms Rachel Ayres and Ms Emma Lee