CUSU Freshers' Fair
Get ready for the biggest event in the freshers' calendar – the CUSU Freshers' Fair. On Tuesday 4th Wednesday 5th October we'll be hosting over 400+ sports and societies, plus entertainment, drinks, food and plenty of freebies!
CUSU Freshers' Fair Continued
The CUSU Freshers’ Fair is for all Cambridge University students. Regardless if you’re a new or returning student, postgrad or undergrad, home or international – this is the fair all about, and for, you! Here at CUSU we’ve been spending the past months putting together the very best aspects of student life into one big space for you to discover.
Once you’ve seen all the sports clubs and societies Cambridge has to offer, there’ll be loads of opportunities to get plenty of freebies, including food! It's going to be two days you can't miss. If you have any questions about the fair, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you're planning on getting a bike and haven't got one yet, you don't need to worry – new and second hand bikes are available to buy at the Freshers' Fair Bike Market. You'll also be able to get hold of safety kits including lights, a lock and a helmet so you're ready to cycle your way through your degree.
There’s no event bigger, so make sure you don’t miss out! For more detailed information on the CUSU Freshers’ Fair please visit the main CUSU website.
Freshers' Week Continued...
When you arrive you’ll be sent a timetable of events in your College and around the University by your JCR/MCR (Junior/Mature Common Room). The events on the timetable will be a mix of nights out and nights in, giving you casual ways to meet fellow students. There’ll be non-alcoholic options, and don’t feel pressured to attend any events you aren’t keen on - there are plenty of ways to make friends while you’re here so just do what you’re comfortable with.
One of the first things that will happen when you arrive is that you will "matriculate" – it's all very Harry Potter but without the sorting hat. It usually involves a group photo, a formal dinner and a ceremony where you shake someone's hand and sign an enrolment agreement. Matriculating basically means fully enrolling into your college, but with a bit more ceremony. You may be required to buy a gown to matriculate in when you arrive (they're around £35). Your JCR might be able to sell you a second hand one, but it is still something you should budget for.
college Parents and siblings:
You will get the opportunity to meet your college parents (see our Feel Prepared section for more information). They will show you around college when you arrive and probably have a "family dinner" with you.
Start of Term:
At Cambridge, weeks start on Thursday. This means that if you arrive on the weekend, you have four days before lectures start. Before this you'll have time to meet your Director of Studies (DoS) who will go over your timetable and give you some advice about starting work at Cambridge. If you're lost or confused, the Student Advice Service will be able to send you in the right direction.
What else to expect from your Students' Union
We offer a whole host of services including:
- Student Advice Service
- Print Shop
- Sexual Health provisions
- Room Bookings
- Mail service
Basically, we do all we can to provide accessible and value services to make your time at the University of Cambridge as streamlined as possible - and they’re available to ALL students. You can drop by our offices at 17 Mill Lane in central Cambridge or find out more about what we do on the main CUSU site.
Our Student Advice Service offers free, confidential and independent support to all University of Cambridge students. Visit their website for a wealth of information on support, welfare, academic affairs and other topics.
Ultimately, we are here to represent you to the University. You'll be hearing more from us very soon on how you can get involved and make your voice heard, but if you would like to know more about us before you arrive, make sure to check out our main website www.cusu.co.uk.
We also support a number of autonomous campaigns for BME, LGBT+, Disabled, International and Women students. You can contact them for more information about identity and representation at Cambridge, or to connect with other students who may share similar experiences.