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If you're thinking about studying at St John's,
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St John’s is committed to admitting students who are capable of making the most of studying here, regardless of where they went to school, or where they are from. The Admissions Team provides information, advice and guidance to those considering their higher education options and are there to help students with little or no experience of Cambridge to explore their options.

If you are a teacher and would like to discuss arranging a visit or event for your students, please don’t hesitate to contact the Admissions Office (details are under “Contact”, below).

Experience St John's

Drop-in Hours

We are generally open for drop-in visitors Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm. If you would like to visit us outside of these times please contact the Admissions Office by emailing and we will try to accommodate your request.

The Admissions Office is situated on the ground floor of the Old Divinity School on St John’s Street (entrance door on All Saints Passage) directly opposite the main entrance (Great Gate) to St John’s College. 

View the map to see how to reach us - the Old Divinity School is marked as item 30.

Admissions Clinics

Admissions Clinics are an opportunity for prospective students and their teachers and/or advisors to meet the Admissions Tutor and Admissions staff informally. As the new admissions round has now opened, we will not be holding any clinics between now and January. We will be announcing new dates early in 2019.

Sutton Trust summer schools

Students in the grounds of St John's


The Sutton Trust Summer Schools are free subject-specific residential courses for Year 12 students from UK state-maintained schools. St John's is one of the host Colleges.

Area link scheme


As part of the University of Cambridge’s Area Link scheme, St John’s works with six local education authorities in particular (although not exclusively) – Blackburn with Darwen, Bolton, Rochdale, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, and Lambeth.

The Area Links Scheme enables Cambridge Colleges to build effective relationships with schools and colleges across the UK. It gives the schools a direct way of staying in touch with the University, and for the Cambridge Colleges involved, it offers an opportunity to get to know specific regions and the local educational environment.

If you are not in one of our link areas, don’t worry – we would still love to work with you! Please take a look at “School Visits” below for more information.

School visits


We are very keen to welcome groups of students into St John’s, and we can also come and visit your school. To arrange either, please use the Contact information at the end of this page.

Schools can participate in both day and residential visits, and we can provide presentations and workshops covering a range of topics, including life at St John’s and Cambridge, advice about choosing a course and a college, information about the admissions process, and student finance. In addition, it is possible to organise other educational and social activities in and around the College.

Our Admissions Tutor is also available to visit schools, sixth forms and colleges to talk to students, teachers or parents on a similar range of topics to those listed above.

Upcoming events

A corridor in St John's, with a sign pointing to the Open Day

Open Days, Study Days, Taster Days will take place in 2019 and you can check back here for more information about forthcoming events.

Open Days

College Open Days

College Open Day events provide the opportunity (amongst other things) to tour the College and view undergraduate accommodation, chat to current undergraduates and learn more about the Admissions process from Dr Helen Watson, the College’s Admissions Tutor.  We will be holding Open Days in June 2019, details will appear on the website early in 2019.

We will be holding more Subject Taster Days in March 2019 and information will be posted in due course. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office (

University Open Days

For further information on these Open Days for 2019 and to book a place please go to the University website. St John's College will be open to drop-in visitors on both days, for further information please click here.

Department Open Days

It may be the case that you want to attend a Department Open Day, with a particular focus on a subject within a faculty or department. These are usually between March and July, and will often be held outside Colleges, in buildings housing a subject’s offices, lecture rooms and library. If you are coming to Cambridge for a Department Open Day, and have some free time, do take the opportunity to visit St John’s and to meet the Admissions staff. The Admissions department keeps ‘drop-in’ hours (see above) when we will be happy to welcome you to St John’s and to answer any questions you might have.

Open Day Travel Fund

The University of Cambridge Open Day Travel Fund assists children in (or previously in) care to travel to any of the open day events organised by the University and Colleges of Cambridge. For more information on the support available to Care Leavers please click here.

Booking Form for Open Days

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Taster Days


Throughout the year St John’s runs Taster Days in different subjects. These are great opportunities for prospective students from around the country to experience Cambridge life and find out more about what to expect when they apply for a particular course.

Participants also have the chance to attend sample lectures from researchers at St John’s, to meet current undergraduates, and to ask plenty of questions.

More information about forthcoming Taster Days taking place in 2019 will be posted in due course at our Upcoming Events listings.

Booking form for Taster Days:

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Information about how your personal information will be used by us in connection with the administration of this event/activity, and for related purposes, is available here. Please contact the Data Protection Officer with any questions in the first instance.


If you would like to book a visit to St John’s, arrange for someone to come and visit your school, or if you have questions about our access events, we would love to hear from you. Please contact:

The Admissions Team
Admissions Office
Old Divinity School
St John’s College
Tel: 01223 338703