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If you're thinking about studying at St John's, we're here to help

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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.

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

School students looking at exhibits in the Old Library


As part of the University of Cambridge’s Area Link scheme, St John’s works with six local education authorities in particular – 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.

School visits

An academic speaks with some students


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

Students at the entrance to St John's


Medical and Veterinary Sciences Open Day 

St John's College will be holding a subject taster day for prospective applicants interested in Medicine or Veterinary Medicine on Tuesday 24th September 2019. 

If you wish to attend, please complete the booking form under the Taster Days section. 

We will supply those who book to attend with further details in due course.


Open Days

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.

September Open Day

We will be holding the final College Open Day for this year on Friday 20th September 2019.

The Open Day in September is intended for those considering St John's as one of their options in the forthcoming UCAS application round. This includes those who have just received their exam results and are considering making a post qualification application and for those pupils about to start Year 13. It is also an opportunity for anyone unable to attend our Open Days in June and July to visit the College.

A student speaks with visitors at an Open Day

Please book via the booking form below. 

Please see provisional programme for the day here: 



Central Hall, Old Divinity School

10:30 – 11:15am

Welcome and Introduction to St John’s  

Admissions Overview

Dr Watson, Admissions Tutor

Main Lecture Theatre, Old Divinity School

11:15am – 12:00pm

Student Perspectives

Q&A with current students

Main Lecture Theatre, Old Divinity School


Making a competitive application

Dr Watson, Admissions Tutor

Main Lecture Theatre, Old Divinity School



Central Hall, Old Divinity School


Drop in Tours of College

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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

Papers describing different subjects are laid out on a table


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.

Medical and Veterinary Sciences Taster Day - Tuesday 24th September 2019

Please see below the programme of the day. This event will take place in the Old Divinity School in St John's College.

Please use the booking form below to book your place. 

9:30 - 10.00


Registration and refreshments

Central Hall

10.00 - 10.15


Welcome and Introductions

Main Lecture Theatre

10.15 - 10.45

Sample lecture “What is vision looking for?" – Dr Hugh Matthews

Main Lecture Theatre

10.45 - 11.15

Sample lecture “Endocrinology - the basics” – Dr Graham Ladds

Main Lecture Theatre

11.15 - 11.35

Refreshment Break

Central Hall

11.35 - 12.00

Current Undergraduate Perspectives

Main Lecture Theatre

12.00 - 12.45


Tour of College


12:45 - 13:30


Central Hall

13.30 - 14.15


Sample supervisions

Dr Steve Edgley “Repairing brain damage” – Lightfoot Room

Dr Graham Ladds “Medical Genetics - inheritance and risk” – Teaching Room 1

Dr Hugh Matthews “Ions, Molecules and Membranes” – Teaching Room 2

Dr Tereza Cindrova-Davies “The role of the human placenta” – Supervision Room 1

Dr David Williams – "Causes and cures of cataract - a translational approach” – A1 First Court

14.15 - 14.45

Application Process – Dr Hugh Matthews & Dr Steve Edgley

Main Lecture Theatre

Medicine 14.45 - 15.45

Clinical Student Perspective

Main Lecture Theatre

Veterinary Medicine 14.45 - 16.00

Tour of the Department of Veterinary Medicine

Central Hall

From 15.45

Depart College

More information can be found on our Upcoming Events listings

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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