Frequently Asked Questions



January start dates for quarantining students Classes start on Monday 10th January. The boarding houses will be open on arrival weekend from 4pm on Friday 7th January to welcome arriving students. We would recommend new students plan to arrive in the college residence over the course of the weekend of Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th January so they are settled ready for the college induction programme to start from Monday 10th January. Students that are unable to arrive by the 10th January should contact for advice and support.

What will happen when students arrive at the airport?

As long as students have provided flight information well in advance of their arrival, we will have a team member waiting for students in the airport arrivals hall. The team member will have a sign so students can identify them. They will, adhering to social distancing, help students with bags and escort them to their private transfer, directly to the school.

Can parents or guardians accompany students?

Although we are restricting access to visitors, parents are able to come on site if they are able to let us know in advance and provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test within hours of arrival.

Visitors, including parents, will not be permitted into the Boarding Houses. We will take care of all visitors in a dedicated area at the school, with refreshments on offer, while the student in their care settles into their new home before confirming their wellbeing prior to their departure. 

Can a friend collect students from the airport and come into campus?

Students can be collected by a friend or family member, but they will need to follow the visitor policy.

What vaccines are accepted in the UK?

Guidance for accepted vaccines can be found on the government website:

Will students be required to quarantine?

Students who are fully vaccinated in line with UK Government requirements will not be required to quarantine upon arrival. We encourage students to check UK Government website for the latest guidance: https://www.

Students from a red list country should contact the college for advice on the possibility of self-isolation on campus. 

When do non-quarantining students need to join?

Home students or students from non-quarantining countries should plan to arrive in Cambridge during the weekend of Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September.

Classes start on Monday 10th January. Students that are unable to arrive by the 10th January should contact for advice. 

How will students be greeted on campus?

Students will be welcomed by a member of the team who will review their medical questionnaire, which will need to be completed in advance of arrival. If students are with parents there will be time to say farewell before they are given a tour of their new home with us. We will then make sure students call parents to let them know they are settled. 

Do I need to quarantine if my flight has a stopover in a red list country?

Students who have been in a country or territory on the red list in the 10 days before arriving in England will need to quarantine.

What if I'm traveling from a red list country but stopover in a green or amber country, do I still need to quarantine?

If you’ve been in a red list country in the last 10 days before arriving in the UK, you will need to quarantine. 


Will students and staff be required to wear masks?

Mask wearing will still be in place at the start of term to ensure that we continue to successfully protect our community of international students and staff. This will be under regular review throughout the term

Are masks available to buy in the UK?

Yes, these are readily available online for delivery within the UK through a range of shopping websites. .

What healthcare provision is on campus?

We will provide outstanding care and support during a student’s stay. Our medical staff are based within the student residence at Varsity House with the responsibility for monitoring the health and wellbeing of our College community. They have long-established relationships with local doctors and healthcare advisers, who are based at medical clinics within a short distance of the campus. .

Our local Medical Practice

The Red House Clinic is a short walk from the Campus. All eligible students are registered with the clinic during their induction. The College Nurses and the boarding team have developed very close working relationships with the Doctors at the clinic. We receive regular contact and updates from the clinic. The Red House clinic also uses an online symptom checker app which gives our staff and students direct access to medical advice. In addition, the College also benefits from having one of the Cambridge City Emergency Medical Centres located directly behind the campus should students require urgent attention. .

What essential protective items will be supplied by the school/College?

Every student will be provided with a CARE KIT on arrival. It includes items for at least two weeks: facemasks, hand sanitiser, disinfectant wipes, and an information card. In addition, all students will receive a health and wellbeing training session as part of their induction.

What is the school doing to ensure no one is bullied for wearing a mask?

Any form of bullying is not tolerated within the schools. With the pandemic the wearing of masks is now becoming more commonplace throughout the UK and attitudes have changed to people who choose to wear them. We have an extensive programme of cultural acceptance in place as part of our induction programme and will be specifically including this aspect..

Can students smoke during quarantine?

Now more than ever we discourage students from smoking. All students will need to declare in advance that they are a smoker, with parental acknowledgement for students living within our boarding accommodation. There will be minimal opportunities for students to be supervised outside the building to do so. In line with our discipline policy, smoking within any College buildings or Boarding Houses is against the law and strictly prohibited, any students found to be smoking in their room will risk expulsion from the school.

What laundry facilities will there be during quarantine?

Please bring enough clothes for two weeks as laundry facilities will be restricted during quarantine.

Can students cook for themselves if they wish to during quarantine?

Unfortunately, we will not be opening the shared cluster kitchens for catered students during quarantine. Food deliveries will also not be permitted during any periods of quarantine.

Can students over the age of 16 be vaccinated?

All students over the age of 16 will be offered the vaccine. Students will need to register with their local doctor and our College Nurse will be able to help students book an appointment.


What does the induction programme look like under quarantine conditions?

Every student will receive a one-to-one welcome on campus and an induction. It will include:

• A virtual tour of the campus
• After online testing, students will have a one-toone online Academic Counselling session.
• A meeting with students’ Personal Tutor Group in the UK.
• A health & wellbeing learning module with an explanation of procedures we will follow to stay safe in the College
• Social activities to begin to create a community
• Physical activities (where students can social distance)..

What will be in place for students arriving before official start of term?

During this period groups will begin to be established. Students will be encouraged to make friends with both new and returning students but will also be given time to unpack and adjust to being away from their families..

What will classroom delivery look like?

Currently we are expecting classes to be delivered this September as normal without the need for social distancing.

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