College Open Days

Attending an Open Day is one of the best ways to get a feel for the College and learn about life studying and socialising here.  Please note that as Newnham is a women’s college, these events are for women only.

We run several Open Days throughout the year, and take part in the University’s wider Open Days each July.  These open days are primarily aimed at sixth-form students who are considering applying to Cambridge and would like to know more about the University, the Colleges, courses available, and the admissions process.

Travel arrangements

Maps and directions can be found here.

Open Day Travel Fund

The University of Cambridge has established a travel fund to enable children in (or previously in) care to travel to Open Day events organised by the University and Colleges of Cambridge. Further information is available on the University website.

Newnham College also has a travel fund for students currently eligible for Free School Meals to attend College Open Days.  If you would find this helpful, contact the Admissions Office for more information.


We are keen to meet as many prospective applicants as we can through our Open Days, which unfortunately means that we are unable to include parents and guardians in the main programme. However, our events include parent/guardian-specific sessions, and parents and guardians are welcome to explore the College grounds.

Maths Open Morning - 4 May 2019

Newnham College is holding an Open Morning as part of the Faculty of Mathematics Open Day.

The Open Morning is for women considering applying for Maths.  Attendees will take part in an interactive taster supervision with our Directors of Studies and a talk from current Newnham students about what it’s like studying as a woman in a male-dominated subject.

You can see the full Open Morning programme here!

After having lunch at Newnham, our students will accompany attendees to the Faculty of Mathematics which will be holding a variety of short lectures, drop-in sessions with academic staff and students, and Maths activities.  See the Faculty website for more information.

You can book your ‘joint College and Faculty ticket’ for the Newnham Open Morning and Faculty Open Afternoon here.

If you would prefer, you can book a single ticket for the Faculty of Mathematics Open Afternoon and then visit Newnham in the morning for a self-guided tour.  You can book your ‘single Faculty ticket’ for the Faculty’s Open Afternoon here.

'Reach Your CAMbition' Open Day - 1 July 2019

‘What is it like to study at a university like Cambridge? Is university an affordable option for me? What could my future career path look like?’

Newnham College is offering Year 11 girls the chance to explore these questions (and more!) at our annual open day for students who are eligible for Pupil Premium Grant funding.

Undergraduate and Postgraduate students, Newnham alumnae, and members of the Admissions Team will all be on hand to help attendees discover how to ‘Reach Your CAMbition’.

This is an all-expenses paid event; all travel and food costs will be covered by the college.

The provisional programme for the event can be found here.


Teachers are invited to nominate up to five pupils from their school who are:

  • Eligible for Pupil Premium Grant funding (or equivalent)
  • Year 11
  • Female
  • On track to make competitive applications to a selective university

Each nominee must also complete a consent form.

Nominate students here!

Nomination deadline – Monday 29 April 2019

If you are a current Year 11 pupil, and think you may be eligible for this event, please email

Newnham College Informal Open Afternoon - 3 July 2019

Newnham College’s Informal Open Afternoon is the perfect start to the University of Cambridge July Open Days!

Attendees will gain an insight into the Cambridge application process with talks from Dr Sam Lucy (Admissions Tutor) and other college members. Our student ambassadors will be on hand to give you a tour of the college, including the Library, the Dorothy Garrod Building, and other facilities.

This event is for Year 12 female pupils, or any women who are currently studying towards their A-level studies (or equivalent).

Accommodation can be provided for the night of the 3 July, but please note that this is on a first-come-first-served basis.

The programme for the Open Afternoon can be found here.

Book your place here!

Cambridge University Open Days - 4 and 5 July 2019

The University of Cambridge and its Colleges will be opening their doors for the Cambridge Open Days on Thursday 4 July and Friday 5 July 2019. Newnham College will of course be open as part of this, with tours of the College from current students.

These events are for prospective applicants in Year 12 (or the equivalent) and prospective mature applicants (aged 21 or over) only, together with up to two parents or supporters.

On the day you’ll be able to find out what the University and Colleges have to offer through presentations about our courses, the application process, student life, and finance. You’ll also have the opportunity to talk to current undergraduates and staff from the Colleges and academic departments.

Find out more

Newnham College September Open Day - 14 September 2019

Join us at Newnham College for our September Open Day, where you will have the opportunity to speak to admissions staff, academics and current students about your application to University of Cambridge.

On the day, attendees will also partake in an admissions workshop, run by Dr Sam Lucy (Admissions Tutor). This will offer practical advice and guidance on:

  • Finalising your personal statement
  • Exploring your subject
  • Admissions Assessments
  • Interviews: what to expect and how to prepare

Past events

  • Pupil Premium Open Day 2018 – Full programme
  • Informal Open Afternoon – 4 July 2018 – Full programme
  • Pupil Premium Open Day – 4 July 2017 – Full programme
  • Informal Open Afternoon (and accommodation offered) – 5 July 2017 – Full programme
  • University Open Days – 6 and 7 July 2017 – tours offered and a chance to meet Admissions team.
  • Saturday 9 September 2017 – September Open Day – Full programme here 
  • Newnham BME Conference 2018 – 10th February 2018