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.


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.

Newnham College & Homerton College BME Conferences - 16 February 2019

The 2019 BME Conferences for Women & Girls are taking place at Newnham College and Homerton College this February.

This event aims to increase the number of high achieving BME students making informed applications to Cambridge. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with Admissions Tutors and staff about the application process. They will also meet with current BME students from across the university, to find out what studying at Cambridge is like from the perspective of an undergraduate.

The Conferences are open to BME women & girls in Years 10 – 12.

  • Year 10 & 11 – Homerton College
  • Year 12 – Newnham College

Applications will open shortly. To register your interest in 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 have completed 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.

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