Freshers' Week

The first week of Michaelmas Term, when you arrive at Cambridge, is called Freshers' Week. In true Cambridge style, it actually runs for two weeks and contains a wealth of introductory events especially designed to help you meet other Graduates and to find your way around. All of our events will also appear on the calendar and on the upcoming events page.

Freshers' Week Events - 2022

Thursday 29th September

Ice Breakers and get-to-know each other
7 pm - 9 pm, MCR
Please join us for drinks and some ice breakers to get to know the existing MCR members as well as all your fellow Freshers. This is a great opportunity to make your first college friends and find out a bit more about the other students at Robinson.

Note that ‘MCR’ is both the name for our graduate community as well as our common room. You can find the physical MCR if you turn right after the Porter’s Lodge and head up the stairs past the Chapel.

Joint club night out with Jesus College MCR
10:30pm- late, Lola’s night club (meet at 10 pm at the Porters Lodge to walk down as a group)
We are starting Fresher’s fortnight with a bang and are hoping you can join us, and the Jesus college MCR, at Lola’s night club for a boogie. If you wish to attend please send £3 for the ticket to our bank account with your CRSid (the bit in front of your Cambridge email address e.g. ck587) as the payment reference. We will then send you the ticket.

The bank details are:
Sort: 23-05-80
Account number: 44720965

Friday 30th September

Welcome Pub Night
From 8pm, The Granta Pub (meet at 7.45 pm at the Porters Lodge to walk down as a group)
Please join us for a few drinks in the relaxed environment of The Granta pub; a perfect opportunity to greet Freshers’ and meet up with “seasoned” members of the MCR! Meet at the Porters Lodge at 7.45pm to walk down as a group or, or if you are meeting us at the pub, the address is The Granta, Newnham Terrace, CB3 9EX.

Saturday 1st October

Meet and Greet Brunch
11am - 1pm, MCR
To cement those new found friendships made at pub night (and to wash away any potential hangovers), join us for a brunch spread in the MCR! Nothing better than a little catch-up over an orange juice.

MCR Welcome Cocktail Party
8 pm - late, MCR
An ancient Robinson MCR tradition (or about as ancient as traditions go in this college!) is our infamous welcome cocktail party! It’s the perfect way to meet lots of people from different houses, courses and years. Cocktails, mocktails, beer, soft drinks and snacks provided along with the odd (as in occasional and strange) experimental drink created by the MCR committee. A lively event not to be missed!

Sunday 2nd October

College Society Fair (‘College Squash’)
10 am - 1pm, Main Dining Hall
Go down to the main dining hall (off Long Court) to have a look at what extracurricular college activities Robinson has to offer - and maybe sign up to one or two! These are all the clubs and societies run by and for Robinson college students (for a sneak peek have a look here: If you are interested in rowing during your time in Cambridge then this is the time to go and sign up with our boat club.

College Tour
12pm - 1pm, Front Court
Join us on a tour of the main college facilities to help you acquaint yourself with all the important parts of college: from the bar to the bike sheds!

Movie Night
8pm - 10pm, Umney Theatre
Our Sunday film night rounds off the weekend with free snacks, drinks and a (yet to be confirmed) movie. An ideal way to relax before the beginning of the week!

Monday 3rd October

Introduction to Cambridge University/Q&A
11am-12pm, MCR
With its unique and often odd traditions, names, and rules this is an opportunity to get an introduction to Cambridge University and college life. We will cover the basics and allow plenty of room for any burning questions you might have - from ‘How can I access the library?’ to ‘Do I really need to kiss someone’s finger at Graduation?’. At the end of the session, our Head of Departments here at Robinson will quickly introduce themselves and how they can support you during your time in college.

University Sports Fair
1pm-5pm, University Sports Centre
Whether you are looking to achieve a ‘Blue’ in your sport and compete for Cambridge, or try something new, there's a club out there for you. Over 4000 students at Cambridge are members of sports clubs, which range from football to fencing, karate to korfball and trampoline to triathlon, and in over half of the clubs you can join as a beginner. Come along for various sport demonstrations, activities, and workshops through the day

Matriculation and the
5:45 pm, Auditorium Lounge for Matriculation and 6:15 pm Front Court for the photo
All new graduates must matriculate (the Cambridge term for enrolling). You will meet the Warden, the senior tutor and the graduate tutors and sign the appropriate documents. Additionally, a photograph will be taken of all the incoming graduate students. N.B. if you were an undergraduate at Robinson previously you do not matriculate again.

The dress code is suits and ties for gentleman, smart for ladies. Gowns must also be worn.

Pre-dinner drinks
6.45 pm, Hall balcony
Preceding the matriculation dinner, sparkling wine will be served on the hall balcony to celebrate the great occasion of matriculation and to formally welcome you to Robinson. Please note that only new grads who have matriculated on this day are invited to the dinner.

Matriculation dinner
7.15 pm for 7.30 pm, Dining Hall
A chance to experience your first formal dining experience at Cambridge with the Matriculation dinner in the Hall for all those who matriculated on this day. You should receive an invitation from the college with your welcome pack and there is no need to RSVP but please tell the college of any dietary requirements you have as early as possible.

Dress code for dinner is suits and ties for gentleman, smart for ladies. Gowns must also be worn.

Following dinner, cheese and port will be served in the MCR (and all MCR members are welcome to join us)

Please note that only new grads who have matriculated on this day are invited to the dinner. N.B. if you are a continuing undergraduate at Robinson you are not entitled to attend the dinner but please do join us for post-dinner drinks. You get a free formal on the Tuesday 11th October.

Post-dinner drinks
9:15, MCR
Following dinner, port will be served in the MCR. Let’s catch-up and unwind from a (hopefully) memorable day!

Tuesday 4th October

Cambridge University Societies Fair
11 am – 4 pm, Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre & Parkers Piece
(For those who want to walk over together as a group, meet at 2:15 at the Porter’s Lodge)

This is the main fair of all Cambridge societies and sports. Almost every Cambridge society will be under one roof, each begging you to sign up. Also, Dominos is usually on hand offering free pizza.

Dance Society Workshop
5-6pm, Games Room
The Cambridge University Dancesport Team (CUDT) is the university’s society for all things dance – From Latin to Ballroom; and beginner to competitive level. This afternoon they have organised a demonstrations in which some of their amazing advanced dancers will show the different styles, and then let everyone have a go at learning some of the basic steps. Time to put on your dance shoes!

MCR general knowledge quiz
7pm – 9pm, Garden Room
Come along and test yourself against the best trivia that our committee can think of. No need to organise yourself into a team as this will be done on the night. Get excited for prizes and the chance to reign over your fellow MCR members for the rest of the year

Wednesday 5th October

House Breakfasts
9am, Shared kitchens
Communal cooking and friendly chat is the order of the day here! We have left this morning free for those living in college accommodation to take the opportunity to get to know the people you will be sharing with for the next academic year. So, take this opportunity to discover the delights of communal living! The idea is that each member of the household contributes to this – so get creative or run to the shop for some fruit loops.

Cambridge University Societies Fair
11 am – 4 pm, Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre & Parkers Piece
(For those who want to walk over together as a group, meet at 2:15 at the Porter’s Lodge)

A second chance to attend the CUSU Societies Fair. If you didn’t manage to make it down on Tuesday, be sure to get down today!

Freshers' Graduate reception
7pm, Crausaz Wordsworth Building
You are cordially invited to join the Warden and the graduate tutors for an evening of wine, cheese, and introductions. The cheese and wine night has a long tradition and is an exceptional opportunity to get to know your graduate tutor, who is your main contact for any issues concerning College, Uni or your work.

Thursday 6th October

Uncomfortable Cambridge Walking Tour
2pm, meet outside King’s College Main entrance on King’s Parade
The perfect introductory tour of Cambridge – with a twist. This tour engages with the politics of memory in the city and university. It covers histories of empire, inequality, and race, class, and gender discrimination, highlighting how these legacies have an enduring impact on our modern lives.

Please note you require to sign up to this event as spots are limited!

Grange Road College Bar Crawl
8 pm onwards, meet at 7:55pm at the Porters Lodge
On this night we will leave the safe walls of our red-bricked home and venture out to other colleges situated in and around Grange Road. Join us for a drink in new and exciting college bars, and socialise with other postgrads from outside Robinson!

Friday 7th October

12:45, Scudamore Punting by the Mill Pond
Enjoy the quintessential Cambridge experience with us! Meet us at 12:45pm outside the Mill Pub for a timely departure onto the Cam at 1pm. Punting provides great views of the Colleges and an excellent way to unwind on a Friday afternoon!

Please note you require to sign up to this event as spots are limited!

4pm-5:30pm, Auditorium Lounge
A great opportunity to meet and connect with members of the LGBTQ+ community here at Robinson over some tea and cake. Open to all!

Saturday 8th October

Garden Restaurant Brunch
12-1:30pm, Garden Restaurant
No one does brunch better than our Garden Restaurant, and with no one does it taste better than in the company of your new MCR friends. Come along to enjoy 50% discount on all brunch items (just say you are from the MCR at checkout) and catch-up with your fellow MCR members about your first full week at Cambridge.

Scavenger Hunt
Any time in the afternoon, start at the Porter’s Lodge
To get to know Cambridge a little better we are sending you on a journey to discover the city through a range of riddles and mysterious tasks. If you want to participate please sign up and we will let you know your group and the first hint. When you decide to head off is up to you but plan for around 1-2 hours of scavenger fun.

Please note you require to sign up to this event to be put in a group and receive your first hint

MCR End of Freshers' Week Party
8 pm - late, MCR
To see off the week in style, we’ll be gathering in the MCR for free drinks and snacks once more. Come get your groove on to some -inevitably trashy – music, enjoy a pint of complementary cocktails and regale us with your tales of ‘when I were an undergrad’! One last big Fresher’s- Week Hurray!

Sunday 9th October

Croquet and Pimms
4pm-6pm, College gardens next to the pond
To see off the week in style, we’ll be gathering in the beautiful gardens of Robinson college to compete in a round of croquet and delight ourselves on a glass of Pimms. Whether you are a beginner or expert we encourage everyone to join and give it their best shot! A slightly more chilled out affair, to let you all recover a bit before you enter the thick of it.

Monday 10th October

'How to survive a Masters' / 'How to get survive a PhD' workshops
5-6pm, meet in the MCR for the Masters workshop and the Garden Room for the PhD Workshop
As Freshers week comes to an end and actual work slowly appears on the horizon we offer you an opportunity to speak to some of our ‘experiences’ MCR members for some tips on how to get started, stay motivated, and achieve everything you have planned for the coming year.

Monday Night Dinner
6 pm, Garden Restaurant
Free Monday night dinners have a long tradition in the MCR and provide a great chance to catch up with fellow graduates at the start of each week. We have our own reserved table every Monday evening where anyone can turn up and sit down knowing that you will be sitting with fellow MCR members So, head down to the Garden Restaurant from 6pm and mention that you are part of the MCR at checkout to get your free meal.

NB. Free Monday Night Dinners are available every Monday during term time beyond Freshers Week

Tuesday 11th October

Tuesday Formal Hall
7 pm, MCR (for pre-dinner drinks) – 7.30 pm Dining Hall (for dinner)
Formal Hall is a three course dinner served in our beautiful dining hall. It's part of the classic Cambridge experience and always a memorable occasion. During term time, we have these formal halls twice a week, every Tuesday and Friday, and they are always a great opportunity for members of the College community to engage in wide-ranging, interdisciplinary conversation while enjoying the delectable meals that Robinson college is famous for

Note that there is a formal dress code for all formal halls and academic gowns need to be worn.

To book a spot at Formal Hall dinner go to the Meal Booking

If you're a new Grad and were not entitled to go to the Matriculation dinner, this will be free!