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. The welcome letter sent through the post from the MCR President can be read here and the program of events either see below or download a copy here. All of our events will also appear on the calendar and on the upcoming events page.

Freshers' Week Events - 2019


Friday 27th September

Pub Night Welcome
8 pm - 11 pm, 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 7.50pm to walk down as a group or catch up with us at the pub.
If you are meeting us at the pub, the address is The Granta, Newnham Terrace, CB3 9EX. To get to it from Robinson porters lodge; turn right from the front of college onto Grange Road, take the first left onto West Road and walk to the end of the road. Then turn right onto Queens’ Road, walk straight over the crossroads and the Granta is on your left, just past Darwin college.

Saturday 28th September

Meet and Greet
2 pm - 4 pm, MCR
A chance to meet other new Freshers’ and the MCR committee plus pick up welcome packs from the Cambridge University Student’s Union (CUSU) and the Graduate Union (GU). You will find us this in the MCR which is up the stairs off Long Court by the Chapel.

Pre-Cocktail Party Bubbles
7 pm - 8 pm, Thorneycreek, 3 Sylvester Road (SR), 3A SR ground floor and 3B SR ground floor,
Have a cheeky glass of bubbles on us! Join up with the other MCR members in your kitchen for a drink before the cocktail party. Both alcoholic and alcohol-free options will be available. Look for the bottle on your kitchen table.

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. Probably one of our biggest events of the year - be sure not to miss it! Cocktails, mocktails, beer, soft drinks and snacks provided along with the odd experimental drink rerated by the MCR committee! An event not to be missed!

Sunday 29th September

12.30 pm - 2 pm, MCR
To cement those new found friendships made at the cocktail party (and to wash away any hangovers that may have been acquired!), please join us for a delicious brunch in the MCR. We will be providing a selection of fresh breads, meats and cheeses, along with smoked salmon blinis, crunchy yogurt pots and some sweet treats! There will also be plenty of freshly brewed tea and coffee to help get you up and running for the day.

College Tour
2 pm - 2.30 pm, leaves from MCR after brunch
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!

Walking tour of Cambridge
2.30 pm, leaves from Porters Lodge after the college tour
A short walking tour of Cambridge pointing out most of the important and famous landmarks as well as pointing you in the right direction to where you buy a gown, the nearest supermarket, how to avoid being run over by bicycles and generally about how to survive in Cambridge. Don't forget your camera!

Sunday Film Night
8 pm, MCR
Our weekly Sunday film night rounds off the weekend with free pizza, beer and soft drinks. We will be showing Captain America: The Winter Soldier. An ideal way to relax before the beginning of the week.

Monday 30th October

Grad Dinner
Head down to MCR from 6pm for a chance to catch up with fellow graduates over some dinner. 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. Don’t forget to bring some cash or charge up your food account online first!

Games & Cakes
7 pm - 9 pm, MCR
Join us for a dramatic night as we break out the MCR’s selection of board games to find out how competitive you really are! Tea and a selection of other soft drinks will be provided as well as a wide variety of cakes and other sweet treats to ensure that your blood sugar levels are kept high!

Tuesday 1st October

Wine & Cheese in the MCR
7 pm - 9pm, Garden Room
We would like to invite all new graduates to enjoy a wine and cheese evening in MCR. Mingle with your fellow ‘Binsonites over a generous glass of red wine and a large chunk of tasty Brie!

Wednesday 2nd October

Curry and Pub
7.30 pm, meet at Porters Lodge
Simply what the description says - meet at 7.30pm at the Porters Lodge from where we will head to Tandori Palace, on Histon Road for a trip to one of the local curry houses. After which we will decant into The Castle Inn on Castle Hill on our way back for a refreshing post-curry pint (or something soft). If you can’t make it for the curry, feel free to join us at the pub - we are likely to be there around 9.30pm.
Pre-booking required (for curry, just so we can book a table for the right number of people)

Thursday 3rd October (Start of Lectures)

Kitchen Dinners
7.30 pm onwards, Hostel kitchens
Communal cooking and friendly chat is the order of the day here! We have left this evening free from MCR Committee interference for those living in Hostels 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 will bring a dish for all to share – be it a main, side dish or dessert! Do not worry if you can’t cook, just bring something shop-bought for all to munch on!
In order to co-ordinate this, sign-up sheets will be pinned up in each Hostel with a space to indicate what you plan to bring. This will help to ensure that each kitchen doesn’t end up with 10 desserts and 4 salads but no main course! Bring your own drinks and don’t forget to contribute to the clean-up!

Footlights International Tour Show 2019: Look Alive!
11 pm, ADC Theatre
Footlights are Cambridge's premier comedy group whose former members include Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie and Robinson's own Robert Webb. Having taken this sketch show around the USA and Canada they return to Cambridge. We will be heading out from the Porters lodge at 10.30 pm or meet us at the ADC Theatre.
Pre-booking required (as tickets are limited)

Friday 4th October

Pub Crawl
7 pm - late, start at Robinson
It wouldn’t be a Freshers’ Week without a trip round some of the local pubs. Come and sample some of the finer pubs in Cambridge, advancing as the night goes on towards the heady nightclubs of Cambridge! Drinking and/or crawling optional! A route will be published online during the week with approximate timings so that if you want to come along later you can find us.
Schedule Coming Soon...


Saturday 5th October

2 pm, meet in MCR
Enjoy the quintessential Cambridge experience! Meet at 2pm in the MCR and we will head down to the river and enjoy a leisurely punt along the College backs. Punting provides great views of the Colleges and an excellent way to unwind on a Saturday afternoon!
Pre-booking required (so that we can gauge the number of punts needed).

Afternoon Tea
3.30 pm - 5.30 pm, MCR
A true English tradition that is a perfect way to unwind. Join us in the MCR for tea, cake and scones with jam and clotted cream. This year we are raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. So bring along your own baked goods for a chance to win the star prize.

Sunday 6th October

College Societies Fair
11.30 am - 1.30 pm, Dining Hall
This is probably one of the first words you will come across where the word has a completely different meaning in Cambridge! This is not the sport or the drink but the Robinson College Societies Fair run by the RCSA. 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. If you are interested in rowing during your time in Cambridge then this is the time to go and sign up with boat club.

12.30 pm - 2 pm, MCR
Once more, the MCR will be filled with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, tea and our normal continental brunch selection.

Film Night
8 pm, MCR
The second instalment of our weekly film night held each Sunday during term. Great way to relax and enjoy a good film with friends. Popcorn provided. Film title will be announced closer to the time.

Monday 7th October

Sports Fiar
1 pm - 5 pm, Sports Hall, University of Cambridge Sports Centre, Philippa Fawcett Drive
The Sports Service will host the second annual University of Cambridge Sports Fair. Sports Clubs will be showcasing their clubs at the University Sports Centre in the sports halls. The Sports Fair is for anyone looking to get involved in any sport at any level. From the fiercest internationally competing elite athletes, to someone looking for a kickabout on a Sunday.

Matriculation and the Matriculation Photograph
5.45 pm, Auditorium Lounge
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. The dress code is suits and ties for gentleman, smart for ladies. Gowns must also be worn.
N.B if you were an undergraduate at Robinson previously you do not matriculate again.

Pre-dinner drinks
6.45 pm, MCR
Preceding the matriculation dinner, sparkling wine will be served in the MCR to celebrate the great occasion of matriculation and to formally welcome you to Robinson. All MCR members are welcome to join us for pre- and post-dinner drinks, but only new grads that 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 invite 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.
More information on Formal Halls at Robinson can be found on the College Website.
N.B. if you are a continuing undergraduate at Robinson you are not entitled to attend the dinner but please do join us for pre- and post-dinner drinks. You get a free formal on Tuesday 9th October.

Port & Cheese
9 pm, MCR
Following dinner, cheese and port will be served in the MCR. All are welcomed to join.

Tuesday 8th October (Start of Full Term)

CUSU (Cambridge University Students Union) Societies Fair
11 am - 4 pm, Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre & Parkers Piece
This is the definitive Cambridge societies and sports squash. Almost every Cambridge society will be under one roof, each begging you to sign up. Dominos is usually on hand offering free pizza! The queue can be quite long, so turn up early if you want entry. Doors open an hour earlier on Tuesday for students with disabilities and student parents.

Tuesday Hall has been moved to 15th October

Wednesday 9th October

CUSU (Cambridge University Students Union) Societies Fair
11 am - 3 pm, Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre & Parkers Piece
A second chance to attend the CUSU Societies Fair at Kelsey Kerridge. If you didn’t manage to make it down on Tuesday, be sure to get down today because after that it’s gone!

College Bar Crawl
8 pm onwards, Starting at the Porters Lodge
On this night we have invited a host of other colleges that are situated in and around Grange Road to join us for a drink in our college bar. In return they have invited us to go and have a drink in four college or MCR bars - a great chance to socialise with other postgrads from outside the college.

Thursday 10th October

6.30 pm - 9 pm, meet at MCR at 6.30 pm or Rainbow Rocket at 7 pm
Tonight, it’s time to get active and try something new! Or, if you are an experienced boulderer, meet other likeminded individuals. Meet at the Porters Lodge at 6:20pm or at 49 Clifton Road, Cambridge, CB1 7ED” at 7pm.
Pre-booking required. Please complete their first time registration beforehand.

Friday 11th October

MCR End of Freshers' Week Party
8 pm - late, MCR
And to see off the week in style, we’ll be gathering in the MCR for free food and drink once more. Let’s end freshers’ week with a bit of a bang, the theme of the party is “Sequins and Sneakers”. The afterparty will likely migrate into town afterwards.

Tuesday 15th October

Tuesday Hall
7 pm, MCR (for pre-dinner drinks); 7.30 pm Dining Hall (for dinner)
Another great opportunity to enjoy the delectable cuisine of Robinson formal hall! All MCR members are able to attend. The cost will be £10.50, though if you're a new Grad and were not entitled to go to the Matriculation dinner, it will be free! Pre-dinner drinks will be served in the MCR beforehand from 7pm with cheese and port following dinner.
If you are a new grad who was not entitled for Matriculation dinner, book here. Everyone else must book here.
More information on Formal Halls at Robinson can be found on the College Website.