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This booklet was made using the typesetting language LATEX. It is adapted from a

template made by Andrea Hidalgo for an internship report. To edit this document,

future committees should edit the LATEX source file on the Overleaf website (or

contact Toby Henley Smith if it ever gets lost).

Edition: 2023


The Master’s Introduction

Welcome to Trinity.

Well done on making it through the difficult times

of Exam changes and Covid to here. You are at

the start of a journey, now it is up to you to make

it a fantastic journey! Of course, you feel both

excited and nervous as you take your first steps

on the voyage, this is normal. You will be surrounded by, and immersed in new

thoughts, high hopes and aspirations. You should make new friends, while meeting

colleagues, and tutors.

And now I want you to stop, just for a moment. And reflect on your surroundings:

Trinity is extraordinary in very many ways. We bring together some of the world’s

brightest minds as students and Fellows. Now you too are joining this historic

institution, this academic family, this special network. You will make friendships

that will last your whole life and may even meet your partner here.

There will be times where the journey is rough and uncertain - essays, exams and

timetables can feel stressful. If though, you approach your time here with an open

mind, make friends, join College and University societies, treat your studies with

the importance they deserve, and have fun, you will find balance. Open the door to

new opportunities, adventures, and self-discovery. Trinity is, and will be, here to

support you - academically, socially and financially.

As the former Chief Medical Officer, it would be remiss of me not to highlight that

here we do care about your health, physical, mental and social and we, at Trinity,

put a high premium on support. To get you started, please read this TCSU Freshers’

handbook. You can also find more formal information in the White Book and the

Accommodation Handbook.

We are all excited to have you here and I hope you too are excited. I look forward to

meeting you all.

Seize this precious moment, now is the time be brave and have fun.

Dame Sally

Master, Trinity College


Naomi’s Introduction

Congratulations! The journey to Trinity is not an easy

one and it has probably felt hard at times. You deserve

to celebrate yourself and all your achievements so far!

Whilst many of you may feel as if “you didn’t work hard

enough” or “don’t deserve to be here”, I promise you

that there was no mistake, you didn’t get in ‘by accident’

and the reason you are here is because someone saw

your bright young mind and potential. Don’t be afraid

to throw yourself into everything. You might worry

about having time to do anything beyond your studies

but Cambridge is just about getting involved and having

new experiences as it is about academics. I am two years into my degree and they

have been two of the best years of my life.

When you get here you will be thrown straight into Freshers’ Week where lots

of events will be on offer and you will get a chance to meet loads of new people.

Don’t be too shy to attend – remember that everyone is in the same boat as you –

but equally, take some breaks to relax and recharge and just absorb the Cambridge

atmosphere (or take a nap). Having only 8-week terms can make it quite intense and

stressful so it’s important to learn how to take a breather and enjoy the city. What

makes Trinity so special is the people – I’ve met some of my best friends here and I

know you will too – so don’t be afraid to get involved and talk to each other!

There are so many support networks throughout Trinity and the wider university.

There are the TCSU officers and your tutor amongst many other people listed in

sections 4.3 and 4.8. Cambridge can feel like a parallel universe – with slang from

everything to the local supermarket to a certain date on the calendar, being given a

new set of (college) parents and siblings, and the collegiate system in general. But

this should not scare you. It is actually one of the best things about being here and

the separation between uni and home life is needed to embrace the intensity of term

time and the self-care needed during holidays.

As the TCSU we are here to welcome you with open arms and you will get to know

all of us throughout Freshers’ week. Please come to us if you have any questions or

concerns – our job is to help you!

Finally, make sure to enjoy yourself!

Naomi

President, Trinity College Students’ Union



Contents

1 Your First Week . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

1.1 Your First Hour 11

1.2 Additional Information 11

1.3 Freshers’ Week Timetable 12

2 College Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

2.1 Weeks begin on Thursday? 19

2.2 Michaelmas? Lent? Easter? 19

2.3 Fellow, Director of Studies, Tutor, Supervisor... 19

2.4 Money 20

2.4.1 College Bill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

2.4.2 Everyday Spending . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

2.5 Food 22

2.5.1 Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

2.5.2 Trinity College Bar & Coffee Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

2.5.3 Cooking for yourself and eating out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

2.5.4 Formal Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

2.6 Chaplains’ Introduction 24

2.7 Laundry 25

2.8 Bedmakers 25

2.9 Sports and Societies 26

2.9.1 Trinity Societies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

2.9.2 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26


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2.9.3 Rowing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

2.9.4 Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

2.10 University Societies 31

2.10.1 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

2.10.2 Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

2.10.3 Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

2.10.4 Drama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

2.11 The JCR 33

2.12 Computing 33

2.12.1 MyTrin, The Student Hub and Trinity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

2.12.2 CamSIS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

2.12.3 Moodle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

2.12.4 CamCORS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

2.12.5 Phones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

2.12.6 Maps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

2.13 Smart Clothes 34

2.13.1 Formal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

2.13.2 Black Tie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

2.14 Transport 36

3 Useful Info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

3.1 Getting Organised 39

3.2 What to bring (and what not to) 40

3.3 Students’ Maps 42

3.4 Cambridge Glossary 44

4 TCSU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

4.1 What is the TCSU? 47

4.2 TCSU Committee 47

4.3 Welfare and Mental Health 53

4.3.1 Welfare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

4.3.2 Mental Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

4.4 Green Living 54

4.5 International Students 55

4.5.1 Arriving to the UK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

4.5.2 What to bring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55


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4.6 Finally... 56

4.7 Credits 56

4.8 Welfare Contacts 57



1. Your First Week

1.1 Your First Hour

Your arrival location at Trinity will depend on whether you are moving into Angel

Court, Blue Boar or Wolfson. If you’re moving into Angel Court, they you

will arrive through the Backs into New Court; if you are moving into Blue Boar

or Wolfson, you will arrive at the cobbles outside Great Gate. Either way, you’ll

meet student helpers who will help you find the way to your accommodation block.

There are trolleys that you can borrow to help speed things up if your luggage is

heavy, however, Trinity is made up of very old buildings so there aren’t always lifts

available.

Once you’ve unpacked and settled in to your room, you should read this booklet

to see what events will be happening throughout the day and the week. If there

is nothing on, try to make friends with the rest of your household, or go out and

purchase stationary and other items you might need to make your room a home.

1.2 Additional Information

If you ever have any questions, no matter how simple or complicated they may seem,

please do come and ask one of the Committee (see section 4.2) or any member of

college (your college family is often a good place to start).

Make sure to check out our website (www.tcsu.net/freshers) where you will find

videos on a range of things, from using the laundry rooms to finding your way

around college.


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1.3 Freshers’ Week Timetable

On the next few pages is a handy guide to the things that Trinity, TCSU and Trinity

societies are putting on for Freshers’ Week 2023. Many of the events will require

some form of online sign up up, details of which will be emailed to you. Other

things like signing up to the GP are also very important; information will come

in Freshers’ Week. For further explanation of what some of the events are, there’s

a big list after the timetable.

You can subscribe to the online TCSU Freshers’ Week Calendar to get the latest

changes to the schedule and details of all the events pushed to your phone: all the

information you need can be found at www.tcsu.net/freshers.

Events in bold are compulsory and attendance is expected from everyone. If

you would not like to attend, please contact a TCSU Committee member (see

www.tcsu.net for contact details).

TCSU-run

College-run

Society-run

Wednesday 27th September

iTCSU Helpdesk 09:00 – 18:30 Great Gate

Information session 14:00 – 15:00 JCR

Tour of Town 15:00 – 16:00 Meet at Great Gate

Afternoon Snacks 16:00 – 18:00 College Bar

International Freshers Welcome Reception

20:00 – 22:00 College Bar

Thursday 28th September

iTCSU Helpdesk 09:00 – 18:30 Great Gate

Information session 10:30 – 11:30 JCR

Tour of Town 11:30 – 12:30 Meet at Great Gate

Afternoon Tea 13:00 – 17:00 College Bar

International Freshers Welcome Reception

20:00 – 22:00 College Bar


1.3 Freshers’ Week Timetable 13

Friday 29th September

iTCSU Helpdesk 09:00 – 18:30 Great Gate

Information session 10:30 – 11:30 JCR

Tour of Town 11:30 – 12:30 Meet at Great Gate

Punting 13:30 – 14:30 Meet on the backs

Afternoon Tea 13:00 – 17:00 College Bar

International Freshers Welcome Reception

20:00 – 22:00 College Bar

Film Night 20:30 – 23:30 JCR

Saturday 30th September

Welcome refreshments 10:00 – 18:00 Ante-Chapel

TCSU Helpdesk 08:30 – 18:00 Great Gate

Tutorial and Accommodation meet

and greet

09:00 – 18:00 Great Court

Gown sale and refreshments 10:00 – 17:00 Ante-Chapel

Senior Tutor’s welcome to UG parents

17:00

11:00 and

Chapel

College Family Introductions 18:00 – 19:00 College Parents’ Rooms

Welcome Reception 19:00 – 22:30 College Bar

Sunday 1st October

TCSU on call 08:30 – 18:00 Great Gate

Event with the Student Experience

Officer

10:00 – 11:30 Adrian House Seminar Room

Freshers’ Service 11:00 – 12:00 Chapel

Respect Workshops 13:30 – 17:30 Junior Parlour

Final Gown sales 14:00 – 13:00 College Bar

Tour of College and the university 14:00 – 16:30 Meet on the backs

College Family Introductions 18:00 – 19:00 College Parents’ Rooms

Chaplain’s Squash 18:00 – 21:00 Cloisters

Carvery 18:00 – 21:00 Hall

Film Night 21:30 JCR

Monday 2nd October

Tutorial Harangues 09:00 – 10:00 Tutors’ rooms and public rooms

College introductions 10:00 – 11:00 Chapel

Matriculation photograph 11:00 – 12:00 Nevile’s Court

Welcome Talks 12:00 – 13:30 Chapel

Signing of the Admissions Book 13:30 – 16:45 Wren Library

Life Skills Sessions 13:30 – 15:30 JCR

Garden Party 15:00 – 17:30 Fellows’ Bowling Green

Pub Tour 18:00 – 20:00 Meet in College bar

Quiz night 20:00 – 21:30 College Bar

Music Society Welcome 21:30 – 22:30 Frazer Room


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Tuesday 3rd October

DoS Meetings All day DoS’ rooms and public rooms

Signing of the Admissions Book 09:00 – 16:45 Wren Library

Library induction

Times

advertised in Library

the library

Consent Workshops 11:00 – 13:00 Winstanley Lecture Theatre

Green Workshops 14:00 – 16:00 Winstanley Lecture Theatre

Chill games 17:00 – 18:30 Adrian House Seminar Room

BBQ 18:00 – 20:30 Cloisters

FaT Boat Club Welcome 19:00 – 20:30 College Bar

LGBT+ Welcome Reception 10:30 – 22:00 College Bar

Wednesday 4th October

DoS Meetings All day DoS’ rooms and public rooms

Signing of the Admissions Book 09:00 – 16:45 Wren Library

Library induction

Times

advertised in Library

the library

Trinity Oriental Society Welcome 11:30 – 12:30 Junior Parlour

Afternoon Tea with Trinity Christian

Union

14:00 – 17:00 Frazer Room

Trinity Maths Society Welcome 14:00 – 17:00 College Bar

Welfare Tea 15:00 – 16:00 Blue Boar Common Room

Trinity Science Society Welcome 16:00 – 18:00 Junior Parlour

Trinity Engineering Society Welcome

18:00 – 20:00 JCR

BME Welcome Reception 18:30 – 20:30 College Bar

Swap with another college 19:00 – 22:30 JCR or External

Thursday 5th October

Freshers’ Doughnuts and Coffee 10:30 – 12:30 Ante-Chapel

College Family Check-in 16:00 – 18:00 College Parents’ Rooms

Dinner with Johns 19:00 – 20:30 JCR or External

Scavenger Hunt around College 19:00 – 22:30 Meet at Great Gate

Trinity FemSoc x PolSoc Welcome 20:30 – 22:00 College Bar

Magpie and Stump Welcome 21:00 – 22:00 Cloisters

Friday 6th October

Cake with the President 14:00 – 16:30 President’s Room (M4 Great Court)

Nevile’s Ent 21:00 – 23:30 External – Hidden Rooms

Saturday 7th October

Trinity Field Club Sports Day 13:00 – 16:00 Old Fields

TEGA Plant Sale 16:00 – 18:00 Blue Boar Common Room


1.3 Freshers’ Week Timetable 15

Sunday 8th October

College Family Dinner Up to parents Up to parents

Title

Afternoon Tea/Snacks

BBQ

BME Welcome Reception

Cake with the President

Chaplains’ Squash

Chill Games

College Family Checkin/Dinner

College Family Introductions

Consent Workshops

Dinner with Johns

DoS Meetings

FaT Boat Club Welcome

Description

Drink tea, eat snacks, and seize this opportunity to get

to know the TCSU and some more of your cohort a bit

better through this informal and pleasant event in the

College Bar.

Enjoy a barbecue in the cloisters underneath the Wren

library

A place to celebrate the growing diversity of students

at Trinity.

An opportunity to seeing the inside of a Great Court

room - and its occupant Naomi. Come along for cake,

tea and a casual chit-chat

Like a Freshers Fair but only Trinity specific societies

will be present. Sign up to lots—get involved.

A quiet afternoon session of board games to relax a

little in the middle of a busy week.

A chance to catch up with your College Family after

Freshers’ Week.

Time to meet your College Family in the flesh; they’ll

be there to answer any immediate questions you have

about Trinity, Cambridge and university life.

Possibly the most important and informative event of

Freshers’ Week: make sure you attend.

A lovely evening meal with some of our neighbours

and long term rivals.

A time and a place for these will be sent to you by

your Director of Studies.

An opportunity to sign up to and learn about Cambridge’s

most popular sport.


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Title

FemSoc x PolSoc

Freshers’ Formal Hall

Freshers’ Service

Freshers’ Sports Day

(International) Freshers

Welcome (Reception)

Garden Party

Gown Sale

Green Workshops

Helpdesk

Information Session

Description

A joint welcome event co-hosted by Trinity’s own

Feminist Society and Politics Society

An introduction to Cambridge’s famous Formal Dinners.

The Chaplains hold an introductory service for freshers,

students of all faiths welcome.

Your first opportunity to try out a sport or two at Trinity

and to meet your new teammates.

After you have moved in and unpacked, help us kick

off Freshers’ week in style.

A Garden Party in the delightful surroundings of the

Fellows’ Bowling Green.

This is where you’ll buy your gown, T-shirts and club

tickets. Various people will also be on hand to help

you with the admin tasks of signing up to a GP or

registering to vote.

Run by the TCSU Environmental and Domestic Officer,

this workshop will help you learn more about

the climate crisis, and discuss with other students how

you can live more green as a student in Cambridge.

The TCSU Committee will be on hand to greet you

and point you in the right direction.

An information session for International Students run

by the Overseas Welfare Officer.

LGBTQ+

Reception

Welcome

An introduction to the LGBTQ+ community at Trinity

Library Induction

You need to be inducted to the ways of the Trinity

Library, where you may get books from. This won’t

take long and there are lots of time slots.


1.3 Freshers’ Week Timetable 17

Title

Life Skills Session

Magpie and Stump

Matriculation

Photograph

Music Society Welcome

Nevile’s Ent

Pub Tour

Punting

Respect Workshops

Senior Tutor’s Welcome

to Parents

Signing of the

Admissions Book

TEGA Plant Sale

Tour of Town / College

Trinity Christian Union

Welcome

Description

A drop in session ran by the TCSU Access Officer

offering advice on money management and academic

success

An introduction to Trinity’s comedy society - time to

see if nerds can actually be funny

You will need your gown. Also, remember that you

will see this photo for years to come, so choose your

outfit at the start of the day wisely!

Trinity College Music Society will offer an introduction

to their events and activities.

TCSU’s flagship Freshers’ week event. Come along

for an evening of music and drinks to remember.

Go on a tour of some of the excellent pubs in Cambridge.

Try out one of the most quintessential Cambridge experiences

by having a go at punting on the river Cam.

Important and informative workshop exploring the

various differences that inevitably exist in the diverse

student population

The Senior Tutor will welcome your parents to the

College community.

You will sign the admissions book to confirm your

Matriculation to Trinity. This has been happening for

hundreds of years; you’ll even be able to see Isaac

Newton’s name from when he did it.

Decorate your new room with some greenery.

A tour of the most vital places you’ll want to know in

the College and in Cambridge - there’ll be multiple

groups going.

Get to know the Christian Union better and learn about

what the society has in store for the year.


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Title

Trinity College Societies

Welcome Events

Tutorial Harangues

Tutorial and Accommodation

Meet and Greet

Welcome Refreshments

Welcome Talks

Welfare Tea

Description

Get to know the individual societies better and learn

about what the society has in store for the year.

Time for you to meet your Tutor! Details will be

emailed to you.

Time for you to meet the various college staff who

have been emailing you over the past month.

Opportunity for you (and anyone who came to drop

you off) to put your feet up and enjoy a cuppa after

lugging a heavy suitcase and half a dozen plants up

and down various staircases.

A proper welcome from important people (like us!)

and staff around Trinity.

Take an hour to enjoy tea and donuts with our Welfare

Officers.


2. College Life

2.1 Weeks begin on Thursday?

Yep. This largely makes no difference, but your timetable will start on Thursday and

end on Wednesday, and if you have different lectures on odd- and even-numbered

weeks, you may need to be a bit more careful than usual! Weeks are generally

referred to by numbers with Week 1 being the first week of ‘Full Term’ (the part of

Term when lectures occur). For example, Week 1 of Michaelmas Term 2022 starts

on 6th of October.

2.2 Michaelmas? Lent? Easter?

The year at Cambridge is split up into three terms, each lasting eight weeks. The first

of these terms is Michaelmas Term (sometimes referred to as Mich—pronounced

‘mick’) which starts at the beginning of October and runs until the start of December

(or end of November, depending on the year). Lent Term runs from mid-January

until mid-March, and Easter Term is between the end of April and the middle of

June.

2.3 Fellow, Director of Studies, Tutor, Supervisor...

When you arrive there will be a few people you’re introduced to with strange titles.

Let’s clear that up now, because we’ll use these words a lot throughout.

A Fellow is an academic who works for the College and sometimes the University

as well. There are many different kinds of Fellow, some not much older than PhD

students and some that are very senior. They are full-time academics and many

give lectures, or have important roles within the College or University. The act of

Fellows passing their knowledge down to current students, some of whom become

Fellows themselves, has been a fundamental part of Cambridge University since it

was founded. Some Fellows have made significant contributions to their field, and

all Fellows should be treated with the highest level of respect (e.g., all emails to


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them should come from your @cam.ac.uk address and begin ‘Dear Dr. <surname>’

or ‘Dear Prof. <surname>’ rather than ‘Hi Sally’). Once you get to know a Fellow

better this might relax, but it’s always better to be too polite than not polite enough.

Supervisors give you supervisions. Learning is primarily done through Supervisions

in Cambridge: you go to your lecture, you study, you do an assignment on

it for your supervisor and then they tell you if and where you’ve misunderstood it

in a supervision and ask you follow-up questions. Supervisors are PhD students,

Fellows, or other active researchers. They will often be based at Trinity, but not

always. Some supervisors may encourage you to email them during the week if you

don’t understand a topic and studying isn’t helping.

Each Term, your Director of Studies, or DoS (pronounced ‘doss’), organises

who your supervisors will be. If you have any problems with your supervisions or

your course, you should talk to them about it. They will probably be a senior Fellow

in the subject you’re taking.

Your Tutor or Personal Tutor is the Fellow in College that is responsible for

your life as a student in every respect that isn’t directly related to your course—in

fact, they will normally not be an academic in your subject. With the help of the

Tutorial Secretary, your Tutor will try and make your life as easy as possible

while you are at Trinity by advising you in any communication with the University,

discussing with you any issues that you’re experiencing and exploring all possible

options to minimise any problems. They are not counsellors, but they will always

listen to whatever it is you’d like to say, and no question is ever too silly to ask.

Think of your Tutor like a teacher you got on really well with at school. The more

your Tutor knows about what your current thoughts, hopes, fears and plans are, the

more they can help you out when it counts.

2.4 Money

2.4.1 College Bill

All of your financial dealings with the College will be done through your College

Bill, issued at the beginning of every term. Lots of detail about this can be found in

the White Book, but the key thing to remember is that it will have your food from

the previous Term and your rent for the coming Term (there’s something a bit more

complicated when you graduate but you don’t need to worry about that yet).

The College Bill is very versatile and it can include many things such as credits

to your account if you win a prize or claim sporting expenses (or similar). Prizes,

bursaries, awards and expenses are frequent throughout the year, and you should

check the section on The Student Hub regularly to see whether you are eligible for

any. For example you can claim £75 annually for any books that you buy which are

related to your course, and there is a similar fund for sporting related expenses.


2.4 Money 21

Your College Bill will vary a lot depending on how often you eat meals in Hall,

which room you are in and how familiar you make yourself with the Bar. A typical

student who eats at least one of lunch and dinner in Hall every day, has a

bedsit room and is frequently in the Bar might expect to pay £1350 in rent and

£500–£600 on their Kitchen Account (combined Hall, Bar and Formals) each term.

You’ll also have to pay about £200 a term up front on the Kitchen Fixed Charge

(unless you are exempt—more details on this can be found in the White Book or

by contacting Will, our Environmental and Domestic Officer, if you have specific

dietary requirements that mean you can’t eat in Hall). Heating, electricity and water

are included in the rent too, though you should limit usage for environmental reasons.

Everyone is different, and you can check how much you’re spending on your

Kitchen Account at any time using Upay (more details will be given to you by the

Catering Department when they set up your account).

2.4.2 Everyday Spending

Most UK high street banks have a branch in Cambridge and almost all of them

have a current account specifically designed for students. If possible, it’s best to

organise things like this before you arrive. Most banks offer freebies to try and

attract students into opening an account with them like a free railcard. While these

can certainly be valuable you should look beyond the offer and see whether the

account suits you. Bear in mind that in the UK you can use most cash machines

without charge, so it doesn’t make much difference to your everyday life.

Since the terms are so short and intense it’s unlikely that you’ll have the time

to balance work, societies, relaxing and having a job. It is for this reason that the

University discourages students from taking up paid positions during term time.

However, as there are lengthy vacation periods, many students do get a job during

the vacations to supplement their student loans. There are also opportunities to

take part in outreach events within Trinity as a Student Ambassadors which usually

means £20 and a free lunch! Do make sure, though, that you have plenty of rest

during the holidays and leave time to revise too. Both the University and Trinity

offer many forms of financial support (such as the Trinity Maintenance Grant

or the Cambridge Bursary) to ensure that you don’t need to get a job to keep studying.

Many people find budgeting to be a good idea; working out how much you can

afford to spend per week and trying to stick to it is really useful, especially at the end

of term. Each person’s budget will be different, but if at any point you experience

financial difficulty while here, speak to your Tutor about it ASAP. They are there

to help you, and have the power to give you more time to pay your bills and to help

find suitable funds and support for you. Trinity is all about stripping away as many

barriers as possible between you and your subject, and helping you stress less over

money is just one of the ways they can do that.

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2.5 Food

2.5.1 Hall

Meal Timings Days

Breakfast 08:00–09:30 Mon–Sat

Brunch 11:00–14:00 Sun

Lunch 11:30–14:00 Mon–Sat

Dinner 17:30–19:15 Mon–Sat

18:15–19:30 Sun

Formal Hall 20:00–21:00 Check on Upay

At Trinity we have Hall that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday (apart from

Sunday when we have brunch and dinner). All meals can be taken in Hall which

is the magnificent building right next to the Master’s Lodge. Many students eat

most of their meals here. A meal in Hall will generally cost about £4.50, and this

is charged to your Kitchen Account (see section 2.4.1) when you scan your card.

You can check Hall menus online in advance (http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/menu);

they’re also posted in the Bar and outside Hall. Note that meal times may vary due

to Formals and feasts, so keep an eye on the Servery notice boards or the Upay

app/website.

2.5.2 Trinity College Bar & Coffee Shop

The Trinity College Bar & Coffee Shop (usually ‘The Bar’) is in Great Court I

staircase (which links Great Court to Angel Court). Unlike some other Colleges’

bars, ours is run by Trinity staff rather than students. You can buy sandwiches and

snacks, as well as a variety of cold, hot and soft drinks. Anything in the Bar can

be charged to your Kitchen Account using your University card. You shouldn’t

consume things in the Bar that aren’t bought in the Bar; in general, you should treat

it as a normal coffee shop in the day and a pub in the evening—but a little bit cheaper.


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2.5.3 Cooking for yourself and eating out

Learning to make some basic everyday meals (eg. toast, pasta, couscous or salad)

will save you a lot of money in exchange for a bit of time and forward planning.

Facilities are available at Trinity for those that wish to cook for themselves: wherever

your room is, your staircase will have a communal mini-kitchen, called a gyp. This

room will contain cupboards, a sink, a fridge, a kettle, a toaster and a microwave.

If you’re in Wolfson or Blue Boar Staircase I, your gyp will also have an oven and

hobs. Note: don’t start cooking and then leave the room, as you will set off fire

alarms.

The Trinity College Bar & Coffee Shop

You can also eat out. Cambridge has many cafés and restaurants that cater to all

sorts of diets. Bear in mind that it will (almost always) be more expensive than Hall

or cooking, but it can be good for a treat. Many places have a student discount, so

make sure to ask if you do eat out!

2.5.4 Formal Hall

Formal Hall dinners (‘Formals’) are a unique feature of Cambridge; every College

has them although they all do them slightly differently. They are a great way to

celebrate something and you are encouraged (by tradition, and by us) to be sociable

and to talk to the people you’re sat next to, whoever that may be.

For Formals at Trinity, you have to dress up and

wear a gown (see more in section 2.13.1). At

each you get a three course meal with wine (+

coffee/tea) served to you at your table. You are

also allowed a guest ticket, which are slightly

more expensive. You buy tickets for Formals using

Upay at around £13. TCSU also run various

themed Formals throughout the year, including

Welfare Formals, Green Formals, Halloween

Formal and others, so keep your eyes peeled.


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Formals will probably be quite different to what you may be used to, and are

when the College feels most like Hogwarts. As long as you start with the cutlery on

the outside and work inwards (and most importantly smile), you’ll have a great time.

The Freshers’ Formal is a great way to see what Formals are like and ask the TCSU

(who will be there to help you) what glass or fork to use or any other questions you

have.

2.6 Chaplains’ Introduction

Welcome to Trinity! The Chaplains have two main tasks in college: taking services

in the ancient and famous chapel and also looking out for the welfare and good

humour of all students.

To deal with the latter aspect first, the Chaplains are available to help any member

of college, regardless of religious belief, who has a personal problem or needs some

other kind of support. We respect confidentiality and are well plugged in to the other

welfare help available in college. We particularly hope to help those suffering from

feelings of isolation, stress, homesickness or depression, but we regularly see people

who just fancy a chat, who want to share a concern they have about another person,

or who want a friendly perspective on a personal issue. In all these encounters, we

don’t talk about religion unless you want us to. We are pretty much unshockable

and we will never judge you.

We also organise a wealth of social events around college at which all students are

welcome: events in previous years included a tour of King’s College roof, a trip to

an exhibition at the British Museum, ice skating, ten pin bowling, walks and pub

lunches, cheese tasting and much more. Please look out for details of events this

coming year in our regular emails.

The chapel is open to all students, both for its services and generally as a place of

quiet reflection. The beautiful building that you see now is about 500 years old.


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The choir which sings at services (mostly made up of Trinity students) is famous

around the world. Do drop in to listen to them sing during your time in Cambridge.

Evensong is sung every week during term, and a very popular sung compline (with

port afterwards) takes place on Wednesday evenings. Please look out for information

about service times etc in our regular emails.

We really look forward to meeting you in person.

John Summers and Anne Strauss, Chaplains

2.7 Laundry

Trinity has multiple laundry rooms that are located around the College. Freshers are

most likely to use the laundry rooms in Whewell’s Court (in the gap between the

two courtyards by the Wolfson Building) or Angel Court (by the Accommodation

Office) which are underground laundry rooms. In order to use the washing machines

and tumble dryers, you need to get a free laundry card from the Porters. Magnetic

fields will screw laundry cards up, so its best not to keep them next to your bank

cards or your University card. Each card has fifteen credits; a wash cycle is two

credits, and a drying cycle is one. The cards tend to be rather temperamental and

stop working if they get wet, torn or too bent, so make sure to look after them well!

You need to provide your own washing powder/detergent, fabric conditioner if

you’re feeling fancy, and laundry basket (or bag). If you prefer not to use a dryer,

bringing a clothes horse would be worthwhile (see section 3.2). All the laundry

rooms have ironing boards and irons provided.

A top tip is to leave your laundry bag or basket by the machine you are using,

so that if someone needs to use the machine before you make it back, they can leave

it in your basket rather than on the floor.

2.8 Bedmakers

Bedmakers (or ‘Bedders’) are the College cleaners. They work on weekdays and

come in twice a week to empty your bins, clean, hoover your room and change your

bedsheets (the College-issued ones: they won’t clean any that you bring from home)

once a week. They will also clean the gyp rooms, but they definitely won’t do your

dishes. If for whatever reason, you don’t want the Bedder to come in that day, you

can leave your bin outside the door and this is a standard non-verbal international

symbol for having a lie-in.

It is worth mentioning that Bedders are not your own personal cleaners! You should

always clear up after yourself and keep your room as tidy as possible as it makes their

job much easier. More information is available in the Accommodation Handbook.


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2.9 Sports and Societies

2.9.1 Trinity Societies

As one of the bigger colleges, it is no surprise that Trinity has a society for you,

whatever you like. Better still, all the societies will be in one place at the Chaplain’s

Squash and eager to take on new members. With little to no commitment, there’s no

reason not to get involved, so go wild and signup for anything and everything that

takes your fancy! Societies will be happy to take on members later in the year as

well, so there’s always room to join in.

If you feel there’s a society missing from Trinity, that you would love to see, you

can start it yourself with financial assistance from the ACC. It’s far from difficult

and several new societies spring up each year. To get the process started, contact the

TCSU’s societies officer, Sean, at societies@tcsu.net.

2.9.2 Sports (by Theodore Seely, Field Club President)

Hello and welcome to Trinity! I’m the

Field Club President for this year, which

basically means I help ensure that all the

best sports at Trinity (sorry rowers. . . ) run

smoothly.

Whilst the enormity of Trinity might feel overwhelming

during your first week, it does come

with some major advantages when it comes to

sport. Firstly, we’re able to field a wide range

of sports teams which hopefully means there’s

something out there for everyone, whether it’s

climbing or rugby. However, if there’s a sport

that you think we’re missing - possibly one

which hasn’t been restarted post COVID - let me

know and I would love to help you start/restart

it.

Trinity’s most successful

sports team still smiling,

despite being robbed of a

Cupper’s victory

Secondly, a large student body has a large range of

sporting abilities and consequently our sports teams

are open to everyone, regardless of ability or experience. Please don’t be put off

signing up if you’re brand new to the sport! For most of our teams, playing is a

relatively low commitment and it’s completely up to you how seriously you want

to take it. Having said that, it’s definitely worth remembering that as the workload

picks up, exercising, especially with your friends, is a really beneficial way to take a

break and help you relax and/or refocus.

Finally, included in the large expanse of land owned by Trinity are several great

sports facilities including Old Fields, a short walk-through college to Adams Road,


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and a pitch on Cranmer Road for us to use. At Old Fields, we have a rugby, football

and cricket pitch, and six tennis courts - three hard courts and three astroturf courts –

which are used for netball, hockey and tennis. There is also a gym with a wide range

of equipment for cardio and weight-training. Finally, we also have indoor courts for

badminton, squash, volleyball, table tennis and other indoor sports.

If you’re not sold yet, members of the Field Club (students who play sports at

Trinity!) get to take part in the highlight of the Field Club calendar, the Christchurch

swap. This ‘swap’, or exchange, is an annual multi-sport competition against our

sister college in Ox*ford. The rivalry is fierce and taking part in what is a fantastic

day for sports and socialising should definitely be an incentive to get involved in

college sports! We also organise formals (dinners) and events throughout the year,

so it really is a great body to be a part of.

How to get involved with the Field Club?

1. Come to Chaplain’s squash in Freshers Week and sign up to mailing lists and

Whatsapp groups for all the different sports teams. Remember, you can always

unsubscribe from mailing lists and signing up isn’t a commitment to anything,

so please try out any sport on offer!

2. Check out the Field Club Instagram for updates (@trinityfieldclub) and the

Field Club page on the TCSU website.

3. Come along to the Fresher’s Sports Day at Old Fields and try out some of the

many sports we have on offer.

4. If you miss the chance to sign up to a sport at Chaplain’s squash, or want to chat

about starting a new sport, get in touch with the captain of the team, or with me!

I really hope you make the most of all these opportunities: sport is fantastic for your

mental and physical health and is a great way of meeting new people. Many of my

closest friendships and happiest memories at Trinity have been made on a sports

pitch, and I really hope you will take part and enjoy it as much as I have done.

Please get in touch at any point throughout the year if you have any questions,

requests or suggestions! My email is ts834@cam.ac.uk but please also feel free to

send me a message on Facebook or Instagram.


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Summer term touch rugby is mixed in

gender, skill and having any idea what

the rules are

W1 on the water.

2.9.3 Rowing (by Andrey Karailiev, First and Third Trinity Boat Club Overall

Captain)

Hello all, and a massive welcome to Trinity! I’m Andrey - the Captain of the First

and Third Trinity Boat Club, our College’s rowing club.

As one of Trinity’s oldest and largest societies, there is so much to say about the club,

but let’s begin with the sport itself. There’s about 200 years of history of rowing at

Cambridge and Trinity, so it is safe to say that it’s one of the most defining features

of the university. For the vast majority of people, college rowing is the first time

they’ve even had the chance to give it a go, so there is no need to be intimidated if

you haven’t rowed before! People joining the club can range from those who’re just

looking to find some motivation to exercise in a unique way, to those with plenty

of athletic prowess behind them already looking to push their competitiveness in a

sport seeped in Cambridge tradition. With a large number of crews, there’s space

in the club to cater towards all level of commitment, fitness, and ambition all the

way from one or two outings a week to becoming an Olympian! Imogen Grant,

who joined as a fresher, went from never having rowed, to the university boat, to

representing the UK at the Tokyo Olympics.

You can also try your hand at coxing a crew! Coxes steer the boat, and shout at

crews of eight to push them to their limits.

Beyond training and racing on the River Cambridge, there are also events around

the UK we race, giving you a chance to get out of town and have a bit of a welcome

day break. And to top all that off, we organise a January training camp in Seville,

giving you the chance to really dive deep into rowing in a whole other setting while

travelling with friends.

As you might have guessed from the peculiar name, the Club’s old history is intertwined

with plenty of Cambridge life. May Balls, which dominate the end-of-year

social calendar, trace their origins back to a celebration held by Trinity after the end

of May Bumps - the highlight of the rowing calendar respectively. The Bumps race


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is both simple and complex, you line up about 20 boats and set them all off at the

same time with a cannon. The goal? Reach and ‘bump’ the crew in front of you

while avoiding the one behind you. This goes on for four days, and the bumps chart

has been accruing the results since 1827. It’s both mad, and incredibly fun.

With a society as large as First and Third, there’s a welcoming community and social

side as well. Every term is capped off with a Boat Club Dinner to celebrate, and

term time itself is dotted with socials ranging from swaps with other colleges, crew

dinners, games nights and plenty of other club events. All that, alongside plenty

of on- and off-water training means you are bound to meet many people and forge

lasting friendships.

As a club, we are well supported by College, meaning we can row, maintain firstclass

equipment and coaching, for free. The only cost to rowing is buying your kit,

and even there you can get some money back from College before the end of the year.

If any of this sounds interesting to you, you’ll be able to find myself and many others

at Chaplain’s Squash. We’ll be on hand to answer any and all questions (like why

the club has such an odd name!), and sign up for a first session in a tub - a chunky,

impossible to capsize, boat to give you a first taste. If you like it, there’ll be plenty

of more, but if not at least you’ll be able to say you gave it a go! And you never

know, you might be the next Imogen Grant bound for glory. If you miss us there,

you can also email the Novice Captains at novicecaptains@firstandthird.org any

time you like.

If you have rowed or coxed before, don’t hesitate to get directly in touch with either

myself at captain@firstandthird.org or the Philippa (the Women’s Captain) at

womenscaptain@firstandthird.org. We would absolutely love to bring you into

our senior squad right away!

Feel free to drop me an email with any and all questions. Otherwise, I look forward

to seeing you all around College, and hopefully the boathouse too!

2.9.4 Music (by Benedict Randall Shaw, Trinity College Music Society President)

Hello, and welcome to Trinity! I’m Benedict, and I’m currently the president of

Trinity College Music Society. We’re by far the most active music society in Cambridge,

with around five events each week during term. We’re a large and friendly

committee, so please do drop in and say hi at one of our concerts! We’ve also got

something for everyone, running a wide range of music across college—a typical

week might start with a solo recital in in the stunning Old Combination Room

on Monday, followed by a lunchtime organ recital and a shorter evening concert

(our "Nachtmusik" series) on the Wednesday in our Chapel, which is known for

its acoustic. We usually have a larger concert on Saturday, often with an orchestra,

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our events are completely free and open to everyone, so please do come along—if

you’re still on the fence, we often have drinks and a chat after the concert!

We exist both to provide opportunities for everyone to hear high-quality music, and

also to give students opportunities to perform in the fabulous spaces the college

offers us. One benefit for performers and listeners alike is that we stream many of

our concerts—please check us out at

https://www.youtube.com/@TrinityCollegeMusicSociety/streams

if you’d like to hear some previous performances! We’re also active on Facebook

and Instagram @trinitycollegemusicsociety—follow us there for the latest on music

here at Trinity.

Most of our concerts are put on by individual people, but we also run two official

groups: the Trinity Orchestra and the Trinity Singers. Our Orchestra, which was

recently revived, performs throughout the year, with rehearsals in the week or so

before each concert. The group is not fixed, so if you are interested in playing at

some point in the year, get in touch with us at president@tcms.org.uk. The Trinity

Singers are our non-auditioned choir, open to absolutely anyone who would like

to try some more relaxed choral singing. They rehearse on Thursday evenings at

7.45pm, usually towards a concert at the end of term—if you would be interested in

joining, please do email Damien Macedo at singersdirector@tcms.org.uk. Other

regular fixtures in the termcard include King Henry’s VIII, the college choir’s vocal

consort, and our yearly Composers’ Concerts of new music by current students,

as well as various concert series each term—look out for our Britten series in the

coming term.

Rehearsals for TCMS Instrumental

Composers’ concert

TCMS Operetta (part of the May Week

Concert)


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TCMS membership lets you come to all our larger, paid concerts for free, as well

as giving you exclusive access to our Wren Library Concert, which is restricted to

members by limited capacity, our May Week Concert in the Great Hall, including

our yearly TCMS Operetta poking fun at the college, and our June Garden Party.

At £20 for life membership, or £11 for your time here as a student, we think this is

brilliant value for money. Please do get in touch at membership@tcms.org.uk if

you’re at all interested in becoming a member!

One of the best things about TCMS is that there’s almost always something going

on, allowing you to take half an hour or so out of your day to get away from

work and stress and explore what is usually, to me at least, music I’ve not heard

before. We’re always keen for people to put on concerts, so if you’re interested

in performing, or have ideas that we could help with, please don’t hesitate to get

in touch. You can email me at president@tcms.org.uk, or check our website at

https://www.tcms.org.uk/ for further details. I hope to see you soon at one of our

events!

2.10 University Societies

Sometimes there are not enough people interested in something in a single College to

justify having a College society, which is where University societies take over. The

list of all the University societies is huge, encompassing everything from amateur

radio to gymnastics to tiddlywinks.

These societies will have a stall at the University Freshers’ Fair where you will be

able to sign up. Keep an eye out for the Domino’s Pizza Stand which gives out free

pizza and vouchers!

2.10.1 Sports

If you are interested in doing a sport more often or at a higher level than available

in College, University-level sport may be for you. There are 52 official University

sports clubs ranging from tennis to yachting to korfball.

University sport is of a more competitive level and usually requires training more

often. Some teams also require trials to see what team would suit you. If you’d like

to get in contact sooner, for example to find out about pre-season training, or generally

want to find out more have a look at: https://www.sport.cam.ac.uk/studentsport/university-sports-clubs/,

or check out individual sports club’s websites.

2.10.2 Music

Cambridge University Musical Society (CUMS) is one of the oldest and most

distinguished university music societies in the world. It offers a world-class musical

education for members of the University and local residents, nurturing the great

musicians of the future and providing performance opportunities for over 500

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Founded in 1843, the Society has played a pivotal role in British musical life

for over 170 years. It has educated Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Mark Elder, Sir John

Eliot Gardiner, Edward Gardner, Christopher Hogwood and Robin Ticciati, has

premièred works by Brahms, Holloway, Lutoslawski, Rutter, Saxton and Vaughan

Williams, and has given generations of Cambridge musicians the experience of

performing alongside visiting conductors and soloists including Britten, Dvořák,

Kodaly, Menuhin and Tchaikovsky.

Today, CUMS is made up of eight high-quality ensembles which offer a wide

variety of musical experiences to Cambridge students. For orchestral musicians,

the Society offers two outstanding orchestras: the flagship Cambridge University

Orchestra, who perform a variety of symphonic and chamber repertoire with

professional conductors and soloists, and the Cambridge University Sinfonia,

which is conducted by visiting professionals and the finest student conductors

throughout the year. Additionally, the Cambridge University Wind Orchestra

provides opportunities for wind, brass and percussion players to tackle a challenging

and musically diverse repertoire in a sociable environment. For singers, CUMS

includes a Symphony Chorus and a Chamber Choir, which provide opportunities

for singers to perform outside of the Cambridge chapel choir environment.

Details of rehearsal schedules and the concert programmes lined up for 2023–2024

can be found on our website (www.cums.org.uk); you can also receive regular

updates about the Society’s activities on Facebook and Twitter (@CamUniMusSoc).

Each of the CUMS ensembles holds auditions at the start of the academic year.

To find out more or sign up for an audition, head over to the website.

2.10.3 Art

Trinity is home to hundreds of works of art, so there’s lots to see around the College,

from the Library to the walls of Great Hall. Trinity Fine Arts Society hosts life

drawing classes and Trinity Arts society runs the Picture Lending Scheme, as well as

hosting guest speakers throughout the year. Neither of these require an application

process or prior knowledge—just an interest in art!

The Fitzwilliam Gallery, Kettle’s Yard and the Heong Gallery offer lots of free talks

and workshops. There are many life drawing classes (including Life Lines and

ArcSoc) throughout the term and Varsity Magazine welcomes student writing on

art. There are also many student-run zines, including CSU’s Get Real and Gender

Agenda, which feature illustration, writing and art in all its forms. PhoCUS is a

great place to meet other student photographers and Cambridge Shorts is great for

filmmakers!


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2.10.4 Drama

The main hubs for University Drama are the ADC Theatre and the Corpus Playroom.

At least four shows (ADC Main Show, Corpus Main Show, ADC Late Show and

Corpus Late Show) are put on each week, as well as in other venues such as the

Pembroke Cellars and Fitzpatrick Hall at Queen’s College. Productions at the ADC

and Corpus Playroom are entirely put together by students, amateurs and volunteers,

and all the information on how to get involved in any way is found at camdram.net.

The main funding body for shows and the social hub is the Cambridge University

Amateur Dramatics Club who run regular events.

There are hundreds of opportunities to act every year, and productions always require

dedicated production and technical teams. Whether you’re interested in acting,

directing, producing, designing, stage managing, building, lighting or crewing a

show, new faces are always welcome, regardless of experience.

2.11 The JCR

The JCR (Junior Combination Room) is a space owned and operated by the TCSU.

It has two floors: the downstairs boasts a large TV with Sky, BT Sport, Netflix (and

so on) and a Blu Ray player, and loads of comfy things to sit on so you can enjoy

watching whatever you want with your friends. The upstairs JCR has coffee tables,

board games, a PS5, a foosball table and a pool table. There are a few rules: no

glasses are allowed to be brought up from the Bar, and all rubbish must be put

into the right bind. It is a shared space with shared facilities and when things like

Playstation controllers or pool cues break or go missing, it’s a pain for everyone, so

have a bit of common sense. We haven’t always had a JCR and we don’t want this

to be the year that we lose it.

2.12 Computing

2.12.1 MyTrin, The Student Hub and Trinity

mytrin.trin.cam.ac.uk and students.trin.cam.ac.uk

MyTrin and The Student Hub have a huge amount of Trinity-specific resources:

explore them as soon as possible. Trinity has various computer rooms for student

use which can be found in the Library, next to the JCR, in Blue Boar Court and in

Burrell’s Field. These all contain computers and printers. There are also scanners in


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some of these rooms. Everyone starts with £3 credit for the printers, and this credit

can be topped up online at https://www.ds.cam.ac.uk/mydsprint/. Your starting

credit will get you 100 black and white pages. A lot of people bring their own

laptops and printers to university, some rely on the computer rooms, and others very

rarely need a computer at all—it depends a lot on your course and style of working.

2.12.2 CamSIS

www.camsis.cam.ac.uk

This is the University’s central ‘hub’ of student information. If you ever need to

change your details, for example if you move house or get a new phone number,

simply log onto CamSIS and update your info through here! You’ll also be able to

enrol for exams and see your results here. You’ll be emailed when/how to do this

later on in the year.

2.12.3 Moodle

www.vle.cam.ac.uk

Throughout your course, you’ll probably find this website super useful! Depending

on your course/department, this is where most handouts, reading lists, lecture notes

and past papers will be available online. Many courses may even require you to

submit assignments through Moodle. Some departments, however, have their own

intranet so it’s best to check with your DoS when you arrive.

2.12.4 CamCORS

www.camcors.cam.ac.uk

This is where you’ll find supervision reports, which are typically released termly.

2.12.5 Phones

2.12.6 Maps

https://help.uis.cam.ac.uk/service/email and https://help.uis.cam.ac.uk/service/wifi

These pages will give you all the information you need to set up WiFi and your

University email on your phone. Setting this up as soon as you arrive is highly

recommended, as you’ll likely be receiving information you won’t want to miss.

map.cam.ac.uk

Here you can find a nice zoomable map of the University to help you find your

lecture theatres and university buildings.

2.13 Smart Clothes

Typically, events that require you to dress a certain way in Cambridge will come in

two flavours: ‘Formal’ and ‘Black Tie’.


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2.13.1 Formal

The standard for Formals in most Cambridge Colleges. You’ll also need to be

wearing this for the Matriculation photograph in Freshers’ Week.

Option 1: A dark suit and tie, smart shoes and your gown.

Option 2: This is definitely ‘smart’, but not ‘posh’. Think jumpsuit/playsuit or

smart dress or shirt and trousers/skirt and your gown. You can go for heels, but a

nice pair of flats that you can actually walk over the cobbles in are generally a great

investment for life anyway.

Some examples of formal attire at the

Bridgemas Formal 2022 (Christmas

hats not compulsory) Queue for Trinity May Ball 2023

(where black tie is worn)

2.13.2 Black Tie

You’d wear Black Tie for any balls and some very smart occasions. Balls are mainly

at the end of Easter Term in May Week but some societies (like The Union) put them

on throughout the year. Most Balls are ‘White Tie’ optional with only one being

‘White Tie’ obligatory, so you likely don’t need to worry about this type of dresscode.

In addition, some of the bigger evening events in College will also be appropriate for

Black Tie and in these cases you’ll need to wear a gown too; Black Tie is optional for

Matriculation Dinner, and not expected for Formals, but other special dinners might

ask for it. Events that expect you to wear Black Tie will often be indicated on invites

or notices by ‘evening dress’, ‘dinner jackets’, ‘dinner suits’ or helpfully ‘Black Tie’.

It’s easily possible to go through Cambridge without wearing Black Tie, and you

can always ask your friends to borrow something for one-offs, but investing in it

early on might give a bit more flexibility (you can find very reasonable prices for

dinner jackets online and in charity shops).

Option 1: A dinner jacket and a black bow tie. A dress shirt. Smart black shoes.

Option 2: A floor length dress for a ball, but the same as ‘Formal’ for most

other events.


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2.14 Transport

We’re very lucky at Trinity in that nothing is very far away, so in day-to-day life,

you’ll probably walk or cycle everywhere: you will rarely need the bus or taxis.

Trinity has bike racks all around it and a few underground bike stores. (More info

can be found in the White Book and the Accommodation Handbook; e.g. regarding

the sticker you’ll require if you want to leave your bike on Trinity’s racks.)

You can normally get a decent deal on a new bike in the University Freshers’

Fair (details to be sent out)—be aware that most retailers will sell out of the cheap

bikes early on, and only the most expensive ones will be left by the end of Freshers’

Week. Be sure to invest in a quality bike lock as Cambridge is unfortunately a

hotspot for bike theft. Despite cycling in Cambridge being generally safer than it is

in larger cities, there aren’t many cycle lanes: it’s mainly one-way roads. If you’ve

never cycled on a road before, it’s probably a good idea to familiarise yourself with

the traffic laws in the UK and practice for a bit (Jesus Green is a good place to do

this) before you hit the streets.

Cambridge’s main train station is roughly a 25 minute walk away whilst Cambridge

North is about an hours walk (or 20min taxi ride). It takes 45mins-1hr to

travel into London on the train, and just over half an hour to get to Stansted Airport.

If you intend to be getting the train a lot or for long distances, it might be worth

investing in a railcard, which will get you discounts on some journeys.


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Nevile’s Court and the Wren Library



3. Useful Info

3.1 Getting Organised

It’s no secret that Cambridge can be an overwhelming place. What is much less

well-known, however, is that a lot of stress can be avoided by setting up some

organisational systems to keep everything together when you’re under pressure.

Here are some top tips:

• Before you come to Cambridge, set up some kind of calendar (either virtual

or paper) so that you can keep track of when and where you need to be

for various things. You can check your lecture timetable at https://2022-

23.timetable.cam.ac.uk from September and even upload it directly onto

your chosen online calendar. Even though it might seem annoying at first,

getting into the habit of noting down supervisions, classes, DoS meetings,

social events and more will really help you in the long run.

• Speaking of timetables, it might also be helpful for you to make a weekly

schedule for recurring events to stick up above your desk. Depending on how

your subject works, you might want to make one for ‘even weeks’ and one for

‘odd weeks’, as sometimes classes or supervisions will rotate on this basis. If

you find you have lots of different places to be on a daily basis, it might be a

good idea to get an ‘appointments’ diary too.

• In Cambridge, almost everything is communicated by email (think essay

titles, deadlines, marked work etc). As such, it’s really useful to set up some

folders in your Outlook account to store emails that are important and you

need to keep. Also, make sure to check your account regularly to keep up-todate

with everything.

• If you’ll be doing lots of your work on your laptop, it’s a good idea to back

up your files regularly, either to the Cloud or an external hard-drive.


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• For any work that you’re not doing on the computer, you are going to need

some stationary. Our recommendation would be to not buy too much until

you’ve been here for a little while and have a sense of what you need for

your course. Once you do know what you need, it’s often helpful to have a

ring-binder per subject for keeping hard copies of handouts or essays in one

place.

• Save the number of the Porters’ Lodge and a Cambridge taxi company into

your phone (Uber have also launched in Cambridge). You never know when

you might need them...

Half the battle in Cambridge is just knowing when/where to hand things in and turn

up! Hopefully, armed with these useful tips, you’ll be empowered to have a smooth

transition to Cambridge life.

3.2 What to bring (and what not to)

The standard rental periods for rooms don’t cover the vacations: this means most

people will need to either completely clear out their room at the end of every Term,

or pay for Non-Residential Occupancy, where you are allowed to keep your belongings

in your room. However, this option is only available over the Christmas and

Easter holidays, so everything you bring will have to go home eventually. Students

from overseas are allowed some in-College storage space. With this in mind, it’s

important to figure out in advance what you actually need...

What to bring:

• Decorations: Bring posters, photos and anything that will make your room

feel like your very own. College have a strict no ‘blu-tac’ policy, so invest in

plenty of pins for your pinboard in your room and you can hang up posters

with these too (but if you make holes in the walls, the Works Department

will be on to you). Avoid windows too, as College doesn’t allow anything on

the windows. Don’t worry though: your room will have plenty of space for

decorations.

• Smart clothes: See section 2.10 for more detail.

• Mugs: These are the most versatile objects a student can own.

• Crockery: It’s good to have a plate, bowl and some cutlery spare in case you

ever fancy cooking for yourself or having a snack in your room/gyp.

• Warm clothes: Cambridge gets extremely cold in winter, so bring cosy

clothes to wrap up warm. Also bring lighter clothes to wear inside as all the

College rooms are very well heated.

• Umbrella/raincoat/shoes that will withstand downpours: Even though

Cambridge is one of the driest places in the UK, we still have some pretty

spectacular downpours (it is, after all, still the UK). A rucksack or bag that

withstands a shower or two may also be a good shout, as it may be a little

disappointing to have your lecture notes or even your laptop ruined by some

bad weather.


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• Computer Accessories: If you like working with an external monitor or

keyboard make sure to bring it. As WiFi isn’t very good in some places in

College, particularly in the older buildings, it’s probably worth bringing an

Ethernet adapter if your computer doesn’t have an Ethernet port. The College

usually provides ethernet cables in the welcome packs though the TCSU have

a small collection too.

• Clothes horse: The Trinity tumble dryers aren’t terrific, so if you’re serious

about your washing you might want to leave your clothes out to dry in the

laundry room. Just make sure it’s portable as you don’t want to be lugging a

monster down lots of stairs.

• Laundry bag (or big reusable shopping bag): You’ll need some vessel to

take your laundry back and forth from the laundry room. This will also help

to keep your room tidy and organised.

• Extension leads: Often sockets are not conveniently placed in your bedroom;

i.e., there may be loads near the desk and none close to your bed. Investing

in one four-way extension lead will make life more convenient, but you can

also buy one in Sainsbury’s once you get here.

• Hangers: Trinity wardrobes tend to have limited drawer space and plenty of

hanging space.

What not to bring:

• Gown: You will buy your gown when you get here (at a discounted rate).

• Bedding: Unless not having certain bedding will affect your quality of sleep

significantly, the Trinity-provided stuff is fine. Limit it to bringing your

favourite pillow or cushion.

• Lots of books: Cambridge has excellent libraries, which will more than

provide for your literary needs. The University Library Catalogue (iDiscover)

lets you know where to find a book you might want through its search

function, and many of these are available online. Any books that you do want

to purchase can be done so with your book allowance (£75 per student per

year), which can be claimed after you fill in a form and hand in the receipts.

• Excessive kitchen equipment: Storage space in gyp rooms isn’t exactly

abundant, so bring enough that means you can survive on not having to wash

up constantly, but also not taking up all of the space for everyone else. If

you’re living in a block without hobs, you’re not going to need pots and pans.

• Giant food shop: With Sainsbury’s right next door, Trinity students are

very lucky. Don’t waste your precious car/luggage space with a huge food

shop. Use it for other essentials like that extra coat (it gets really cold here in

winter). However if your parents are moving you in, feel free to do a big shop

with them once you’re here to really make the most of the Bank of Mum and

Dad.

• Things you’re not allowed: Refer to the Accommodation Handbook.


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3.3 Students’ Maps

Map data: Google.


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Map data: Google.


44 Cambridge Glossary

3.4 Cambridge Glossary

ASNAC

ASNC: Anglo Saxon, Norse and Celtic degree.

Bedder

Colloquial form of bedmaker—see section 2.7.

Compsci

Pronounced ‘comp-ski’, somebody who studies computer science.

CRSid

Your CRSid (or Common Registration Scheme identifier, in full) is a unique code

given to each university member. It generally consists of your initials, followed by

a random number and will also form part of your email address.

Dean

The Dean of College is in charge of discipline..

DoS

See section 2.3.

Emma

Emmanuel College.

Fellow

An academic post in a College—see section 2.3.

First and Third

Trinity’s rowing society—see section 2.8.3.

Formal Hall or ‘Formal’

See section 2.5.4.

Fresher

Somebody in their first year at university.

Gown

Academic dress, usually worn at Formals.

Great Court Run

Students attempt to run around Great Court, during the time the clock takes to strike

twelve noon on the day of Matriculation Dinner.

Gyp

Slang for the small cooking areas in most accommodation buildings.

HSPS

Human, social and political sciences degree.

JCR

See section 2.10.

Mathmo

Somebody who studies Maths (see also Trinmo).

Matriculation

New students matriculate when they enrol or register at their College. Can also

refer to Matriculation Dinner: a very nice meal that occurs after Freshers’ Week.

May Ball

A huge party run overnight during May Week. Many Colleges have them (or parties

like them). Your ticket price typically includes free food and drinks, as well as


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varied entertainments throughout the night. Information regarding Trinity’s May

Ball is sent round in Lent Term.

May Week

The week after the end of Full Easter Term, in which various May Balls are held.

Medwards

Murray Edwards College.

Natsci

Pronounced ‘nat-ski’, somebody who studies Natural Sciences, or sometimes the

subject of Natural Sciences as well. Natscis are sometimes split into bio-natscis

(studying biological options) and phys-natscis (studying physical options).

Part

A stage of Tripos examination, normally Part I or Part II.

Pigeonhole or Pidge

Each student’s personal mailbox, in the Mailroom.

Plodge

The Porters’ Lodge, where the Porters are based.

Senior Tutor

The academic member of the College responsible for the academic and pastoral

welfare of all students.

Supervision

A Tutorial held by a Supervisor.

Supervisor

A person chosen by the College to teach students. Could be a Fellow, or a graduate

student, and not necessarily from Trinity.

Tit Hall

Trinity Hall (another, different, College—not part of Trinity College).

Trinmo

A mathematician at Trinity.

Tripos

The degree programme you are on—usually divided into Parts. Specifically used to

refer to the exams themselves.

Tutor

A member of the College’s academic staff who does not teach you, but is responsible

for your general welfare, as the first port of call for help.

UL

The University Library.

UMS

University Messenger Service.

Union Society or Cambridge Union or The Union

Essentially a debating society. Not to be confused with CUSU.

Vacation or Vac

The parts of the year that are not Term; i.e., the holidays. The Long Vacation is the

summer break between years.


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Fireworks display at the 2022 Trinity May Ball


4. TCSU

4.1 What is the TCSU?

Good question. The Trinity College Students’ Union is a society, and by reading

this sentence you just became a member of it. That was easy.

Our constitution says this:

1.3 The Objects of the Union are to advance the education of Members by:

a) promoting their interests and welfare and representing their opinions as

members of the College and of the University; and

b) coordinating facilities and services for their recreational and leisure time

activities and, in particular, their personal, physical, social, cultural and

academic development; and

c) encouraging and facilitating Members’ participation in charitable activities

and in the management of charitable activities.

4.2 TCSU Committee

Making Trinity to be a good place to live, work and play takes the efforts of everyone

in TCSU’s community. But to make sure that we maximise the goodness, and work

towards everyone having as good a time as everyone else, TCSU elects a Committee

once a year.

The Committee is made up of 14 Representative and 4 Officers who are so passionate

about making life at Trinity the best it can be that we wrote manifestos and answered

questions to get the chance to make a bigger contribution than most on how good

Trinity is. We bring the TCSU community together, and we represent out members’

interests at a College and University level.


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Name: Naomi Vince (she/her)

Role: President

Subject: Law

Year: 3rd

Favourite Trinity pastime: going to Sainsbury’s at any given

opportunity to avoid doing my work

Fun fact: I have 12 piercings and 3 tattoos.

Name: William Deacon (he/him)

Role: Vice-President

Subject: History and Politics

Year: 3rd

Favourite Trinity pastime: diligently serving you, the student

body, with every fibre of my being. Or drinking in the bar.

Fun fact: I waxed my legs in February 2020 as a joke and the

hair still hasn’t grown back :/

Name: Henry Wayt (he/him)

Role: Treasurer

Subject: Economics

Year: 3rd

Favourite Trinity pastime: playing for

TCRUFC (pictured)

Fun fact: I’m captain of TCRUFC (please

join)

Name: Kassandra Caldicott (they/them)

Role: Junior Steward

Subject: Law

Year: 3rd

Favourite Trinity pastime: listening to indie music

and cooking in my gyp

Fun fact: I’m a black belt in karate!


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Name: Will Steinberg (he/him)

Role: Mental Health & Wellbeing Representative

Subject: Maths

Year: 3rd

Favourite Trinity pastime: Giving out free doughnuts and

cookies at welfare tea :)

Fun fact: I’ve pole danced for my grandma

Name: Ben Mays (he/him)

Role: Environmental Representative

Subject: Law

Year: 2nd

Favourite Trinity pastime: Eating waffles at Sunday brunch

Fun fact: I went all of first year without cooking anything for

myself

Name: Keziah Prescod (they/them)

Role: Women and Non-Binary Students’ Representative

Subject: MML

Year: 2nd

Favourite Trinity pastime: Skipping around Nevile’s and

giving myself an echoey round of applause after leaving the

library at night

Fun fact: the lottery numbers in 50 years will be 13, 56 . . .

Name: Emmy Charalambous (they/them)

Role: LGBT+ Representative

Subject: Classics

Year: 2nd

Favourite Trinity pastime: reading on the backs during

summer, watching bad punters cause traffic jams on the Cam

Fun fact: I still cannot ride a bike


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Name: Sanadi Ilandaridewa (she/her)

Role: Racial and Ethnic Diversity Representative

Subject: Engineering

Year: 3rd

Favourite Trinity pastime: chilling on the backs

Fun fact: I once flew a plane

Name: Philippa Samella (she/her)

Role: International Students’ Representative

Subject: BioNatSci

Year: 3rd

Favourite Trinity pastime: Chilling with a drink in the

college bar

Fun fact: I can’t whistle but can successfully argue my way

out of a parking ticket :)

Name: Dylan Stewart (he/him)

Role: Access Representative

Subject: MML

Year: 2nd

Favourite Trinity pastime: Having a drink in the College bar

Fun fact: I once performed at the Royal Albert Hall

Name: Tharpa Heubner (he/him)

Role: Disabled Students’ Representative

Subject: History

Year: 3rd

Favourite Trinity pastime:

Fun fact:


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Name: Sophie Harper (she/her)

Role: Ents Officer

Subject: Classics

Year: 3rd

Favourite Trinity pastime:

Fun fact:

Name: James Keating (he/him)

Role: Ents Officer

Subject: Maths

Year: 3rd

Favourite Trinity pastime:

Fun fact:

Name: Jakob Alwall (he/him)

Role: Webmaster

Subject: CompSci

Year: 3rd

Favourite Trinity pastime: hanging out with my friends in

the college bar

Fun fact: lost my room key within 5 minutes of receiving it

the first day


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Name: Hajna Williams (she/her)

Role: Social Media Officer

Subject: Linguistics

Year: 3rd

Favourite Trinity pastime: Spending time with friends in the

college bar or doing outings with the college boat club

Fun fact: I grew up in Hungary, but my dad is American so

I’m a simultaneous bilingual

Name: Sean Leong (he/him)

Role: Societies & Facilities Officer

Subject: Chemistry (NatSci)

Year: 2nd

Favourite Trinity pastime: Reading in the Burrell’s field

gardens

Fun fact: I walked from Cambridge to London in 2 days

Name: Brandon Chang (he/him)

Role: Merchandise Officer

Subject: Phys NatSci

Year: 2nd

Favourite Trinity pastime: playing frisbee on the backs

Fun fact: Once flew a plane with an RAF pilot


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4.3 Welfare and Mental Health

4.3.1 Welfare

Arriving at Cambridge can be daunting. A new place full of strangers and unusual

traditions can take some getting used to, but we have your back! Welfare is an

important part of college life, so whether it’s academics, mental health or personal

issues, there are numerous support systems in place to help you make the most of

your time at Trinity.

Your first point of contact if you’re having any issues is usually your tutor.

Trinity has a lot of staff who are there to support you academically, but your tutor

will try to keep an eye on your general wellbeing. They’re also extremely well

equipped to point you in the right direction if you think you’re in need of any extra

support.

Additionally, at Trinity we have a College Mental Health and Wellbeing Advisor,

a College Counsellor, a College Nurse and an Advisor to Women Students. The

chaplains Anne Strauss and John Summers also have a strong pastoral role in

college and will listen to and support all students regardless of faith. If you feel

more comfortable talking to other students, then you can contact anyone on

the TCSU welfare team, and we will do our best to help you deal with any issues

relating to life in Cambridge or aspects of your identity.

The Welfare Team includes me, the Mental Health and Wellbeing Representative

– my job is literally to be available to chat and offer support to you – as well as

the Racial & Ethnic Diversity, Disabilities, LGBT+, Women and Non-Binary,

Access and International Students’ Representatives.

Any of the Welfare Team is here to talk when you need a non-judgmental ear.

We can help problem solve, talk through things and offer our own experiences, or

just listen if you need to vent. We’ve all been Freshers; we know how hard it can be

and there is no problem too big or small. You will never be bothering us and you

can use email, Facebook or the contact forms on the TCSU website to reach us. We

can point you in the direction of more qualified help and are, of course, confidential.

We take all forms of sexual harassment extremely seriously. You can access the

Harassment and Violence Support Service (HVSS) on the University of Cambridge

website if you are or have ever been a victim of any form of sexual harassment or

abuse. As welfare officer, I can also provide a variety of sexual health products (for

free) so please make sure to request anything you need via the anonymous contact

form on the TCSU website. You can contact the Women and Non-Binary Students’

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We can also provide pregnancy tests.

Welfare teas are a popular weekly fixture in college. Expect plenty of delicious

free donuts, cookies, and an opportunity to chat in a completely non-judgemental

and relaxed setting. The chaplains also run a separate weekly welfare tea (on a

different day) which is a great chance to get to know the lovely Anne Strauss and

John Summers.

4.3.2 Mental Health

At Cambridge, mental health support is done at both the college and university level.

Some resources and contacts at the college level are:

• The TCSU via the welfare email (welfare@tcsu.net)

• The college chaplains Anne Strauss and John Summers (anne.strauss@trin.cam.ac.uk

and john.summers@trin.cam.ac.uk)

• The college Mental Health Advisor and college counsellors

And at the university level:

• The University Counselling Service. You can find the self-referral form at

https://www.counselling.cam.ac.uk/individual-counselling

• The SU Student Advice Service. You can make an appointment by visiting

https://www.cambridgesu.co.uk/advice/student-advice-service/

• And for a general guide on how to access different forms of support take a look

at https://www.studentsupport.cam.ac.uk/

Finally, please contact me (welfare@tcsu.net) if you have any queries or concerns.

I’ll do my best to answer any questions you have and would love to hear about any

ideas for welfare events around college!

All the best and welfare hugs,

Will

4.4 Green Living

Hi, I’m Ben, your Environmental Representative for this term. We have a range of

green initiatives at Trinity, and are always keen to hear more about what we can be

doing better. If you have any questions or ideas, please don’t hesitate to get in touch

at environmental@tcsu.net

• In the meantime, we’d love to see you doing your bit to make Trinity the most

sustainable college in Cambridge (none of it’s difficult, we promise!):

• Carry re-usable water bottles around with you - there are plenty of fountains

and taps - rather than buying disposable bottles

• Consider the vegetarian option in Hall - usually much better for the planet than

meat. And, if you’re cooking for yourself, think about the carbon footprint of


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your ingredients

• The obvious stuff: turn lights and taps off when you’re not using them. And try

not to turn the radiator in your room up higher than you need.

• Try to reduce your use of single-use plastic, and recycle wherever you can

For the budding eco-warriors out there, do also get involved with the Trinity Ethical

and Green Affairs Society (TEGA) - it’s always great to see new faces!

4.5 International Students

Most of you will be home students meaning you pay home fees, don’t have to

get a visa or plane ticket - which is a slightly less complicated move to university.

However, Trinity is a very international college, so here is a section dedicated to

information specifically for international students!

Here is a brief summary of things you may want to consider, but please also refer to

the International section of the freshers website (freshers.trin.can.ac.uk) and the

iTCSU Handbook written by Philippa for more information!

4.5.1 Arriving to the UK

Possibly the most important thing is to ensure that you have permission to enter the

UK. For most of you, this will require a Student Visa (previously known as Tier

4 Visa). This Visa comes with various responsibilities, depending on your home

country, so please make sure to consult the University website about any obligations

you will have to fulfill.

You can arrive in college from the 27th of September, provided the Accommodation

Office is notified a week in advance. Cambridge is close to multiple major airports

and well-connected to London but please make sure to check travel arrangements

and know roughly where you need to be at what times to catch a train or coach.

Also, the earlier you book your tickets, the better, and the cheaper they should be so

don’t postpone it!

4.5.2 What to bring

You will need all the stuff mentioned in section 3.2, plus some extra stuff listed

below:

• Plug adapters - if you want to be able to charge your devices then you’ll need

to ensure you have the right plug for our three pronged sockets

• Important documents - What you will need will vary on your situation so be

sure to go through the freshers’ and university websites and make a list of

everything you need.

• Financing - the UK banking system can be somewhat complex for international

students so we would recommend bring some cash with you (although

bear in mind that a significant number of shops are card only - but self service


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checkouts still take cash). There is a lot of information on bank accounts both

online and in the International Handbook.

• Layers - the UK has possibly the most capricious weather you will find;

blazing sunshine in the morning then a downpour in the afternoon followed

by a warm breezy evening. Therefore, it is important that you bring clothes

for all types of weather, from heat waves to freezing snow (also remember,

we use Celsius).

This is whittled down to the very basics, but remember Philippa is always contactable

at overseas@tcsu.net if you have any questions at all. There is such a large

community of internationals at Trinity so please, as daunting as it may seem, don’t

be worried and know that you will be okay :).

4.6 Finally...

We hope you have enjoyed reading this handbook. Much much more information

about all of these topics can be found online and in the College-provided documents.

If you’re looking for clarification on something in particular, feel free to message or

email the TCSU team and we will try our best to find out.

Don’t forget to join the Trinity College Freshers 2023 group on Facebook. We will

also keep you up to date on everything Freshers’ Week related via email as well.

From all of us at TCSU, have a lovely rest of your summer! We can’t wait to

welcome you into the Trinity community.

4.7 Credits

This handbook wouldn’t have been possible without so many special people. Every

section is the result of a large team of students volunteering their time, collaborating,

contributing, remembering, creating, editing and researching together.

The TCSU Committee would also like to thank and give credit to:

• The Master for her introduction

• Naomi Vince & Jakob Alwall for compiling/editing this handbook

• Farzana Huysman for making the Students’ Maps

• Everyone that contributed photos, whether or not they were used

• Past TCSU Committees for giving us inspiration for what to include.


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4.8 Welfare Contacts

Name

Contact Info

TCSU Welfare Mental Health & Wellbeing welfare@tcsu.net

Women & NB Students’

women@tcsu.net

LGBT+

lgbt@tcsu.net

Racial & Ethic Diversity

bme@tcsu.net

International

overseas@tcsu.net

Disabilities

disabilities@tcsu.net

Senior Tutor

College Nurse

College Counsellor

College Mental Health Advisor

senior.tutor@trin.cam.ac.uk

surgery@trin.cam.ac.uk

01223 338471

counsellor@trin.cam.ac.uk

mha@trin.cam.ac.uk

01223 747505

Porters’ Lodge 01223 338400

Chaplains John john.summers@trin.cam.ac.uk

01223 766327

Anne

anne.strauss@trin.cam.ac.uk

07715 104065

Others Nightline email@cambridge.nightline.ac.uk

01223 744444

The Samaritans 116 123

NHS First Response Service 111 then select option 2

Addenbrooke’s Hospital 01223 245151

Students’ Unions’ Advice Service

advice@studentadvice.cam.ac.uk

01223 746999



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