South West Residential

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Starts: June 27, 2017Ends: June 29, 2017

Want to experience a taste of undergraduate life at Cambridge? If you’re a Year 12 student at a state school in Cornwall, Devon or Dorset, why not apply for the South West Residential?

Applications for this year’s South West Residential are now CLOSED. Applicants will be contacted on the 7 June – please ensure your teacher has completed a support form, found below.

The South West Residential is an annual visit, taking place on Tuesday 27th – Thursday 29th June in 2017, aimed at high-achieving Year 12 students from state schools in Cornwall, Devon, and Dorset who want to find out more about life at Cambridge as an undergraduate! All accommodation, meals and activities are provided free of charge, and Downing also reimburses travel expenses up to £150.

Attending students have the opportunity to:

  • participate in academic taster sessions such as supervisions and lectures;
  • meet with Directors of Studies, Admissions Tutors and current undergraduates;
  • learn more about the admissions and interview processes;
  • explore the city of Cambridge, other Colleges, and University departments;
  • enjoy a punt tour of Cambridge and join in with other social activities.

“It has cleared a lot of misconceptions and really showed me what it is truly like…much more helpful than any other events I have been to so far.”

“I found the meeting with the Director of Studies particularly useful; it was great to meet the person who would be teaching me and also had a particular interest in the area I want to study.”

“The South West Residential has made applying and getting a place at Cambridge seem more achievable and a realistic goal for me.”

“It was great to see first-hand the individuality and character of the different Colleges – the Cambridge experience is tailored to suit you!”

Attendees on previous South West Residentials

The application deadline is Tuesday 6 June. To apply, students must complete and submit the ‘Student Application Form’ found below. They should then ask the teacher they have nominated as their supporter (normally a Head of Year or Head of Sixth Form) to complete the ‘Teacher Support Form’, also found below. Both forms must be completed for an application to be considered. 

Click here to read an article on the University website about the South West Residential or view blog posts about previous events here.


South West Residential Teacher Support Form

  • Name of studentHow would the South West Residential benefit the student? 
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    It is possible to add additional rows if multiple students from your school/college have made applications to the South West Residential.