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Vacation Arrangements and Keeping Term

Room Licence

You are permitted to reside in College in between the dates of your room licence.

Please note that all students who have gained approval to stay in residence after their room licence has expired will incur an additional nightly charge of £15.00.

For more information on permission to remain in residence please see the Vacation Residence section on page 10 of the Student Handbook.

Licence dates for 2015/16 and 2016/17

  2015/16 2016/17
Michaelmas    
Start of Standard and Full Academic year Licence period                                                                                  Wed 30 Sep-15  Wed 28 Sept-16
Start of Freshers' 9 week licence - Sat Sat 03 Oct-15 Sat 01 Oct-16
End of Freshers' 9 week licence - Sat Sat 05 Dec-15 Sat 03 Dec-16
End of 10 week Standard Licence period - Wed Wed 09 Dec-15 Wed 07 Dec-16
     
Lent    
Start of Standared Licence period Wed 06 Jan-16 Wed 11 Jan-17
End of 10 week Standard Licence period - Wed Wed 16 Mar-16 Wed 22 Mar-17
     
Easter    
Easter Sunday Sun 27 Mar-16 Sun 16 Apr-17
Start of Standard Licence period Sun 10 Apr-16 Sun 15 Apr-17
End of 10 week Standard and Full Academic Year Licence period Sun 19 Jun-16 Sun 25 Jun-17
     
General Admission - Wed Wed 22 Jun-16 Wed 28 Jun-17
Graduands leave accommodation Thur 23 Jun-16 Thur 29 Jun-17

 

Undergraduate Vacation Residence Application

Junior members wishing to be considered for vacation residence should complete the current Vacation Residence Application form which needs to be submitted to the Tutorial Office by the set deadline. Please note that Home students require the signature of their Director of Studies before the form can be reviewed by the Senior Tutor. 

University dates for 2015/16 and 2016/17

  2015/16 2016/17
Michaelmas    
Start of University Term                                                                                              Thurs 01 Oct-15 Sat 01 Oct-16
Start of Full Term - Tue Tue 06 Oct-15 Tue 04 Oct-16
End of Full Term - Fri Fri 04 Dec-15 Fri 02 Dec-16
End of University Term Sat 19 Dec-15 Mon 19 Dec-16
     
If you wish to stay beyond this date or arrive before the start of next term, please complete the Residence Vacation Form by Friday 27 Nov-15 Friday 25 Nov-16
     
Lent    
Start of University Term Tue 05 Jan 16 Thur 05 Jan-17
Start of Full Term - Tue Tue 12 Jan-16 Tue 17 Jan-17
End of Full Term - Fri Fri 11 Mar-16 Fri 17 Mar-17
End of University Term Tue 24 Mar-16 Sat 25 Mar-17
     
If you wish to stay beyond this date or arrive before the start of next term, please complete the Residence Vacation Form by Mon 07 Mar-16 Mon 06 Mar-17
     
Easter    
Start of University Term Sun 10 Apr-16 Mon 17 Apr-17
Start of Full Term - Tue Tue 19 Apr-16 Tue 25 Apr-17
End of Full Term - Fri Fri 10 Jun-16 Fri 16 Jun-17
End of University Term Sat 18 Jun-16 Sun 25 Jun-17
     
If you wish to stay beyond this date or arrive before the start of next term, please complete the Residence Vacation Form by Wed 08 Jun-16 Wed 07 Jun-17

Please note:  Full Term always starts on a Tuesday and ends on a Friday, which means that the first night of Full Term is a Tuesday night and the last is a Thursday night.  Lectures and supervisions take place between Full Term dates.

Undergraduate Vacation Residence Study Grants

The College will consider applications from undergraduates for grants towards the costs of remaining in Cambridge for the purpose of vacation study. The current Vacation Residence Grant form will be made available after each vacation period has ended. 

Keeping Term

There are two parts to obtaining a degree at Cambridge: the most important by far is taking Honours in the necessary Tripos examinations, and you will already know something about our Tripos system; the other part is that of 'keeping term'. 

The University requires all candidates for the B.A. degree to have spent no less than nine Terms in Cambridge and the College has to certify to the University that this is the case for each undergraduate.  In order to 'keep term' an undergraduate must be residing in accommodation approved by the Tutor for no less than 59 nights during the Michaelmas and Lent Terms and 52 nights in the Easter Term. Please note that these figures refer to University Terms rather than Full Terms.

This does not mean that you are obliged to stay in Cambridge for this period continuously, but if you wish to be away from Cambridge for any number of nights you should see your Tutor who will issue you with what is called an 'Exeat'.  When this is presented at the Porters' Lodge and the Exit Book signed, our charges to you for meals are suspended while you are away and most important to us, we know that you are not here. 

If an undergraduate fails to 'keep term' it is not possible for the College to certify to the University that the term in question has been kept. This will have very inconvenient consequences for an undergraduate who has otherwise become qualified to take a degree. A more official account of relevant regulations will be found in College Regulations, Regulation II. The Senior Tutor will address this subject further when he talks to all new undergraduates in a group meeting at the beginning of the new academic year, and your own Tutor will be able to clarify any point that is not clear to you.