Category: Freshers’

Freshers’ Week information

Welcome to a new year at Clare!

Dear all, We’re only a few short days from the start of Clare College’s 690th year! If you’re a new student moving in then I’d like to give you a huge welcome to Clare...

Freshers’ Week Schedule 2016-17

Hello and a very big welcome to the Clare MCR community! We’re Natalie and Costa, the Clare College MCR Social Secretaries. Hopefully, you have recently received an email from our MCR President Olly delivering...

Cambridge Gowns

Dear Freshers’,

As some of you will have seen in the Fresher’s Guide, Cambridge Gowns are an archaic Cambridge tradition. Until half way through the twentieth century, students had to wear them whenever they left their college room, attended lectures, sat exams, and generally did anything other than shower. Now, gowns are generally only used formal occasions: Matriculation, Formal Halls (recommended at Clare), Graduation, and when voting for a new University Chancellor. You are required to have a gown only twice in your degree – once when you Matriculate and once when you Graduate.

Some people choose not to buy one, and instead choose to borrow or hire one for special occasions. If you do buy one then you can also wear it to formal dinners and some other one-off events. Gowns cost about £100 new, or around £50 second hand. Whether or not you buy one is up to you. A Gown Marketplace has been created to facilitate the exchange of second hand gowns.


Freshers’ Schedule

Hey Freshers!

My name is Jiho, I’m the Clare College MCR Vice President. You should have received an email around a week ago from Anne, delivering the Freshers’ Guide. If not, it can be found here:

In addition to this, please find attached the Freshers’ Week timetable for 2015. The shown schedule consists mainly of the Freshers’ events organised by Clare MCR Committee, but also includes events organised by other bodies within the university that we believe will be beneficial to you. If there is any question; please let me know, or any of the committee members.

Meanwhile, get excited!


Freshers’ Guide 2014-15

Dear Freshers’, Welcome to Clare! Currently we are busily planning an awesome Freshers’ Week for you all to enjoy upon your arrival here in Cambridge. In the meantime, please take a detailed look at...

MCR Freshers’ Guide 2013-14

The MCR Freshers’ Guide for the forthcoming academic year is now available in the MCR Documents section of this website. Many thanks to MCR Vice-President Chrysa Litina and the rest of the MCR Committee...

Clare College MCR Freshers’ Week 2013

With Michaelmas term almost upon us, the Clare College MCR Committee has created the following programme for this year’s Freshers’ Week. Please click on the image below for a more detailed view of what...