Travel and Visas




Before booking flights, trains, buses, etc, check your arrival and departure times. All prices and timings given below are subject to change – see providers' websites for the latest rates. Your destination will be St Catharine's college. 

  • St Catharine's College, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1RL.


We recommend that all students take advice from the British Embassy in their country on whether a visa is required to enter the UK.


Important visa information

If you do need a visa to enter the UK, you should complete the relevant visitor visa application form according to Embassy advice. You can get information on Visa requirements on the UK Border Agency website.

We are happy to provide a letter in support of your visa application – however, prior to us providing such a letter, your total course fees must be paid in full. Please contact us if you require a letter in support of your visa application.

Please note that many Embassies take a long time to process a visa application – it is best to contact them as soon as possible to find out about the procedures and make your application.

If a visa is refused we will refund the full fees minus a handling charge of £100, provided that the visa application was made at least 1 month prior to the start of the whole course. Proof of application date and refusal is required before fees are refunded – please see our Cancellation Policy.

Please note: not having received a response from the visa authority does not qualify the Student or Parent for a refund.


It is essential that you have comprehensive travel insurance to cover loss of possessions and medical expenses as for any trip away from home – it is also highly advisable to include cancellation cover with your insurance.




Arrival & Departure



  • You should arrive on the Sunday 1st July (the day before your first class).
  • Registration will take place between 12:00 and 18:00 at St Catharine's College – you must arrive before 18:00 on Sunday.
  • Classes for each new week begin on Monday morning every week.
  • If you need to arrive on Saturday instead of Sunday, please let us know – an extra night's accommodation incurs an additional charge.


  • You will be free to leave from 10:00 on the Saturday 21st July
  • Make sure you book your departing flight late enough so that so you do not miss any of your last day.
  • Some airports are further away than others – see below for more information.
  • If you need to stay on the Saturday night after your final course has finished, please let us know – an extra night's accommodation will incur an additional charge.




Travelling to Cambridge from Overseas


Airport Meet & Greet

In order to help your journey to/from Cambridge pass smoothly, OSC recommends Airport Angels, who are able to provide Airport Meet and Greet Services at major airports.

Bookings can be made directly with Airport Angels on their website.


By Air - Which Airport?

Some London airports are closer to Cambridge than others:

  1. Stansted (30 mins by train or 50 mins by coach)
  2. Luton (1hr 30 mins)
  3. Heathrow (approx 3 hrs)
  4. Gatwick (approx 4 hrs)

By Air - Airport Bus Transfers

You do not need to go into Central London - all the coaches listed below take you directly to Cambridge from the airport.

All services are operated by National Express - for details and to book tickets see

All coaches will drop you at Parker's Piece in Cambridge - a short walk from Emmanuel College on St Andrew's Street.



Coach number   


Journey      time


Cheapest      tickets

Arrival                 stop


727, 787 and 797

Central Bus Station and Terminals 4 & 5

3 hrs (approx)

Every 1-2 hrs

£40 return (£27 student)

Parker's Piece,


727 and 797

North and South Terminals

4 hrs (approx)

Every 1-2 hrs

£36 return (£24 student)

Parker's Piece,



Airport coach station

1 hr 30 (approx)

Every 2-2.5 hrs

£28 return (£19 student)

Parker's Piece,


717, 727 and 797

Airport coach station

50 mins (approx)

Every 2 hrs

£16 return (£11 student)

Parker's Piece,

By Air - Trains from Stansted Airport

  • Stansted is the closest airport to Cambridge and there is a frequent train service linking the two.
  • The journey time is about 30 minutes and the fare is approximately £10 each way; for further details see

By Train - London St Pancras Station

  • Direct trains to London St Pancras depart from Paris, Brussels and Lille.
  • Other European cities are only one change away, including Amsterdam, Cologne, Zurich and Geneva. For a full list of destinations, visit
  • From London St Pancras, follow the signs to King's Cross station (the two stations are immediately adjacent), from where you can catch a train to Cambridge.
  • For how to get from London King's Cross to Cambridge, see below.



Consent to Travel Letters

It is recommended that students who are under 18 and are flying without parental supervision carry a letter from their parent/guardian giving consent for them to travel alone. More and more airlines are asking to see these letters at check in. The letter should include:

  • your dates of travel and return 

  • where you will be travelling to 

  • where you will be staying  

  • parental consent to travel alone.



Travelling to Cambridge within the UK


By Bus

  • Regular services are scheduled every thirty minutes to Cambridge from Victoria Coach Station in central London.
  • The journey time is between 2-3 hours and the fare is £21 period return (cheaper if you book in advance). For further details see
  • All coaches will drop you at Parker's Piece in Cambridge - a short walk from Emmanuel College on St Andrew's Street - see map.

By Train - London King's Cross

  • The train journey takes either 45 or 60 minutes from King’s Cross Station in London, and trains run approximately every 30 minutes.
  • Fares are £22 single and between £30 and £40 return depending on the time of day you travel.
  • Cambridge train station is about 15 minutes' walk from Emmanuel College and there is a good taxi service running from just outside the station.
  • For directions on how to get to King's Cross from anywhere in London, see or Google Maps.

By Car

  • Students should not bring a car to the Summer School – there is nowhere to park (except expensive 24 hour car parks).
  • If you are being dropped off:
  • Cambridge is approached from the south via the M11 (from London).
  • Exit the M11 at Junction 11, signed Cambridge (A1309). Follow the signs to Cambridge City Centre which you will enter from the south along the Trumpington Road.
  • Emmanuel College is on St Andrew's Street, which is in the centre of town.
  • Parking is very restricted in Cambridge. There are no parking facilities at all at Emmanuel College, so car drivers will have to use short term parking in the Lion Yard Car Park, off Downing Street, which is well signposted as you drive into the city centre.