Follow the rules of each building you enter

Lent term: Update 7 January 2021

The University and Colleges remain open, and will continue to engage in research, learning and education.

After considerable reflection, we have taken the difficult decision to move all teaching and learning for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students online for the entirety of the Lent term. Undergraduate and postgraduate taught students should remain where they are currently staying. Postgraduate research students who are able to work from their out-of-term address should do so. Postgraduate research students who consider Cambridge to be their primary place of residence should review the information at the following link.

For exceptions, and for more information, see the message issued by the Vice-Chancellor on 6 January 2021.


If you’re returning to Cambridge or are starting here for the first time this year, things will look a little bit different as we’ve put in place procedures to reduce your risk of catching COVID-19. It is important to follow the rules of each building you enter because different buildings may have slightly different rules. You can find advice and guidance on rules for specific buildings on the relevant website. Depending on the building, this advice may be found on a Departmental, Faculty, Laboratory or College website. 

Information on using the University Library is available on their webpages. To help you plan your studies, the University Library pages have put together information on using University and Faculty and Departmental Library Services in the academic year 2020/21.

What will studying in the College library look like at Cambridge University, with COVID-19 precautions in place? Please note that procedures will vary from College to College, and this short film should be viewed as an example of some of the procedures that may be in place.



See how the Cambridge Judge Business School has prepared to reopen to staff and students:



Here are some other examples of ways Cambridge sites have been ensuring they are COVID-secure:

University Sports Centre

Katy Pitts on reopening the Department of Biochemistry


Further information

NHS Test, Track and Trace: how it works

General advice on returning to the workplace

Guidance for resident students