We work with University departments to help their newcomers relocate and settle into Cambridge life. We provide:
- Newcomers and Visiting Scholars group
- Advice on accommodation, transport, schools and healthcare
- Advice on understanding rental contracts and housing laws
- Useful links and contacts
How to sign up your members for our service
Individual clients can register below. If you are assisting them in looking for accommodation, please note that we still need your members to register themselves individually. This is how the service operates, and gives your members access to the information for themselves.
Department heads and administrators may register to see what accommodation is available, but specific client details will be required.
If you would like free training in how to use the Accommodation Service most effectively to help your members, please let us know.
We will come to your college or department and deliver personalised training to help you make the most of our service.
Can I register on behalf of a visitor?
Many University departments want access to our directory of available accommodation for their visitors.
You may register on behalf of a visitor providing it is clear that that is what you are doing. To make it clear, complete the tenant registration form with your visitor's details. To ensure that we know it is being done by a department, please enter your email contact when asked for the alternative email address.
You may only register one client at a time. If you are registering for more than one client, please register separately for each one.
How can I register for several visitors?
You may register on behalf of a visitor by completing the tenant registration form with your visitor's details. To ensure that we know it is being done by a department, please enter your email contact when asked for the alternative email address.
For reasons of security and for our records you may only register one client at a time. Landlords need to know specifically who their potential clients are, and we need to vet them for eligibility for using our Service.
If you are registering for more than one client, please register separately for each one, providing your email address as the alternative email contact each time.
You may register on behalf of as many visitors as you like, providing you follow the instructions above.
Is your service for University members only?
Our service is primarily to find housing for members of the University of Cambridge: staff, students, academics and visiting scholars.
However we also find accommodation for a few people who are not members but are coming to Cambridge owing to their affiliation with the University, such as visiting students. They will be asked on the registration form to prove their connection to the University of Cambridge.
If you have a non-University member for whom you would like to find accommodation, please call us on (01223) 338099 if you are unsure of their eligibility for the Accommodation Service.
Can you help us to use your service?
Using the Accommodation Service is simple, as it all happens through our web site. Register your visitors on our site, specify what they are looking for, and you will find a list of suitable accommodation.
If you prefer some assistance we can help you to get started on our web site. Perhaps you want to know how to find the most number of properties through our site, or your visitors would like more general advice about relocating to Cambridge? In all these cases we are happy to help.
We can offer advice, come and deliver training, and give a personalised service to find accommodation on our system most effectively – all free of charge. Call (01223) 338099 to see how we can help you today.
How can you help people relocate?
In addition to providing a free directory of suitable accommodation, and training for departments, we offer the following to University visitors moving to Cambridge:
- Personalised advice on the right accommodation for them. We have visited many of the properties and can provide more detail than the listings typically include
- Advice on moving to Cambridge, including advice on health, schools, money and culture
- The Newcomers and Visiting Scholars group help to integrate them into University and Cambridge life
- Useful links
To take advantage of the full range of our services, please contact us today.
When, and for how long, is accommodation available?
New accommodation is listed on our system all year round, and for as long as three weeks to one year.
How can the NVS help?
The Newcomers and Visiting Scholars group (NVS) help newly arrived scholars and visitors – along with their partners and families – to settle in and have opportunities to meet local people.
They hold informal and lively weekly meetings every Tuesday morning in Full Term, as well as hosting a full social calendar.
You can find out more about the NVS here, and view their latest programme of events here.