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Accommodation Service

Studying at Cambridge


Postdoctoral researchers

Postdoc researching brain repairFor Postdoctoral researchers – the single biggest staff group in the University –college accommodation is unlikely to be a long-term option. With the Accommodation Service you will not be charged agency fees and the majority of our landlords have been with us for many years, providing reliable properties for rent. Be wary of commercial letting agents as their fees can be extremely high.

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Living in Cambridge

If you are coming from overseas you should consider taking a University property to be assured of good quality accommodation.

Useful information from other websites:

How the University and Colleges work explains the difference between the University of Cambridge and its Colleges.

Apply for a University Card if you have not done so already. The card entitles you to discounts from local shops and services. Benefits of a University card.

University Human Resources Division can give you comprehensive information on visa enquiries, childcare, money, health, careers, learning languages, employment for spouses and cycling.

Contact the police should your visa require that you register with them, or for any other reason.

Newcomers and Visiting Scholars (NVS) can help you and your family to settle in and find out more about Cambridge.

Get involved with sport at all levels within the University. Cambridge City Council also offers many sporting options. 


The Postdoc Academy is the lead University organisation relating to the postdoctoral community.  With its unique overview of the postdoctoral community in Cambridge and beyond, the role of the Postdoc Academy is to enable each individual postdoc to realise their potential in their own ambitions and in contributing to the University and society as a whole. 


Postdocs Of Cambridge (PdOC) is the Cambridge University Society for postdoctoral research staff and Junior Research Fellows (JRFs). PdOC aims to bring the postdoc community together on both a social and intellectual level and improve postdoc representation within Colleges and the University. PdOC is run by postdocs for postdocs. All Cambridge postdocs are welcome to join and there is no membership fee. The website provides information about PdOC organised welcome and social events, in addition to useful resources on career development, seminars, workshops and sports clubs.