At the Accommodation Service we help members of the University and of affiliated institutions find homes and settle into life in Cambridge. We provide access to a wide range of accommodation.
Register to find a home with us
To join the University accommodation waiting list and to view our directory of private accommodation, you will first need to tell us more about yourself and what you're looking for.
Who is eligible to apply for University Accommodation?
To qualify for University Accommodation, applicants must be a student or member of staff employed by the University of Cambridge, a Cambridge College or one of the following Affiliated Institutions:
• Babraham Institute
• British Antarctic Survey
• Cambridge University Press and Assessment
• EBI – European Bioinformatics Institute (Hinxton)
• MRC – Medical Research Council
• Sanger Institute
• Wellcome Trust
• University of Cambridge Primary School
Visiting Scholars - eligibility:
Visiting Scholars applying to find a home in University-owned residential property, please be aware that you will not be eligible for Keyworker housing at Eddington. You may apply for other University-owned accommodation, and we will assist if you wish to search the private rental sector. In some circumstances you may be considered for Eddington accommodation at the market rent.
There are specific clauses set down by planning conditions at Eddington which mean that the eligibility criteria are slightly different. More information about eligibility at Eddington is available in the section called Living at Eddington (North West Cambridge).
Conditions of employment or study
Members of staff must have a contract of:
• at least 20 hours per week
• at least a contract length of 12 months remaining at the time an offer of a tenancy is made.
Students, in order to be eligible, must be actively registered on a current course or have the confirmed offer on a course about to commence. Students who are in the process of writing up a thesis may not be considered eligible. Intermitting students will only be considered in exceptional circumstances, with the support of their College and supervisor.
How are applications prioritised?
Priority is automatically assessed by our systems and is based on the information that you provide in your application. It is assessed against others who are also applying at the time of application and allocation.
Priority is allocated based primarily on two criteria:
A) First priority is given to people who are new to the UK and who are not familiar with the City, the availability, location and types of accommodation and the associated costs. Priority is allocated as follows:
1. Hard to fill post - Allocated only by the University HR Departments
2. New staff/student (less than 4 months) coming from overseas
3. New staff/student(less than 4 months), coming from the UK (outside of Cambridge)
4. New staff/student (less than 4 months) with prior knowledge of Cambridge, coming from Overseas
5. New staff/student (less than 4 months) with prior knowledge of Cambridge, coming from
the UK (outside of Cambridge)
6. New staff /student (less than 4 months) coming from the Cambridge area
7. University staff member or students who have been in Cambridge more than 4 months
8. Applicant working for an affiliated organisation
B) Within this prioritisation there is a sub set which is related to the applicant’s status
1) Category A - Staff
2) Category B - Visiting Scholar
3) Category C - Students (generally postgraduate students: the collegiate system at Cambridge supports undergraduates. There are some rare exceptions to this in particular circumstances)
This means that a member of staff will have a higher priority than a visiting scholar or student.
When you apply, you are awarded a priority status. EG: 2A would be for a member of staff originating overseas and who is new to Cambridge (less than 4 months)
More information is located at University accommodation FAQs
Please note that University accommodation is available to rent for a maximum period of five years. Tenancies are generally offered for 12 months, and renewable provided that the tenant remains eligible and has complied satisfactorily with the terms of the tenancy. The University reserves the right not to renew any tenancy at any point during the five year period.
Right to Rent
You must prove your right to stay in the UK before moving into any property. Your landlord, whether the University or in the private sector, will ask to see and take a copy of the passports, BRP (or other relevant documents) of all adults in your household. For more on this, and other useful information, see How to Rent.
Applicants wishing to share University-owned accommodation:
Please note that, if you would like to share a University-owned property with others who are not members of your immediate family, you must seek permission from the Accommodation Service BEFORE applying or accepting a property offer. Only members of the University are eligible to share on this basis, and each request will be considered individually. If you accept an offer of a tenancy before disclosing that you wish to share with others, the Accommodation Service reserves the right to decline permission to do so, and it is possible that this could be considered a breach of your tenancy which can be terminated.
Student sharers: Please note that just as students are ineligible to rent propertties at Eddington,they are also not permitted to participate in sharing arrangements at that site.
Privately-owned properties and rooms are advertised through the Service. The University accepts no responsibility or liability for the advertised details, nor for any communication and agreement arranged between the applicant/ tenant and the landlord. Therefore, all applicants are advised to view the property for themselves, and to understand the terms and conditions of letting, before agreeing to any rental arrangement or signing an agreement..