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Studying at Cambridge


How to rent a private property

Renting a property through the Accommodation Service is easy. Once you are registered on the site you will be able to access and view all the latest available properties from any of the Accommodation Services' affiliated landlords.

Once you have found a property that you like you can contact the landlord through the details outlined on the property listing, or if you prefer to you can use the enquiry form submission at the foot of the property listing. This will send an email to the landlord with the details of your enquiry.

Please note: The Accommodation Service does not deal with private listings beyond the advertisement of a property. You, as the prospecting tenant will need to arrange viewings and tenancy details directly with the landlord.

Inside knowledge

The property market in Cambridge moves quickly. There is little point in looking more than a few months in advance, as most private accommodation will be available either immediately or within 3-4 weeks.

It's difficult to find self-contained accommodation for less than 6 months.

We occasionally list College rooms, though this is subject to availability and opportunities are limited. These appear in the property adverts alongside privately offered rooms. Room types and renting periods vary.

It is best to avoid taking private accommodation without seeing it first – if you know someone in Cambridge ask if they can view on your behalf, make an earlier visit to house hunt, or book into temporary accommodation for a few days when you arrive so you have time to view places for yourself. This is particularly important if you’re looking for a room in a shared house; at most times of year, you’ll be able to find a room within a few days once you’ve arrived, so there’s no need for anxiety.

Most prices quoted on our site do not include household bills – please read carefully to check whether they do or not. To get a rough idea of how much living costs might be, please contact the landlords. However, rooms in landlords’ own homes are an exception and normally do include household expenses; your rent is likely to be all-inclusive.

When you are in Cambridge looking at properties contact Landlords by telephone where possible – some will not check email regularly.

Be prepared to pay a deposit and first month's rent up front before you can move in.

Cambridge is a small city – you can live on the outskirts and still only be 15 minutes cycle ride from the University.

Please do contact us for any further advice – we are here to answer your questions about finding accommodation and living in Cambridge. 

Please let us know once you have secured accommodation for our records.