All new developments require an amount of affordable rental housing. 700 homes will be available in phases throughout late 2017 into summer 2018.
The affordable homes at Eddington (North West Cambridge Development) are available to qualifying keyworkers of the University, Colleges and Affiliated Institutions. Apartments will be let at significantly discounted rental levels, to staff prioritised in accordance with an Allocations Policy that has been agreed with the local authorities and is set out in the Section 106 planning conditions.
The homes will be managed by Lodge Property Services who are part of the Cambridge University Accommodation Service working with the North West Cambridge Development.
Applications are made through the University Accommodation Service - please click here to register for accommodation at the North West Cambridge Development.
There will also be 1,500 homes for sale on the open market. Hill Residential are currently building 240 new homes on site ready from 2018 and beyond. The homes will be marketed under the branding of 'Athena' and more information can be found on their website.
Hill are responsible for marketing the homes for sale. They can accept direct enquiries about the Government's Help to Buy scheme. Homes for sale may also be available for eligible candidates of the University's Shared Equity Scheme.
For more information about the development and long term vision of Eddington, please see the North West Cambridge Development website at
More information about Eddington (North West Cambridge Development) such as eligibility criteria, the application process and other information can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions below.
Accommodation at Eddington (North West Cambridge Development)
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who manages the properties at Eddington?
Lodge Property Services manage all properties at Eddington. We are part of the University Accommodation Service and of North West Cambridge Development.
We are currently based in a temporary office at
44 Ryle Yard
Our temporary office telephone number is 07566 289667
2. What size are the apartments?
- One double bedroom
- Open plan dining/living room
- For single people or couples
Approximate average floor space = 52 sq m
One double bedroom
- One single bedroom
- Open plan dining/living room
- For up to a maximum of two adults and one child
Approximate average floor space = 65 sq m
You are responsible for all utility bills covering heating/hot water, electricity, water rates, council tax and broadband.
Four-bedroom shared apartment:
Four single bedrooms each with en-suite bathroom
Communal dining/living area
For single occupancy only
Utility bills covering hearting/hot water, electricity, water rates, council tax and broadband will be added to the monthly rent.
This type of accommodation should become available in early 2018.
For more details please see section 22.
3. Are the apartments furnished?
All of the apartments are fully furnished.
The flats contain:
- Double sofa and armchair
- Dining room table and 4 chairs
- Coffee table, desk and office chair
- Storage space
- Domestic appliances including a washing machine / tumble-drying facilities
If you have your own furniture you would like to bring with you, you can do so. If you would like to remove any furniture we have provided, you will need to request and obtain prior permission from Lodge Property Services, and agree to professional storage for which you will remain fully liable. The furniture must be returned to the apartment rooms in its original condition and location before the end of your tenancy.
Tenants will need to provide their own bedlinen and soft furnishings, and crockery as well as small electrical items such as microwave and kettle.
4. What facilities are available?
These facilities are available at Eddington:
- Sainsbury's supermarket
- University of Cambridge Primary School
- Sports pitches, play areas, and parklands
In the near future there will be a new Community Centre, nursery and more local shops.
A GP surgery will be provided and is planned to be completed in 2018.
Furthermore, a hotel will be situated within the local centre and provide facilities for visitors and residents of the existing and new communities.
5. Is there a completion schedule for all construction on site?
The first phase of Key Worker Housing and most facilities at Eddington will be completed by the summer of 2018. The building work will continue beyond 2018 and will focus on homes for sale and the new hotel.
The second phase of the project where more Key Worker Housing is planned is at an early stage of discussions. The process for the second phase of the North West Cambridge Development will include discussions through the University governance and detailed planning permission, before design and construction. It is anticipated that the second phase will take a further five years to complete.
The final phase of the development will include the construction of academic and commercial research facilities.
For more information about North West Cambridge Development please visit the website http://www.nwcambridge.co.uk/
6. Who is eligible to apply for Key Worker Housing at Eddington?
To qualify for housing at Eddington, applicants must be employed by the University or Colleges or one of the following Affiliated Institutions:
- Babraham Institute
- British Antarctic Survey
- Cambridge Assessment Centre
- Cambridge University Press
- EBI (European Bioinformatics Institute (Hinxton)
- MRC (Medical Research Council)
- Sanger Institute
- Wellcome Trust
- World Monitoring Conservation Centre
- University of Cambridge Primary School
Students (undergraduates, post graduates and any other further education) are not eligible to apply. Please check the Accommodation Service for updates or further guidance.
Applicants must have a contract of:
- at least 18 hours per week
- at least 12 months remaining at the time an offer of a tenancy is made.
Upon application we will request a supporting offer letter stating your salary, working hours and contract length.
The eligibility criteria for Key Worker Housing at Eddington has been defined in the planning permission of the site which was agreed by the local authorities.
Our application system will assess financial eligibility by calculating the applicant’s rent based on their total gross household income. The system will deduct National Insurance and tax from this figure to calculate a net income. From this net amount 30% will be calculated to generate an applicant’s monthly rent charge.
The system includes pension and/or childcare allowances, honorariums and salary sacrifices as part of your gross income.
Part of the tenancy conditions are that any changes to income (such as annual pay rises, additional work etc.) must be notified to the University. This means that the monthly rent may vary throughout your tenancy.
Where a household income is over the eligibility limit of the net income, (which is assessed against market housing rental levels at the time of application) you will not be entitled to subsidised housing at Eddington. You would be welcome to explore other options through the University Accommodation Service where eligibility is not assessed on your income.
7. What is the calculated market rent level?
The current market rent level in the area is calculated as:
· £1,000 for a one-bedroom apartment
· £1,250 for a two-bedroom apartment
· £1,000 for a room in a four-bedroom shared apartment
(calculated market rent levels are reviewed annually)
8. How are housing allocations prioritised?
Priority is automatically assessed 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.
The planning permission states that priority is given to the following in order:
· “Hard to fill” posts - as determined by the University’s HR division
· People who are new to Cambridge (less than four months) and from overseas
· People who are new to Cambridge and live outside of the Cambridge area.
· Everyone who has been in Cambridge more than four months will be in the same priority banding.
· Staff of Affiliated Institutions.
9. How do I apply for subsidised housing at Eddington?
Applying for a home at Eddington involves a short series of actions:
- Register with the University Accommodation Service. This will give you access to the range of properties which the Service has, including privately rented accommodation and University homes. These are not just the homes at Eddington (North West Cambridge Development), which are managed by Lodge Property Services.
- Once registered, you may apply for University owned property by completing a questionnaire. You may opt to select both market rent and subsidised or only subsidised accommodation. Please note that by opting only for subsidised accommodation at Eddington, you may be limiting your chances of being made an offer by the University Accommodation Service elsewhere in Cambridge.
- For subsidised housing at Eddington, the questionnaire will ask personal and financial information which is important to assess your accommodation needs and eligibility.
- You will be informed if you are eligible for housing upon completing the questionnaire. You will need to provide proof of your household income as part of the application process.
- You will be asked to enter a preferred ‘move-in’ date which is used to match the start of your tenancy. If you have started a new job or are arriving from overseas you may want this to be similar to your employment start date. You need to ensure that your ‘move-in’ date is kept current as otherwise your name will be removed from the waiting list after 14 days of your stated move-in date.
- We currently have a waiting list in operation and there is high demand, especially for one bed apartments. The waiting list changes daily as people join and leave the list; we therefore will be unable to disclose your place on the waiting list and are not able to guarantee an offer until it is made.
10. When will I know if I will get an offer?
As the properties are part of a new build site, the completion date can change at short notice. Please be aware that we can only start allocating apartments when we have confirmed dates and this can be less than four weeks in advance of the ‘move in’ date.
You will be informed by Lodge Property Services if you have been shortlisted.
Following this you will be given a formal offer with property details once we have a property completion date confirmed.
There is a very high demand for one-bedroom properties at Eddington. Currently these units are mainly being offered to the high priority applicants who are new to Cambridge. This means that many applicants will not be successful in being made an offer.
If you wish to increase your chances of being offered accommodation you might wish to tick the box on the application system that says ‘Interested in larger properties.’
This option allows you to be considered for a two-bedroom apartment at a rent of £1,000 per calendar month (or up £1,250 if your income is higher).
11. How much rent will I pay?
Because Eddington is different to other University accommodation, the rent charge will differ from person to person. The rent charge is calculated from your gross household income (please view sections 6 & 7).
Throughout your tenancy your rent charges could change according to any increases or decreases in your household income. We will review your tenancy three times a year and you are required to notify us of any changes of household members and of any income changes for all parties. Your rent may therefore increase following annual pay awards or if you take on additional roles etc. If your income decreases, we will ask you to verify this with supporting documentation.
Rent is payable in advance on the 1st of the month and you will be asked to set up a direct debit as soon as you accept the tenancy offer.
Rent does not include utility bills and you will need to pay:
Any telephone and internet connections or TV subscriptions
(The exception to this is accommodation in the four bedroom apartments.)
Your council tax will be charged according to your tenancy start date. Council tax for a one-bedroom property is likely to be Band B and for a two-bedroom property possibly Band C.
*Please note - heating and hot water to the whole of Eddington is provided by a District Heating Network powered by an energy centre located on-site. The utility company is called Core which has been set up specifically for this service and as part of the overall North West Cambridge Development. An account will be set up for you as part of your tenancy and you will be asked to agree and sign the Core Contract - see here.
12. How much is the security deposit and will I get it back?
A security deposit is required and would be the following:
· £1,000 for a one-bedroom apartment
· £1,250 for a two-bedroom apartment
· £1,000 for a room in a four-bedroom shared apartment
You are asked to make the payment when accepting the offer. This will be held separately with the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS).
An inventory will be undertaken at both the start and the end of the tenancy and the amount of deposit returned to you will depend on the condition of the apartment upon vacating the property.
13. What happens when I receive the formal offer?
When you are offered accommodation, you will have 48 hours to accept or decline the offer.
A non-refundable fee of £180 must be paid if accepting to reserve the property.
Your tenancy start date may differ to the move-in date you specified in your application due to the number of people moving to Eddington at a similar time. This does not mean you have to move in on your tenancy start date but you will be liable for rent from then on.
· Meet Lodge Property Services
· Sign your tenancy agreement
· Provide right to rent documentation
· Move into your new home with the guidance from our support team at Eddington.
Our current standard tenancy agreement can be downloaded here.
14. Can I refuse an offer for housing at Eddington?
By refusing an offer this may prohibit further offers being made to you.
15. Can I view the apartment before I move in?
Due to the development not yet being complete, viewings will not be possible.
However we may have a show-home apartment, which we can show you to give you an idea of what the apartments look like. You are also advised to walk around Eddington to look at the development and its facilities before applying.
16. How many people can live in the apartments?
One-bedroom apartment for single people or couples.
Two-bedroom apartment for up to a maximum of two adults and one child.
Four-bedroom shared apartment for single occupancy only
17. Can family members live with me?
Applicants can include permanent household members in their application. Due to spatial planning of the homes currently available, the maximum permitted number of children is one child. Later phases of housing will accommodate for larger occupancy. The income of all household members has to be declared. Applicants who have household members with no income (e.g. dependent children and non-working family members) are asked to confirm that they will be staying at the property for more than 50% of the week.
18. How long can visitors stay?
Visitors should not remain at the premises for more than two weeks without prior permission from Lodge Property Services and should not stay longer than one month in total. There is a charge of £250 for this duration. Properties should not be overcrowded at any time.
19. What happens when I move in?
Once we have a fixed date for you to move in, our support team at Lodge Property Services will introduce you to your new home and highlight key features.
In addition, an online residents portal will also be available to help you familiarise yourself to your new home, with user instructions and local community news and information.
20. How long do tenancies last for?
As with all University managed accommodation, each tenancy agreement will last for a fixed 12 month period. If you continue to be eligible under the rental model we are able to extend your tenancy to a maximum of three years. Your tenancy is affected if your income or employment contract changes – please see section 22.
21. Can I end my tenancy early?
You can express your wish to leave your tenancy early. You will be liable to pay rent, all utility bills and council tax until a new tenant is found or until your tenancy ends as per your tenancy agreement, whichever date occurs first.
There will be a non refundable fee of £100 (may change without prior notice) which will be charged once you have formally expressed your wish to leave early.
22. How often will rent reviews take place?
You will be asked to complete a rent review online in months one, five and eight of your tenancy, and at any other time during your tenancy.
As part of your tenancy agreement you are obliged to inform Lodge Property Services immediately of any changes to you or your household status and may need to provide additional proof if there are any changes.
The outcome of your review may result in automatic increase of your monthly rental charge and an increase in your direct debit.
If your review results in a proposed decrease, we will ask to see proof of the change in income.
If you have chosen to upsize to a two-bedroom apartment at £1,000 per month and your household income substantially increases, your rent may increase up to the market rent value of a two-bedroom apartment of £1,250 per month.
If you are sharing with another employee or have a family member living with you and they move out, your rent charge will be recalculated. You may be charged as if you were upsizing to a two-bedroom apartment at a rate of £1,000, depending on your household income.
23. What happens if I no longer qualify for subsidised housing because I leave the University or my income increases?
If your employment with the University ceases before your tenancy agreement ends, or you are no longer eligible because your income is too high, you will no longer qualify for subsidised housing for the remaining period and the rent will increase to market rent levels. You will also be given notice that your tenancy will terminate at the end of its current term.
If your household income increases but is still within the eligibility limits, your rent will increase up to the market rent level (please see sections 7 & 22).
24. How do I select the option to share a four-bedroom apartment?
We do not currently have a section where you can select the four bedroom shared units. If you are interested please email Lodge Property Services at NWCresidences@admin.cam.ac.uk.
The rent charge for these rooms will be calculated as the rent charge you would pay for a one-bedroom apartment minus £50 per month.
For these apartments the University will be paying the communal bills for council tax, water rates, heating and hot water, electricity and broadband supplies.
A monthly charge for these will then be added to the rent. Charges have not yet been calculated (they are likely be around £90 per person per month).
25. Can I apply for a two-bedroom home if I find someone to share with?
You may apply to share with someone else who is not a partner or family member.
There can only be one main tenant and the other person would be your sharer.
Both people must be employees of either - the University or a College.
You are required to input their details and both of your salaries in order to calculate the combined household income and therefore the monthly rent.
You would need to agree with that person how you share the bills and who has which bedroom.
It is up to you to find a sharer as Lodge Property Services cannot assist in the matching process.
26. Can I sublet or have a lodger at the property?
You will not be able to sublet the whole or any part of the property under the terms of your tenancy agreement.
27. How far is Eddington from the centre of Cambridge? Does it have public transport connections to University sites and other areas in Cambridge? How do I get around Cambridge?
Cycling is encouraged and there are ample cycle paths and safe storage areas for bicycles at Eddington. The Universal Bus service connects Eddington with the city centre and Cambridge railway station and Biomedical Campus. It runs Monday to Saturday at least every 20 minutes. It costs £1 per journey for University card holders (please note, the service terminates at the rail station on Saturdays).
A car club will also be coming soon to Eddington.
On arrival residents will receive complimentary membership of the newly introduced car club along with details of transport links, such as the local bus and train service.
Travel planning assistance can be provided to help with journey planning in and around Cambridge, particularly to your workplace.
28. Is parking available on site?
The properties at Eddington do not automatically come with car parking spaces. Eddington has been designed as a low-car community, with a target of less than 40% of journeys needing to take place by single-occupancy car.
You can apply for a resident parking permit at £85 per month.
You will be provided with more information on how to apply for a resident parking permit once you have a property allocated at Eddington.
On-street resident parking is not available, though a limited number of spaces are provided for visitors. There will be some parking spaces allocated for tenants with special needs or access requirements, and these applicants will be given higher priority for resident parking permits.
29. Are TV aerials provided?
There are no TV aerials on site. If you wish to watch television you will need to have an internet ready TV or use a streaming service on another device.
30. Will an internet connection be provided?
If you are moving into a new property in Eddington, you will need to register for a broadband package with your chosen internet service provider from the below list (unless you are moving into a four-bedroom apartment). It may take a while to order your package and have your system set up and so we do encourage residents to make enquiries as soon as you are given a formal offer.
Please note the mobile phone signal can be weak in some apartments unless you are near a window.
Eduroam is provided in external communal areas across the whole of Eddington.
Eddington has been provided with FTTP Fibre to the Premises (sometimes referred to as Fibre to the Home FTTH) and is the fastest commercial internet infrastructure available in the UK.
Current Internet Providers (Fibre to the Home/FTTH) to Eddington are:
31. Can I keep a pet at the property?
Pets are not permitted within the premises.
32. Are there lifts in the apartment blocks?
Lifts are installed in buildings with more than 3 storeys.
Apartment blocks with less than 3 storeys do not have lifts.
If you are unable to manage stairs, please tick the box for ground floor within the application process.
33. Am I allowed to smoke in the apartment?
Smoking is not allowed within apartments or in communal areas like stairwells, courtyards or terraces.