How does it work?
Start by registering as a landlord. Add details of your properties/rooms – we’ll need a description of what you’re offering. Details such as distance to town/university, local amenities, public transport and so on are all useful, given that many people seeking accommodation on our website are new to Cambridge. Adding photos increases your chances of finding a tenant. You’ll be able to specify what kinds of tenant your property is suitable for – a family, or an individual, for instance.
Advertise your properties/rooms as they become available. Prospective tenants will contact you directly to arrange viewings. You may be contacted by prospective tenants who are unable to visit the property themselves; please consider this when advertising the property. It is quite acceptable to wish to meet your prospective tenant prior to agreeing a tenancy.
Let us know when you have signed a contract with a tenant so that we can update our listings – once you’ve found a tenant, your property will be withdrawn from the website. We’ll keep the details on our system, ready for the next time you need to advertise.
We advertise properties managed by letting agents, but they must not charge our clients administration fees. Sometimes landlords may wish to pay these agency fees on their tenants’ behalf, in order to obtain access to agency management services.
Who are the tenants?
All prospective tenants using the Accommodation Service are members of the University of Cambridge, or of an affiliated institution. They include:
- Undergraduate and postgraduate students
- Visiting scholars
They may be staying in Cambridge for anything from a few days to several years, and may be individuals, couples or families.
The Accommodation Service is grateful for the homes our landlords offer to University members, and we appreciate the close relationship we have with many of you. Historically, we have provided this service for free to the majority; however, there is now a need to recover some of the administrative costs the provision of this service incurs.
As a result, from 1 May 2018 there will be an administration fee payable on each occasion to wish to re-activate your property on our website, as follows:
Per room - £20
Per whole property - £45
Payment will be online, or at our office (cash or cheque only), or by post, with a cheque payable to the University of Cambridge.
Up to 1 May, the Accommodation Service will continue to levy an administration fee of £45 where a landlord or agent owns/manages/lets more than one property, taking into consideration circumstances at the time, at our discretion.
A £60 administration fee is charged for holiday lets per season.