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Accommodation Service

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Find a home

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, a College 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

•             NIAB

•             World Monitoring Conservation Centre

•             University of Cambridge Primary School

 

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 18 hours per week

•             at least six months remaining on contract with an original minimum contract length of 12 months at the time an offer of a tenancy is made.

 

Students must have either a current course or a confirmed offer.

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 on 2 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 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. For example 2 A would be for a member of staff originating overseas and who is new to Cambridge (generally less than 4 months)

 

More information is located at University accommodation FAQs

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 (or other relevant documents) of all adults in your household. For more on this, and other useful information, see How to Rent.

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University property waiting list

University accommodation

The University has 1420 properties available for staff and students. 700 new homes will be located on the University’s North West Cambridge Development – a new district of Cambridge. Homes are available to rent to eligible members of the University. Register your interest to find out more about properties that are available.

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Find a property

Private accommodation

There are 201 properties from private landlords currently listed with the Accommodation Service. You can use this site to search for the right property for you, but you must arrange viewings and tenancies directly with the landlord.

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Life in Cambridge

Life in Cambridge

We provide advice and information about living in Cambridge including where to live, how to get around, and how much you can expect to spend.

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Moving to Cambridge

Advice on moving

The Accommodation Service can help new and existing University students and staff find a home and get settled into the area.

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