I chose my College because it has a small number of people and I like that kind of community, but I really didn’t mind where I ended up. My favourite things about my College are that it’s quite pretty, I think, and the mixture of old and new. For example, it has quite new accommodation and quite old accommodation as well – at the moment I have amazing views over the chapel and into one of the courts. Daniel, London Visit the website to watch Daniel’s and other students’ 60 Second Impressions (www.cam.ac.uk/60seconds/).
Where is the accommodation? Some Colleges have all their accommodation on their main College site. Others have some on their main site plus a range of College-owned flats/houses around the city. Either way, most accommodation is within easy walking or cycling distance of the University departments and facilities, and the city centre. See the map on p152-3 for locations.
Somewhere to eat At Cambridge, you don’t have to choose between ‘catered’ or ‘self-catered’ accommodation. Basic self-catering facilities are available if you want to cook for yourself, and all Colleges provide dining facilities where you can buy cafeteria-style meals as well as three-course dinners (known as ‘formal halls’) at a reasonable price (see p27).
What’s the accommodation like? Colleges have a variety of accommodation available – rooms vary from medieval to modern, and you usually have a choice of en suite or shared bathroom facilities. Whatever the style, you have a room of your own, and access to a shared kitchen and laundry room. All Colleges provide a library and computer suite too (see also p12).
The Colleges encourage communal dining; it’s a chance to catch up with friends and meet new people. A small number of Colleges require you to have a certain number of meals in the Buttery or dining hall each term (see College websites for details).
Somewhere to relax The main social hub of every College is its common room and bar (also known as a JCR, or Junior Common/Combination Room). Many offer TVs, newspapers, pool tables or computer games. Colleges have a wide range of sports and music facilities too – such as playing fields, gyms, practice rooms and performance venues. See p16-7 for more information about sport and music at the University.
Porters Every College has a team of Porters to maintain the safety and security of staff and students. One of the linchpins of College life, the Porters are often a first point of call about any problems in College or if you need any information.
How much does it cost? The cost varies from College to College, and depends on the type and style of your room (size, en suite etc – most Colleges offer accommodation in a range of price bands to suit different budgets) but the cost usually covers utilities (water, electricity, heating), cleaning, internet access and basic self-catering facilities. The table below shows how our accommodation costs compare with regional and national average costs for university-provided accommodation.2 See p26-9 for more information about costs at Cambridge. Further information www.cam.ac.uk/ accommodation/
How does Cambridge compare? Weekly
Cambridge Colleges (shared facilities)3
East of England average
Accommodation guarantee applies to single undergraduates without children at all Colleges except St Edmund’s. All single undergraduates are expected to live in College-owned accommodation where possible and all students must ordinarily be available to study in Cambridge for the full duration of their course (with the exception of a year abroad where part of the course). 2 Figures taken from NUS/Unipol Accommodation Costs Survey 2012-13. The average accommodation contract in the East of England is 46 weeks, and 41 weeks nationally. East of England excludes London. 3 Based on the typical College accommodation contract of 30 weeks (2014-15). 1
University of Cambridge Undergraduate Prospectus 2016 Entry