Accommodation

GRADUATE FRESHERS ACCOMMODATION 2017/18

Please complete and submit the online form relating to your accommodation preferences for the coming year.  We aim to accommodate as many Graduate Students as possible, however there is pressure on accommodation and should demand outstrip supply then priority will be given to those students whose place is already confirmed.  Rooms are either in the College itself or in nearby College owned houses (hostels).  Students looking for couples accommodation should email me directly, concerning possible accommodation, however couples accommodation is extremely limited, in great demand and we are currently running a waiting-list.

All rooms are bedsits for single occupancy only, and

  • are furnished (single bed, desk, desk chair, desk lamp, armchair, coffee table, wardrobe/fitted cupboard, chest of drawers);
  • have background heating, electric heaters can be provided;
  • are provided with duvet, 2 pillows, blanket and mattress cover.  You should provide your own bedlinen, although bedlinen can be provided by the College (4 sheets, 4 pillow cases, 2 duvet cases, 2 towels); should you require this a £50 deposit must be paid which will be refunded once all the bedlinen is returned.  Please indicate on the enclosed form if you require bedlinen.  The washing of bedlinen is your responsibility;
  • have internet connection;
  • are cleaned regularly (cleaners are called ‘bedders’).  This service is included your rent.

The vast majority of rooms have washbasins.  There are a limited number of rooms with ensuite facilities; these are situated in College hostels only and are usually in the highest rent category.  College rooms are located in the New Court area of the College and the vast majority of hostel rooms are less than 5 minutes walk from College. All College staircases and all hostels are of mixed gender.  Students in College rooms share a kitchenette (known as ‘gyp’ rooms) where facilities are limited, and suitable for the preparation of light snacks only.  A microwave oven is available in the gyp room; ovens cannot, for safety reasons, be used in student rooms.   Students in rooms in College hostels usually have access to a full kitchen.  Communal television is available in College but if you wish to bring your own television then you will need to purchase your own licence.

In 2017-8 weekly rents will vary from £96.48/week to £131.30/week; the majority of the rooms are £113.67/week or above; rent differences reflect the variations in room size, view etc.  Rooms are booked out from the Saturday before the start of Michaelmas term to mid-September of the following year.  Any student on a taught course of one-year or less in duration will be contacted during the May before their course ends asking them when they would like to leave.  Rent is charged for a 13 week period (i.e. quarterly).

When making the room allocations the principal criteria that will be taken into account are your preferred rent and whether you prefer a College or a hostel room, but please indicate on the online form any other details that you would like to be considered, such as being exceptionally tall (as we do have some attic rooms).  Although we shall do our best to please you, you should remember that it is not always possible to comply with all wishes.

Even if you do not require College owned accommodation, please still submit the online form indicating that you will be living in private accommodation.  If you have decided to are live in private accommodation please ensure that you record your address in Cambridge on CamSIS as soon as you you know it  – every full-time student has to be resident with a known Cambridge address.  Students living in private accommodation pay half KFC, although they can apply to be exempt from paying.  If you would like to be exempt from paying the KFC please contact me for further information.

We expect you to take up residency on Saturday 30 September 2017, should you wish to arrive before this date, please indicate this on your form; you will be charged a nightly pro rata rent for the room before 30 September in addition to your termly rental.  If you do plan to arrive before the 30 September it might not be possible for you to occupy the room you will eventually have however we will endeavour to find you another room until your room is available for you to move into; this is why it is imperative to let us know in good time if you expect to be here early; please note we are unable to offer you accommodation before 9 September 2017.  It will not be possible for you to see the room you have been allocated before taking up residence.

You will be informed of the details of your accommodation when other information about coming to Pembroke is sent to you in September; please note graduate rooms are not allocated before the beginning of September.  In the meantime if you have any queries relating to accommodation please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Dr Becky Coombs
College Registrar

Student Accommodation Handbook

Graduate Terms and Conditions for Occupation of Accommodation