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The Ballot

Pembroke offers all undergraduates accommodation for the duration of their course.  Rooms are located either in the College itself or in nearby hostels.  Rooms are chosen according to a ballot order determined in the course of a students’ first year; this order is reversed the following year.  Students who will be entering their third or fourth year of study choose their rooms first.

Rooms will be chosen in July/August 2020 using RMS.

The list of rooms available for the coming year, with their current rents (rents will increase each year), is available here. Any rooms marked with an asterisk are currently not in the ballot.

Student reviews of rooms can be found here

It is important that any student intending to find their own accommodation should inform the College Registrar as soon as possible.  Any undergraduate who chooses a room in the ballot and subsequently decides not to live in College owned accommodation, must notify the College Registrar, in writing, by end of the first week of July. Failure to do so will make you liable to a term’s rent being charged.

Student reviews of rooms can be found here

It is important that any student intending to find their own accommodation should inform the College Registrar as soon as possible.  Any undergraduate who chooses a room in the ballot and subsequently decides not to live in College owned accommodation, must notify the College Registrar, in writing, by end of the first week of July. Failure to do so will make you liable to a term’s rent being charged.

Room swaps

Occasionally following the ballot students decide they would like to swap rooms with someone – this is possible but both interested parties need to inform the Rooms Tutor in writing that they agree to the swap.

Rough timetable of the allocation of rooms is:

Mich term: Current third year students (including students on their year abroad) are contacted to determine whether they will be staying for a fourth year and therefore need to be included in the ballot (failure to reply to this request will result in the College not being able to guarantee a room for the fourth year). Students remaining for a fourth year are inserted randomly into the third year ballot below position no. 30 of the main ballot.  Students remaining for a fourth can enter in groups of up to four.

The Ballot order for students entering their third or fourth year in 2020/21 will be published on the College website.

Mid-end of Lent term: The names of all first year undergraduates who are staying on for a second year are entered into a draw. The order in which names are drawn determines the order that rooms will be chosen for the second year.  This order is reversed when choosing rooms for the third year so that those at the bottom of the ballot list this year will be top of the list next year.  Students may enter the draw in groups of up to four if they wish to.

The Ballot order for students entering their second year in 2020/21 will be published on the College website.

Early of July: Foundation Scholars and College Scholars are placed at the top of the main ballot once all exam results are known, unless they have indicated that they would rather choose a room and be near their friends.  Further information about this can be found here.

Second week of July (approx.): Final ballot order published and all students informed of their allocated day and time to choose a room (using RMS).  Students are allocated a 15 minute time slot in which to choose their room from the list of available rooms (students are able to nominate a proxy to choose for them)

Mid/end-August licence agreements are sent out (Student will be deemed to have entered into the agreement when they take possession of the keys to the room listed on the Licence agreement and agree to the Undergraduate Terms and Conditions for Occupation of Accommodation)

End of August/Beginning of September Freshers rooms are allocated.  New undergraduates have their accommodation allocated directly by the College Registrar once their place has been confirmed.  All new students to the College will be sent a form, prior to their arrival, asking them for further information such as their preferred rent and location.)

Living out of College owned Accommodation

Students who prefer to find their own accommodation might find the following websites helpful:

  1. The University Accommodation Service
  2. The Cambridge Accommodation Notice Board

Tutors can also give advice and should always be consulted over contracts and any difficulties over relations with landlords.

 

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