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Accommodation 2019/20

Please complete 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 who have a confirmed place.  Rooms are either in the College itself or in nearby College owned houses (hostels).  Students looking for a flat/couples accommodation should email the College Register directly, concerning possible accommodation, however please be aware that the supply of flats is limited.

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 online form if you would like to hire bedlinen.  The washing of bedlinen is your responsibility;
  • have an internet and telephone 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 a 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 2019-20 weekly rents for bedsits will vary from £94.95 to £145.03; the majority of the rooms are £118.32/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 beginning of 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 criterion that will be taken into account is your preferred rent and whether you prefer a College or a hostel room, but please indicate on the enclosed 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 return the form indicating that you will be living in private accommodation and let us have your Cambridge address if you know it already or by mid-September at the latest.  Every full-time student has to be resident with a known Cambridge address.

We expect you to take up residency on Saturday 5 October 2019, 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 your room before 5 October in addition to your termly rental.  If you do plan to arrive before 5 October 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 13 September 2019.  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 the the College Registrar.

N.B. Regardless of whether your place has been confirmed by the Board of Graduate Studies, or not, please complete the accommodation form.