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Undergraduate Accommodation

One great benefit of attending a Cambridge college as an undergraduate is that you can choose from a flexible range of subsidised accommodation. No need to take out a year-round lease with a private landlord!

Pembroke offers all undergraduates accommodation in College, or College-owned property, for the full three or four years of their degree. Needless to say, our rents are much lower than commercial rates.

Rooms in College

More than half of our undergraduates – including all first-years – live on the main College site, and we have a room here adapted for wheelchair use. The remainder live in nearby College-owned houses.

Most rooms in College are combined single-study bedrooms (no sharing) and a few have the study and bedroom separate. There is usually a small kitchenette on each staircase and simple cooking is possible, though the facilities are not hi-tech.

When you reach second and third year, rooms are allocated via a student-run ballot system.

Rooms in College-owned houses

Pembroke has a number of houses (hostels) conveniently near the College and near our sports ground. After enjoying the benefits of staying in College during first year, many students choose more independent living in College houses for second and third year. Rents in the houses tend to be slightly lower than in College.


Cambridge has three terms: Michaelmas, Lent and Easter, and rent is charged per term.

Each term lasts 8 weeks, though students are usually in residence for 9 or 10 weeks. We don’t charge if you’re not here (such as during holidays) so most students only pay for between 27 – 30 weeks each academic year.

On occasion, students may stay on in residence for academic reasons and pay vacation rent. 

Getting a room

If your application is successful, we’ll send you accommodation information in late spring and ask you to tell us your preferred price range for a room. We allocate rooms in late August and will send you the details in early September.

Facilities at Pembroke

The College offers a huge range of facilities to help you study, relax and socialise, including:  

  • Multi-gym
  • Theatre and drama room
  • Meeting rooms
  • Common/lounge rooms
  • Music room
  • Dark room
  • Art room
  • Table tennis room
  • Self-service laundries