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Contracts

Rents and contracts

Accommodation rent is charged at the start of each term, for 13 weeks. Rents are shown below on a per-week basis, and include heating, electricity, water, internet connection and a basic cover for personal possessions insurance. In addition, a kitchen fixed charge applies to all students, but varies depending on location.

Prices for 2022-23 will be available in April 2022

Variation in rent for rooms of the same type is usually due to size, though kitchen and other social space is also taken into account.  All prices are per week.

Rooms on the main College site
  • Standard - medium - £114.50 to £124.50
  • Standard - large - £131.50 to £134.50
  • Standard - extra large -  £163
  • With own shower  - medium -  £150.50 to £157
  • With own shower - large - £163
     
  • Fully en suite - £154   ( 1 small room only)
Rooms at Glisson Road
  • Fully en suite - small -  £150.50 to £157
  • Fully en suite - medium - £160.50 to £163
  • Fully en suite - extra large -  £173.50 to £176.50
Rooms in College houses near to Fitzwilliam College
  • Standard - small - £124.50 to £128.50
  • Standard - medium - £131.50 to £138
  • Standard - large and extra large - £144 to £150.50
     
  • With own shower - medium - £147
  • With own shower - large - £160.50
     
  • Fully en suite - small - £150.50  per week (1 room only)
  • Fully en suite - medium - £160.50 to £163 
  • Fully en suite - large and extra large - £173.50 to £176.50
     
  • Self-contained single flat - £173.50 to £194.50
Double/family flats
  • Double Rooms (Huntingdon Road) - £176.50 to £187 per week
  • Canterbury Street - £213
  • Halifax Road and Neale House apartments - £245.50
  • Larger flats (Huntingdon Road) - £282.50 to £287.50

In common with most Colleges, the College also charges its members, in addition to the room rent, a Kitchen Fixed charge (KFC). This is a contribution to the overhead costs of the College catering operation and helps the College maintain student meal prices at affordable levels. The rates vary depending on the type of accommodation and are billed termly.

Council tax is paid by each household to the local Council. Students are normally exempt, but in certain circumstances will need to apply for exemption.  

College Accommodation

  • Single Students - most single student College accommodation is classed as 'Student Halls of Residence' and is therefore exempt from Council tax.  
  • Single person self-contained accommodation - these rooms are liable for Council tax, but the College will apply for exemption on behalf of students.
  • Couples - may be liable if one of the couple is not able to prove exemption from payment. [A non-British spouse or dependent is often exempt]. The City Council website provides more information and details on how to apply for exemption.  There is normally a 25% reduction of the full amount if the tax is liable.

Private accommodation in Cambridge

  • Council tax will normally be liable if any adult over the age of 18 living at the property is not a student, or cannot prove exemption.  Council tax is charged per property, not per person. (25% reduction applies if there is only 1 non-exempt adult). 
  • Students living in private accommodation should expect to apply to the Council for exemption. College letters are not required for Cambridge City Council.

Arriving before the official start date of a new course 

  • Council tax may be liable on accommodation where the student (or their partner) arrives early. The Council will charge on a daily pro-rata rate. 
  • The same may apply to privately rented accommodation. 
  • This early arrival charge will not be applied to 'Student Halls of Residence'.

Contact - the Graduate Office for further information, to discuss an unexpected Council tax bill, or for assistance with exemption.

Postgraduate students sign a nine-month (39-week) contract for College accommodation for the period October to the end June/early July (Saturday 3 July in 2021 and 2nd July in 2022). This contract is for a specific room, but transfer between rooms is possible when availability permits it. In most cases, College accommodation contracts can be extended to September, as graduate accommodation is available throughout the long vacation in the summer. The latest date for leaving will be around 25 September, arriving early for a course that starts before 1 October, can also be included. All enquiries about contracts should be made to the College Accommodation Office.

Cooling-off period

New students sign their contracts via email before arrival at the College. As the room is therefore provided 'unseen', a 10-day cooling-off period is granted during which time the contract may be ended at the student's request. In subsequent years, students will choose their room via the graduate housing ballot.

Field studies, and other periods away from Cambridge

If the course requires field studies (or similar) away from Cambridge for a term or more, a student can usually be released from their contract without penalty. All requests must be made in advance to the College Accommodation Office.  

The College is a member of the ANUK Code of Practice on Student Accommodation.

Definitions
  • Fully en suite - these rooms will have their own toilet, washbasin and shower or bath
  • Own shower - these rooms have their own shower and usually washbasin. Toilet facilities are shared with other rooms
  • Standard - these room do not have their own toilets or showers.  Some rooms have their own washbasins
  • Kitchens - all rooms have access to a shared kitchen
  • Self-contained single flat - these rooms have a kitchenette, as well as an en suite bathroom
  • Room size - within each category, the cheaper rooms will be smaller
What is included in the rent
  • Fully-furnished room, with bed, desk, chair and storage space
  • En suite or shared washing and toilet facilities
  • Use of shared kitchen space (self-contained flat has own kitchenette)
  • Heating, power and lighting to agreed College standards
  • Daily cleaning of common ares and weekly cleaning of bedrooms
  • IT services via the College network. Network use is subject to a fair use policy. More information on the Computing pages in the summer.
  • Basic cover for Personal Possessions Insurance 
  • The right to use shared laundry facilities (charges apply for use of these)