The College is delighted to announce that five houses near Fitzwilliam on Huntingdon Road were purchased in September 2013, adding 36 rooms to the College’s stock.
Fitzwilliam’s graduate student population has grown to 312, up by 60 (20%) in the last five years.
When the houses came on the market, the Governing Body acted swiftly to make the decision to purchase. The new houses were acquired from Girton and Sidney Sussex colleges and Fitzwilliam’s Maintenance Department ensured that they were re-decorated and ready for students to move into at the start of term in October.
Bursar Andrew Powell said: "Opportunities to acquire properties so close to the College are very rare. We were able to move quickly because the purchase fitted very well with our medium term plans to increase our graduate accommodation in line with predicted numbers. It is very important that when graduate students come to Cambridge, sometimes from far away and for a one-year MPhil course, they settle in quickly and feel part of the College community. Graduate students need more extensive living facilities because they are here for at least 39 weeks in the year (and often more). Cambridge in effect this becomes their home."
PhD student Liliana, from Mexico said: "My college house has really made me feel that I have a home outside my country. The cosy common areas create a unique sense of community. The fact that the house is close to the College is very convenient and gives you the best of both worlds – it makes you feel part of College life, and at the same time you can enjoy living in a quiet, non-touristic and traditional neighbourhood in Cambridge."
MPhil student Ellen from Estonia, studying Modern Society and Global Transformations, said: "It feels like a home, rather than halls … we have a lovely yard, a spacious kitchen that doubles as a common area … and because the college provides a general cleaner to common areas every day and to your room once a week, cleaning is something I don't have to worry about. The house is a joy to be in. Only a second away from the college campus and all the facilities I need."