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We offer a wide range of accommodation, from characterful Victorian houses through to modern apartments.

All accommodation is ideally situated for easy access to the College, the University departments and the historic city centre of Cambridge.

Lucy Cavendish aims to accommodate all its undergraduate students for at least the first 3 years of their studies, subject to availability. In addition to our single rooms, we can offer one bedroom apartments and studio flats suitable for couples and two bedroom apartments suitable for families.

From 2021, women who for religious or cultural reasons need to be in women-only accommodation can be given a room in ‘sets’ which are women only. 

Similarly, mature students and those who prefer a quieter environment may express a preference for the Histon Road rooms which are not on the main campus itself. 

You will have the chance to see our accommodation if you come along for an Open Day. Once you’re offered a place here, we can help you decide which is the best option for you. We can also give you some tips about what to bring (and what is already provided), so that you feel at home and settle in as quickly as possible.

All our rooms are furnished with a single bed (in Mount Pleasant Halls all beds are small doubles), desk, desk chair, lamp, wardrobe, drawers, shelves or a bookcase and a noticeboard. Kitchens come equipped with a cooker, kettle, toaster and fridge/freezer.

Lucy Cavendish has signed up to the ANUK National Code for Assured Accommodation, giving you peace of mind that your rights to safe accommodation of a good standard are protected.

Most undergraduates, and some postgraduates, live on the College campus itself. Here is some of the options:

  • De Brye, Bertram and Warburton Hall offer modern rooms with en-suite showers and shared kitchen facilities - usually with one kitchen between four to six students. 

  • Oldham Hall has two-bedroom ‘sets’, where two rooms share a bathroom and kitchenette as well as a couple of en-suite single rooms.

  • Barrmore and Strathaird are converted Victorian villas. Barrmore contains flats with four bedrooms sharing a bathroom, kitchen and eating area. In Strathaird, larger rooms are spread across the building, with bathrooms and kitchen facilities shared between four to nine students.

  • Whinside House is an early 20th century, gabled, brick building converted into 15 student bedrooms with access to shared kitchen and bathrooms.

Mount Pleasant Halls is a new student accommodation complex, conveniently located just around the corner from the main College campus. Rooms are a generous size and all benefit from an en-suite shower room with excellent access to shared kitchens, on-site porters’ lodge, launderette, IT hub room and cycle parking. Each floor is accessible by lift.

Many of our students live in a bright and modern apartment block on Histon Road. This complex has bike sheds and gardens, local shops opposite and is a fifteen minute walk from the College and the city centre. All rooms are en-suite, with large kitchens shared between three to ten students, and a large common room. There are four one-bedroom and four two-bedroom apartments suitable for couples and families, each with a bathroom, kitchen facilities and a living/dining area. 

The College also offers accommodation in off-site houses located between 5 and 20 minutes’ walk from the College. These rooms benefit from shared bathrooms, kitchen facilities and living/dining areas. 

A deposit is payable for all rooms/apartments before you arrive. This is currently £500 for a single room or studio and £950 for an apartment or studio. The deposit is returned in full at the end of the year if the room is left in good condition (reasonable wear and tear excepted).

If you accept a room in College, you are normally required to keep it for the full academic year (at least to the end of June). This also applies to postgraduates. However exceptional circumstances will always be sympathetically considered. If you are a postgraduate on multi-year programmes (e.g. PhD students) you can if you wish retain your room through the summer vacation at an additional charge. Your room is available for your use throughout the academic year. You are not required to vacate your room over the Christmas and Easter periods. Thus no refunds or rental breaks are given for time spent away from College, including at Christmas and Easter. Charges are calculated on a per-night basis.

Current (2019-20) charges for different kinds of accommodation are shown in the PDF linked below. These are indicative only and it is not guaranteed that your chosen room will be within the range given. Charges are reviewed in March each year for the following September. The rates quoted include accommodation charge, heating and lighting.

See rent charges 2019/20 here

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