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Cambridge City Centre

If a central location appeals to you, we have a wide selection of student houses in Cambridge city centre ready for you to discover. Living in the cycle-friendly city centre means that you’ll have access to everything you need on your doorstep.

Romsey

Known for being home to many hip and creative types, Romsey is a great place to live if you want to feel a true sense of belonging and community. It has a great local park in the form of Romsey Recreation Ground and some highly-rated restaurants and cafes where you can grab a bite to eat. When it comes to finding a place to live, you can browse our options for student housing in Cambridge on the StuRents website - from house shares to modern apartments.

Chesterton

Home to a mix of young professionals, students and families - Chesterton is around a ten-minute drive from Cambridge city centre, or 30 minutes on foot. Chesterton has a fantastic farm shop where you can pick up locally-grown produce, or a bakery which sells amazing fresh bread and sweet baked goods. In terms of accommodation, you’ll find a broad mix of cheap student accommodation in Cambridge.

Universities in Cambridge

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About student living in Cambridge

When it comes to choosing your digs, you’ll find many options for student accommodation in Cambridge and lots to explore in the local area:

Food and Drink

From a thriving cafe culture to an enviable plant-based foodie scene, Cambridge has lots to offer in the way of food and drink. For some of the finest sandwiches around, make sure you take your appetite to Bread & Meat for one of their legendary sandwiches or sample some delicious street food with a twist at Pimp My Fish or the Churros Bar.

Nightlife

For the best of Cambridge’s nightclubs - Vinyl and Lola Lo are both great spots for getting your dancing shoes on and partying until the early hours. If live music is more up your street, Cambridge isn’t short of festivals and venues that offer something for everyone. Two-day music festival Strawberries and Creem Festival is hugely popular among students and takes place at Childerley Orchards (a 15-minute drive from student accommodation in Cambridge’s Chesterton). Alternatively, Cambridge Beer Festival is hosted twice a year and is a great event for tasting local produce and enjoying live music throughout the day.

Culture

Cambridge’s art and culture scene is home to the Cambridge Museum of Technology, Ely Cathedral, Kettle’s Yard and the Museum of Cambridge. The Cambridge University Botanic Garden is another great attraction that local residents flock to marvel at during the spring and summer months. Many of Cambridge’s cultural attractions are based in the centre, and close enough to access on foot or via public transport from most student housing in Cambridge.

Shopping

With three shopping centres located in Cambridge, including The Grafton, Lion Yard and Grand Arcade - you’ll never be too far from your favourite shops. Cambridge also hosts a market seven days per week. If quirky boutiques and independent shopping is your idea of fun, King Street and Trinity Street are both full of unexpected gems.

FAQs about student accommodation in Cambridge

How much is student housing in Cambridge?

Student accommodation in Cambridge starts at £115 and can cost over £300 per person per week (pppw). The average rental cost for student housing in Cambridge is around £135 pppw, excluding bills. For purpose built apartments, the average is £206 pppw. How much you spend all depends on your preferences and whether you choose to opt for a student house share in Cambridge or luxury student accommodation in Cambridge. Your chosen neighbourhood can have a huge influence on your monthly rental cost too.

Does Cambridge University provide accommodation?

Yes, Cambridge University has its own accommodation options on campus.

Can Cambridge students live off campus?

Yes, many students choose to live off-campus in private student accommodation in Cambridge.

Is Cambridge expensive for students?

While Cambridge tuition fees are some of the most expensive in the UK, living costs are reasonable and there are many ways to save costs on accommodation, food and socialising as a student. Choosing to live in a student house share in Cambridge is one way to save a significant amount on your monthly accommodation expenses.

Is Cambridge better than Oxford?

This is completely subjective, depending on your preferences. On paper, Oxford ranked higher than Cambridge in the QS University Rankings 2022. Oxford takes second place while Cambridge comes in at the joint third position.

Is it hard to get into Cambridge University?

Cambridge University is certainly more difficult to get into than many other UK universities, and many students who are successful in securing a place - achieve a full suite of A*/A grades in their GCSE exam results.

Are bills included in the cost?

Many student properties in Cambridge are now advertised with bills included in the price. Where this is the case, your rental price could include electricity, gas, internet, TV licence and water bills and this is clearly stated on the listing. Properties without bills included are also available, giving you the flexibility to choose your own energy and water suppliers and internet service provider.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

It is normal for property managers to require you to pay a security deposit at the time of booking or before you move in. Where a deposit is required and you are signing a tenancy agreement, your property manager must protect your deposit in a legally recognised tenancy deposit scheme. As long as you look after the property and have no deductions for damage or unpaid rent, your deposit will be returned to you after your tenancy agreement ends. Tenancy deposits are legally capped at five weeks’ rent per person, so if your own portion of the rent is £100 per week, the maximum deposit would be £500. It is more common however for student deposits to be in the £100-250 range.

How long does a tenancy agreement last for?

The majority of student accommodation in Cambridge is rented for fixed contract lengths. For purpose built student accommodation, 43 and 51 week fixed term contracts are the most common. For shared houses, 52 week stays are the most common and generally start in July to September.

Do you offer student accommodation for short-term stays?

Short-term student rentals in Cambridge are becoming more popular every year. As a result, property managers are increasingly offering shorter tenancy lengths, whether for the summer period or for individual semesters and terms. This is more common in the purpose built student accommodation sector than in shared student rental houses in Cambridge.

Latest student property news in Cambridge

Student Accommodation Scheme Delayed in Cambridge
Student Accommodation Scheme Delayed in Cambridge
Concerns over who will use the student flats have caused a delay for the planned Cambridge University accommodation.
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