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Student Accommodation in Cambridge

Written by Sam | January 21, 2021

Cambridge is home to one of the oldest universities in England, however, there is more than one university in Cambridge. There is the main University called the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University.

Cambridge is a big university city due and has a good transport infrastructure. Most people get around on bikes, however, you can get to London in an hour and in to countryside in a matter of minutes.

It is not the cheapest place to rent, the Cambridge university website suggests you should have around £9, 670 for the year. This is obviously dependent on where you live and what type of accommodation.

If you are a University of Cambridge student you can have the option to live at one of the undergraduate colleges.

You can read more about what it is like to live in Cambridge as a student on our places pages: Cambridge City

If you want more detail on the universities that are in Cambridge then you can see the statistics, courses and good points of each one:

Private Student Accommodation in Cambridge

In this section, I am looking at purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) in Cambridge for both Anglia Ruskin and the University of Cambridge.

For a city that has two universities and a student population of around 50,000 students there is a good amount of student accommodation to choose from.

The student accommodation is spread out around the city, as you can see in the picture below, however, everything is still accessible from these locations. The university is within walking distance and most of the time you can choose between Anglia Ruskin or the University of Cambridge, however, with the number of cycle routes you can bike anywhere.

Map of student accommodation in Cambridge
Map of student accommodation in Cambridge

This is good because as a student you can have more than one choice of accommodation and make sure that you find one that suits you best.

If you are looking for student accommodation in Cambridge here are my tips to find good quality student accommodation:

  • Look for quality in the accommodation
  • Make sure the extras are worth the extra cost
  • Always view the accommodation and multiple providers
  • Read the tenancy agreement before signing
  • Check the inventory list before booking as well.

There are many reasons why a student would choose something like this over a student house, you can read more in this article, howeverI will cover the short version here:

  • Gym, Cinema & Study room
  • All bills included
  • Bikes to use
  • Breakfasts
  • Accommodation manager
  • Extra levels of security

The only downside can be the rent, it can be expensive however, which would you prefer?

Some good student accommodation providers in Cambridge are:

  • Student Castle
  • Homes For Students
  • Nido

Student Housing in Cambridge

In this part, we are just looking at the student housing which is where you are likely going to share a kitchen and a bathroom with others. There are plenty of options for you to live in and around Cambridge.

Student housing is generally cheaper than purpose built student accommodation because you don’t have an en-suite generally and you will share a bathroom and kitchen. However, you are more likely to get a parking space and have your own private garden!

Some good providers of student housing in Cambridge are:

Normally we give you some good places to live as a student, however, due to the amount of colleges in Cambridge, you might find it easier choosing one closer to your college for ease of access. If you are going to Anglia Ruskin University, there is a lot of accommodation, however many students live around:

  • Mill Road
  • Chesterton
  • Newtown

The prices vary on if you are closer to the centre or near a college or university. Mill town is closest to East Anglia and many students live off Mill road which makes it the most popular area.

If you do want to find good student housing in Cambridge, these tips will help you make sure you get a good quality house:

  • Always view the property
  • View more than one property with more than one agent for benchmarking
  • Check their inventory list
  • Read their tenancy before booking
  • Try and speak to current students
  • Always research them online

If you want more detail and tips, this article will help you: How To Find Your Next Student Accommodation.

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