Unfortunately, we do not have enough rooms to offer all students College accommodation. As such, we apply the same policy to all students when allocating rooms, in order to make the process as fair as possible. College accommodation is allocated from 1st August onwards to all students who have met all of their conditions by 1st August.
For undergraduate students: this means that you have:
For graduate students: this means that you have:
We cannot and will not allocate accommodation to students who have not completed the points above. If any of these points are not completed before 1st August, you are not guaranteed College accommodation. This includes the return of your acceptance letter. If we have not received this by 1st August, we cannot allocate you accommodation because you have neither accepted your offer of College membership, nor have you applied for a category of accommodation.
As stated on the accommodation sheet sent to you with your offer letter, not all accommodation is on College grounds, some is in external properties within walking distance of the main site.
After 1st August, any students who meet all conditions will be allocated rooms on a first-come, first-serve basis. Therefore, if you meet all of your conditions on 2nd August, you will be more likely to be allocated a room than if you met all of your conditions on 31st August.
It is advisable that if you have still not finalised your offer in August, you start looking at private accommodation. The Cambridge University Accommodation Office has a database of hundreds of properties suitable for students. They are used to helping students find accommodation at short notice. Equally, social media pages such as the Graduate Union Facebook page are often good places to find rooms.