Accommodation in College 

Provision of accommodation outside the Normal Period of Residence

There are extraordinary pressures on student accommodation in the lead up to the Michaelmas Term 2020. As well as the additional work required to ensure a COVID-safe residential environment, the College is preparing to house and support a number of international students who may need to quarantine on arrival in College. The final number of students who will be required to undertake quarantine is unknown and susceptible to change depending on Government policy. In trying to support these quarantining international students in the safest way possible, it has not been possible to provide the degree of flexibility that we would normally seek to do.

Subject to availability, we will endeavour to accommodate:

  • Students taking exams. Where students are required to be resident in Cambridge to take exams, the College will seek to provide accommodation over the exam period.

Without a substantial tutorial reason, we are unlikely to be able to offer accommodation to:

  • Postgraduate students who wish to quarantine in College prior to moving to external accommodation, whether the student is arriving at, or returning to, the University or returning from fieldwork. The availability of accommodation for post-fieldwork quarantine will be reviewed once term has commenced and the availability of accommodation is clearer.

We are unable to accommodate requests from:

  • Students who wish to return for extra-curricular activities.


The Household system

As an infection control measure and in accordance with Government and University advice, the College is required to house students in Household Groups. When you are with other members of your household, you do not need to observe social distancing.  With the Household Group model, social interaction will be easier both in your shared accommodation, in College grounds and in public.

It will not necessarily be obvious to others that you are all members of the same Household Group, which may cause confusion or concern around College or in public.  Please be considerate if your behaviour, particularly regarding social distancing, is queried.

If one of your Household Group displays symptoms of COVID-infection, your entire Group will be required to self-isolate pending confirmation of a negative test for infection. In this case, you should call the Porters’ Lodge to report the symptoms, to seek advice on how to access testing and to arrange the necessary support.

Freshers have been placed in Household Groups by the Accommodation Office. For returning students, the JCR and MCR have re-run their ballots, and the JCR has incorporated the Household Group model in their room allocations. The Accommodation Office has worked with the MCR to implement the Household Group model for postgraduate accommodation. 


Resident students will be responsible for keeping their rooms clean to a reasonable standard. As long as it is safe to do so, the Housekeeping Department will clean shared and communal areas.  From time to time, the Department will conduct student room inspections to ensure that rooms are being kept clean, hygenic, and safe.  You will receive a copy of the Residential Student Housekeeping Protocol (link here) so that you understand what is required of you. Please look out for emails from the Housekeeping Department regarding communal cleaning, inspections and other housekeeping matters as it is essential that students are not using the communal areas while they are being cleaned or in their rooms during inspections, 

Each Household will be supplied with cleaning materials. These supplies will be monitored and replenished by the Housekeeping Department during the cleaning of communal areas.

Please do not bring any cutlery, crockery or kitchen equipment with you when you come to College. The College has fully equipped all kitchens and there is no longer any necessity for you to provide utensils, pans, or crockery yourselves. The College understands that a favourite mug is essential, but we ask you to be strict with limiting yourself to the absolute minimum. 

Please also be aware that it is even more important at this time to keep shared facilities and shared items as clean and tidy as possible. Please ensure that you wash up, clean up and put away items as soon as you have finished with them so that they are available for others. Domestic Assistants will be sanitising kitchen surfaces during their visits and will not be able to do that effectively if items have been left out.

Kitchen cupboard keys may still be available but you will need to email to request one. Not all kitchen cupboards have available keys. If keys are not returned, the usual charge for lost keys will be added to your College bill.

Please note that the College will not store items left in College kitchens after students have departed. Food waste will be disposed of and any other items assumed to be surplus to requirements.