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Location and accommodation

Hughes Hall is an oasis of calm and tranquillity right in the heart of Cambridge. We provide a relaxing and stimulating environment for your studies and research with a strong and supportive sense of community. Our College buildings run alongside the University’s Cricket Ground and around the corner is lively Mill Road, known for its cafes, restaurants, bars, vintage clothes, and international supermarkets. We are halfway between the railway station and market square, a 10-minute bike ride from most university departments, and 5 minutes from punting on the river Cam, and Midsummer Common’s famous cows.

We have some of the best accommodation at Cambridge, and offer both traditional and modern College rooms with kitchen facilities, and one of the highest number of en suite bathrooms. Plus, there are roof terraces, couples’ flats, city houses, accessible rooms, and some fabulous views across the cricket field. We prioritise our first-year students, and those taking longer courses, for College accommodation, although you’re welcome to find your own rooms if you prefer.

A quiet haven overlooking the University’s cricket ground, five minutes from the city centre and ten minutes to the River Cam

Rooms available

Of our 360 rooms available for students to rent; 270 rooms are in buildings making up the central College campus surrounding the cricket field, and a further 91 are in houses owned or managed by the College and located in the residential streets in the local area.

Most of our student rooms are in six of the buildings on our main site:

  • The 1990s Centenary Building overlooks the lawns at the back of the Wileman Building.
  • Chancellor’s Court, built in the 1990s, is set around a peaceful courtyard. It comprises small sets of rooms where two students share kitchen and bathroom facilities.
  • The Fenner’s Building curves around the boundary line of the cricket pitch. Its two roof terraces offer College members unique venues to get together socially.
  • Gresham Court is a new building providing some of the most up-to-date student accommodation in the University, including many rooms with magnificent views of the cricket pitch and the University tennis courts.
  • The Wileman Building is a grand old Victorian building that has been at the heart of College life since the 1890s.
  • The Wollaston Building is an attractive early-20th century building on the main drive.

Most of our rooms are for students living on their own, but we do offer a small number of flats and studios for those who want to bring their partners with them, as well as a small number of wheelchair-accessible rooms. Please see our disability and access section for details.

Further information

  • The College’s Accommodation Guide provides more information about College buildings and rooms.
  • This links to a University platform that enables you to find the Colleges on a map, as well as other city and University landmarks: www.virtualtour.study.cam.ac.uk.
  • This is also a map of the approximate locations of our buildings and houses around the central site available here.
  • There’s more information on the Student Centre page on accommodation and there is a detailed College guide to securing a College room.
  • There is more detailed information about accommodation and housekeeping matters, including safety and security, maintenance and recycling, and other practical aspects of college accommodation in the accommodation handbook.
  • Email rooms@hughes.cam.ac.uk for more information.