Accommodation and Maintenance

Accommodation

College rooms

The College has about 400 rooms available to students to rent; 285 rooms are in buildings making up the central college site surrounding the cricket field, and a further 115 are in houses owned or managed by the College and located in the residential streets in the local area, or in a College block at Swirles Court near to the University’s West Cambridge and Madingley Rise sites, which are about 2 miles from the College’s main site. Most rooms are for single occupancy, though the College has a few flats/studios available for couples.

Location maps

A Google Map showing the general location of Hughes Hall and Swirles Court is available here. There is a map of Swirles Court with the West Cambridge and Madingley Rise sites available here, and a map of the approximate locations of buildings and houses around the central site available here.

 

Swirles Court

The West Cambridge and Madingley Rise sites are the major locations for a number of University Departments and the University Sports Centre, they are about 2 miles from the main College site. The College’s accommodation at Swirles Court, which is near to the West Cambridge and Madingley Rise sites, can be very convenient for those studying in departments in those locations (especially for those working in the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Computer Science and Technology, Materials Science and Metallurgy, Physics, Veterinary Medicine, as well as the Institutes of Manufacturing, Astronomy, and Cosmology, and the Electrical Engineering Division).

The Accommodation Guide

The College’s Accommodation Guide provides more information about College buildings and rooms.

Policies and Charges

Charges

College accommodation is priced by bands based on the floor area of the study-bedroom, whether or not the room has en-suite bathroom facilities, and the location. Details about bandings and charges for College rooms are available on the Student Centre > Fees and Charges page.

Allocation of rooms

It is College policy to give priority for college accommodation to students taking courses of three years duration or longer, and to give priority to first-year students for accommodation on the central College site. The detailed Accommodation Allocation Policy is available for download.

Room licences and leaving early

Most room licences run for the whole academic year to the end of June and can be ended early only under certain circumstances. Students who may need to leave their accommodation early should refer to the early termination policy before consulting their Tutor.

Departure from accommodation

On departure, rooms should be left in a clean and tidy state. All personal possessions (including bedding and items from the kitchen and bathrooms) should be removed and disposed of correctly. Should items be left behind in accommodation, or the rooms left in a dirty state, the College reserves the right to levy a charge against the Caution Money paid by each student. A list of these charges is available on the Fees and Charges page.

Residence requirements

During Full Term, all full-time students are required by the University to ‘keep residence’ by living in Cambridge. There are also University regulations on the number of ‘terms of residence’ and (for research students) ‘terms of research’ – see the University’s website for guidance.

Undergraduates and Graduate Course in Medicine students who do not wish to live in College accommodation must seek tutorial permission to live elsewhere. Applicants in this position should contact the Admissions Office for advice, current students should see their individual Tutor.

Students who need to spend time away from Cambridge for the purposes of their course or for other reasons must apply for leave to work away or intermission. (Undergraduate students especially should discuss these with their Tutor in good time.)

Insurance

Personal possessions/liability insurance is included for students in single rooms. Students in couples accommodation can purchase insurance from the brokers, but each resident needs to purchase separate cover under that scheme. Details of cover are available here.

Quiet hours

The college regards the hours between 11pm and 7am as ‘quiet hours’. We ask those living in college accommodation keep noise to a minimum between those times. At other times, please take care not to disturb your neighbours and housemates with excessive noise.

The Handbook

The Accommodation Handbook 2017-18 provides detailed information about accommodation matters in the College, a new handbook for the 2018-19 academic year will be published before Ocotober 2018.

Housekeeping

Jane Fricker (Accommodation Manager) and Michelle Dinning (Assistant Housekeeper) manage the cleaning staff and day-to-day domestic matters, both on and off the main site. The Housekeeping Office is open from 7.00 am to 3.00 pm weekdays and 7.00 am to 12 noon on Saturday.

The housekeeping team can be contacted by email on housekeeping@hughes.cam.ac.uk

Laundry Facilities

The College has 3 onsite laundry facilities, please click on the links below to see the status of washing machines in each location:
Fenners Building 3rd Floor
Margaret Wileman Building Ground Floor
Gresham Court 3rd Floor
Washstation Card Top Up

Maintenance

Paul Parrish is the Maintenance Manager and oversees maintenance matters in the College.

Please contact the maintenance department using the online form to submit a request for maintenance to any college building.

In cases of extreme emergency phone: 01223 767 056 during office hours. Or, out of hours, the Duty Person: 07919 058 305.

The maintenance team can be contacted at maintenance@hughes.cam.ac.uk