Accommodation and Maintenance

Room allocations and coronavirus

The University is making adjustments to the provision of teaching during the 2020-21 academic year to respond to the health and safety requirements arising from the global situation, and expects all students starting or continuing a full-time course in the new academic year to attend study in Cambridge. Hughes Hall is making plans to restart the breadth of College activities and support so far as possible, and while adjustments to comply with health and safety regulations will affect the range of choice available to students, in June we plan to open the College accommodation allocation process for rooms in the academic year ahead.

  • When the process opens, current students will be advised in the usual way, and we will email all applicants who have accepted their offers as they become eligible with information about how to apply for a college room.
  • A good starting point for applicants and offer-holders looking for information about College accommodation are the New Students Signpost and the Study with Us > Accommodation pages. There is also information on the Preparation and Arrival page.


College rooms

The College has about 360 rooms available to students to rent; 270 rooms are in buildings making up the central college site 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 rooms are for single occupancy, though the College has a few flats/studios available for couples.

The Accommodation Guide and the look book

The College’s Accommodation Guide provides more information about College buildings and rooms. Pictures of rooms and shared facilities can be found in the MCR Accommodation look book.


Location maps

Location maps

A Google Map showing the general location of Hughes Hall is available here. There is a map of the approximate locations of buildings and houses around the central site available here.


Hughes Hall accommodation meets the guidelines and codes laid down by ANUK. This is a voluntary accreditation scheme is an arrangement under which suppliers of rented housing voluntarily agree to meet a set of benchmark standards. The scheme is verified every 3 years by independent assessment. More information can be found at

Policies and 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. A limited number of one-year licences are available for continuing students, these will only be available in off-site properties. A limited number of term-time only licences are available to undergraduates and in on-site bands A and B only. 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.)

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.


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.


Personal possessions/liability insurance is included for students in single rooms. Details of cover are available here. Students in couples accommodation can purchase insurance from the brokers, but each resident needs to purchase separate cover under that scheme. Hughes Hall is working in partnership with Endsleigh student insurance provider to provide some cover for the contents inside your room. You don’t need to do anything to activate this cover, but it is important for you to check and ensure that you fully understand the protection provided and whether it is sufficient for your needs. Visit to:
• Check your level of cover
• Review key exclusions and limitations
• Check your policy excess
• Learn how to make a claim
• Extend and personalise your cover to protect laptops, phones and other valuables
Endsleigh will replace any lost, stolen or unrepairable gadgets within 24 hours of your claim being approved.


Tomasz Drobka (Housekeeping 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 team can be contacted by email on

Laundry Facilities

The College has 3 on-site 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


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