All postgraduates are entitled to three years of accommodation in College rooms. There is a wide range of rooms available. Here you will find details of the various types of room, from the small and cosy to the palatial. First years are allocated a room more-or-less at random by College. Those staying for more than one year can then ballot for the room they wish in subsequent years.
Cripps Court is a 1960s accomodation block, and has two staircases for postgraduate students. The rooms are all a reasonable size and contain a bed, desk, chairs and a bookcase, and a washbasin. Each floor of each staircase has a small kitchen, a lavatory, and shower facilities. The rooms have one colour of furnishing, brown. Most people rectify this by putting up posters to give the place a bit of colour. However, Cripps rooms are generally comfortable and are close to both the MCR and the Cripps laundry room.
Selwyn also owns several houses nearby on Grange Road and West Road. The rooms in these houses vary as to size and the furnishings in them. Some hostel rooms are very large, while others are somewhat on the small side, but your idea of small and large may differ from other people's. Each room does have a bed, a desk, at least one chair, and a desk lamp at the very least. There will also be either a set of shelves or a bookcase. Most hostel rooms also have a washbasin. Each hostel has its own kitchen, which is well equipped, and there is a number of showers (and sometimes a bath) and lavatories in each hostel.
All College rooms have both a telephone socket and an ethernet socket. You can arrange with College to have broadband Internet access in your room, and the phone network is provided by NTL, so if you want a phone in your room, you will have to provide the phone itself, and also contact NTL to have it connected. Most people, however, just rely on a mobile phone.
It is possible to opt to live out of College, although you would have to arrange accomodation before you come up to Cambridge. It is not likely to be much cheaper to rent rather than to live in College once electricity, gas, and water bills are taken into account. (These are included in the rent for College rooms.)
There is a more detailed description of all the postgraduate College hostels on this site, as well as descriptions of some of the rooms .
All the rooms have a rent code which is determined by the size and furnishings of the room, as well as which floor it is on, and the house in which it is located.
|Rent code |
Cost per week (£) (2010-2011)
|A || 64.00|
| H||118.73 |
You will be paying 48 weeks' rent per year.