Accommodation FAQ

Extra nights

Q. I would like to arrive before or leave after the dates specified on my residency agreement, what should I do?

A.

If you need to arrive before the start of your residency agreement or stay in your room after the last night covered by your residency agreement, or indeed to stay for the whole vacation period, those additional nights are called 'extra nights'. You must book these days on the website at least 7 days before the first night needed. If you miss the 7 days' deadline, you will need to make the payment directly with the finance office, and a late booking charge of £2.50 per night will be added to the normal room rate. Please note that there is no guarantee that you will be given your room if you book late.

Q. I want to stay in College over the vacation to study but this will result in financial hardship, what should I do?

A.

Undergraduates may apply for a means-tested Vacation Study Grant (VSG). Application forms will be made available from the financial assistance page. Please note that it is not guaranteed that you will be able to stay in the same room that you rent during term time.

Q. I have applied for VSG/Internship, when should I book extra nights?

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If you have been granted a VSG or Internship grant, your extra nights covered by the grant will be booked on your behalf and confirmed by email. If you need more nights which are not covered by your grant, then you must book them using the room booking form with at least 7 days' notice. Please use the link available on the Accommodation page.

Q. Can I stay in College accommodation if I have checked out and signed out?

A.

If you have left College for the term and need College accommodation for a few nights during the vacation period you may be allowed to book a guest room (not you term-time room) subject to availability. Please email accommodation@homerton.cam.ac.uk if you need to stay in College out of term time.

Please note this is different to extra nights and you will not be able to stay in your term-time room. If you need to stay for the duration of the whole vacations, you may be able to stay in your term-time room, but during the Summer vacations you will be relocated to a different area of College.

Q. How do I book my extra nights?

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You must book your extra nights at least seven days before the first night needed using the room booking link.

Q. What is travel day?

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Travel day is the day after the last night covered by your residency agreement. For example, for undergraduates the end of their residency agreement for Michaelmas term 2021 will be Friday 3 December and travel day will be Saturday 4 December. At the start of the new residency agreement, travel day is the first day covered by your residency agreement (as detailed on the document called 'schedule of payment'). For example, at the start of Lent 2022, travel day will be Tuesday 18 January 2022.

For more information please see Important dates

Q. When is Travel day?

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The official arrival and departure travel days are listed in the schedule as part of your residency agreement.

Q. What time can I check in?

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Access to the room can be given from 2 pm on the day of arrival, and from 12 noon on travel days.

Q. What time do I need to check out?

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On travel days, the check out time is no later than 4.00 pm. For any extra nights beyond travel days, or for any guest nights, the check out is by 10.00 am on the morning of departure. Check out means you must vacate the room, lock the door, hand all keys to the Porters’ Lodge and sign out no later than 10.00 am on the morning of departure. Failure to check out on time will result in an additional charge of £25.00 per day.

Visitors

Q. I am a Homerton part-time student; can I book a room in College for the night?

A.

Yes, you can book a student room for the night subject to availability at the cost of £17.70 per night, room only.  Please contact accommodation@homerton.cam.ac.uk at least three working days before your nights needed.

Q. Can my friend stay during term time?

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All overnight guests are to be signed in at the Lodge and in the relevant section of the signing in/out book. This is for fire regulations. Under no circumstances should guests be lent or given College keys, University cards or fobs. Visitors and children should not go into the residential areas of College unless they are accompanied. Visitors should also be signed into the College Bar, and accompanied by their host, if they wish to drink there. Visitors should be accompanied throughout the College. Unaccompanied visitors are likely to be escorted from the College grounds, without reference to their host.

The length of stay of occasional guests must not exceed three successive nights. Lengths of stay beyond this time will be considered exceptional, and must be paid for at the cost of £48 per night per person. Students are wholly responsible for the behaviour of their guests at all times.  No extra bedding or mattress is provided.

Q. Can I book a room for my parents?

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If you reside in College and subject to availability, it may be possible for your parents to stay in a room in College at the cost of £48 per night. This would be for a room only Please note that the College has student-type rooms which are for single occupancy only, no family or double rooms are available.

Q. I am an Alumnus/Alumna, how do I book a room?

A.

You need to contact the Development Office to book a room and these are subject to availability.

Living out

Q. I would like to live in College in my fourth year, how do I apply and is there a waiting list?

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Fourth year undergraduate students can apply to live in College using the online accommodation survey which opens at the beginning of February. Accommodation is guaranteed for the first 4 years of undergraduate study.

Q. Where can I find a list of houses to rent outside of college?

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The University Accommodation Service is a great place to start if you are looking to live out. The Accommodation Officer also keeps a list of private lets and estate agents which can be obtained electronically and a file of private landlords which you can view in person in the Accommodation Office.

Q. I have decided to live out, what do I need to do?

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Please ensure you update your address via CamSIS Self-Service so the Tutorial Office can issue you with a council tax exemption certificate at the start of Michaelmas term. Also, please inform the Accommodation Officer if you have balloted for a room in College.

Q. I need a reference for an external house, can you help?

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The Accommodation Office can provide references to landlords upon request - please note that we must have your permission if contacted directly by your landlord.

Room changes

Q. I was allocated a room in the ballot but no longer need it, what should I do?

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You must inform the Accommodation Office as soon as possible and no later than end of June, so your room can be re-allocated.

Q. Can I move rooms/swap my room with a friend?

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If you have a pastoral reason to change room and you have discussed it with your Tutor or Senior Tutor, permission may be given for you to change room, subject to availability. If your move is not caused by any maintenance work or other problems with your room, a £20 administration charge will be payable before you move to another room. This rule applies out of term as well.

Q. What does it mean to have a fire warden room?

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Certain College rooms are designated as fire warden rooms and therefore occupants of these rooms will be the designated fire warden. If you are allocated a fire warden room, you must undertake a compulsory Fire Warden online training on the date and time indicated in your start of year programme. This applies regardless of the fact that you have undertaken the fire warden training in the past. You cannot live in a Fire Warden room and not undertake the compulsory training.

Q. What does it mean to have a music room?

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Certain rooms are designated 'music rooms' for music students/organ scholar and have a digital piano in them which cannot be moved. Music rooms are allocated to the music students as a priority. However, sometimes not all the music rooms are filled, so College allows these rooms to be occupied by other students. If you have an interest in music (but are not a music student), please let the Accommodation Officer know in January before the room ballot takes place.

Q. There is a fault in my room, who do I contact?

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You must contact the Estates department via email or tel: 01223 747020 as soon as possible to report the problem.

Accommodation blocks

Q. I have been allocated a room in one of the flats in Trumpington. Can I arrange a viewing?

A.

Please get in touch with the Estates Department for further information.

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