Homerton offers rooms to all graduate students whenever possible. Although we are unable to guarantee accommodation to any incoming student, we aim to allocate to all those who meet all of their entry conditions by 31 July of their year of arrival. The graduate residency agreement runs continuously from the start of term until 30 June each year, with the option to extend into the summer if this is required for study purposes (see ‘Summer Residence’, below). You will not have to move out of your room during vacation time.
Homerton has recently created purpose-built graduate accommodation in quiet surroundings at the back of the College plot. This means that you can enjoy the Gothic surroundings of the older buildings such as the Great Hall, whilst living in modern and well-equipped rooms.
Most resident graduate students will live in Morley House (from 2016) and Harrison House, which offer self-catered, en-suite rooms. Accommodation is arranged in groups of five rooms, around a fully-fitted kitchen; there is also a common room (‘MCR’) in Morley House. We are able to offer a few rooms to graduates in the other accommodation blocks; however rooms may be smaller, and are arranged along corridors and only offer small ‘gyp-room’ kitchens, for snack preparation.
After you have been offered a place at Homerton, we will ask you to fill out the Accommodation Request form which will be emailed to you in April. After 31 July, we begin to allocate rooms to incoming students who have met all of their conditions of offer.
We will write to you in August, confirming your allocated accommodation block. We are unable to guarantee accommodation in certain blocks, but we will try our best to accommodate the preferences you stipulate on your form, and any special requirements.
Please note that the number of applicants requesting accommodation can fluctuate. It is therefore helpful to return all forms in good time, and to keep the College up to date with any developments in regard to your application and/or situation. If your place at Cambridge is confirmed in late August, we will do our best to find you a room, but we cannot guarantee accommodation will be available by that stage.
Some graduates are required to stay up in Cambridge for the purpose of study over the summer. With this in mind, the College permits graduates to remain resident in College, paying the nightly rate for the room. Where possible, it is arranged that graduates staying over the summer may remain in the same room, but it may be necessary to move you to a different floor or block.
Homerton mainly offers accommodation for single occupancy, though from 2016 we will be able to offer a few larger rooms for couples. Unfortunately we cannot at present offer accommodation for families: students who need family accommodation should get in touch with the University Accommodation Service to make arrangements to rent private accommodation. The College have also produced a list of other private letting agencies, which can be found here.