Yes, there are plenty of single occupancy College rooms available for PGCE students; the College does not have suitable accommodation for couples or families. Rooms are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to applicants who:
All rooms are in the College grounds on Hills Road, close to all College facilities. They are designed to work in as well as sleep so there is a desk, space for a computer and books, and, of course, everything you need to get online. They are safe places, with their own room keys and a card key system for getting into your residence area.
Homerton PGCE students are often housed in three accommodation areas with different facilities:
Rooms arranged in flats of 5 rooms, including a few larger double rooms
Shared fully-fitted kitchens
Common Room (accessible to all graduate students)
Rooms arranged in flats of 5 rooms
Shared fully-fitted kitchens
Resident students are required to pay the Minimum Meal Contribution (MMC).
Applicants who are due to commence their studies in September will be contacted via email with the webpage link for our first set of information in late March/early April. This webpage contains the online accommodation application form and a detailed guide to accommodation. If you wish to apply for a room in College, and you have been accepted as a member of Homerton for the PGCE course, you must complete the online application form. Please note: this does not guarantee a room. Applications from non-members will not be considered.
All College rooms are allocated in July; if the College is in a position to offer residential accommodation you will be contacted by email. If you know will be travelling over summer, please provide an email address where you or your representative can be reached. If you do not answer this email, for any reason, it will be assumed you do not wish to take up the offer of residential accommodation.
If you are unsuccessful in your application for a room in Homerton College you will need to seek private accommodation. You may nonetheless put your name on a waiting list for vacancies that may arise.
If you are allocated a room the booking will be provisional until you have signed and returned the Residency Agreement. In doing so, you are signing a legally-binding contract to take up residence in College and it is at this stage that the room is guaranteed for the Academic Year.
Please follow this link for the charges:
The PGCE Residency Agreement, which gives licence to occupy the room, is a continuous contract for the period September until June.
No. The Residency Agreement runs continuously from mid-September to the end of June. We are unable to offer accommodation to students who request residency for only part of that period.
The University normally expects postgraduates to live within 10 miles of Cambridge city centre, but increasingly a small number of PGCE students will be based further from Cambridge for domestic and financial reasons. The College strongly advises you to live no more than an hour's commute from Cambridge, especially during those parts of the year when you are doing course-work in the Faculty of Education. Commuting long distances can be stressful and Cambridge rush-hour is a nightmare. Moreover, the further away you live, the more difficult it can be for us to support you directly.
The University Accommodation Service may be able to assist you in finding suitable accommodation for your time in Cambridge; you can register for the service online. The Information booklet which is published in our first set of information in late March/early April contains a list of local letting agents and other useful links.