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Accommodation

We offer 320 student rooms on or within a few minutes’ walk of campus. All of our accommodation is of the highest standard. Ofsted has awarded our school boarding facilities its highest ranking of ‘Outstanding’.
Abbey House

Abbey College Cambridge Accommodation Abbey House

Abbey House boarding house is located immediately adjacent to the college teaching buildings. 117 single ensuite bedrooms and 5 twin rooms are offered on campus in Abbey House. All rooms are offered on a full board basis. Priority for Abbey House is given to our younger students (aged 13 – 16 on arrival).

Features include:

  • Fully catered (3 meals per day, 7 days per week)
  • Live-in house parents
  • Wi Fi
  • Secure access
  • Designated male and female floors
  • Weekend activities organised by our boarding team
  • Communal social and study areas
  • CCTV in operation and security on site 24/7
  • Room cleaning and on-site laundry
  • Weekly linen change
  • Secure bicycle storage

View and download our Abbey House Boarding Accommodation Student Guide

Abbey House Location

Purbeck House

Abbey College Cambridge Purbeck House Accommodation

Our Purbeck House boarding house is located immediately opposite our campus. 131 ensuite apartments and studio rooms are available on full board basis. Purbeck House is available to students aged 16+, with priority given to students aged 17+.

  • Fully catered (3 meals per day, 7 days per week)
  • Live-in house parents
  • Wi Fi
  • Secure access
  • Designated male and female floors
  • Communal social and study areas
  • CCTV in operation and security on site 24/7
  • Room cleaning and on-site laundry
  • Weekly linen change
  • In room kitchen facilities for light snacks
  • Secure bicycle storage
  • Weekend activities organised by our boarding team

View and download our Purbeck House Boarding Accommodation Student Guide

Purbeck House Location

Tripos Court

Abbey College Cambridge Tripos Court Accommodation

Our Tripos Court halls of residence are located a short walk from our campus. 67 ensuite single rooms are available on full board basis. Tripos Court is available to students aged 16+.

Features include:

  • Fully catered (3 meals per day, 7 days per week)
  • Live-in house parents
  • Wi Fi
  • Secure access
  • Designated male and female floors
  • Communal social and study areas
  • CCTV in operation and security on site 24/7
  • Room cleaning and on-site laundry
  • Weekly linen change
  • Communal kitchenettes
  • Secure bicycle storage
  • Weekend activities organised by our boarding team

View and download our Tripos Court Boarding Accommodation Student Guide

Tripos Court Location

Host Family

Abbey College Cambridge Host Family Accommodation

Our host families provide an opportunity to experience British family life whilst studying. Half board accommodation is offered, with all students having their own single study bedroom. Host families offer many different room types of home, accommodating between 2 and 8 students. All of our host families are located within the city of Cambridge, within walking distance of school (10-40 minute walk), and are fully DBS Police checked and personally vetted by our Head of Accommodation.

Features include:

  • Half Board catering (Breakfast and Dinner)
  • Wi Fi
  • Secure access
  • Room cleaning
  • Weekly linen change
  • Secure bicycle storage
  • Weekend activities organised by our boarding team

View and download our Host Family Student Guide

Accommodation Fees and Applying

2018/19 Accommodation Fees

ROOM TYPE YEARLY FEE 2018/19
Abbey House Standard Single £20,500
Abbey House Superior Single £21,500
Purbeck Studio Apartment £22,500
Purbeck Split Apartment £23,500
Tripos Standard Room £18,000
Tripos Large Room £20,000
Host Family – Single – Half Board £9,000 – £15,000

Accommodation Registration Fee
£250 per student is payable in advance of the accommodation booking, this fee is included in the £2500 fee payable to secure your place at Abbey College Cambridge . This fee is non-refundable and is payable by all students, including those living independently. This fee is payable for the first year accommodation booking only.

Applying for Accommodation
Students should apply for accommodation as soon as they are offered a place to study at Abbey College Cambridge to ensure they have a place in their preferred accommodation choice. Students must have evidence that they are enrolled at the College.

Students must complete their Accommodation Application Form and return it to the Accommodation Team along with their Accommodation Registration Fee.

Students should make a note of any specific preferences or special requirements that they have, these will be met if possible.

Accommodation Terms and Conditions
Rooms are reserved upon the successful receipt of the Accommodation Application Form together with the Accommodation Registration Fee. Rooms are allocated on a first come first served basis. Bookings are for the academic year or for two terms from January of the academic year. In the event of an early departure, the accommodation fee is not refundable. Full terms and conditions are listed on the Terms and Conditions of the Enrolment form.

Useful Information

Boarding Principles and Practices
Abbey College Cambridge aims to provide boarding facilities of the highest standard to allow students to thrive in their educational studies. Students are given an appropriate degree of independence while boarding staff monitor and support a healthy and safe lifestyle. Great care is taken to help students adjust to being away from homes for what may be the first time.

The ethos is of mutual respect which is maintained throughout the school and boarding and at all levels from the staff and students.

Our students are cared for by members of the Boarding Team who live in the boarding house and who are available to help students at all times outside of the school day. Boarding staff take their meals with the students, organise social activities and are on hand for support and advice. The Boarding Team is assisted by the Head of Boarding, Head of Accommodation and the College Vice Principal (Pastoral).

Boarding Aim

“To build a safe and happy community where our students can develop the skills needed for future independent living, within a professional, supportive and nurturing environment.”

Ofsted boarding and lodging report summary
Area of Assessment Result
Overall Effectiveness Outstanding
Outcomes for Boarders Outstanding
Quality of Boarding Provision and Care Outstanding
Boarders’ Safety Outstanding
Leadership and Management of Boarding Outstanding

Holiday Accommodation
Students living in our halls of residence or in host families may only remain in their accommodation for half term holidays and Easter break. All college accommodation closes during the three week Christmas break, and during the summer holiday.

All students are encouraged to return home during the Christmas break. Any student wishing to stay in Cambridge over the Christmas holidays will need to arrange alternative accommodation. Our Accommodation Team cannot arrange accommodation for students over the Christmas period.

Please see our 2018/19 term dates for more information.

Catering
Our College catering team provides students with daily fresh, nutritious meals and a range of healthy snack options. We also work to educate our students on how to make healthier food choices, and regularly consult with them to tailor menus to suit their tastes and preferences. View our dining page to find out more.

Information and Guides
View and download our Abbey House Boarding Accommodation Student Guide
View and download our Purbeck House Boarding Accommodation Student Guide
View and download our Tripos Court Boarding Accommodation Student Guide
View and download our Host Family Student Guide
View and download our Lodging Family Student Guide 2016-17
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