Our boarding aim is “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”
Accommodation for Students Under 16 Years of Age
Students aged under 16 years at the start of our academic year have two accommodation options:
- Living in our boarding houses
- Lodging with a host family
Abbey House boarding house provides our younger students with a high level of support and care as well as a degree of independence. All students are cared for by our boarding team who live on site.
Our boarding team organises activities and share meals with students, arrange sporting and social activities at the weekends and supervise study time. Students learn important life skills such as organisation, time management and social skills. These skills help as they move into more independent accommodation through their studies and on to university.
Facilities are of a high standard throughout, with student study areas, and a large dining room. All rooms have ensuite facilities, and there is wireless internet access.
Full Board rooms are available on site on our new campus. This boarding accommodation is known as ‘Abbey House’ and complements our existing accommodation provision. Key features of our Abbey House boarding accommodation include:
- 119 Spacious ensuite single rooms for students aged 13+
- Healthy and delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner meals served in our onsite dining room, with a wide choice of meal options
- Onsite coffee and snack bar
- Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ rated boarding provision
- Wifi access throughout (included in accommodation fee)
- Designated male and female accommodation floors
- Common rooms and communal areas with kitchenettes
- On site security 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Key card access means that accommodation floors can only be accessed by students who live within them
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|
|Outcomes for Boarders||Outstanding|
|Quality of Boarding Provision and Care||Outstanding|
|Leadership and Management of Boarding||Outstanding|
Host families provide a glimpse into the life of a British family, and all offer half board catering. Meals are taken as a family and many hosts are able to cater for special diets. Some families have children of their own, and some families have pets. All host families provide single bedrooms with access to shared bathrooms. Students have their own key and can come and go as they please. Students may not return to their host family during the school day.
APEL only places students with families who are fully DBS Police checked and personally vetted by our Head of Accommodation. Host families offer a friendly, safe, comfortable environment for our students to study in. Host families demonstrate qualities of kindness, consistency, reliability and safety. Our APEL Accommodation Team and the boarding team, build good relationships with these families to ensure that students continuously receive a gold standard of accommodation and care. All of our host families are located within a forty minute journey by bus, many are within a short cycle, and some are walkable.
Lodging Host Family Facilities
Our lodging families demonstrate qualities of kindness, reliability, consistency and safety. Our Accommodation team and the boarding team build good relationships with our families to ensure that students receive an outstanding level of accommodation and care. Every student has their own bedroom with a study desk, bed, wardrobe, drawers and access to a shared bathroom. A small number of lodging families provide ensuite accommodation.
Our lodging families are all located within the City of Cambridge, with most homes a short walk from the college. Each host family looks after between two and seven Abbey students. Families are carefully selected to ensure safe, friendly and comfortable environments in which students can relax and study. Each adult family member over 16 completes a DBS Police check and is personally vetted by our Head of Accommodation to ensure a gold standard of care.
Meals and Laundry in our Boarding House and Host Family Lodgings
All students living in our boarding house or in host family lodgings are accommodated full board.
Breakfast in host family lodgings consists of a light continental breakfast. In our Abbey House boarding house a hot breakfast is also available. Monday to Friday during term time, lunch is provided in the dining room at Abbey College Cambridge. At the weekends and during half terms, a light lunch is provided by the Boarding House or Host Family. The evening meal is a hot, healthy, balanced dinner. A variety of diets can be catered for including vegetarian, Halal, gluten and dairy free.
Student rooms are cleaned weekly and their bed linen is changed. There are laundry facilities in the boarding house and students are encouraged to launder their own clothes and towels. In host family lodgings, student’s laundry is washed for them by their host.
Please note that our boarding houses and host family lodgings close over the Christmas and New Year holiday, and all students should return home during this time.
Accommodation for Students Over 16 Years of Age
For many students, coming to study in Cambridge will mean living independently away from home for the first time. Alpha Plus Education Ltd (APEL) aims to ensure all new students secure a place to live before arriving into the UK and studying at Abbey College Cambridge.
APEL is part of the prestigious Alpha Plus Group and was established to provide a range of accommodation, consulting and supplementary services to schools, colleges, parents and various partners in the world of education. APEL works closely with the Alpha Plus Group and their colleges.
Accommodation offered is high quality and secure, with students offered 24 hour care and support from the on-site boarding team. The APEL Purbeck House and Tripos Court sites provide full time boarding staff, dedicated to Abbey College Cambridge students. APEL provides students with accommodation that sits half way between school and university, students are given 24 hour care and support but are allowed freedom to learn and given opportunities to cook light snacks for themselves. All APEL accommodation is offered with full board provision, with student rooms cleaned and bed linen changed weekly. Accommodation sites rented by APEL may be used by other students, colleges and private professional individuals, and are not solely used by Abbey College Cambridge.
Our APEL Cambridge Accommodation Team can offer advice regarding your accommodation choice, and can help you book a place so you do not need to worry about where you will live.
Rooms are reserved upon the successful receipt of our 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 Enrolment form).
All students under 18 are required to live in accommodation arranged by APEL. Students who wish to live alone must prove to have outstanding attendance and be able to look after themselves appropriately.
Accommodation options available for students aged 16 or over at the start of their course of study are:
- Living in halls of residence
- Living with a host family
Students who are over 18 in the September they start their studies and who have parental permission may apply to live independently in their own privately arranged accommodation. APEL Cambridge can provide an ICP (Independent Care Package) to support such students. Students who wish to live alone must prove to have outstanding attendance and be able to look after themselves appropriately.
Halls of Residence
APEL offers a limited number of students supervised accommodation in our Purbeck House and Tripos Court halls of residence. Students are accommodated in the following room types:
- Single ensuite Apartment(Purbeck House)
- Single ensuite Room (Tripos Court)
Most of the floors in the residence are mixed gender, however if requested, students may be allocated a room on a single gender floor. This will be confirmed at the time the request is made. All student bedrooms are fully furnished with a bed, wardrobe, desk, drawers, and a bedside table. Ensuite rooms have a shower, toilet and basin as well as a heated towel rail. Rooms either have access to a shared kitchen or have their own mini kitchen in the room. Both options provide students with the chance to do some light cooking if they wish. Services and facilities available in Halls of Residence include:
- Continental breakfast provided daily
- Access to kitchen
- Ensuite shower room
- Broadband internet
- Secure gated access controlled by fob or keypad entry
- Members of the boarding team living onsite
- CCTV in operation in communal areas and site patrolled at night by independent security company
- Self- service laundry room
- Secure bicycle storage
APEL will arrange for students’ rooms to be cleaned weekly, and at the same time students’ bed linen will be changed. Students are responsible for keeping their rooms tidy.
Security and Catering
APEL takes the security of our students very seriously. There are members of the boarding team on duty during the daytime and at night, so students are always able to contact a member of staff. APEL accommodation is within a gated community, so students feel secure, and only those who live on site are permitted on the grounds. CCTV is in operation in many communal areas, and the site is patrolled at night by an independent security company.
Catering provision is full board for students in APEL accommodation. Breakfast is provided for all students and may be taken in residence if a continental breakfast is preferred, or in the school dining room. A choice of vegetarian or meat dishes are offered at every meal including any specific dietary needs. All meals are freshly prepared using locally sourced organic products by the on-site catering company.
Many students find it difficult to adjust their diets after arriving in the UK, so APEL recommends that students familiarise themselves with the types of food they will be expecting to eat, and where possible to slowly introduce them into their diets before leaving for the UK.
Accommodation for Students Over 18 Years of Age
Students over the age of 18 years old have the options of living in our halls of residence or with a host family. Additionally, if students have the permission of their parents, they may apply to live independently or with an ICP, as long as attendance is outstanding and with the approval of the Vice Principal Pastoral.
Our accommodation team will support and guide students who are given permission to live independently, ensuring that they feel happy and able to take of themselves.
For more information about the different accommodation options available to over 18s, including our college guide to living independently in Cambridge, please contact our Accommodation Team at Accommodation@abbeycambridge.co.uk.
Students staying in APEL accommodation in halls of residence or in host families may remain in their accommodation for half term holidays and Easter break, however APEL accommodation closes during the three week Christmas break, and during the summer holiday.
Any student wishing to stay in Cambridge over the Christmas holidays will need to arrange alternative accommodation.
The APEL Accommodation Team cannot arrange accommodation for students over the Christmas period.
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 Fees and Deposit
Yearly Accommodation Fees payable in advance
|Boarding House and Halls of Residence Fees|
|Room Type||Price 2017/18||Description|
|Abbey House – Standard Single Room – Full board||£20,000||Single boarding room, with ensuite washroom, in college|
|Abbey House – Superior Single Room – Full board||£20,500||Single boarding room, with ensuite washroom, in college|
|Purbeck House – Large Apartment – Full Board||£21,000||Single boarding appartment, with en suite washroom (next door to college)|
|Tripos Court – Small Standard Room – Full Board||£17,000||Single boarding room, with en suite washroom (5 minute walk from college)|
|Tripos Court – Large Single Room – Full Board||£20,000||Single boarding room, with en suite washroom (5 minute walk from college)|
|Host Family Fees|
|Accommodation Type||Price 2017/18|
|Lodging host family (students under 16 full board)||£250 – £350 per week|
|Host family (students over 16 half board)||£180 – £350 per week|
|Premium Home Stay||Up to £370 per week|
Accommodation Registration Fee
£250 per student is payable in advance of the accommodation booking. This fee is non-refundable and is payable by all students, including those living independently. This fee is payable for the first years accommodation booking only.
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.