King's offers single rooms to all graduate students whenever possible, and tries to guarantee two years of accommodation to each student (normally in the first and final year of graduate study). Graduate rooms are available from the start of term through to 30 June every year, with an option to extend into the summer if required. All rooms have a bed, a desk, a chest of drawers, a wardrobe, bookshelves and a reading lamp. They usually also have an easy chair and a coffee table. Internet access is available in all rooms via a wired (ethernet) connection and some have access to the King's WiFi network.
Unfortunately, the College has very limited accommodation for families and couples. Occasionally space in College-owned flats becomes available to graduate students. Students who need family accommodation should get in touch with the Accommodation Officer, who will be able to give an indication of the availability of flats.
After being offered a place at King's, you are invited to fill in a form to request accommodation, in early August. Once your request is received, your accommodation is allocated by the College Accommodation Officer as soon as the University Graduate Admissions office confirms your place, and you have met all conditions of entry. You can also specify if you wish to be guaranteed a room in at the lower end of the rent scale. It is not normally possible to specify which building you wish to live in, although the Accommodation Officer will also take into account any students with special accommodation needs (such as disabled access). First year students are currently allocated to one of three places: Cranmer Road Hostel, Grasshopper Lodge, Wolfson Court, Cranmer 3a or the Garden Building. This changes from time to time according to circumstances.
Please note, because the numbers of graduates requiring accommodation each year can fluctuate, there is normally a deadline in late-August by which you must request accommodation and have your place confirmed. Advance notice of this deadline is provided from year to year. If your place is confirmed only after the deadline (or you request accommodation only after this deadline), we cannot guarantee that we will have accommodation available.
After your first year, if you wish to apply for accommodation for further years, this is assigned by random ballot. Final-year students are guaranteed accommodation, and they choose first. Anyone else who would like to apply for a room, if available, can chose afterwards in a randomly-generated order.
There are a number of accommodation buildings that may be available during your time at King's, see below for more details:
Tennis Court Road - Continuing students
This hostel is located about 12 minutes' walk from King's. One of the main attractions of the rooms here is their close proximity to many of the University departments, particularly Engineering and Chemistry. There is a large kitchen / common room on the ground floor, and smaller kitchens on the upper floors. There are shared bathroom facilities, and each room has its own washbasin. There are also laundry facilities onsite. The majority of rooms in this building are at the smaller / cheaper end of the rent scale.
Grasshopper Lodge - Mixture of first years and continuing students
Grasshopper is just off Grange Road, about 10 minutes' walk from the College, and it is close to the University Library and the Sidgwick Site. Grasshopper has 28 rooms and a large garden. Each room has its own washbasin, with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. There is a laundry and a large common room. Rooms are available in a variety of sizes and the rents vary accordingly.
Cranmer Road, Original Building- Mixture of first years and continuing students
Cranmer Road is just off Grange Road, about 10 minutes' walk from the College, close to the University Library and the Sidgwick Site, and next door to Grasshopper Lodge. The house has 17 rooms and a garden. Each room has its own washbasin and fridge, with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. There are kitchens on every floor, and a common room downstairs. Rooms are available in a variety of sizes and the rents vary accordingly.
Cranmer Road, Villa Building - First years
Cranmer Road is just off Grange Road, about 10 minutes' walk from the College, close to the University Library and the Sidgwick Site, and next door to Grasshopper Lodge. The house has 19 rooms and a garden. Each room has its own washbasin, with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. There are kitchens on every floor, and residents will have access to the large common room in the adjacent Garden building. Rooms are virtually identical so rents are the same throughout.
Cranmer Road, Stephen Taylor Building - First years
Cranmer Road is just off Grange Road, about 10 minutes' walk from the College, close to the University Library and the Sidgwick Site, and next door to Grasshopper Lodge. The house has 40 rooms and a garden. Each room is en suite, with shared kitchen facilities. There are two large kitchens on each floor, and a large common room on the ground floor. Rooms are virtually identical so rents are the same throughout.
Wolfson Court - First years
Wolfson Court is on Clarkson Road, about 15 to 20 minutes' walk from the College, close to the University Library and next door to the Department of Maths. This is a large Graduate student hostel, of which King's students will occupy one wing. Rooms are somewhat basic. Each room has its own washbasin, with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. Some rooms have balconies. A few rooms are en suite. There is a central laundry room on the ground floor. There are several common areas, including several green spaces. Rooms are of varying quality and rents vary accordingly.
Rents for rooms are set according to the facilities they have (size, amenities, desirability, etc.), and are organised into 6 bands. The most expensive rent is £2327.53 per quarter, the cheapest £1540.18 per quarter for first year graduates. For continuing graduates, the most expensive rent is £2239.86 per quarter, the cheapest is £1452.50 per quarter. This includes insurance and a separate kitchen fixed charge of £156.94 in your first year and £78.47 in subsequent years. Our rental prices are average amongst Cambridge colleges.
King's College accommodation is accredited by ANUK.