Here at Christ’s we’re extremely lucky to be able to accommodate the majority of our undergraduate students onsite in our beautiful, centrally located College campus (map). Roughly sixty undergraduates live in a set of houses just behind the College on Jesus Lane and King’s Street, while the remaining 300 or so students live on campus. This creates a great community atmosphere, but does mean that getting from one side of College to another can take a while as you’re constantly bumping into people you know!
Like all Cambridge colleges, Christ’s will provide undergraduates with accommodation for at least three years which means that you don’t have to worry about renting privately in Cambridge and where you’re going to live each year. Nor do you have to apply for accommodation, if you meet the conditions of your offer your accommodation is guaranteed for the duration of the undergraduate course for which you were accepted.
Living in College accommodation can save you money, as most students go home over the vacations between terms and don’t have to pay for their room when they’re not there.
If students wish to stay in Cambridge over the Christmas and Easter vacations they can (and often they can get financial help towards this if there is an academic reason for staying) though if their room is needed by conferencing they may have to move rooms for the vacation. Most students go home over the long vacation in the summer, but College can help with accommodation if students have a good reason for staying, such as a work placement in Cambridge or a research project.
Roughly 40% of our rooms are en suite, which is pretty good for a College where some of the buildings date back to 1505. The remainder of our rooms have shared bathrooms, but most students find that because they are all on different schedules there’s rarely a queue for the shower. Most rooms have some kitchen facilities nearby, and the vast majority of rooms have access to a fridge, hobs, and cupboards, with plugs for kettles, microwaves, and toasters should students wish to bring them.
Room prices are banded according to various criteria and new students are given an option as to which band of room in which they wish to live. The cheapest rooms in college in the 2019-20 academic year are £1,029 a term, while the most expensive are £1,697 a term. Most college rooms, however, range between £1,029 and £1,406 a term. All these charges include an insurance change (often not included in prices currently quoted at other colleges, as this is a new requirement), heating, electricity, internet access and cleaning and all rooms are non-smoking.
"Christ’s also tries to put you in accommodation near other freshers in your first year, which helps. My neighbour from first year is now one of my best friends!"