Students Living outside of College Accommodation

For those students living outside of college, whether by choice or an unsuccessful ballot application, the MCR committee want you to feel part of the Hughes community. We hope to see you at the college throughout the year, using it as a base to study, socialise and attend some of our many events.

Firstly, we would advise any student who has not yet done so, to register with the University Accommodation Service and to join the Hughes Students Facebook page. It’s a useful way of keeping up to date with any upcoming events or, in the case of students seeking housemates outside of college, for finding other Hughes students in a similar situation.

Aside from that, websites such as Gumtree, Rightmove, Spare Room and Zoopla are good starting points for finding private accommodation in Cambridge, across the full range of prices. While we would be thrilled to have our students as close to the college as possible, you may want to take advantage of the opportunity to look out for accommodation that happens to be close to your department, or is closer to the town centre. More relevant websites and information can be found in the Hughes Hall Alternative Accommodation Support Guide.

Students may also find it useful to contact the Domestic Bursars of other colleges who will be able to offer advice as to the availability of any of their rooms. However, it often helps to initially call the college’s Porters’ Lodge to ask them who would be the right person to approach.

Finally, we would advise all applicants to check with Hughes before they sign a private accommodation agreement. It may be the case that another student has pulled out of college accommodation. Next week (beginning the 19th of September) the college will be reviewing availability and may have spaces to offer to those on the waiting list.
Any questions can be sent to Josh Richman at

We’re looking forward to meeting you all in due course!