Clare College Cambridge

Undergraduate Accommodation

Undergraduate accommodation is provided by Clare College for the length of your undergraduate course, normally 3 or 4 years.  As you can imagine the type of accommodation available varies quite a bit: from rooms in its elegant Old Court, some of which have spectacular views over the gardens and river to Memorial Court, across the river, in which the rooms are large and spacious.  Lerner Court which is a very modern living space opened in 2008 and then there is the Colony on Chesterton Lane which is made up of large houses converted into student lodgings. 

All first years live in Memorial, Thirkill and Lerner Courts and will have been assigned a room before they arrive.

Almost every student room has access to a 'gyp room' which is a small kitchen equipped with a kettle, toaster, microwave, two ring hob and a fridge.  The facilities are suitable for preparing light snacks. Deep fat fryers, portable ovens and other cooking appliances are not allowed.  The College does not provide crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils, so you may like to bring your own. 

All student rooms are fully furnished with desks/tables, chairs, beds and wardrobes.  Students should not bring their own furniture into College rooms; nor must furniture be removed from any room.  At the start of each academic year a room inventory form is left in each room.  The student should complete the form and return it to the Housekeeping Office within the first week of taking up occupancy.  The College will respond positively for any requests for replacement/additional furniture.

Head Housekeeper

Day-to-day oversight and upkeep of all College rooms is the responsibility of the Head Housekeeper, Mrs Jackie Searle. She also ensures that rooms, furnishings and staircase facilities are treated properly by students and will alert the Rooms Tutor to any problems. Email housekeeper@clare.cam.ac.uk 

Rooms Coordinator

Situated in N1 along with the Head Housekeeper, the Rooms Coordinator, Mrs Maureen Dawson, collates information and deals in the first instance with any room enquiry.  Email: md291@cam.ac.uk

Rooms Tutor

The Rooms Tutor is Dr Philip Faulkner and he is responsible for allocation of College rooms to undergraduate students and Fellows.  The Rooms Tutor also deals with any problems arising with room allocation, usage and overall capacity.

Room Allocation and Ballot

Current first and second year students are entered into a ballot, managed by the Rooms Coordinator, which determines the order in which they are able to choose their room.

Residency 

All Freshers and any student in en-suite accommodation in the Memorial Court complex and H Staircase are required to vacate their rooms at the end of the full term (Michaelmas and Lent only).

Termly Lease:  A total of 227 nights over 3 terms. 

9 Month Lease:  A total of 261 nights and covers all holidays. 

The exception is at the end of Easter Term when students that are graduating can remain in their accommodation until the morning after graduation.

Term Dates

Residency Out of Term

Any undergraduate seeking accommodation outside of their lease date must complete a vacation accommodation application form; this is the only means by which such requests can be made. It is quite likely that you will not be able to remain in your normal room, but every effort is made to ensure that a room is found for anyone seeking accommodation. The College makes a standard charge for such accommodation. Forms are sent out by the Rooms Coordinator prior to the end of each term; all forms must be returned.

Cleaning of Rooms and Staircases 

Student rooms are cleaned once a week. All students will be notified of the day that their room is cleaned and who their bedder (cleaner) is. Room bins are emptied daily but if you do not wish to be disturbed the bin can be placed outside the door. However, this convention may not be used on the regular cleaning day.  Communal areas such as gyp rooms (small kitchens) and bathrooms are cleaned daily.

Television Licences

It is your responsibility to obtain a TV license for any television receiver brought into College, including using your computer to watch broadcast programmes.  Your home address license will not cover you and there is no College-wide cover.  TV licensing authorities make checks on a regular basis and you are personally liable for any fines imposed.

Maintenance and Fault Reporting 

Maintenance and repairs to all College buildings and graduate housing is controlled by the Buildings Office team. All requests for maintenance repairs (for example broken windows, water leaks, electrical failures, heating problems etc) are made through a computerized reporting system. This can be accessed on-line via the College network http://www.clare.cam.ac.uk/maintenance/

Storage Facilities  

In most cases when you vacate your room at the end of any term you are required to arrange that all your property is removed and taken home or placed in the lockable storage facilities in your room. 

Overseas students can apply for attic storage space from the Housekeeper.

Laundry Facilities 

Coin operated washing machines and dryers are available in the College for use by its members. Laundries are located in O Basement, Lerner Court, G Staircase in Old Court and in Castle End and Castle House at the Colony.

Recycling Facilities

As part of the Colleges environmental policy we have made a commitment to recycle as much waste as possible in the safest possible manner. Recycling facilities in the College are clearly labeled and are available as follows:

Glass Glass bins are located in the side passage in Old Court
Paper

Bins are provided (for paper, newspaper, magazines – not cardboard) in all porters’ lodges, the LCR, the photocopy room in Old Court and all computer rooms.

Batteries Bins for used batteries are provided in teh photocopy rooms on N and F Staircases and all porters' lodges
Multi waste                           

Multi Co-mingled bins are placed at the bottom of all staircases in Memorial, Ashby, Thirkill and Lerner courts.  These bins are suitable for glass, plastic, paper and tin.

All rooms in Old Court and The Colony are provided with recycling bins for multi co-mingled waste. These are emptied by the bedder twice a week.

Cans the Library Common Room has a bin for cans.