As a student on the Pembroke-King’s Summer Program, you are guaranteed university housing. You’ll live in single rooms on or next to the King’s and Pembroke campuses. Both King’s and Pembroke Colleges are centrally located and are only minutes away from the center of Cambridge.
Founded in 1441 by Henry VI, King’s College is distinguished as being one of the first colleges to admit women as well as being a strong advocate for the admission of non-traditional students. Pembroke College is built around beautiful gardens and courtyards and is known for its relaxed environment, as well as for its academic excellence.
The four categories of housing at Cambridge are labeled from Band 1-4. On your housing form, you will be able to select which band you want, but not a specific residence within that category. Band 3 and Band 4 housing includes a supplemental cost that is not included in your housing fee. For additional information, please also see the main housing page for England.
- Dining is a central part of student life at Cambridge, and the food is traditionally of a high standard. King's and Pembroke Colleges use free-range, fair trade, and locally-sourced foods where possible and can cater to many special dietary needs—please notify us in advance so we can ensure your particular needs are accommodated.
- You will have a partial meal plan that covers approximately 10 light cafeteria-style meals per week. You will eat your meals in the College you’re staying in.
- Dinners know as ‘Formal Halls’ are also offered by the colleges, and give students the opportunity to dine by candlelight in ancient, atmospheric surroundings. You can find out more information about the food and dining options here.
- All housing includes access to kitchen. There are also several cafes located on the campuses, and there is an even wider variety of markets and restaurants available nearby in the town of Cambridge.
- You will have access to shared laundry facilities which may not be in your exact hostel or staircase, but always close by. You’ll also be provided with towels and bedding and these will be changed regularly.
Band 1: Panton Street, Bateman Street, Fitzwilliam Street
Accommodation options in Band 1 are known as hostels. Each small, single-occupancy room includes a bed, desk, chair, storage space, and access to shared bathrooms and shared kitchen facilities. A regular housekeeping service also comes in to clean common spaces daily and individual rooms weekly.
- Panton Street hostels are located close to the University Botanic Gardens and about a 5-10 minute walk from the main lecture venue. The city center and Colleges are all within walking distance as well.
- The Bateman Street houses are only a 10-minute walk to the Cambridge train station and a few minutes walk from the University Botanic Gardens. The houses are about a10-15 minute walk from the main lecture venue.
- The 19th century Fitzwilliam Street houses have backyard patios and are located between Pembroke College and King’s College and the main lecture venue, which means a less than 10-minute walk. They are also across the street from the famous Fitzwilliam Museum
Band 2- Pembroke College, Trumpington Street, Lensfield Road, Bateman Street, Spalding Hostel, Webb’s Court, Bodley’s Court
Most of these single-occupancy, medium-sized rooms are off-site accommodation known as hostels. There are also a limited amount of smaller on-site rooms at Pembroke College and King’s College. All of these rooms contain a bed, desk, chair, and storage space, with access to shared bathrooms and shared kitchen facilities. Housekeeping also cleans communal areas daily and individual rooms weekly.
- The rooms located at Pembroke College are close to the College’s historic courtyards and gardens. They are a 5-10 minute walk from the main lecture venue and a 5-minute walk from King’s College and the city center.
- The Fitzwilliam Street rooms in Band 2 are slightly larger than those in Band 1.
- The Trumpington Street hostel is less than a 5-minute walk from the main lecture venue and a short walk to Pembroke College, King’s College, and the city center. The Fitzwilliam Museum is also right down the road.
- The Pembroke College-owned houses on Lensfield Road are a short 5-minute walk from the main lecture venue and a 10-15 minute walk from Pembroke and King’s Colleges. Cambridge’s central shopping area is also located nearby.
- The houses on Bateman Street in Band 2 are slightly larger than those in Band 1.
- Spalding Hostel is located in the city center and is across the street from King’s College. It is also a 5-10 minute walk from Pembroke College and a 15-minute walk from the main lecture venue. This hostel also has its own television and common room.
- Webb’s Court is located on King’s College’s campus, which is located in the city center. It is only a 5-minute walk from Pembroke College and a 5-10 minute walk to the main lecture venue.
- Bodley’s Court is located inside King’s College, alongside the beautiful River Cam. It is only a 5-minute walk from Pembroke College and a 5-10 minute walk to the main lecture venue.
Band 3- Pembroke College, Fitzwilliam Street, Spalding Hostel, Webb’s Court, Bodley’s Court, A Staircase- King’s College
These are medium-sized rooms located on-site or large rooms located off-site. They could contain more furniture than the rooms in Band 1 or Band 2. They also have access to shared bathrooms and shared kitchen facilities, along with a housekeeping service that cleans common rooms daily and individual rooms weekly.
- The rooms in Pembroke College are slightly larger than those in Band 2.
- The rooms in Fitzwilliam Street are slightly larger than those in Band 2.
- The rooms in Spalding Hostel are slightly larger than those in Band 2.
- The rooms in Webb’s Court are slightly larger than those in Band 2.
- The rooms in Bodley’s Court are slightly larger than those in Band 2.
- The rooms in A Staircase, located at King’s College are actually in a staircase off of King’s College Front Court. It is located in Cambridge’s city center and is only a 5-minute walk from Pembroke College and a 5-10 minute walk to the main lecture venue.
Band 4- Pembroke College
These ‘sets’ are two interconnecting rooms, where one is used as a bedroom and the other is used as a study area or sitting area. These rooms also have access to shared bathrooms and shared kitchen facilities, along with housekeeping for common areas daily and individual rooms weekly.
- The sets are located in Pembroke College, a 5-10 minute walk from the main lecture venue and a 5-minute walk from King’s College and the main city center.