Murray Edwards College
University of Cambridge

Undergraduate accommodation

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    Murray Edwards College is able to offer college accommodation to all undergraduates (including fourth years) on the main College site, or in one of the nearby College houses.  Every year a few students opt to live in privately rented accommodation, but most choose to live in College.

    Undergraduate accommodation includes:

    • Pearl House, which is fully ensuite, and accommodates all our first year undergraduates,
    • Buckingham House, which has 35 ensuite bedrooms,
    • Orchard court, which has single, split-single and split-double rooms,
    • and a number of College-owned houses.

    All bedrooms have access to kitchen areas where snacks and small meals may be prepared. Cooking is not permitted in bedrooms, but students can have their own fridge in their rooms. The cost of maintaining the kitchen facilities is met by the Overhead Charge. Find out more about meals in College.

    First year students are accommodated in ensuite rooms in Pearl House. For students entering their second or later years a room draw, based on a system devised by the students themselves, is conducted in Lent Term to establish the order in which rooms are chosen. The overall organisation of College rooms is the responsibility of the Rooms Tutor but most matters of detail are dealt with by the Accommodation Office. Rents vary to reflect the overall attractiveness of different rooms, and are also designed to allow a measure of individual control over accommodation costs.

    Examples of the rooms available are shown in the photos below. If you have any questions about accommodation at Murray Edwards College, please contact the Accommodation Office using the details below.  You can also download a PDF of current room rents on this page, and find information on possessions insurance. 

    Getting in touch

    The Accommodation Office, located in the basement of Pearl House, is usually the first port of call for any queries relating to accommodation. Contact them by calling 01223 67775 or emailing

    However, maintenance issues should be reported using the Room Management Service.

    If it's an emergency, please contact the Porters’ Lodge by calling 01223 762100 or emailing

    Accommodation Gallery