Summer Study Abroad at University of Cambridge with Arcadia University

Pembroke-King's Programme at University of Cambridge
Housing Information

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Students are guaranteed university housing while participating in the Pembroke-King's Summer Programme.

Housing Preference Form

Please complete the online housing form on your Arcadia Passport. Please contact your Arcadia program manager if you have any questions about housing options or housing fees.


All students will be housed 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.

There are five categories of accommodation at Cambridge. You should choose whether you want Band 1, Band 2, Band 3, Band 4, or Band 5 housing. Please note that it is not possible to request a specific residence within the individual categories.

Band 1: Lensfield Road and Panton Street

Housing at Lensfield Road and Panton Street is located only a five to ten minute walk from Pembroke College. Panton Street is situated near the University Botanic Garden and is only a ten minute walk from Pembroke College. There are a number of student residences on this street, all with gardens. Pembroke's houses on Lensfield Road are only a five minute walk from College and are near a number of popular pubs and restaurants.

Band 1 housing is included with the cost of your program. 


Band 2: Fitzwilliam Street, Tennis Court Road, Trumpington Street, Garden Hostel, and St Clement's Gardens

The Fitzwilliam Street houses, owned by Pembroke College, are located less than ten minutes walk from Pembroke and King's Colleges. These 19th century Victorian houses are modern on the interior, with shared bathrooms, and very close to the famous Fitzwilliam Museum. Each house has a comfortable kitchen which students may use for making drinks and snacks.

Located on the corner of Fitzwilliam Street and Tennis Court Road, within a couple hundred feet of the Fitzwilliam Street Houses, Tennis Court Road is a well-appointed and comfortable King's College-owned residence. TCR has a large communal TV room, shared bathrooms, and a spacious, shared kitchen.

Trumpington Street Hostel is a recently remodeled housing which provides single rooms with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities, only a five-minute walk from Pembroke College.

Garden Hostel is located near the University Library and offers large single rooms in modern accommodation, with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities.

St Clement's Gardens provides single rooms with shared bathrooms in terraced housing, only a ten minute walk from King's College. 

Band 2 housing is included with the cost of your program. 


Band 3: Spalding Hostel and Fitzwilliam Street Houses (en-suite rooms), Trumpington Street Hostel and St Clement's Gardens

Spalding Hostel

Located just off the Market Square, Spalding Hostel is a King's College-owned residence, right at the heart of the city and close to King's College. Spalding is an architecturally diverse building and unsurprisingly, the rooms vary enormously. Many are very quirky with attractive period features and some rooms have panoramic cityscape views. Each room has its own washbasin and fridge, but with shared cooking and bathroom facilities. The residence has shared kitchen and bathroom facilities and a large common room, which is nicely decorated and has a TV and DVD player.

The Fitzwilliam Street rooms that are in Band 3 have private bathrooms.

A few sets (individual combined living room and bedroom) are available in Band 3 at Trumpington Street Hostel and St Clement's Gardens

Band 3 housing is included with the cost of your program.


Band 4: Pembroke College Rooms, King's College Rooms, and Spalding Hostel sets

King's College Rooms

These single rooms are located within King's College, and are older in design, as they are part of original College buildings. These buildings have shared bathrooms and small kitchen areas. Bodley's Court is off-limits to tourists and walking on the grass is allowed so is often a popular place with students. Many of the rooms offer a stunning view over the river and over the King's back lawn towards the Chapel.

Also on the main college site, overlooking the arcaded library, Webb's Court is located adjacent to Bodley's court, and offers a variety of single rooms served by communal facilities. Webb's Court also houses the college's laundry facilities.

The A Staircase rooms in King's College are very centrally located, and many offer excellent views across the college's front lawn and onto the Chapel. These rooms are very close to the main college facilities such as the canteen and bar.

Pembroke College Rooms

Located within the gates of Pembroke College, these spacious 19th and 20th century single bedrooms offer some of the most beautiful views in Pembroke College. The Orchard Building features shared bathroom and kitchen facilities, and a sweeping overlook the Bowling Green (one of the oldest in Europe), the Orchard and Ivy Court. The Red Buildings, designed in the 1870s by Alfred Waterhouse, overlook the Red Buildings Lawn, one of the few lawns in Cambridge on which undergraduates may study, soak up the sun and play croquet. These rooms also face Pembroke College's library - another Waterhouse building - on the far side of the lawn. Outward facing rooms look across Trumpington Street to the Gothic chapel at Peterhouse, the neighboring college.

Spalding Hostel Sets

These sets at Spalding Hostel offer students a living room and bedroom together, with shared kitchen and bathroom facilites. Spalding Hostel is centrally located near King's College and close to the Arts Theatre.

There is an extra fee for Band 4 housing. Consult the fees page for more information.


Band 5: King's College Housing Sets, Pembroke College Sets, and St Edward's Passage

King's College Sets / Pembroke College Sets

Located on-site at King's College and Pembroke College, these traditional Cambridge rooms are known as 'sets.' Larger than average rooms, they have a living room and separate bedroom area. These buildings have shared bathrooms and small, shared kitchens, and many of the rooms offer stunning views.

St Edward's Passage

These modern and comfortable rooms are located in a quaint, well-appointed house, directly across the road from King's College, a couple of hundred feet from the college's front gate. Each room has its own en-suite bathroom and shower and the buildings also have full shared kitchen with dining tables and chairs.

There is an extra fee for Band 5 housing. Consult the fees page for more information.


Food and Dining

The Pembroke-Kings Programme includes ten meals per week as part of the program fee.

Dining is a central part of student life at Cambridge, and 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 (although if you have special dietary requirements, we ask that you notify us in advance to ensure that your particular needs can be accommodated).

All accommodation includes access to kitchen facilities which can be used for the preparation of small meals and snacks. Breakfast is always included and either lunch or dinner will also be provided.  Dinners known 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 in Halls by visiting the Pembroke College Kitchen blog here:

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.



For assistance with any part of the application process, contact your program manager at 1-866-927-2234.