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Process for assigning College accommodation

St Catharine's aims to offer accommodation to all new single research students in their first year (who have requested accommodation by 15th August and who will meet the conditions of their offer, as set by the University Postgraduate Admissions Office, by 1st September in the year of admission). Accommodation in subsequent years is offered strictly subject to availability. We also have a very limited amount of accommodation for couples. 

Eligible students will be asked to indicate whether they wish to live in College accommodation when their College membership is confirmed, with accommodation offers made once admission is confirmed by the University Postgraduate Admissions Office. Accommodation is allocated on a first come-first served basis based on when students meet the conditions of their offer. We will endeavour to offer rooms based on your preferences as selected in the request form, subject to availability and demand. 

Accommodation for Lent and Easter term starters is not guaranteed and will be based on current availability. We advise students starting in Lent or Easter term to contact the accommodation office directly to discuss their options. 

We are only able to offer accommodation for part time students if their hours of study are more than 21 hours per week. 

Process for assigning accommodation: Incoming/new postgraduates or existing undergraduate students who will become postgraduate students for the next academic year

Step Timing
College sends out webform End of May
Students complete webform By 15 August
Rooms offered From July
Students accept/decline Early September
Tenancy starts 1 October

Process for assigning accommodation: Returning/ existing postgraduates

Step Timing
MCR sends out webform April
Students complete webform Early May
15 students are allocated bedrooms via the ballot Mid May
Remaining students are added to a waiting list End of May
Rooms offered to waiting list if not claimed by incoming new postgraduate students  Mid September
Students accept/decline End of September
Tenancy starts 1 October

Contact details

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