Accommodation Overview

Undergraduate Accommodation

Girton College provides accommodation to its undergraduate students for all years of their course. The rooms are all single occupancy and vary in style and size, from the Victorian rooms in the original College building to the modern en-suite rooms in Ash Court and Swirles Court. Tenancies are for 37 or 38 weeks depending on the University of Cambridge’s term dates, apart from in Ash Court where the tenancy is for 31 or 32 weeks as it does not include the Christmas Vacation.

Allocation Procedure: New Undergraduate Students

First year undergraduate students live in the main College building and are allocated to a room before they arrive in College. Once they have a confirmed place at the College they will be contacted with more information.  They do not need to apply for accommodation before this.  The rooms in the College building are arranged into corridors with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities on each corridor creating a sociable atmosphere for living and studying. There is an all-female corridor in College which female students can give a preference for. Adapted rooms can be provided for students with disabilities in Ash Court and Swirles Court.

Allocation Procedure:  Continuing Undergraduate Students

Rooms for undergraduates from second year onwards are allocated through an annual student-run ballot; a student’s position on the room-choosing list being determined by the type of room they have had in preceding years. Second, third and fourth year undergraduates have a choice of rooms in the main College buildingAsh CourtSwirles Court or in a College-owned house.

Residence Charge

Students pay a residence charge which includes accommodation and access to college facilities such as the swimming pool and cafeteria. Through the room ballot system for second and third year undergraduates all students get a chance to live in rooms of different sizes and locations throughout their time at Girton. Apart from in Ash Court, where students move out over the Christmas Vacation, the residence charge includes the Christmas and Easter vacations, which means, students do not need to clear their room during the academic year. For more information on payments please see Undergraduate fees and charges.

Graduate Accommodation

Swirles Court

Girton provides accommodation for all its Graduate students, requiring single person accommodation, for the duration of their course. The single person rooms are en-suite with shared kitchen facilities. There is also a limited amount of accommodation available for Graduate couples and students with children.

Graduate students requiring single person accommodation will live in Swirles Court, a new Graduate Complex for 325 students. Adapted rooms can be provided for students with disabilities. For more information please go to the following link: Swirles Court

There is a limited amount of accommodation available for Graduate couples / families in College houses and four self-contained flats at Cockcroft Place. Priority for these is given to students who are new to Cambridge. For more information please go to the following link: Family / Couple Accommodation

Residence Charges

Students pay a residence charge which includes accommodation and college facilities. The charge will vary depending upon when you start at Girton.

Please check the fees and charges pages for more information College Fees and Charges page

Application Procedure: NEW PostGraduates. (Changed due to COVID-19)

Please apply for accommodation as soon as you receive an offer of a place at Girton by completing the application form at: APPLY

In normal times we can usually offer accommodation to all those who apply, with priority given to those who apply by July 31st. Due to social distancing requirements and restriction of household size under current COVID-19 regulations, in 2020 we may have fewer rooms available than usual and in this case we will operate a waiting list, with priority given to those who applied earliest.

Your room will be confirmed once you have met all your University and College conditions of admission and as soon as we have an available room to offer. If a waiting list is in operation, we will keep you informed about this.

Please note that this year we may also need to stagger arrival dates in order to regulate numbers arriving, so as to avoid crowds and queues. Available dates/times for arrival and arrangements for quarantine, if necessary, will be notified with your room offer. We will be as flexible as possible and seek to minimise any inconvenience to you.

We look forward very much to having you with us. Please be assured of an especially warm welcome this year as we emerge from what has been a difficult time for all making arrangements for postgraduate study during the pandemic.

Application Procedure: Continuing CONFIRMED Graduates

Please apply for a room by June 23rd 2019 by completing the form at the following link: APPLY

Current graduates will be able to apply for rooms in Swirles Court as individuals or in groups of four to eight students. If students apply in groups, as far as possible, we will try to keep the groups together, however, due to the size of flats, groups may be split up or be accommodated with other groups or individuals.

Arrival Dates

The standard graduate tenancy runs from October 1st to August 31st (48 weeks). If your course runs for a shorter period your contract length will reflect this. If you need to arrive earlier due to your course starting before this date, please contact us and we will arrange accommodation for you. We cannot guarantee that your own room will be available but if your own room is not ready, a temporary room will be found for you.



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