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Swirles Court

Swirles Court opened in September 2017 and has 325 en-suite bedrooms for Graduate and Undergraduate students. It is part of a new development which also includes housing for University staff and shopping facilities including a supermarket. Swirles Court is built around landscaped courtyards and has card controlled access to make it a secure environment.  There is secure, covered cycle storage for each block.

It is located approximately a fifteen minute walk or five minute cycle from the main Girton College site, and is on the Ridgeway cycle route from Girton to the City Centre, the West Cambridge site, the University Sports Centre and the Sidgewick site.  The development is connected by bus to the city centre, railway station and Addenbrookes Hospital / the Biomedical campus.

The bedrooms are all en-suite and arranged in clusters of four to eight students, who share kitchen facilities which include a seating area for all of the occupants, as well as cooking facilities including a cooker, fridge, freezer and a microwave. There are two lockable cupboards per resident in each kitchen. The clusters are mixed sex with students from a mixture of different courses and different cohorts along the same corridor to foster diversity and communal living, while providing an environment that can be used for study.  There are rooms that can be used for students with mobility issues and other disabilities. All bedrooms will contain:

  • Bed and mattress (mainly three quarter double beds)
  • Chair / sofa
  • Wardrobe
  • Chest of drawers
  • Desk
  • Desk chair
  • Lamp
  • Bookshelf
  • Waste bin
  • Shelving
  • Large window
  • Bedding is not provided but a bedding pack can be bought from the college before students move in

In the en-suite bathrooms there is:

  • Shower
  • Sink
  • Toilet
  • Mirror
  • Towel rail

Swirles Court has its own Porters’ Lodge which provides support for students and controls access for non-residents. Next to the Porters’ Lodge there are laundry facilities, a secure post box for each resident, and a study room with network points. The whole site has WiFi.
Undergraduate tenancies at Swirles Court are for 37 or 38 weeks depending on the University of Cambridge’s term dates.
For more information please see the Fees and Charges web pages:
Undergraduate fees and charges
Graduate fees and charges


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