Renting somewhere while you’re at university is a great way to be part of the local community and live independently.
We have a specialist Tenancy Support Team who can help you find private rented accommodation and give you advice about any issues that could occur when you're renting.
All or some of the following private sector options are available to you, depending on which campus you’re studying at. While we can tell you about accommodation that’s available, we don’t visit or endorse the properties, or the people advertising them.
Find out about accommodation options for under 18s and families here.
Studentpad is a property listings site ran by ARU that lets you search for houses, flats and rooms in Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough (you’ll need a password from the Residential Service before you can use it). The landlords and agencies that advertise on it send us the basic paperwork they need to legally rent their property before we agree to advertise it.
There’s a message board on Studentpad where you can find a room advertised by another student or post information about a room you have to rent (ARU Students only).
In Cambridge there are several private halls of residence. They are all quite newly built and many have additional features like common rooms, gyms and even a cinema! These halls offer shared flats and/or studios. Have a look our private halls of residence list for more information.
If you're studying in Cambridge, watch our video guides about popular neighbourhoods in and around the city, so you can decide where to start your search.
We've received reports of students being scammed into handing over money for a property that doesn’t exist or doesn’t belong to the person who claims to be the landlord. Don’t send money transfers or Western Union transfers as they are not secure. Seek advice from our Tenancy Support Team if you're unsure. Local Trading Standards officers are working with the police to investigate but in the meantime, but these fake adverts can be very convincing so we urge you to be vigilant.
To report a scam contact the Citizens Advice Consumer helpline on 03454 040506 and Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
If you’d like any more help, contact your Tenancy Support Team for advice. We’re here to help.
Cambridge & Peterborough Tel: +44 (0)1223 698900
Chelmsford Tel: +44 (0)1245 683110
Email: [email protected]
Opening hours: Monday–Friday, 9.30am–4.30pm
Happy house hunting!