Paying for your accommodation

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Here’s a list of questions we’re asked about paying for university accommodation. If you have any other questions, please contact us.

How much does university accommodation cost?
You’ll find the exact costs of Cambridge halls and houses and Chelmsford Student Village on our website. Rent includes utility bills (up to a certain amount) and, in most accommodation, your internet connection.

Do I have to pay a deposit?
Some properties are managed by Anglia Ruskin and others by accommodation providers (our partners).

There’s no deposit on accommodation that we manage, but you’ll need to pay a £300 advanced rent payment at the point of application and the balance of the first rent instalment, approximately three weeks before your Tenancy Agreement starts. We manage Anastasia House, Collier Road shared houses, university shared houses, Peter Taylor House, Swinhoe Hall, and Student Village in Chelmsford.

Our partners may ask for deposit, which usually needs to be paid when you accept your accommodation offer. This deposit will be held throughout your tenancy and returned when you leave, minus any deductions for damage or repairs. Our partners manage CB1, The Railyard, the YMCA, Sedley Court, and The Forum.

You may also need to pay an application fee for some of the accommodation that our partners manage. See the Cambridge halls and houses cost comparison sheet for deposit and fee amount details.

How do I pay my rent?
For accommodation that we manage, you can make web payments. You’ll need to use a card that’s suitable for online transaction (ie, you don’t have to be present to sign). We manage Anastasia House, Collier Road shared houses, university shared houses, Peter Taylor House, Swinhoe Hall, and Student Village in Chelmsford.

If you can’t make web payments, contact our Finance Department to make special arrangements.

For accommodation that’s managed by our partners different payment methods will apply. The building managers will send you the offer of accommodation with details of when and how to pay. Our partners manage CB1, The Railyard, the YMCA, Sedley Court, and The Forum.

I’m an international student. How do I pay from overseas?
For accommodation that we manage, you can pay in the same way that you pay your tuition fees. We manage Anastasia House, Collier Road shared houses, university shared houses, Peter Taylor House, Swinhoe Hall, and Student Village in Chelmsford.

For accommodation that is managed by our partners, different payment methods will apply. The building managers will send you the offer of accommodation with details of when and how to pay. Our partners manage CB1, The Railyard, the YMCA, Sedley Court, and The Forum.

What happens if I can’t pay my rent for any reason?
If you fail to pay your rent, you may incur a late payment charge.

If you continually fail to pay your rent, you’ll be breaching your Occupancy Agreement, so you may be asked to leave and be contacted by debt collectors. We’d rather this didn’t happen. If you have difficulties, please let us know as soon as possible.

What is included in my rent?
Your rent includes:

  • utilities (gas, electricity and water)
  • internet (except CB1, Sedley Court, and most university shared houses – though note that houses on Collier Road do include internet)
  • furniture – most rooms have a single bed, desk, chair, wardrobe and shelves
  • repairs and maintenance for fair wear and tear
  • buildings insurance
  • contents insurance (except CB1, Sedley Court, and the YMCA). Please check our student possessions insurance policy so you know what it covers, and how you can extend it if you need to
  • Portable Appliance Testing: Anglia Ruskin has to test all electrical equipment in university-managed accommodation each year.

Student possessions insurance policy

Student possessions insurance leaflet

What is not included in my rent?
Your rent does not include:

  • food
  • TV licence
  • repairs for accidental or deliberate damage
  • room cleaning
  • external telephone calls (where a telephone is available)
  • laundry facilities.