CB1 is a modern development in central Cambridge, just 15 minutes’ walk from campus. It’s divided into three blocks, named Aston, Bragg and Crick after Nobel Prize winners.

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CB1 has 511 en-suite rooms split between three accommodation blocks. There are 112 self-contained studio apartments with their own kitchenette, shower and toilet. The remaining rooms are all single bedrooms with:

  • a large single bed, desk, chair and wardrobe
  • en-suite shower and toilet
  • internet – wi-fi, one-off connection fee
  • IPTV service available

Some rooms are adapted for students with specific needs, for example wheelchair users, or medical requirements.


If you live in a standard room, you’ll share a kitchen/living area with three to ten students. You’ll have bar stools to relax on, plus a fridge, freezer, microwave and cooker. The kitchens don’t include kettles or toasters. You could buy kitchen items after you arrive and share the cost with your housemates (see What’s in the room and what to bring).

If you live in a studio apartment, you’ll have your own kitchenette in your room.

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The building

As well as homes, the CB1 development includes a range of shops, restaurants and bars. It’s close to the railway station and a short walk from Cambridge Leisure Park which has a cinema, bowling alley, gym and more.

At CB1 you’ll find bicycle storage and a launderette. However, there isn’t any car parking on site.

Support and services

  • CB1 is managed by Host Students, but you can still get advice from the University’s Tenancy Support Team during our office hours too.
  • Staff are available on-site 24 hours a day.
  • CCTV is installed.
  • Communal areas such as the stairs and corridors will be cleaned. You’ll be responsible for cleaning your own bedroom, bathroom and shared kitchen.

Occupancy agreements

Please see our halls and houses comparison chart for more information about CB1 including upfront costs, rental prices and contract lengths.

How to apply

You can apply online for Anglia Ruskin accommodation, including CB1.