The Railyard

The Railyard

The Railyard is in central Cambridge, just 15 minutes’ walk from campus. It’s divided into three blocks, with 244 individual bedrooms and a shared common room.

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The Railyard has 244 en-suite rooms, divided into three accommodation blocks named Stephenson, Brunel and Telford. You’ll live in Stephenson or Telford. All rooms have:

  • a small double bed, desk, chair, shelving, mirror and wardrobe
  • en-suite shower and toilet
  • internet – wired and wireless.

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


You’ll share a kitchen/living area with five to seven students. It features comfy seating and a flatscreen TV (you share the cost of a TV licence), plus a fridge, freezer, microwave, cooker, toaster and kettle. You could other buy kitchen items after you arrive and share the cost with your housemates (see What’s in the room and what to bring).

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The building

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

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

If you live at The Railyard you can use the free on-site gym, and the common room which has a widescreen TV, football table, pool table and a PlayStation..

Support and services

  • The Railyard is managed by Downing Students, but you can still get advice from the University’s Tenancy Support Team during our office hours too.
  • Staff are available on-call 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 cost comparison chart for more information about The Railyard including upfront costs, rental prices and contract lengths.

How to apply

You can apply online for Anglia Ruskin accommodation, including The Railyard.