by the way, i just read this in the online guardian archives
Despite the traditional image of Cambridge University, it is one of the forerunners of the provision of varied shopping opportunities for students, and offers rental of electrical goods such as televisions and videos. Although the television sets are relatively old 21-inch models, rental is charged at £8 a week. Commercially speaking, this is poor value for money, when one considers that a local Cambridge electrical retailer offers rental of a new 32-inch Nicam widescreen set for just £5.64 a week.
Students can also rent Black & Decker drill kits and sewing machines from Cambridge University on a daily or weekly basis, and three-person tents and barbecues are available throughout the summer.
am i the only person who was unaware of this amazing opportunity?!