AS/A2 Student; Unusual circumstance; could I stay at college for 2 weeks in august? Watch

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Hey,

Basically, ive sorted out some work experience in a company that is linked with the university of cambridge, for the last 2 weeks of this August, but have no where to stay...I was wondering if it is possible to actually stay in one of the colleges (as my work ex is like 10 mins walk from the colleges)? Obviously I will pay for it, but it would be great if I could actually stay there, and seeing as there wont be (many) students there because of holidays, it wouldnt be (very) disruptive (at least I dont think so), and more importantly, there would be the space!

Im going to write a letter to all the heads of all the colleges, but apart from that, is there anywhere esle that I could inquire (formally) about this situation?

Has anyone A level student ever done this, or no any student who has, for one reason or another, stayed at a Uni during holidays?

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Don't write to the heads of colleges, most colleges will have a member of staff who deals with inquiries such as these. I have a couple of friends who've done similar things, and many colleges will have rooms available.
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Hi 2strong,

The colleges aren't as empty as you think -- it's conference & summer school season! The place is very rapidly filling up with visitors. (This is how the colleges make a lot of income, and it's vital business). You can try to find a room, though, and it might well be possible. It's not cheap, however, as you WILL be paying conference rates (because you have nothing to do with the University). The amount will vary according to college, but it's not a cheap option.

There is also a youth hostel? Coule try that, but again it's likely to be busy.

Also, who do you consider tobe the 'heads' of the colleges? This sort of stuff doesn't go through the Principals/Masters/Presidents. You'll want to contact the conference organisers (or domestic bursars, or housekeeping). They're the ones in charge of all this stuff.
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Pembroke has some room right now - I know someone who is staying there. He is a Peterhouse undergrad though, so that might be a factor, but there is definitely space so you could call them.
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a fresher at caius came up about 3 weeks before michaelmas, for cubc training. caius wouldn't give him his (or anyone's) room, and he ended up living with all the waiters and kitchen staff!
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Pembroke has some room right now - I know someone who is staying there. He is a Peterhouse undergrad though, so that might be a factor, but there is definitely space so you could call them.
do you know approximately how much he/she's paying? And do you know who he/she contacted to get the place? thanks
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do you know approximately how much he/she's paying? And do you know who he/she contacted to get the place? thanks
He's paying £27 per night, and got the admissions administrator (who happened to be around) to call someone in their office.

It might be worth calling the plodge and asking if its possible, before you call an office.
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do you know approximately how much he/she's paying? And do you know who he/she contacted to get the place? thanks
My College (Churchill) has conference rates of 35 pounds/night. I write pounds because I have no pound symbol on my keyboard ^_^.

Conversely, I'm staying in the same rooms over part of summer doing a work placement for the Computer Lab, and I get rates of 77 pounds/week for summertime, since I'm a member of the college.

If you're actually a fresher coming up, you might be able to wangle reduced college rates. Otherwise, it might be a better idea to look for somewhere cheaper, or even crash with a friend who has a room.
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