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Living outside of Cambridge as a PhD student

I’m thinking of applying to reside outside of the uni’s precincts, but I intend to commute mon-fri. I live in north east London with my partner and driving to Cambridge takes ~1 hour. If I use the trumpington park and ride service it would take approximately 1 hour 15 min from my doorstep to the department. I think this is very doable, as that’s how long I’d have to commute for a job anyway

I am a new student, so I don’t have CamSIS set up yet. I’m just slightly concerned because I would have to apply for both permission to live away and permission to bring my car into Cambridge. I’m worried about either of them being rejected

Anyone have any advice/experience in doing this?
I know everyone talks about how commuting ruins the “Cambridge experience” but if I’m in every day I don’t think it will have a huge effect.
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Original post by hazoolcat
I’m thinking of applying to reside outside of the uni’s precincts, but I intend to commute mon-fri. I live in north east London with my partner and driving to Cambridge takes ~1 hour. If I use the trumpington park and ride service it would take approximately 1 hour 15 min from my doorstep to the department. I think this is very doable, as that’s how long I’d have to commute for a job anyway

I am a new student, so I don’t have CamSIS set up yet. I’m just slightly concerned because I would have to apply for both permission to live away and permission to bring my car into Cambridge. I’m worried about either of them being rejected

Anyone have any advice/experience in doing this?
I know everyone talks about how commuting ruins the “Cambridge experience” but if I’m in every day I don’t think it will have a huge effect.


Residing outside of the precincts of the University is a difficult one. This is intended for Ph.D. students who have to travel for their research and needs to have buy-in from supervisor and college before going to the university.

Also, that park and ride may allow a 1hr 15min commute outside of rush hour, but I know from experience that the M11 run to Trumpington can be far slower than you'd like and then you are faced with a huge queue of traffic in rush hour towards the centre. Better off cycling from the P+R.

Some students however choose to reside outside of precincts and not tell anyone, it's possible but you could get caught.
Studying in halls, University of Cambridge
University of Cambridge
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Original post by hazoolcat
I’m thinking of applying to reside outside of the uni’s precincts, but I intend to commute mon-fri. I live in north east London with my partner and driving to Cambridge takes ~1 hour. If I use the trumpington park and ride service it would take approximately 1 hour 15 min from my doorstep to the department. I think this is very doable, as that’s how long I’d have to commute for a job anyway

I am a new student, so I don’t have CamSIS set up yet. I’m just slightly concerned because I would have to apply for both permission to live away and permission to bring my car into Cambridge. I’m worried about either of them being rejected

Anyone have any advice/experience in doing this?
I know everyone talks about how commuting ruins the “Cambridge experience” but if I’m in every day I don’t think it will have a huge effect.


As a mature student who has done part-time, live in College and live locally -

a) it will have a huge effect on the Cambridge experience, though you may not care
b) you need to leave an additional hour to get to and from Trumpington P&R at any time schools are open or rush hour, unless you cycle
c) just because you 'want to' isn't likely to be accepted by your College. You will need to show a very real domestic need. An 'easy commute' from London is frequently cited and I've never heard of it being accepted, but clearly don't know all cases.

Cambridge is simply a residential university. You might get the right combination of course, Supervisor, College and Senior tutor, but without something like a disabled partner combined with care responsibilities or similar, it's not going to be allowed.

You can use any email address to write and ask permission.

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