7 Babbage Road
Self-contained one bedroom apartments built by the University Accommodation Service for visiting academics. Located in a quiet area about 15 minutes walk from the Institute.
One-bedroom apartments with a combined living room and kitchen, separate bedroom and a bathroom with shower. Please view the Site Plan for apartments locations.
Fully equipped kitchen with a microwave oven, fridge/freezer and a living area with sofas. The double bedroom contains wardrobe, chest of drawers, side tables and a desk. Bed linen and towels are provided.
Please note there are no televisions in any of the properties. We do have a TV license so that you are able to watch programmes via your laptop, mobile or tablet device.
Parking spaces are available. Please request a parking permit and access card.
The house is equipped with a telephone and internet access (wired/wireless).
We hope you enjoy your stay at Charles Babbage Road. If there is anything missing or broken in the apartment, please let the Housing Office know immediately so that we can make your stay more comfortable. We generally have someone carry out minor repairs on a monthly basis, so it is important that we have the details as soon as possible. Please complete a Housekeeping Request Form to notify us of repairs.
Remember!! If we do not know something is broken, we cannot arrange to have it fixed.
There is a Laundromat at your disposal in one of the buildings. The Laundromat location is shown on the map provided on arrival.
Our housekeeper will come once a week to clean the apartment. As much as possible the cleaners have been asked not to move your belongings. This means that surfaces will only be fully dusted/cleaned if they are left clear.
Beds will be prepared for you on arrival but not thereafter. One set of linen is provided and will be replaced each Tuesday during your visit unless otherwise requested. For additional linen or supplies please complete a Housekeeping Request Form and our housekeeper will bring you what you need. Towels are also provided.
There is a linen basket in every apartment. Please leave your dirty linen there and our housekeeper will empty it at least weekly or when requested. Clean linen will be delivered within 24 hours of a request being received. Request forms sent on-line will be dealt with on the same day, unless it is received outside of our housekeeper’s working hours (11am to 5pm).
We provide all the houses with toilet paper, dishwasher liquid and garbage bags on arrival, as a courtesy. We will not provide them during the whole period of your stay.
Hot water and heating are powered by electricity and heating costs are incorporated into the rent charged by the Institute to avoid having to invoice participants at a later date.
We read the meters on a regular basis and ask all tenants to be mindful of the cost of heating using the guidelines given below. We may be forced to increase your daily rent if your electricity bills grow to an unexpected level.
Control timers for hot water and heating are in the living room cupboard (alongside the main electric trip switches). Hot water booster switch is in the bathroom cupboard (next to the hot water cylinder).
The heating can be controlled in several ways. The main alternatives are:
The towel rail in the bathrooms is not a radiator; it is only for warming towels. The towel warmer will come on when the heating is on. There is no switch, due to the building regulations in force at the time of the original build.
Using individual radiators:
Do not cover any of the heaters with clothes etc. as this could cause a fire.
It works exactly the same as the heating but using the timer clock for ‘Hot Water’.
These properties have a telephone on the internal University system, which requires users to dial 9 to get an outside line.
Internal calls to any University of Cambridge number are free of charge. You only need to dial the last five digits. For example, the Institute Reception can be called using 35999.
All properties have wireless internet access. The router is located in the living room. If you cannot access internet on arrival please try resetting the router before calling the Housing Office. The password can be found on the back of the router and also on a card in the notice board located by the front door.
The University has provided helpful guidelines which describes Emergency Arrangements.
The door to your house is self-locking. Please make sure all windows and doors are securely shut before leaving the apartment; and this is particularly important for apartments on the ground floor.
A code is needed for access to West Cambridge site and buildings. It will be provided on arrival on the reverse of the location map.
There is plenty of space for storing bicycles. You have to register your bike with the Custodian’s Office (8:30-9:15 or 4:45-5:30) on arrival, where you will be given an identification number. This can be removed when you vacate or sell your bicycle. Please, do not put bicycles inside the buildings.
Information on hiring bicycles can be found on the notice boards in the Institute offices. If you require any information before you arrive, please contact Reception (+44 1223 335999) or you can visit the following websites:
There are a number of shops close to your accommodation. The nearest convenience shop can be found at the start of Histon Road. It is a small convenience shop, but very well stocked.
The closest supermarkets are Sainsbury’s Sidney Street, and Sainsbury’s Eddington Avenue. The former is normally open 07:30-23:30, except Sundays – and bank holidays – when it closes at 17:00. The latter is open from 07:30-10:00, except Sundays when its hours are 10:00-16:00.
If you have a credit / debit card with a UK billing address, you can also order food to be delivered from some stores such as Iceland, Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury’s and Tesco but you must be at home to take delivery.
There is a traditional and “colourful” Market in the city centre where you can find various stalls selling fresh vegetables, crafts, books or even a watch repair service.
In the event of an emergency dial 999 and ask for the Fire, Ambulance or Police as appropriate.
Please also inform the Housing Office on 01223 765730 (out of hours 07879 116707).
Please be aware outside office hours we are only able to offer support for emergency situations. For example, a burst water pipe or a fire alarm. Unfortunately we are not able to offer help with internet problems or other non emergencies. Please note that calls made outside office hours that are deemed not to be an emergency will be charged at £50.
Huntingdon Road Surgery
1 Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 0DB.
Telephone: 01223 364127
Monday to Friday 8:15-13:00 & 13:45-18:00
NHS non emergency
For health advice and reassurance, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 111.
Taxis can be booked in advance and all service the airports and train stations.
01223 704 704
01223 715 715
01223 31 31 31
Porter’s Lodge at Churchill College
Outside of office hours, keys to accommodation are held at Churchill’s Porter’s Lodge.
71 Storey’s Way
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