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For employees who are new to Cambridge, there are a range of benefits including a relocation policy, Accommodation Service and a Newcomer and Visiting Scholars Society.

Visa Loan Scheme

Current and prospective staff members have access to the Visa Loan Scheme, which provides loans of up £8,000 to use towards meeting the costs associated with Tier 2 visas for staff members and their dependants. Full details including the application procedure and eligibility criteria can be found here.

Relocation Expenses

If you are new to the University and relocating to Cambridge on a centrally funded appointment of two years or more, the University offers a Scheme for the Reimbursement of Relocation Expenses. Details and conditions of the scheme will also be provided in your starter pack.

Accommodation Service

The Accommodation Service exists to help all members of Cambridge University, from students and academics to staff and visiting scholars, to find suitable accommodation. It can advise on rents, letting arrangements and tenancy agreements, as well as information on schools, banking, medical practices and other local facilities.

Eddington Community

University Staff are invited to apply to live in the brand new community in Eddington at the North West Cambridge Development.  The University is delivering highly sustainable and distinctive homes, with extensive community facilities on a managed site situated between Huntingdon Road and Madingley Road. The first phase of development includes 700 homes for University staff will be fully occupied by summer 2018. Additional homes are available on the open market for purchase at The site already includes a primary school and supermarkets.  The community centre, parks and sports pitches will be available later this year.

General information and details of the application process are available on the University’s Accommodation Service website. The application form requires personal and financial information to determine eligibility. If you are not eligible for subsidised accommodation at North West Cambridge you may wish to consider University properties elsewhere in the city.

Newcomers and Visiting Scholars

The Newcomers and Visiting Scholars Group is an organisation within the University run by volunteers whose aim is to help newly arrived wives, husbands, partners and families of Visiting Scholars and Senior Members of the University to settle down in Cambridge and give them an opportunity to meet local people.