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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.

Rental Deposit Loan Scheme

Current and prospective staff members have access to the Rental Deposit Loan Scheme which provides an interest-free loan of up £3,000. The loan can be used towards meeting the costs associated with security deposits and additional costs associated with moving into privately rented accommodation. Full details including the application procedure and eligibility criteria can be found here.

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

Eddington (North West Cambridge Development) is a brand new district located 2km northwest of the city centre of Cambridge.

The area has a supermarket, nursery, primary school, the award-winning Storey’s Field Centre for community and arts events, a playground, sports pitches, and Brook Leys parkland. Residents have access to regular subsidised buses to West Cambridge, the city centre, railway station and Addenbrooke’s; in addition to hundreds of secure bike parking spaces and communal garden areas. Find out more by visiting eddington-cambridge.co.uk

Shared Equity Scheme

The Shared Equity Scheme set up by the University of Cambridge exists to provide financial assistance to new members of academic or academic-related staff with the purchase of living accommodation in the Cambridge area, where they have to relocate to take up their appointment and encounter difficulties doing so. In this case, the University may pay for a direct share in the equity of a property purchased by a member of staff (and possible co-owner) as their primary residence, i.e. the University will buy the chosen property jointly with the member of staff.

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.