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Dear People in Oxford and Cambridge,

arcana_mundi, historian of science, needs housing in Oxford and in Cambridge for approximately 6 weeks each at some point in the spring, probably March/April/May. She has funding for it, but would like advice on where to stay and any particularly good methods of finding decent housing for the time.




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Dec. 14th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
Is she affiliated with any college or department, or does she have any scholarly friends in any colleges? Most colleges can provide accommodation for visiting people so that could be a useful way to go.
Dec. 14th, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)
i suggested contacting the student housing office too.
Dec. 14th, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
Good to know. As a historian of science, she could probably get the department there to help her.
Dec. 14th, 2008 12:19 am (UTC)
If she's affiliated to a department/college, she could advertise in Blueprint, the monthly university newsletter.

Or, for a non-university slant, Oxford Daily Info is a much-loved and frequently-used Oxford resource - including 'Rooms to let' and 'Rooms wanted' ads, which can be posted for free up to a certain word limit.

Edited at 2008-12-14 12:19 am (UTC)
Dec. 14th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
It might be worth trying mondaytofriday.com. It's mostly meant for people who want somewhere to stay during the week - for instance, I live as a lodger in Highbury between Monday and Friday and then commute home to Oxford for the weekend.

The website is basically aimed at people who would like to make a bit of extra money by renting a room out, but without committing to a permanent lodger. On the plus side for a lodger, it's nice to stay in somebody's home rather than a shared house with lots of not-so-permanent tenants. Also, it's more flexible for short lets. The rooms tend to be furnished and bills are included. I've noticed that a lot of the rooms advertised are open to short stays for professional/academic visitors (who may want to stay at weekends as well as weekdays, but aren't moving in permanently) - maybe something for your friend?
Dec. 14th, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
Thank you! You have useful advice. Whether or not she uses it, it looks valuable for future people who might want similar advice and could take advantage of it.
Jan. 6th, 2009 09:48 am (UTC)
Dear Gabrielle,

As mondaytofriday.com's media company, HA Media, we are always looking for success stories to share with the press. Would you be willing to act as a testimonial and share your positive mondaytofriday experience with us?

What does this involve?

We'd just need 5-10 minutes of your time on the telephone to answer a few questions. Then, we'd draft a couple of paragraphs based on that discussion and email it to you for your full editing and approval.

How will your testimonial be used?

On mondaytofriday.com's website, in its regular newsletter and sometimes, the media wish to telephone interview mondaytofridayers for broadcast print. And occasionally, we get television and radio opportunities. In any event, HA Media would always consult homeowners and landlords to ensure all parties are happy to proceed with any publicity opportunity although, of course, full address details are never published.

What's in it for you?

Mondaytofriday.com rewards anyone who participates in its media awareness campaign with a consignment of Marks & Spencer vouchers, receivable after each media activity.

If you are happy to proceed, could you kindly email me your preferred telephone contact number and a time that would be good for you to speak?

Kind Regards,

Sarah Hay

Dec. 14th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
Paul Hyams advertised his house on Mediev-L a while back, but the price might be a bit steep for a grad student (and also, I think they are looking mostly at yearly or academic yearly rentals). It might be worth a try.
Dec. 14th, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)
He was looking for a tenant from January 1- June 30, 2009. Sure does sound nice though!
Approx. 1350 sq. ft. Ground floor accom = entry room, lounge dining rm, kitchen, master bedroom with deluxe en suite (oversize whirlpool, also shower). Upstairs = 3 bedrooms (currently with 1 double bed, 1 single, and 3rd rm is study with futon), family bathroom. Wifi Internet access available.

Delightful garden with pine summerhouse.

No price listed in ad itself.

Edited at 2008-12-14 12:38 am (UTC)
Dec. 14th, 2008 04:25 am (UTC)
It is indeed nice, especially the delightful garden.
Dec. 14th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
Ask sammee42; she lived there. Sorry I don't have anything more concrete for you.

Hello! I'm a friend of several folks on your list. Mind if I add you?
Dec. 14th, 2008 12:21 pm (UTC)
Certainly you're welcome to! I've gone ahead and friended you. It's appropriate that you should be an easter, arriving shortly after easterbunny moved away, leaving my usual LJ easter-quotient low.

Edited at 2008-12-14 12:21 pm (UTC)
Dec. 14th, 2008 09:38 am (UTC)
The Cambridge Accomodation Noticeboard is the most popular website I know of, probably aimed more towards the studenty end of things. The University Accomodation Service does a bit more vetting of ads, but visiting scholars need to pay a fee and it's less likely to have short-term lets. Colleges may also be a good bet, especially if she can do six weeks during the holidays when the students aren't there.

If she contacts me closer to the time, I can also find out if the person I know who plans to let out their 1-bed flat found a long-term tenant - if not they might go for a short-term let.
Dec. 14th, 2008 12:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'll let her know. Those all sound useful.
Dec. 15th, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
We live in Cambridge and have a spare room but the Magician has it at present. worth checking with me nearer the time.
Feb. 28th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
Personally a big fan of the Oxford YHA youth hostel - not sure about the one in Cambrdige, but the Oxford one is cosy, near the centre and cheap :D
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