It provides information that will hopefully be useful to visitors when they first arrive in Cambridge and to help with the process of orientation and settling into life on the collegiate campus.

Land Economy Department Landscape

The Department

The Department of Land Economy is housed in a row of terraced buildings on Silver Street close to the centre of Cambridge.  All the Department’s administrative offices are located on this site and most staff members also have offices here.  The Reception and main access to the department buildings is via the entrance to 19 Silver Street. Our LE Reception is open Monday to Friday between 09.00 and 4.00pm during term time. Outside office hours and outside of term the front door is locked, and access is only possible with an activated university ID card. If you intend to use the building outside of office hours, please contact the Visiting Scholar Coordinator to request an ID card.

Visiting Scholars MUST sign in and out each time they visit the Department and follow all health and safety guidance.

IT Computing

On arrival in the department (in-person or virtually) Visiting Scholars are set-up with a University IT account and "Raven" email address/password.  The Department's IT Officer will set this up and provide support.  Once you have received your Cambridge email address you are requested to provide it to the Visiting Scholar Coordinator to enable further communication.

There is wireless connection in much of Cambridge, and laptops cannot be connected to the internet by cable.

Please note there are no printing/copying facilities available for visiting scholars in the department.  However, if you have something that you particularly need to print then please contact the Visiting Scholar Coordinator.

Common room

The Common Room and Kitchen

The Department’s Common Room is situated in House 21 and is a comfortable, quiet space for visitors to work and relax in. Visitors are welcome to make use of the microwave and kettle and to store food in the fridge located in the kitchen beside the Common Room.

Visitors should note that for fire safety reasons no other cooking devices of any nature are permitted in the Department.  This includes: toasters, grills and microwaves. Kettles are permitted provided they are positioned on a sensible, stable surface and are positioned away from other electric devices.

Seeley Historical Library

Accessing University Library Resources


LE Visiting Scholar Accessing Library Resources at Cambridge

Firstly, to be able to borrow a user needs to have a category assigned to their university card (for example, staff, student, visitor etc.).  Although, visiting scholars have a Raven CRsid identity they are not fully categorised and verified as members of the University.

Verification can only be completed once the visiting scholar has registered as a library user, either via the Departmental Library at the Seeley Library or the main University Library.  Once registered with a library the visitor can request an adjustment is made to their CRsid categorisation, and once verified they can access library resources.

The second step relates to access to electronic library resources.  It is possible to have a CRSiD and not have this level of access. This is due to the licence terms and conditions of the various resources the University subscribe to which are very prescriptive over who can be given access.  Again, this process is centralised and visiting scholars are not automatically registered to have access. Access to electronic library resources is usually only automatically given to current students and staff of the University.  It can be switched on for some categories of visitors, but it is dependent on the contract they are under. 

Logging in to this page will allow a user to test their current level of access. If they don't have access they (or the Visiting Scholar Coordinator on their behalf) can contact the central team who manage it at to request if it can be enabled.

The Land Economy Library

The Sociology and Land Economy book/journal collection (formerly known as the SPS Library) is now housed as part of the Seeley Historical Library

The Land Economy collection can be found HERE

The University Library

The University Library is situated in West Road about a 15-minute walk from the Department.

The library is currently operating a zero-contact service, but Visiting Scholars can still apply for membership – application details can be found HERE

Other libraries that visitors may want to use:

The Judge  Business School Library

The Squire Law Library

The Marshall Library at the Faculty of Economics

Cambridge Lecture Theatre

Land Economy Lectures and Seminars

Details of all activities, seminars etc to be given in the University are published once a term in the University’s journal – The  Reporter

Visitors can request access (via their Raven account) to “Moodle” the University’s online teaching platform that contains all current and previous course details.  For access please email the IT Officer via

Visitors are welcome to attend any lectures which are of interest to them.  However, as a matter of courtesy they are requested to make themselves known to the lecturer prior to the commencement of the lecture.

The Department also runs its own seminar series during term time.  These are usually held on a weekly basis and details circulated by email.

Most other Departments/Faculties advertise their seminars on their own websites. Updated seminar lists are often circulated to members of Land Economy.  By providing the Department with their Cambridge email address visitors can ensure that they also receive these notices.

Silver Street

Wellbeing Wednesday and Land Economy does Coffee etc.

The Department also organises regular staff/student networking events and Visiting Scholars are encouraged to attend these to help integrate into the department.  Each week a Wellbeing focussed email is circulated to all staff featuring ideas and articles to help support everyone’s mental and physical wellbeing.  Another regular event is “LE does Coffee” an informal catch-up meeting (either in-person or online) for everyone to connect with each other.  Details are emailed to visitors by the Visiting Scholar Coordinator.

Cambridge hoodie

Newcomers & Visiting Scholars

Newcomers & Visiting Scholars is a university volunteer-run group which runs regular activities, groups and events aiming to “make your time with the University of Cambridge the best it can be.”  Events for visitors and their families include weekly coffee mornings, practical advice on a variety of matters from local services to language courses.

The University’s website has lots of useful information for those visiting Cambridge