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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics

This section outlines the facilities and resources that Visiting Scholars are able to use within the Department of Land Economy and the wider University. 

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.

However, due to ongoing COVID-related health and safety restrictions the department building is currently closed to visiting scholars until further notice.


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. 

All Visiting Scholars are requested to make themselves known to Reception upon arrival in the Department.  Normal office hours are:

Monday to Thursday: 08.45-17.00

Friday: 08.45am-16.00

IT Computing and Printing/Copying Facilities

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. The Department also offers the following facilities which all visitors are welcome to use:

  • The computer room at the Department’s Library has wireless internet connection for visitors with their own laptops

  • MCS Computing facilities are available both in the Department and Mill Lane Library.  These are communal, networked computers that allow access to the internet.

Things to note:

  • No individual MCS machine can be set aside for your personal use;

  • Laptops cannot be connected to the internet by cable.

Please also note that during term time, priority must be given to the Department’s students in the Computer Rooms.  Printing using the networked printers is only available via MCS machines. The Department automatically gives visitors a £50 credit for printing (paid from part of the bench fee).

Visitors are welcome to use the Department’s photocopiers and the visitors’ pin number can be obtained from Reception.  Visitors are expected to comply with UK copyright laws at all times. Please do not monopolise the copiers.  Members of staff require the use of them, sometimes at short notice.

There is a fax machine located in reception which visitors  are welcome to use.  Please ask the receptionist for assistance.

Postage is available via the Department Reception.  Outgoing UK/International stamped mail is collected/delivered by the Post Office once each day. The University also has an internal messenger service (UMS) for mail to be sent to other Departments or Colleges.  This is also collected/delivered from/to Reception once each day.

Incoming mail is delivered to 19 Silver Street.  Mail for Visiting Scholars will be placed in the pigeonhole marked ‘Visitors’ by Reception.

The Department has its own dedicated Intranet only accessible with a University Raven password. It provides a lot of useful information including:

The Common Room and Kitchen

The Department’s Common Room is situated in the basement of House 21 and is a comfortable, quiet space for visitors to relax in.  Ordinarily, 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. However, due to ongoing covid-related health and safety restrictions the basement area including the Common Room and Kitchen is not in use.

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.



Visiting Scholars can have access and membership to many of the University’s Libraries.

However, due to the ongoing COVID pandemic restrictions, access and opening hours are limited.  Check the webpage of each individual library for the latest information.

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


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

Lecture timetables for the Land Economy Undergraduate (Tripos) and MPhil courses can be found on the Department’s Intranet.  Visitors also have 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 runs its own seminar series during term time.  These are usually held on a weekly basis and details are available in Reception and on the Intranet.  Again visitors are welcome to attend.

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.


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.


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