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What options are available?

• College residences
– Halls
– Shared flats
– Shared houses
• Intercollegiate halls
• Private halls of residence
• Rented or bought accommodation
– House or shared flat
– Bedsit
– Lodgings

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Applying for accommodation

• Applications go to your college’s accommodation office

• Most colleges can offer accommodation to the great majority


of their first-year undergraduates; some guarantee it

• Firm unconditional offers allocated early summer, firm


conditional offers in August, insurance offers in September

• More likely to get accommodation if you live outside London

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What do you want from your accommodation?

• Type of accommodation • Students from your course


• Catered or self-catering • Social atmosphere
• Bathroom facilities • On-site bar
• Single or twin room • Sports facilities
• Single-sex areas • Computer room
• Cost • Music room / instruments
• Length of contract • Internet & telephones
• Location & transport links • Fridges, cookers, heaters
• Safety & security • Smoking policy

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Intercollegiate halls of residence

• Canterbury Hall *
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• Commonwealth Hall
• Connaught Hall
• Hughes Parry Hall *
• International Hall
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• Nutford House * Hughes Parry Hall &
Canterbury Hall are
jointly administered
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Moving
in

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Based on Connaught Hall
Residents Some halls are all
undergraduates
• Majority are first-year undergraduates Some halls have more
twin rooms
• 20 – 25% return for a second year
International hall has
more overseas students
• Approximately 10% postgraduates

• About 1/3 are overseas students

• Most accommodation in single study-bedrooms

• Ten students in twin rooms


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Based on Connaught Hall
Facilities but most halls have
similar facilities
• Fully catered; rooms cleaned weekly, common areas daily
• Common rooms, bar, library, fitness room, music room with
upright piano, computer room, private courtyard garden
• Bathrooms shared between 16-20 residents (3 showers & toilets);
washbasin in every room
• 24-hour reception and CCTV with on-call duty officer 24/7
• Coin-op laundrette, vending machines, microwaves & fridges
• Telephone & internet connection in every room
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Bursar’s staff

• Manage hall buildings & finances

• Health & safety, catering, housekeeping, maintenance,


security, reception desk

• Collect fees

• Facilities Committee chaired by Vice-Warden allows


feedback from residents on all these services

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Warden’s team

• Warden, Vice-Warden, and Senior Members: part-time


resident staff, usually academics or postgraduate students

• Welfare of Hall residents – pastoral care

• Community and hall social life

• Discipline in the Hall

• Supervise the elected residents’ committee


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Resident’s Club / Junior Common Room (JCR)

• Every hall has an elected committee of residents

• Social events, movie nights, and parties

• Sports competitions in the hall and between halls

• DVD/VCR, newspapers, magazines, board games, etc

• Represent residents’ concerns

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Making friends (1)

• Introduce yourself to your immediate neighbours

• If somebody is brave enough to knock on your door and


introduce themselves, make them a cup of tea

• Go to dinner as often as you can – meal times are important

• Sit with people and introduce yourself

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Making friends (2)

• Look for signs about the JCR and think about getting elected

• Get involved in parties & events in Hall

• Use the TV rooms instead of watching TV in your room

• Find out who is on the Warden's team and get to know them

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Studying

• Balance work and play

• An environment where you can study and sleep when you


want, but opportunities to socialise and have fun as well

• Quiet time 11 pm to 7 am

• Talk to the Warden's team

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Fire alarms

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Moving
on

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More information

• London Student Housing Guide


– www.studenthousing.lon.ac.uk
• Intercollegiate halls of residence
– www.london.ac.uk/halls
• University of London Housing Services
– housing.london.ac.uk
• See individual college websites for details of their
accommodation services

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