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Living in a
hall of residence
Open days 12 & 13 September 2006
Dr Adrian Clark
Vice-Warden, Connaught Hall (vicewarden.connaught@lon.ac.uk)
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Accommodation is an important
part of your university experience.
Think about it early; don’t leave it
until the last minute. You will spend
more time in your accommodation
than anywhere else at university.
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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
• Catered or self-catering
• Bathroom facilities
• Single or twin room
• Single-sex areas
• Cost
• Length of contract
• Location & transport links
• Safety & security
• Students from your course
• Social atmosphere
• On-site bar
• Sports facilities
• Computer room
• Music room / instruments
• Internet & telephones
• Fridges, cookers, heaters
• Smoking policy
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Intercollegiate halls of residence
• Canterbury Hall *
√ College Hall (re-opens for :oo; entry)
• Commonwealth Hall
• Connaught Hall
• Hughes Parry Hall *
• International Hall
√ Lillian Penson Hall (postgraduates only)
• Nutford House
* Hughes Parry Hall &
Canterbury Hall are
jointly administered
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Residents
• Majority are first-year undergraduates
• 20 – 25% return for a second year
• Approximately 10% postgraduates
• About 1/3 are overseas students
• Most accommodation in single study-bedrooms
• Ten students in twin rooms
Based on Connaught Hall
Some halls are all
undergraduates
Some halls have more
twin rooms
International hall has
more overseas students
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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
Based on Connaught Hall
but most halls have
similar facilities
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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
Fire alarms
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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