Future Members

Applications for College Membership in 2022-23 will open in February 2022. We also have places for Members wanting to join us for the remainder of the 2021-22 academic year.

England has moved to ‘Plan B’ in response to the risks of the Omicron variant. The advice is that everyone should be cautious while managing the risks as cases of COVID-19 remain high. Please see the Government website for full details on the restrictions currently in place.

The UK Government advises that “it is important that we all use personal judgement to manage our own risk.” For more information on the current situation see the Government website.

For information about your course and access to university facilities please contact your university or college direct. Your students’ union, guild or association (if your university has one) would also be a good place to seek advice and support. In addition, the UK Office for Students (OfS) is working with the Department for Education and with universities and colleges to provide information and guidance for students, please see the OfS website for links to useful information.

A safe and central ‘home from home’

The College is fortunate in being situated in the heart of London’s university district. Members are able to walk or cycle to most London university locations and to a wealth of cultural and social venues, when they reopen – avoiding the risks involved in using public transport.

Members also have the security of knowing that they can access the College’s catering, cleaning and maintenance services even if a lockdown needs to be reintroduced. This also means that if you need to self-isolate, you can be sure that you will be well cared for.

Although major restrictions have not been reintroduced, Government advice is that everyone should be cautious while managing the risks as cases of COVID-19 remain high. Please see the Government website for full details on the restrictions currently in place.

Observing Government advice

Member safety and security is our top priority, so we continue to follow Government advice and to maintain careful monitoring of the virus. If the Government instructs another national or localised lockdown, we will step back and tighten restrictions again.

For general enquiries about booking accommodation at the College please see our FAQ page. For more specific questions about how the College is managing the risks around the pandemic please see our COVID-19 FAQs below:

What is College life like now?  Are there events?  What rooms are available as a social space?

Normal College life has returned (with some modifications to maintain Member safety). The College’s programme of social, cultural and intellectual events has resumed, all social spaces and facilities are available for use and Members may also have guests (including overnight guests). See the information in the Current Members section for more details.

In addition many Member-led clubs and societies are operating, including:  badminton, baking, opera, board games, cheese and charcuterie, classics, climbing, coffee, China, debating, fencing, film, football, global health, Greek, Latin American, Iraq, Japan, law, music, PhD fun, poker, Queerenough, running, and yoga.

Will I have to go in to quarantine (travel isolation) on arrival?

Remember that travel advice is subject to change so be sure to check the UK Government website  for the most up to date information on pre-departure and arrival testing for COVID.

Under the rules for travel to England what you must do depends on whether you qualify as fully vaccinated .

There are also different rules if you have been in a red list country or territory in the 10 days before you arrive in England. In this instance you will only be allowed to enter the UK if you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK. (If you have a student visa or have pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, then you have residency rights in the UK.) Currently all travellers from Red list countries or territories need to quarantine regardless of their vaccination status.

If you are fully vaccinated and arrive in England from a country that is not on the red list, you:

  • Must quarantine in suitable accommodation
  • Take a PCR test before the end of day two after you arrive (lateral flow tests will not be accepted)
  • Can end quarantine if your PCR test result is negative or 14 days have passed, whichever is first.

Having arrived in the UK, please follow the Government travel guidance  when travelling to your quarantine accommodation.

(NB: Quarantine is the same as self-isolation, which entails complete confinement to a room or flat. This means that once you have entered your room or flat you will not be allowed to leave it during the quarantine period for any reason. You cannot go out to shop, exercise or have visitors.)

The College has a limited amount of quarantine accommodation for new Members to book. If you are able to book one of these en suite rooms or flats the College will supply food and other support services to help you meet the quarantine restrictions. We have a meal service to provide three meals a day to your door from a weekly menu (specific dietary needs are catered for). The cost is £63 and you will be asked when you arrive if you would like to sign up for this service.

If you are unable to quarantine at the College, or choose to make your own arrangements, then we suggest you book a private apartment, perhaps through a website like booking.com or Airbnb. We will require evidence when you arrive at the College that you have completed your quarantine period before you can join us.

Do I need to be vaccinated before arrival?

International students are entitled to free COVID-19 vaccines as part of their NHS treatment in the UK if they have not managed to have vaccines before arrival.

What measures are in place to support Members with COVID-19?

Goodenough offers excellent pastoral, physical and mental care support for Members and a friendly small College environment where Members who are having difficulties are able to access a range of formal and informal support services.

The College has a detailed self-isolation protocol in place to give those with COVID-19 symptoms the support they need. Any Member who needs to self-isolate is advised on the measures they need to take and provided with free meals and regular follow up from College staff to monitor their welfare.

NHS guidelines are that people should still get vaccinated after having COVID-19. You can have the vaccine 28 days after you had a positive test for COVID-19 or 28 days after your symptoms started, so you may need to wait. All students (UK and international) are entitled to free COVID-19 vaccines as part of their NHS treatment in the UK.

The College’s measures have the full support of Public Health England.

What is the College doing to manage the spread of COVID-19?

We have a range of measures in place to keep Members safe. Measures are constantly adjusted in line with the latest government and NHS advice.

The College’s cleaning services are provided by ESS, part of the global Compass Group. Working with Compass the College is able to provide cleaning services to the highest possible standard, be it across our common areas and regular touch points or ensuring that your room has been cleaned to the latest COVID-19 secure standard, before your arrival.

Please read the information in the Current Members section to see what restrictions the College currently has in place to help avoid the spread of the virus.

For information on the health and safety measures all UK residents are expected to take to stay safe and protect others, please visit the UK government website.

How much does it cost to stay at Goodenough?

Descriptions of the different types of accommodation available can be found on our Accommodation page. For detailed information on rents and living costs please see our rents information page.

How do I arrange a refund of the advance payment charges if I need to cancel?

If you need to withdraw or change your arrival dates, please email admissions@goodenough.ac.uk and Angela or Prudence (our Admissions Team) will make the changes or initiate a refund which is normally paid back to the card you used to pay.

What happens if there is another international lockdown?

If you decide to leave you must clear your room or continue to pay full rent. If the UK Government instructs a full lockdown, locally or nationally, and you decide to leave immediately you will cease paying rent on the day that you fully vacate your room. We will offer temporary storage facilities free of charge for a fixed period of time. If you use the storage facilities we will keep your deposit until you have managed to collect your belongings and then your deposit will be refunded. We will let Members know when these conditions are applicable.

How are shared bathroom and kitchen cleaning arrangements managed ?

Every room has a full sized fridge. We have a small number of kitchens and they are in use. We are cleaning all shared kitchens and bathrooms and are maintaining frequent cleaning of all communal areas. Special measures are in place to ensure that Members in rooms with shared bathroom facilities can access allocated shower and toilet block facilities in safety.

What are the rental charges for the 2021-22 academic year?

The rental charges on the website are for the 2021-22 academic year (1 September 2021 to 31 August 2022). The rates can be found on the Rents information page of the website.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

Please check the additional Accommodation FAQs on the website and if you have further questions contact admissions@goodenough.ac.uk

(Updated 14 January 2022)