Future Members

Goodenough College is still accepting applications for the 20/21 academic year and we are looking forward to welcoming new Members.

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 University of London locations and to a wealth of cultural and social venues, when they reopen – avoiding the social distancing 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 is imposed. So, if they find that they need to self-isolate, they know they will be well cared for.

We also provide a lively programme of safe social activities and excellent pastoral and healthcare support  to ensure our Members enjoy their time with us.

Universities are planning to deliver much of the course content for the first term online. Whilst respecting the requirements of social distancing and other developing Government guidance, we are delivering a vibrant programme of activities (online and face to face) that will compensate for the sense of community that Members will lose by not being able to meet and mix with university colleagues and classmates.

Easing lockdown restrictions

Within the College we aim to provide Members with a ‘COVID secure’ living and learning environment. Guided by UK government advice, we have implemented a phased plan to re-open areas of the College to Members.

Member safety and security is our top priority, so progress to return College life back to normal times has been gradual and incremental and matched with careful monitoring of the virus. If there is a resurgence of cases, or the Government instructs a 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:

Will I have to go in to quarantine on arrival?

In order to protect current Members and staff, Goodenough implemented the need to quarantine from mid-May. Current Government policy is that everyone entering the UK will need to quarantine in a ‘private residence’ (such as Goodenough College) for 14 days. There is a “travel corridor” list and if you have spent the 14 days immediately prior to arrival in the UK in one of these countries you do not need to quarantine.  This list will change and more countries may be added or countries may be removed from the list. Whether you will need to quarantine is dependent on this guidance on the day of entry to the England. (Guidance is different for Wales, Scotland and Ireland.)

Quarantine is the same as self-isolation, which entails complete confinement to a room or flat for 14 days. This means that once you have entered your room (or flat if you are coming to the College to live in a flat with your partner or children) you will not be allowed to leave it for 14 days for any reason. If you order food or post or parcels arrive for you staff can drop these outside your door.   You cannot go out to shop, exercise or have visitors.

Members who have booked an en suite room or flat in the College are able to quarantine there. However, rooms that share a bathroom are not suitable for observing quarantine restrictions. Members who have booked accommodation with a shared bathroom can ask to book an en suite room to enable them to complete their quarantine – they will only be required to pay their original room rate (not the en suite room rate).

The College will supply food and other support services to help new Members to 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.

The number of quarantine rooms will be limited, so new Members should book their quarantine rooms early as we may not be able to accommodate all new arrivals to the College. You will receive information about how to do this when you are offered a place. 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 14 days of quarantine in the UK before you can join us.

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 moved to an en suite room (if they are not in one already) provided with free regular meals, clean linen and regular follow up from College staff to monitor their welfare.

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 support social distancing and 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.

If my course is delayed can I alter my contract length?

We are offering a variety of booking options for 2020 and 2021 including the flexibility to delay your contract start date to align with your university course dates.

Unlike most halls of residence or private accommodation providers we don’t have fixed term contracts so you can change your arrival and departure dates at any time with only 28 days’ notice.

If your course is extended longer, into the 2021-22 academic year, we will ask you to tell us, in spring 2021, what your plans are. You will then  have the option to renew at the College for another year or partial year.

If I book with Goodenough but I change my mind, can I cancel?

Our standard terms are that we require 28 days’ notice. If you wish to delay or withdraw you should contact us as soon as possible to give 28 days’ notice from the date of your expected arrival that you wish to delay or withdraw. If you need to withdraw we will issue a full refund if you have given sufficient notice. Please let us know as early as possible if you will not be joining us, so we can offer your room or flat to someone else.

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 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 under lockdown?

Every room has a full sized fridge. We have very few kitchens but they remain in use. Only a limited number of people are permitted in the kitchen at one time (dependent on the number of cookers – so between 2-6). Tables and chairs have been removed so Members are required to eat in their rooms. If we have to restrict the seated dining in the Great Hall we will always continue with a takeaway meal service. We are cleaning all shared kitchens and bathrooms and have increased the frequency of the cleaning of all communal areas. We reintroduced cleaning of single rooms at the end of July. If you prefer not to have someone in your room to clean that’s fine, or you can have them just remove rubbish and dirty linen and supply clean linen without entering your room.  Members living in flats and studios usually do their own cleaning but they can book regular or one off cleans which are charged to their monthly bill.

What is College life like in the autumn?  Will there be events?  What rooms are available as a social space?

In England people face fines if they do not abide by the “rule of six” which aims to curb an increase in COVID-19 cases. Groups of more than six people are not allowed to meet socially inside or outside (households or support bubbles of more than six people can still gather, so if you live in a flat your household can be more than six). Please see the Government website for detailed guidance on the rule of six.

At present, Members can have only one guest at a time. Only one of those guests can stay overnight and it must be the same person each time.  In the UK we refer to this person as the one you are in a “social bubble” with.  You don’t need to observe the two-metre distance from your social bubbler but you must observe the two-metre distance from all other people and guests. See the Government website for more information on ‘households’ and social bubbles.

There are a small number of exceptions to the rule of six, which means that the College can continue to allow larger numbers to meet for formal College events where risk assessments have been undertaken and social distancing is possible.

Since the start of the pandemic we have been creative and have held a large number of high quality, high profile virtual events. These included:

  • “The Dean’s Studiums” – A zoom facilitated space for the intellectually curious with invited speakers, normally College Fellows, with material developed and delivered exclusively to Goodenough College Members such as:
    • Michael Bowes QC on “would you give the Devil the benefit of the law?”
    • Anni Rowland Campbell, Internet Guru on “living in the interstice – the space inbetween”
    • Dr Kirstie Whitaker, of the Alan Turing Institute on Open Science
    • College Member Basia Vucic on the “Revolutionary guide to thriving in times of COVID-19 or how to destroy an empire in five easy steps”
    • Dr James Wilson from UCL on “Detecting disease, and taking precautions: ethical issues in the reduction of risk”
    • Sir Andrew Parmley, former Lord Mayor of London, on the evolving role of the Lord Mayor of London in response to both COVID-19 and BREXIT.
  • Poetry, jazz, theatre improvisation, quizzes, bedtime stories, art exhibitions where Members show and discuss their work, running and walking challenges and karaoke.
  • Virtual study rooms.
  • Mexican themed take-away Dining In (out) night on Cinco de Mayo.
  • “The Dean’s Perambulations” – these are walks to different areas of London with some history thrown in. Normally these walks will bump into a “surprise” guest who will tell the group more detail about the place they are visiting or show them round some exclusive building or garden.

We will continue to be innovative and to adjust the programme of College events as the UK Government guidelines change.

In the new term we have 30 clubs and societies running, including:  badminton, baking, beyond the M25 (visits outside London), opera, board games, cheese and charcuterie, classics, climbing, coffee, China, debating, fencing, film, football (playing and watching), global health, Greek, hiking, Latin American, Iraq, Japan, law, music, PhD fun, poker, Queerenough, running, tennis and yoga.

We have talks arranged for an audience of 30 with others joining virtually.  Over the next few weeks these are an example of the many talks on offer:

  • Black History Month – My Life as a Polar Explorer by Dwayne Fields, Fellow of Goodenough College
  • Imagining “Global Britain”: Redefining the UK’s role at a time of international uncertainty by Dr Matt Godwin, Fellow of Goodenough College
  • Museum curation by Dr Antonia Bostrom, Director of Collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Law Faculty Lecture, with Professor Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal

The Great Hall is open with a limited seating capacity for those who wish to have a meal with others. If you can’t get a seat then a take away service is always available. Freddies (café and bar) and the G-Bar (Members’ run bar) are not open at present. The Libraries are open for use as study spaces, at a smaller capacity. The Media Rooms have a limited capacity but are still available to all to print.  The laundries remain open and in use. The common rooms are open for use for events and clubs and societies. The Nuffield Gym (which is below London House and independent from the College) reopened on 25 July.  The tennis court is open for use as is Mecklenburgh Square Garden.

What if COVID-19 increases and there is a localised or nationwide lockdown?

You, and we, must comply with the law. We cannot predict if this will happen and, if so, if the Government guidance will be the same as last time. All we can say is that we are a small organisation which means we are able to act fairly quickly and will always do so with the health and safety of Members and staff as our first priority.

Changes in rent from September 2020 to January 2021

The rental charges on the website assumed an increase in rent from 1 September 2020. The College has decided to delay this increase until 1 January 2021. In addition the UK Government announced a change to VAT (value added tax) from 1 August 2020 to March 2021. For the first 28 days of residence the VAT rate was 20% and this then drops to 4% for the remainder of your stay. The temporary rate will be 5% for the first 28 days of your stay and then 1% for the remainder of your stay until March 2021 when it increases to the 4% rate. If you were offered a place at the College before these decreases were implemented then you will be credited the extra amount in your first bill at the College.

The current rates from 1 August 2020 to 31 December 2021 are as follows:

For Singles
Shared Bathroom
Room type Rent per week (inc VAT at 1%) Maximum rent per month (31 days)
Single A Study Bedroom £237.48 £1,051.70
Single B Study Bedroom £214.36 £949.32
Single C Study Bedroom £195.13 £864.16
Private bathroom
Room type Rent per week (inc VAT at 1%) Maximum rent per month (31 days)
Single Ensuite A Study Bedroom £270.71 £1,198.86
Single Ensuite B Study Bedroom £259.47 £1,149.08
Small Studio Flat £345.09 £1,528.24
For couples
Room Type Rent per week (inc VAT at 1%) Maximum rent per month (31 days)
Double Ensuite Study Bedroom £294.32 £1,303.44
Large Studio Flat £353.36 £1,564.87
One Bedroom Flat £416.92 £1,846.35
For Families
Room Type Rent per week (inc VAT at 1%) Maximum rent per month (31 days)
Small Two Bedroom Flat (one child) £445.69 £1,973.78
Large Two Bedroom Flat (two children) £467.40 £2,069.90
Three Bedroom Flat (three children) £523.39 £2,317.88
Accessible accommodation
Room type Rent per week (inc VAT at 1%) Maximum rent per month (31 days)
Accessible Single Ensuite Study Bedroom £259.47 £1,149.08
Accessible Studio Flat £345.09 £1,528.24


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 12 October 2020)