Goodenough College is continuing to accept applications for the 2021-22 academic year and we are looking forward to welcoming new Members in January.
Around England most legal restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have been lifted and a high proportion of the population have been vaccinated. (England moved to Step Four in the national ‘roadmap’ to manage the country out of lockdown on 19 July 2021.)
The UK Government advises that “As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, 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 all major restrictions have been removed, 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.
Removing lockdown restrictions
Member safety and security is our top priority, so we continue to follow Government advice and to maintain careful monitoring of the virus. If there is a resurgence of cases, or 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 minor 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. 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.
(NB: If you have been in a green or amber country in the 10 days before you arrive in England and you need to quarantine you may be eligible to use the Test to Release for International Travel scheme. Under the scheme people returning to England who need to self-isolate are able to take a COVID test with a private test provider to see if they can end their self-isolation early.)
Having arrived in the UK, please follow the Government travel guidance when travelling to the College.
Quarantine is the same as self-isolation, which entails complete confinement to a room or flat. Your isolation period includes the day after arrival and the next 10 full 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 10 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.
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 in the College is limited. 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 10 days of quarantine in the UK 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 moved to an en suite room (if they are not in one already) 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. 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?
If my course is delayed can I alter my contract length?
We don’t have fixed term contracts so you can change your arrival and departure dates. Prior to arrival you must give 28 days’ notice to alter your arrival date. Once you have arrived you have three months’ notice but after the first three months the notice period is 28 days to change your departure date.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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?
(Updated 19 October 2021)