Goodenough College is still accepting applications for the 2020-21 academic year and we are looking forward to welcoming new Members for 2021-22.
Under the national lockdown guidance, higher education providers were asked to significantly restrict the number of students returning to face-to-face teaching from January 2021, and to reduce the numbers needing to access university facilities wherever possible. The current Government advice for Higher Education providers is available online.
Following the announcement of the Government’s roadmap in February, universities have been preparing extensively for a final phase of student returns, and a range of Covid-safe in-person activities are planned to give students the best possible experience for the remainder of the academic year. These include blended teaching and learning, opportunities to use library, computing and studio spaces, on-campus sport, graduate support bootcamps, and creative use of outdoor space – in accordance with government guidance – to encourage group work and social interaction.
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 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 during a lockdown period. So, if they find that they need to self-isolate, they know they will be well cared for.
Following the Government’s roadmap and the national lockdown rules, we are providing a lively online programme of online social and educational activities (and a range of outdoor College and club and society events for up to six people), along with excellent pastoral and healthcare support to make life in College as enjoyable as possible for our Members.
Within the College, whilst respecting the requirements of social distancing and other developing Government guidance, we have introduced a system of “Living Circles” for Members in rooms with shared bathrooms, ensuite rooms (doubles and singles) and single studios. These are grouped sets of rooms on corridors. Living circles have been created as support groups for single Members. We have not created living circles for couples and families as they have their own bathrooms and kitchens and are mostly living with significant others as “households”.
At present (from 29 March), outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either six people (the Rule of 6) or two households are allowed. Families can meet in larger family and child groups (up to 15 parents).
Easing lockdown restrictions
Member safety and security is our top priority, so future progress to move closer to normal College life will be gradual and incremental and matched with 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:
Will I have to go in to quarantine (travel isolation) on arrival?
Current Government policy is that everyone entering the UK from outside the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man will need to quarantine/self-isolate for 10 days and take two coronavirus tests. (Those who have been in a country on the travel ban red list in the 10 days before they arrive will need to quarantine in a government approved hotel.) Detailed advice on how and where you can quarantine is available on the government website.
Travellers need to provide proof of a negative coronavirus test to travel to England. (Please follow the Government travel guidance when travelling to the College.)
(NB: A Test to Release for International Travel scheme is currently in place. 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.)
Anyone who has been in or transited through countries where a travel ban is in place will not be given access to the UK. (This does not include British and Irish Nationals, or third country nationals with residence rights in the UK, who will be able to enter the UK but are required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival along with their household. These nationals are not eligible to use the Test to Release Scheme – see note above.)
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.
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 in the autumn, 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 10 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 meals 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?
If my course is delayed can I alter my contract length?
We are offering a variety of booking options for 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 and, after your initial three months, you can give 28 days’ notice to leave.
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 email@example.com 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 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. Under the current roadmap arrangements, the Great Hall is open but offering a takeaway meal service. We are cleaning all shared kitchens and bathrooms and have increased the frequency of the cleaning of all communal areas.
What is College life like now? Are there events? What rooms are available as a social space?
At present, Members can have only one guest at a time. Only one guest 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. See the Government website for more information on “households” and social bubbles.
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.
- Country themed Dining In nights (takeaway and a seated service for restricted numbers).
- Specialist talks such as “My Life as a Polar Explorer” by Dwayne Fields, Fellow of Goodenough College
We will continue to be innovative and to adjust the programme of College events as the UK Government guidelines change.
We currently have around 30 clubs and societies running, 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. At the moment, these are able to offer online events for unlimited numbers and outdoor events for up to six people.
The Great Hall is open to offer a takeaway service for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Libraries and other rooms 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 College Chapel and Mecklenburgh Square Garden are also open to Members.
Changes in rent from September 2020 to January 2021
The rental charges on the website are for the 2020-21 academic year and will increase on 1 September 2021. We will post these new rates on our website in April 2021.
The rates until 31 August 2021 can be found on the Rents information page of the website.
Who should I contact if I have additional questions?
(Updated 06 April 2021)