Goodenough College is 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 during lockdown. So, even if they need to self-isolate, they know they will be well cared for.
Universities are planning to deliver much of the course content for the first term online. We are preparing to provide a vibrant programme 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, whilst respecting the requirements of social distancing and other developing Government guidance.
Easing lockdown restrictions
Within the College we aim to provide Members with a ‘COVID secure’ living and learning environment. As the UK government starts to meet the WHO criteria for easing restrictions, we will begin to implement our phased plan to ease lockdown restrictions and re-open more areas of the College to Members.
Member safety and security is our top priority, so progress to emerge from lockdown is likely to be 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 may need to 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.) The Government review this policy every three weeks so we will keep this guidance updated.
Quarantine is the same as self-isolation, which entails complete confinement to a room or flat for 14 days.
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.
If the Government decides to lift the requirement for quarantine before the start of the academic year, we will carefully assess what this means for the College, keeping safety as our paramount concern, and inform everyone who is due to arrive. If you have booked a room for quarantine, you will be able to change your arrival dates, or cancel the quarantine room, with no financial penalty provided you give us at least four days’ notice before your arrival. We ask you to keep us informed as your plans develop so we can free up a space for another Member to quarantine if you no longer require the room.
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 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?
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 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?
Although our standard terms are that we require 28 days’ notice, if you wish to delay or withdraw we will not be enforcing that this year. You need only give four days notice from the date of your expected arrival that you wish to delay or withdraw. If you need to withdraw, and give at least four days’ notice, we will issue a full refund. 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 lockdown?
If you decide to leave you must clear your room or continue to pay full rent. We cannot make a decision now if we will require a notice period or if the rent will stop immediately. We may offer storage facilities if we have the space available.
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. We are cleaning all shared kitchens and bathrooms and have increased the frequency of the cleaning of all communal areas.We are reintroducing cleaning of single rooms at the end of July. If you prefer not to have someone in your room to clean that’s fine. Also, Members living in flats and studios will have to keep them clean themselves.
What will College life be like in the autumn? Will there be events? What rooms are available as a social space?
Currently in the UK only two people from different households can meet. So this is limiting all events that we can hold for Members to get together. Since March 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:
- Professor Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal talking about art,
- 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”,
- Professor Paul Roberts, Sackler Keeper of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, on “Pots, Pompeii and typhoid- from potwashing to the Ashmolean Museum!”,
- Dr John Snelson, Head of Interpretation at the Royal Opera House
- Dr Kirstie Whitaker, of the Alan Turing Institute on Open Science
- College Member Khushna Sulaman-Butt on her work as a portrait artist
- 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.
- GoodNews Podcasts.
- Poetry, jazz, theatre improvisation, quizzes, bedtime stories, art exhibitions where Members show and discuss their work, running and walking challenges and 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.
Up to six people can meet outside and so we are doing as many events as we can with small numbers – these include Schola (academic talks in the evenings also simultaneously streamed live), music events, actual art exhibitions and a croquet tournament. The virtual programme continues alongside these.
We are organising Welcome and Orientation events in smaller groups so that you can get to know other College Members, the staff and how the College works.
We will continue to be innovative and to adjust the programme of College events as the UK Government guidelines change.
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 GBar (Members’ run bar) are not open at present, but hopefully we will be able to reopen these at the end of the summer. The Libraries are open at limited times for supervised bookable study. 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 not open for use at present, but we are developing plans for how Members’ can use these in the autumn for events and clubs and societies. The Nuffield Gym (which is below London House and independent from the College) will reopen on the 25 July. The tennis court is open for use as is Mecklenburgh Square Garden.
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.
What if COVID-19 increases, 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.
Who should I contact if I have additional questions?
(Updated 20 July 2020)