Frequently Asked Questions

Can I move in earlier than the specified start date?


We make every effort to offer the moving in date requested by the Member or the closest available date. If you need to change your dates after submitting your application please email the Admissions Team.

Can I visit and view the room before I move in?


Your room is not allocated until you arrive and as all our Members  are postgraduate, most of our rooms are occupied all year long. Our accommodation is located in two wonderful historic buildings and by their nature the rooms and flats are very different. We hold a tour of the College for prospective Members on the first Saturday of every month from May-August.

Am I able to request a particular room or determine which part of the buildings I stay in?


We allocate rooms on arrival. We will only consider requests for specific rooms or locations for medical reasons.

Am I allowed to have overnight guests?


You can have one guest in your room for a maximum consecutive stay of two weeks. Guests must be over 18 years old. You can hire a camp-bed from Housekeeping at a charge of £5 per night. Alternatively, short-term guest accommodation is available at The Goodenough Hotel London.


I understand I have to pay a deposit; can you confirm the details?


We require a deposit payment in advance of your arrival to secure your reservation. This comprises an advance accommodation fee, which is equal to 28 days rent in advance, along with a refundable deposit. More information on deposits is available on our Rents page.


Do I have to pay rent during the holidays?


Rent is payable monthly in advance, including holiday periods.  However, the  College has very favourable contractual terms, including a scheme to allow you to sublet your accommodation if you are away and a ready market of keen alumni who want to sublet your room or flat.

Can I cook in my room?


Cooking in rooms is not permitted, but you can use a kettle. Rice cookers and other cooking equipment can only be used in the butteries (kitchens).

How are shared bathroom and kitchen cleaning arrangements managed?


Every room has a full sized fridge. We have a small number of kitchens and all shared kitchens, bathrooms and communal areas are cleaned daily.

What measures are in place for COVID-19?


The College follows the current government guidance on living safely with respiratory infections, including coronavirus (COVID-19).

Vaccination is not obligatory but it is strongly recommended for your safety and to protect other College Members and staff.


Can I bring my pet with me?


Many potential Members ask if they can bring their cats, dogs or other pets with them but we are not able to accommodate pets.

We do not permit therapy, emotional support or assistance animals untrained for specific tasks associated with a disability to live with Members in single rooms or flats. If you have a disability and need to bring an assistance animal with you please get in touch with to discuss your needs.

We welcome visitors with guide dogs and assistance dogs. Dog bowls can be made available from both Reception desks.