Rents information

The College ensures its rental charges are competitive for central London.

The rents below are for the 2021-22 academic year.  Rents increase on 1 September each year and these are the rents from 1 September 2021.

For singles

Shared Bathroom:

Room typeNo.Rent per week (inc. VAT at 2.5%Maximum rent per month (31 days) and at higher VAT of 4% from 1 April 2022)DepositAmount payable in advance by 30 September 2021Council Tax (per year)*
Single A Study Bedroom67£255.65 £1148.71 £400£1447.52£0
Single B Study Bedroom206£225.22£1012.01 £400£1322.87 £0
Single C Study Bedroom34£204.99 £921.10 £400£1239.96 £0

Private Bathroom

Room typeNo.Rent per week (inc. VAT at 2.5%)Maximum rent per month (31 days) DepositAmount payable in advance by 30 September 2021Council Tax (per year)*
Single Ensuite A Study Bedroom134£291.45 £1,309.59£400£1,594.23£0
Single Ensuite B Study Bedroom21£279.32£1,255.10 £400£1,544.54 £0
Small Studio Flat7£371.52£1,669.39£750£2,272.33£1,337.37

For couples

Room typeNo.Rent per week (inc. VAT at 2.5%)Maximum rent per month (31 days)Deposit Amount payable in advance by 30 September 2021Council Tax (per year)*
Double Ensuite Study Bedroom4£310.75£1,396.31£400£1,673.31£0
Accessible Studio Flat2£371.52£1,669.39£750£2,272.33£1,337.37
Large Studio Flat16£373.03£1,669.39£750£2,278.51£1,337.37
One Bedroom Flat47£440.19 £1,977.92£750£2,553.69£1,528.41

For families

Room typeNo.Rent per week (inc. VAT at 2.5%)Maximum rent per month (31 days)Deposit Amount payable in advance by 30 September 2021 Council Tax (per year)*
Small Two Bedroom Flat (one child)23£475.20£2,135.26 £750£2,697.16£1,719.47
Large Two Bedroom Flat (two children)11£498.30£2,239.07 £750£2,791.83£1,719.47
Three-Bedroom Flat (three children)3£558.07£2,507.63 £750£3,036.73£2101.57 to £2483.68

Accessible accommodation

Room typeNo. Rent per week (inc. VAT at 2.5%)Maximum rent per month (31 days)Deposit Amount payable in advance by 30 September 2021Council Tax (per year)*
Accessible Single Ensuite Study Bedroom5£291.45£1,309.59£400£1,594.23£0
Accessible Studio Flat2£371.52£1,669.39 £750£2,272.33£1,337.37

We have a range of Scholarships and Bursaries available to help potential and current Members who might need financial support to meet the cost of their accommodation.

Rent is calculated per night and on arrival at the College you will be billed each month on the 1st of the month for your rent for the next month. You can pay your rent when at the College by Direct Debit, cheque or cash. For months with less than 31 days the rent will be charged for the number of days in that month.

Our rents are inclusive of heating, hot water and wi-fi. Those in flats and studios will pay a monthly charge for electricity and may also be liable for council tax.  There are no other charges added to rents.

In the UK a tax called VAT (Value Added Tax) is levied on all goods and services. This tax is normally 20%. The VAT rate has been lowered until 1 April 2022 for some services which includes your accommodation at Goodenough.

First 28 days (higher rate) Day 29 onwards (lower rate)
VAT rate until 30 September 20215%1%
VAT rate from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 202212.5%2.5%
1 April 2022 onwards20%4%

Each College Member pays the higher rate of VAT for the first 28 days of their stay and then the lower rate from day 29 until the end of their stay. For those who book and pay their advance rent and deposit by 30 September 2021 the VAT is 5% for the first 28 nights. The weekly rents listed include 2.5% VAT. Please note that accommodation fees, including higher rate of VAT, will have already been paid by you as part of your initial payment and this is credited to your first month’s rent. As a student you are not eligible to reclaim VAT.

Advance payment charges

You will be required, on signing of your contract, to pay online;

  • A deposit of £400 in single or double rooms, £750 in studios and flats. This is to cover damage or unpaid fees and will be returned when you leave with any deductions made for damage, breakages or unpaid fees.
  • An advanced payment equal to 28 days rent on your allocated room type at the VAT rate of either 5% or 12.5% depending on when you make your payment.  If you make your payment by 30 September, no matter what date you will join the College, you will pay the 5% rate of VAT This is credited to your accommodation bill once you have arrived. If you withdraw before arrival some or all of this will be returned depending on how much notice you give that you will not be taking up the accommodation. To have the full amount returned you must give 28 days or more notice from the expected date of arrival.

Council Tax

Council Tax is a local authority tax paid to Camden Council (our local government authority) and this money is used to pay for local services such as schools, rubbish collection, roads and street lighting. Each domestic property is liable for this tax irrespective of whether you are a temporary or permanent resident.

Flats and studios in William Goodenough House are liable for Council Tax. The Council Tax is a personal liability. You may be liable for full or partial exemption and you will need to assess your family situation and provide the relevant proof to Camden Council, after receiving a bill, to gain the exemption. The UK Council for International Student Affairs website gives excellent clear advice about Council Tax and exemptions:

Full time students are eligible for an exemption of 100%. However, if you will be living at the College with another adult over the age of 18, they are then liable for the full or a discounted amount. For example:

Main College MemberPartner/Spouse or another adult over 18Council Tax payable
Full time studentNot a student and UK, EU or EEA national or has the right to live indefinitely in the UK75% of the full amount
Full time studentNon-student from outside the UK, EU or EEA, may be eligible to apply for a discount (see below)*0%
Full time studentFull time student0%
Not a full-time studentNot a student and UK, EU or EEA national or has the right to live indefinitely in the UK100% of the full amount
Not a full-time studentFull time student75% of the full amount
Not a full-time studentNon-student from outside the UK, EU or EEA, may be eligible to apply for a discount (see below)*75% of the full amount

*Some partners and spouses may also be eligible for a discount, for instance, if they are here on a dependant visa which was granted with the condition ‘no recourse to public funds’ or a prohibition on employment endorsed in their passport or on their Biometric Residence Permit (BRP).

If you stay for a week or two or a couple of months before or after the official end date of your course you will be liable to pay the full Council Tax for this time as you will not be a full time student. The amount will be charged pro-rata for the months in the financial year that you will be resident. The rate will increase each financial year (from 1 April).

The advice given here is for information only and the College is not liable if the rules change for exemptions or if they are interpreted differently by Camden Council. You are strongly advised to determine your own liability for Council Tax.

Many of our communal facilities are free for Members, as well as our regular dining-in nights, lectures, sports and social nights. Members can also benefit from:

  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the private rooms and flats and the public areas of the College.
  • Free or subsidised social, cultural and academic events
  • Invitations to black-tie dinners and free regular College communal dining-in events
  • An in-house maintenance team to sort out any problems in your room or flat as soon as possible.
  • 24-hour Reception Teams.
  • Secure, free bike storage.
  • 24-hour libraries
  • Contents insurance for your room or flat
  • 15% discount on food in the Great Hall and Freddie’s
  • Music rooms
  • Discounted gym membership and subsidised tennis court