How to ace your application
As you'll have seen from the website Goodenough is not just a Hall of Residence. The College is a community and we want the people who'll benefit the most to live here. That's why there's an application process. Here's an insiders guide (from our Admissions team) on what to expect and some tips on what they're looking for.
What do I need to apply?
Before you register to start your application through the College’s Online Application Portal, here’s a quick overview of what you’ll need to complete your application.
In addition to personal details (contact details, etc) you’ll be asked to upload a recent photo which will be used on your ID when you join (please smile!), a recent short CV or resumé and an offer letter for the course you intend to study.
During the application you will be asked to tell the Admissions team:
- Your intended arrival and departure dates (don’t worry you can change both of these with 28 days’ notice),
- The type of room or flat you want – you’ll be asked for three choices in order of preference and the Admissions team will try their best to give you your first choice
- Any medical or special needs you might have for your accommodation. Or if you prefer to discuss these before application then email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Your partner and children’s details, if you have others coming with you
- What course you will be studying and an offer letter or proof of study if you are already enrolled
- Where you previously studied
- How you will fund your tuition, living and accommodation expenses
- If you will be applying for a scholarship. There are lots of scholarships on offer and guidance on how to apply for a scholarship
- A short statement about why you want to live at Goodenough and what contribution you can make to the community. (Check out some hints and tips as well as sample community contribution statements.)
What happens to my application?
Once you’ve completed your application it will go to our selectors. They will look at a number of factors when assessing your application. The most obvious is: do we have a room or flat for you on the dates that you’ve requested. Otherwise, the selectors are aiming to build a diverse community every year with people from all over the world studying different disciplines.
What’s most important is that we want new College Members who really want to live and participate in a community in their time here. This is how you will gain most benefit from your time at Goodenough. You don’t have to play sport to Olympic level, or the piano to orchestral level or have a mother or father who lived here but you should show us (in your community contribution statement) that you want to join in and understand the value of actively participating in a community.
You will hear the outcome of your application a month after application i.e. if you submit your application by the end of June you will have the outcome the first week in August. All monthly applicants are assessed together and so your result day will be the same if you apply any time between, for instance, 1-30 June. Early application is always advised.
Why the effort’s worth it…
There is a lot to be gained from living at Goodenough, not only do you have fantastic facilities on a beautiful quiet Square in the centre of London but you will also make a diverse range of life-long friends; your intellectual faculties will be stretched, perhaps in directions you didn’t imagine; you will learn something new; you will be supported; you will have lots of new opportunities and you will become one of the thousands of Alumni around the world who still engage with the Goodenough community. The application is a hurdle worth jumping.