Living in is an integral part of the first-year experience at Hatfield. Most of the college's accommodation is provided on the main college site on the North Bailey, organised by staircase (A-M Stairs, Kitchen Stairs, Gatehouse, Rectory and Bailey House). More students are housed in single rooms in Palmers' Garth-directly across from the Students' Union building, just the other side of Kingsgate Bridge from college.
All first-year students are guaranteed accommodation. Hatfield is lucky to occupy a picturesque site on the Bailey by a World Heritage Site, but this does mean that space is at a premium. Therefore, some (but not all) students live in shared rooms in their first year as the number of single rooms is limited. While it may sound scary at first, it's almost certain to work out well. Most people find the experience helps them ease into life at university, as you instantly have somebody to go to meals with and chat to once you arrive. The ‘Accommodation Selection Form’ that students receive before arriving in Durham is used to find the most suitable living arrangements in College. You can’t choose which block to live in; the College allocates a room for you.You’ll be asked to complete a questionnaire about your preferences and habits (taste in music? night owl or an early riser? etc.) so you’re paired with a suitable roommate. Rest assured that College will take full account of the information you provide to them in the room allocation process. If you have any concerns about room sharing once you get to Durham, please feel free to contact the Welfare or Assistant Welfare Officer or the Senior Tutor.
Alongside the Fresh, Hatfield has a strong tradition of finalists returning to college to live in in third (or fourth) year. Routine meals and close access to the college's facilities cann certainly be an advantage when you're working on your dissertation! Groups of students often choose to live in together, and are given priority in room selection in Easter term.
One of our accommodation blocks, Pace, has just been extensively renovated and has single and shared rooms with en suite bathroom facilities, as well as a new kitchen, two gyms and a TV room. Another block is undergoing renovations from July 2017 to March 2018, which that means in the future they will be en suite rooms. While renovations are going on, some of you may be placed in Shoichi Hall, an accommodation building found right next to the science site and Bill Bryson library, before returning to brand-new accommodation in College.
There are two separate let options available to students living in college:
Standard Let includes occupation from move-in until the last day of the year, including all term-time meals, access to kitchen facilities during the holidays and IT connection.
Short Let is for A and B Stairs only, and requires students to clear their rooms prior to leaving for the Easter holiday (as these spaces are used to accommodate visitors to college, including pre-fresh on Post Offer visits). While it cannot be guaranteed, college is generally able to offer a few nights at the beginning and end of the holidays for £22.00 each night. Like Standard Let, Short Let includes term-time meals and IT connection.