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Going to university is a really exciting time, and we want to make sure that you feel ready to start with us. It doesn’t matter whether you're joining us as an undergraduate or postgraduate student or whether you’re living in halls, at home or in private accommodation, we’re here for you.

There are some special considerations for COVID-19 if you’re living in Halls of Residence, so please do review that section.

Horton Halls

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Moving into halls

If you’re moving into halls, we’ve put together directions at the bottom of this page to help you get there by train, plane, bus, bike or car.

In order to keep residents safe during the moving in process, we’ll be offering booking slots to move in starting a week before your start date.  If you need to arrive even earlier, perhaps because you’re flying into the UK and need to self-isolate when you arrive, please let us know.  We can arrange for that to happen.

When you arrive at halls, you’ll be greeted by staff and shown where to pick up keys.  As well as checking in, you’ll be asked to complete an inventory for your room.  It’s a list of everything included in your room and its condition when you arrive. Checking this list thoroughly will help make sure you get your full deposit back at the end of the academic year.  That includes any adaptations you need and which you asked us to make when you signed your License Agreement. If something’s not right please tell us, so we can get it sorted out.

Settling in

Moving into a new place can feel tiring and overwhelming, but it’s also a great opportunity to meet other students.  Introduce yourself to your flatmates and you’ll feel more settled and more at home.

Your flatmates are going to be especially important this year.  Our Resident Advisors will be encouraging activities for everyone to get to know each other and get along.

There are lots of ways to break the ice and get talking to your flatmates – tea is always a great place to start – but the most important thing is to get out of your room and into the kitchen.  Say hello and get talking – it may be a cliché, but everyone really is in the same boat.

If at any point you feel lonely, homesick or overwhelmed, please read our wellbeing section for advice and information on the support we want to offer you at St George’s.

Halls and COVID-19

Your health, safety and wellbeing are our top priority in Horton Halls of Residence. We have made a few changes in response to COVID-19, so that we can ensure our residents are safe, secure and comfortable.

Households 

Once you have moved in, you and your flatmates in Halls are considered to be a ‘household’ for purposes of government and university guidance.  You do not need to maintain social distance from your flatmates.  Anyone else entering your flat is considered a visitor.  That includes:

  • Other Hall residents
  • Friends not resident in Halls
  • Family members—even if you live with them outside of term time.

You need to maintain social distance with everyone who isn’t a member of your household.

Facilities

In order to maintain social distance, some Halls facilities will work slightly differently than normal when you move in. 

  • Block Common Rooms in A-E Blocks will be closed.  They can be booked for special events, though.  Ask at Halls.
  • The Main Common Room will be open as normal and but ask users to be sensible.
  • Laundry, mail room and bike sheds will all be operating but slightly differently, please just follow the signs.
Visitors

Due to recently introduced government regulations, visitors are currently not permitted at Horton Halls.

Residents are currently not permitted to visit flats other than their own or to host residents from elsewhere in Halls in their flat.

Support

The Halls team have special plans in place to support you in case there’s a further lockdown or if you or someone else becomes ill.  If you have any particular concerns about living in Halls, please contact us.

Directions to Horton Halls

The sections below explain how to reach halls by car and by public transport.

London Underground

The nearest Tube station is Tooting Broadway, which is about a 20-minute walk from the station to halls. The G1 bus runs to halls from the station, but make sure you get on the bus going towards Battersea or you’ll head off in the wrong direction! Buses 44, 77 and 270 will all take you close enough to Halls to make the walk manageable with luggage. Get off at the stop for Garratt Lane/Wimbledon Road.

By bus

The 155 (from Elephant and Castle), the 280 (from Sutton) and the G1 (from Streatham and Battersea) stop directly outside St George’s. Buses 44, 77 and 270 get you close to halls - jump off at Garratt Lane/Wimbledon Road. Even more buses stop at Tooting Broadway, including routes 57, 127, 131, 219, 264, 333, and 355. From there, see the ‘By tube’ instructions above to get to halls.

By rail

The closest station to halls is Earlsfield. Trains run out from Waterloo and Clapham Junction and in from Kingston, Guildford, Dorking and Woking. It’s about a 15-minute walk from Earlsfield to halls or jump on the 44, 77 or 270 to the stop at Garratt Lane/Wimbledon Road.

By bike

Cycling info can be found on the TFL website. Cycling is the fastest way to get from halls to the main St George’s campus, and there’s secure bike storage at both places.

By car

If you’re bringing your stuff to halls by car, the closest major roads are the A3 from the West, M23/A23 from the South and A2 from the East.  If you’ve got SatNav, the postcode for halls is SW17 0BD.  Parking at halls is very limited, but there are spaces for parking up while you unload your things and take them to your room.  It gets quite busy the weekend before term starts, so it would be great if you could move your car after you’ve unloaded – there are pay and display spaces nearby.

From Halls to St George’s

The most straightforward way of getting to St George’s from halls is to walk. The walk takes 10 to 15-minutes depending on how late you’re running!

A great way to save time is to get a bike – there’s secure bike parking at halls (just ask reception) and not one but two bike sheds just around the corner from the main campus entrance. You’ll need a code to access these – just ask at the Student Centre.

If you need to use the bus, the G1 runs every 15-minutes or so, from just outside Halls to the main campus entrance. It doesn’t take a direct route, so it’s not as fast as walking. To travel to St George’s from halls make sure you get on the bus going to Streatham, and then take the bus going towards Battersea on the way back.

Privately rented accommodation or living at home

If you're planning to move into private accommodation or if you’re living at home, we believe strongly that your university experience shouldn’t differ from those in halls. Support and events are available to all, so come and get involved in all that’s going on at St George’s.

Many of our students live in private accommodation, and there are a great many reasonably priced rooms, flats, maisonettes and houses available in and around Tooting. Shared flats and houses are often passed from student group to student group within the St George’s community. Most of our students end up living within a 15 – 20-minute walk from the university.

We are on hand to support you when looking and securing your rented accommodation. Our accommodation advisor is on hand to help with your search. Email us.

 

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