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.
Due to renovations to the Pace building (E through H Stairs) on the main college site, approximately 40 Hatfielders will be housed in Shoichi Hall next to St Mary's College until Epiphany term 2016. Shoichi Hall is directly across from the Bill Bryson Library and the science site, and no more than a 10 minute walk from college, or classes in Elvet Riverside or Palace Green. Students living in Shoichi will be allowed to take breakfast at St Mary's, but will dine in Hatfield for lunch and dinner. Once the renovations are completed in February, all students will be moved into the renovated Pace building, with brand new, en suite rooms, a new communal kitchen and new common rooms. The JCR is making extensive efforts to make minimise any disruption to normal college life, but if you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with the Exec.
A number of Hatfielders share a room in first year-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 arrice. 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.
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.