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Residential Life

A welcome note from the Garden Halls Warden

By Konrad 10 Sep 2019

We are delighted to welcome you to Garden Halls!

We wish you every success on your academic and personal journey; as you learn more about yourself and your place in the world. Situated in the heart of Bloomsbury, opposite Cartwright Gardens, we are committed to providing our residents a community which is safe, inclusive and nurturing. We hope that you will soon consider Garden Halls a home away from home. Our team’s focus is to help you have a smooth transition into university and independent life. Currently, we are preparing for your arrival to your new home to ensure the smoothest transition possible.

Once you are settled in, our Resident Advisors will organise a wide range of inclusive social activities, not only to bring the halls together but to ensure no student feels as though they have not been given the opportunity to socialise and meet new people in their first year at Garden Halls.  With the wide range of events that the Wardens Team offer there is something for all types of residents to get involved in. From Open Mic nights, Yoga and Spin Classes to theatre outings, day trips and themed events, the Warden’s team hosts events which bring the community together, giving residents the opportunity to meet as many new people as possible. Whatever your interests, there is something for everyone. So follow us on Facebook, keep an eye out for posters and don’t be scared to get involved and give it a go!

There still could be times when you might feel overwhelmed or under pressure. The Warden’s team is here to assist you if you are experiencing difficulties during your time at Garden Halls. Initially we are here to chat over your concerns, which could be anything from: discussions on academic issues; feelings of isolation and loneliness to more serious concerns about your own wellbeing. No matter what you wish to discuss you can always approach the Resident Advisor on Duty or book appointment with the Warden or the Vice-Warden or come to one of the weekly drop-in sessions. We will be happy to chat via email, phone or face to face.

Our team addresses everything that involves your general wellbeing and welfare including your mental and physical health, safety and overall comfort and security when living in your home away from home.  We always welcome you to approach us and tell us if things are not going as you expected and most of all how we can improve things around Halls.

My team, which consists of a Vice Warden ,15 Resident Advisors, and I are here to support you with personal wellbeing concerns, to assist in times of emergencies, to promote a positive community life in Hall, and to help you resolve any disputes with other residents. There are many ways you can approach us such as any time you see us around the Hall, speaking to the Duty RA, coming to a drop-in session or booking an appointment with the Warden or the Vice Warden. 

Our Hall Manager, Sarah Morgan, and her team are here to ensure our facilities are kept in good shape and the building is secure. Any problem related to facilities whether it’s with your room or shared facility in Hall, your post-delivery contact the Hall Management team by email, report it at reception or via the app.

We hope that Garden Halls will provide a nurturing community that will inspire successful living and learning.

We look forward to getting to know you better in the months ahead.

Yours faithfully,

Kleo Kourmpi

Warden, Garden Halls
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