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Residential Life

Sustainability's guide to staying warm in your hall of residence

By UoLsustainability 08 Dec 2022

Feeling winter’s chill? This article will help you to stay warm in your halls and will explain our Heating and Cooling Policy.

Wrapping up warm:

It’s not how many layers you wear that is important, it’s what you are layering and how you’re layering them.

  1. A baselayer: the first layer should sit directly against your skin.
  2. The midlayers: a second T-shirt and a fleece or jumper.
  3. The outerlayer: if indoors- an extra jumper, if outdoors- a waterproof.
  4. You lose the most heat from your head and your feet. So hats and warm, fluffy socks are the way forward.

There should be space between your layers, warm air gets trapped between the layers and acts as an insulator. 

Good materials for layering are made from synthetic, wool, silk or bamboo fibres. Avoid cotton as it pull heats away from the body.

Tips for a warmer room:

  1. Don’t block radiators with furniture, clothing, towels and let the heat fill your room.
  2. Keep doors and windows closed to keep the heat in. If you’re too warm, save energy by turning your radiator off before you open your window or door.
  3. Consider investing in a thicker duvet for the colder months. The tog system explained: 
  • 1- 4.5 tog: summer
  • 7-10.5 tog: spring/autumn/all year
  • 13.5-15 tog: winter

UoL’s Residential Heating and Cooling Policy:

The Heating Policy:

  • If the daily maximum outside temperature falls below 16°C for three consecutive days, the heating will be switched on.
  • Buildings are then heated from 6:00am to 10:00am and 3:30pm to 11:00pm seven days a week.
  • The maximum heating temperature is 22°C (± 2°C to allow for control variances)
  • Once the daily maximum outside temperature rises above 16°C for three consecutive days the heating is switched off.

Find the full Heating and Cooling Policy here- 

Why is there a heating and cooling policy?

The University of London aims to achieve net zero operational carbon by 2036. Temperature control is one of the most cost-effective ways of reducing energy usage. The Heating and Cooling Policy, established in 2011, ensures that building spaces are at a comfortable working temperature and the excess energy is not wasted through overheating or overcooling.

What to report:

  • Poorly fitting windows or doors leak heat and waste energy, report these to your Halls Management Team at reception for repair.
  • If you believe your room or an area of your halls is hotter or colder than outlined in the policy please report this to your Halls Management Team at reception.