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Welcome to Nutford House!

By Konrad 02 Sep 2021

Your journey so far has brought you to one of the best universities and most exciting, diverse cities in the world. None of us underestimates your achievement, especially as we are all facing a very different and continually changing environment. The team here at Nutford House are looking forward to welcoming you and getting to know you. Our intention and focus is to ensure that the hall will provide a safe and welcoming home for you and a friendly hub in the heart of London, where you are able to give full expression to this next stage of your life.


The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for all of us. Things are starting to return to normal, but we're not there yet. At the University of London, we are a community of students and staff who:

  • look out for one another
  • respect one another
  • show patience and understanding
  • act with kindness and compassion
  • and always try to do the right thing.

We are all working together to achieve our academic goals and maintain our collective wellbeing. We are also part of a wider local, national and global community. It is important that we support each other in these extraordinary times. Respect, kindness, patience, compassion and understanding are core values for our University of London community. Let's all try our best to live these values as best we can.

If we can keep coronavirus infections down, both in our halls and in our local community, we will help keep vulnerable people safe, avoid further lockdowns, and keep social, recreational, and academic facilities open.

Hands – Face – Space – Fresh Air – Testing – Self-isolation

These are the six big things we can all do to prevent the spread of COVID-19: clean our hands, cover our face, keep space from others, meet where there is a flow of fresh air, get tested twice a week, and self-isolate if we get symptoms or test positive.


Have you been vaccinated against COVID-19 as well as meningitis and measles, mumps & rubella? Everyone attending university this year is strongly advised to get vaccinated before travelling to uni. If you're not yet vaccinated, please consider getting your immunisations before you travel. If that's not possible, get vaccinated as soon as possible after arrival in London. 

Learn about all our COVID-19 safety requirements, requests and recommendations

See this page for all our COVID-19 guidance, including how to self-isolate in halls, what support you can expect to receive, and where to find more information about the national rules for England:

Help us get things right for you

You can help us by letting us know if things aren’t going the way you had hoped – whether that’s because of something we could be doing better here in Hall, or because you would like some extra support facing any other difficulties that arise through the year – whether in Hall, college, personal, family, or social life. Our promise to you is that we will always listen and support you if we can, or direct you to another appropriate professional if they could help more effectively.

The Hall Manager (Olu Akerele), Assistant Manager (Olu Akerele) and their teams work tirelessly to ensure our facilities are kept in good order. If there’s a problem with your room or any of the shared facilities in Hall, or if you have any administrative requests like a letter to prove your address, contact the Hall Management team by email at

We don’t deal with accommodation fees, deposits, or contract issues locally at Nutford House. These are managed by central teams at the University of London. For contract issues, you’ll need to get in touch with the Accommodation & Hospitality team at For payments and deposits, it’s the Accommodation Finance team at

The hall team is here to support you with any personal or wellbeing concerns, to promote a tolerant and positive community life in Hall, and to help with resolving any disputes or disagreements (including problems with noise). If you’d like to discuss anything like this, you can approach us any time you see us around the Hall or email me ( to schedule time to meet. 

If you need help

For many people, university is one of the best and happiest times of their life. But that does not mean it is always easy. It’s OK to not be OK. Make a promise to yourself that if you are finding things difficult, you will ask for help. If you’re able, help your friends through any hard times, too.

There is always someone available to help at Nutford House. If you need urgent assistance, telephone or go to the reception desk and ask them to contact the person on duty.

Save the number for reception in your contacts now: 020 7258 1781.

If there is a serious emergency, remember the UK emergency services number is 999.

Social & community activities

The government rules for social events have changed frequently over the past 18 months. So we are waiting until the last possible time before we publish details of the social and community programme we are preparing for you. We hope this should mean that we won't have to change our plans after we've published them.

We will publish details of all our events, usually 5-7 days before they are scheduled to happen. Join our official Facebook group for updates and also look out for new posts here

From early October, we will be looking for people like you to contribute to the life of the Hall and organise social events for the rest of the year by taking on responsibilities in the Hall Association Committee. I hope you will consider making whatever contributions you can to build and strengthen our diverse, friendly community and shape this year in Hall to be the way you want it.

Please come and talk to the Hall Management staff, Resident Advisors and me at our in-person events, and be sure to join us for the virtual events that we’ll be advertising soon. We really want to get to know you. And tell us if there’s anything we can do to improve your experience now or any time through the year.

Paul Phibbs   Warden

Karen Simonsen  Hall Manager      

Tom Deptula Vice-Warden

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