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1. Can you guarantee accommodation?

Yes we can guarantee rooms at Mannequin House. If you book a room at Mannequin House and sign your contract and pay your deposit by 31st July 2020, we can guarantee you a room in this hall.

If you wish to live at Scape Bloomsbury, we recommend that you book as soon as possible. Once your contract is signed and you have paid your deposit, your accommodation there is confirmed.

ISH operates an applications process for rooms. If they offer you a room, you can guarantee it by paying your deposit and signing your contract. Please note that we cannot guarantee rooms at ISH.

2. Do I have to live in one of the three recommended halls of residence?

No. London offers a huge range of accommodation options to choose from. While most first year students live in student halls of residence, there are a variety of housing options available to you. You’ll find more information about your options here.

3. What are the benefits of living in one of the three NCH-recommended halls of residence?

You will be sharing your accommodation and the wider halls with other NCH students in addition to students from other universities, making it easier to make friends. We have selected these halls because we believe that they offer the best combinations of price, location and comfort for our students. 

Moreover, if you confirm before 31 July 2020, we can guarantee your accommodation at Mannequin House.

4. Where can I find out more about these halls of residence?

You can find out more here. Or you can look at the Mannequin House website, Scape Bloomsbury website, or ISH website. Please make sure you place any room bookings here, as we will not be able to put you with other NCH students if you book directly with Mannequin House or Scape.

5. When do bookings open?

Bookings for Mannequin House and Scape Bloomsbury are open now. Bookings for ISH will open on June 1st.

6. Where do most NCH students live now?

NCH students have a wide range of living arrangements, including living at home, private rentals, and student halls. 

Our 2019 cohort is split across the following halls. Mannequin House and Tufnell House have the largest number of NCH students, and then there are a handful of students at ISH, Scape Bloomsbury and Helen Graham House. 

We undertook a review of our recommended accommodation in 2019 and solicited feedback from our students to help us select the best combination or location, price and comfort levels for our students. As a result, we are now recommending the following three halls, International Student House (ISH), Mannequin House, and Scape Bloomsbury. We expect our incoming students to be spread equally across the three halls we are offering.

7. How do I book my room at Mannequin House and Scape?

Please make sure you place any room bookings here, as we will not be able to put you with other NCH students if you book directly with Mannequin House or Scape.

8. How do I book my room at ISH?

You will need to apply directly via the ISH website here. Please note that as ISH operates an application, rather than a booking process, you are not guaranteed to be offered a place there.

 

9. Why is the booking process different at ISH?

ISH operates as a charity, rather than a commercial provider. Their mission is to create a diverse student community and to enable students who otherwise might struggle to study in London. This is how they are able to offer the truly competitive accommodation prices in their central location. It is to be expected then, that there is a lot more interest in ISH than they have space, and as such they need to implement a selection process.

10. How can I submit a competitive application to ISH?

Keep in mind their goals: to create an engaged, diverse student community. Think about how you could contribute to that end, and let them know about it in the application form.

11. What are my chances of getting a place at ISH?

While it varies from year to year, ISH usually makes offers to about half of the students who apply to stay with them.

 

12. Can you help me if I want to live in the private rental sector?

Here is some information to help you navigate the private rental market.

13. What happens to your deposit if you cancel?

Mannequin House

Mannequin House will generally refund deposits if you cancel due to the following reasons:

  • Failure to receive grades 
  • Failure to obtain VISA
  • Studying in an alternative City

You can find the full cancellation policy for Mannequin House here.

For the 2020/21 academic year starting this September, Mannequin House is offering a flexible start date in line with when the College reopens its doors. 

This means that if the College has to postpone the start of your 2020/21 year, Mannequin House will amend the start of your tenancy without any penalties or additional costs.

Scape Bloomsbury

Scape Bloomsbury usually requires you to find another student to take over your contract if you cancel for any reason after the cooling off period.

For the 2020/21 academic year starting this September, Scape is offering a flexible start date in line with when the College reopens its doors. 

This means that if the College has to postpone the start of your 2020/21 year, Scape will amend the start of your tenancy without any penalties or additional costs.

How does it work?

  1. No need to contact Scape. Book your room as normal for the 2020/21 academic year starting in September
  2. We will contact Scape if there are any changes to our start date
  3. Scape will agree a new start date for your tenancy in line with when the College’s academic year begins. You’ll only pay when your new tenancy starts!

Who’s eligible?

Anyone looking to stay with Scape for the academic year starting September 2020 is eligible. Those who have already booked a room with Scape are also eligible.

International Student House

You can cancel your place at ISH prior to August 1st at no extra cost. If you cancel after August 1st, your deposit will not be returned, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Please note that this might change as current circumstances evolve. 

 

14. How long is the cooling off (cancellation) period?

The cooling off period for Mannequin House is seven days. The cooling off period for Scape Bloomsbury is 14 days.

15. When is the latest I can book to be guaranteed a room in the halls?

For Mannequin House, the College will hold a range of rooms for its incoming students until 31st July 2020. We, therefore, strongly recommend that you book your room before this date. If you delay after this date, you may be able to book a room, however there will be limited availability, possibly only the more expensive room types available, and we may not be able to place you in a flat with other NCH students.

For Scape Bloomsbury, we don’t hold specific rooms for our students, however we recommend you book as early as possible to get the best choice of rooms, and, in the case of shared flats, so that we can place you in a flat with another NCH student.

For International Student House, there is an application process, which is very competitive. We therefore strongly recommend that you apply as soon as applications open, which is currently scheduled for June 1st. This will give you the best chance being offered a room.

16. Will I be sharing a room with fellow NCH students?

Wherever possible, we will put NCH students booking rooms in shared flats or shared rooms in Mannequin House or Scape Bloomsbury together with other NCH students. However, for a number of reasons, it is not always possible, these include:

  • Students changing their mind about accommodation after rooms have been allocated
  • Not enough students booking the same type of room

Nevertheless, you will still be in halls with other NCH students, and you will build your network of NCH friends at the College. Some students very much enjoy having roommates from other universities as it expands their network.

17. When is the best time to book a room?

If you want a specific room type, then it would be better to book in by the end of May so that you can be sure that you secure the room you want.

For Mannequin House, the College will hold a limited range of rooms for its incoming students until 31st July. We, therefore, strongly recommend that you book your room before this date. 

If you delay after this date, you may be able to book a room, however there will be limited availability, possibly only the more expensive room types available and we may not be able to place you in a flat with other NCH students.

18. What if I do not get into ISH?

We recommend that you apply as soon as possible to ISH so that you get your outcome early. If you are unsuccessful, we would suggest that you book a room at Mannequin House. If this is not possible, you should contact us as soon as possible as we often have a few extra rooms available in August as a result of the Clearing process.

19. Do I need contents/possession insurance?

If you stay in our recommended accommodation, contents insurance is included in your weekly rent. If you choose to stay elsewhere, possessions insurance is optional, but we recommend that you have your possessions insured either through your parents’ household contents policy or one of the specialist student contents insurance providers.

20. Do I need a TV licence?

If you stay in our recommended accommodation, you may have a flatscreen Freeview TV in your shared living area. For this, you do not need a TV licence. However, if you choose to watch IPTV live or have your own TV in your bedroom, you are required to have your own TV licence, which costs £157.50 per year (subject to change each year)

21. I have a few more accommodation questions that I cannot find the answer to, who can I contact?

The accommodation team are here to answer any questions you may have. You can contact Kimberley Aparisio, the Residence Life Manager: kimberley.aparisio@nchlondon.ac.uk or Natalie Kumah, the Residence Life Officer: natalie.kumah@nchlondon.ac.uk