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Our Top Hacks for Living in Halls

1. Know how to report problems in halls

For any problem you have in halls - maintenance or otherwise - the Halls Hotline is here to help you!

As an on-site help desk service that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you can ring at any time with any issue relating to living in halls. We would advise this is always your first point of call.

TIP Icon 1png TIP! Add the Halls Hotline number to your contacts: +44 (0)118 378 7777

Available 24 hours a day,

365 days a year.



2. Learn how to defrost your freezer

One of the most common problems in halls is being unable to shut the freezer door because of a build up of ice.

It is likely that your freezer simply needs defrosting (but if you're unsure, please do call the Halls Hotline). Whilst you live in halls, you are responsible for defrosting the freezers.
If you are unsure how to do this, please download our step-by-step guide below.

How to defrost your freezer.pdf

3. Find out where your letter boxes and Amazon Lockers are located

Any letters that you receive ( that are not sent via 'recorded delivery' ) will be posted into your letter boxes When you move in, you are given a key to a letter box where letters are placed daily from Monday to Friday. Letter boxes are shared with other students. We recommend that any items of value such as bank cards, passports or tickets are sent by registered post. We also have Amazon lockers located around the halls which you are welcome to use. Explore the map  to find out where your letter boxes and lockers are. 


4. Make a Cleaning rota with your flatmates

Communal living can be tough - especially when the mess piles up. Why not stay on top of it and organise yourselves by agreeing a cleaning rota with your flatmates? If you don't have one, why not download ours as a guide?

YHL Cleaning Rota.pdf

5. Be in with a chance of winning one of our Clean Flat Hampers

Aside from that satisfaction of a sparkling clean kitchen, we want to reward those who take the time to keep their communal areas clean as we know that it takes time!


Each full month during term time, the housekeepers will nominate the cleanest flat in each halls group to receive a hamper stuffed with sweets, chocolates and goodies for the whole flat to enjoy.

The best part is - it is judged purely on how clean your communal areas are, so if your flat are consistently clean you can win more than once!

Get a head start with these simple steps:

5 Steps for Kitchen Cleaning.pdf

6. Use this link to top up your laundry card

Your laundry rooms are open 24 hours a day and are within walking distance to your halls. Washing machines are operated by smart cards that you can top-up either through the online shop or by the machines in the laundry rooms. 


You simply pop your washing in the machine, shut the door, place your laundry card against the reader, select your cycle and pick it up once it's finished.

TIP Icon 1pngTIP! Why not set a timer for your washing on your phone so that it doesn't sit in the machine all damp and you won't stop other halls residents from using the machines.


7. Learn what Laundry symbols mean

Knowing which clothing is OK to wash on which cycle can begin to get confusing. Naturally, you'd check the label on your clothing but we know that understanding laundry symbols can get complicated too!


We've made a quick video to help you learn what the key symbols are and what they mean, but if you're still unsure, you can download our handy Laundry Symbols Guide below.


Laundry Symbols Guide.pdf

8. Learn how to cook 

Cooking for yourself for the first time can feel daunting - but there is nothing better than a home-cooked meal! Not to mention it is actually cheaper than eating out....There are plenty of student recipe books and ideas online, but to help you on your way here are some of the staff's favourite recipes:


9. Find your nearest supermarket

There are plenty of retail outlets on Whiteknights campus. Find out more here. Use the map below (courtesy of the International Student Food Project) to explore local supermarkets close to the University.


10. Have fun! 

The most important thing to us is that you make the most of your time in halls. 

Whether that's by simply enjoying the comfort of your room, competing in campus sports, going for a meal or drink at one of the Campus outlets, joining societies with the Student's Union, or coming along to one of our events, we simply want you to enjoy yourself during your stay with us.