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Claredale House

Claredale offers shared flats ideal for independent living. Suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Claredale has 59 flats each with 2 – 7 bedrooms arranged over 4 storeys around an internal courtyard with lockable front gates (please note there are no lifts). Each room has broadband, is centrally heated, fully-furnished with a bed, wardrobe, bedside cabinet, desk, chair and shelving and has lockable doors.

Rooms vary in size with different price bands. Residents are responsible for keeping the communal areas of the flats clean as well as their own rooms. Each flat has shared kitchen, shower and toilet facilities. 

All flats are non-smoking. You will need to bring your own bedding, pots and pans, crockery and cutlery. Flats are all-male, all-female and mixed and some are for mature/postgraduate students. We’ll do our best to accommodate your preference, but we cannot guarantee it.

Parking is limited and requires a £100 refundable deposit. As well as two residential Managers, the building is covered 24 hours a day by student subwardens, so if there is ever an emergency there is always somebody available to help.

Single occupancy
Launderette
Self-catering
Car parking
Broadband & Wifi
Bike storage
Prices
Weekly rate: £145 - £157
Includes all utilities, room contents insurance, broadband and wifi
£500 refundable deposit
39 week fixed term contract

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2017/18
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Claredale term-time FAQs

Why do I have to pay a deposit?

Two reasons: one is to show us that you really do intend to take the room and the second to cover the cost of any damage or money that you might owe us at the end of your stay. Your deposit is separate from your rent.

Why do I have to pay the deposit so soon after I have been offered a room?

We have so many people apply for rooms. Therefore, the sooner deposits are paid, the sooner we can inform those still waiting for a room if there are any rooms left to offer.

What happens if I pay a deposit and then decide I do not want the room before the start of the contract?

This all depends on when you cancel the contract.
If you cancel with more than 56 days to go before the start of contract, the deposit will be returned in full.
If you cancel with 28 to 56 days to go, we will retain £100 of the deposit as a cancellation fee.
If you cancel with less than 28 days to go, we will retain £200 of the deposit as a cancellation fee.

When will I get my deposit back?

The deposit is returned to you in full, if you do not owe us any money, within 28 days of the end of the contract.

When do I have to pay my rent?

Rent is paid in advance and you will have to make your first rent payment when you move in. If you live with us for the full academic year you will have to pay rent on 3 separate occasions; once in September, once in January and the final payment in April.
If you are sponsored or have a scholarship, you might want to pay your rent on a monthly basis. If this is the case, we can discuss this with you.

What happens if I want to leave?

When you agree to take on a room, it's for the whole academic year. This means, if you want to leave early we can only refund your rent if we get someone else to take your room. If you want to terminate your contract, you must let us know in writing.
If you leave University for educational or health reason, please speak to us about this.

Is there a curfew?

No, you can come and go as you please at any time of the day or night. You're given a gate code to enter the building. Just make sure that you do not let anybody into the building who you do not recognise and when you come and go from the building, please do so quietly.

What do I need to bring with me?

You will need to provide your own bedding (duvet, duvet cover, sheets, pillows, pillow cases). For information, the beds are 6 feet 3 inches x 3 feet.
You will also need to provide your own pots, pans, crockery and cutlery.

Do I have to insure my possessions?

Cass and Claredale has provided room contents insurance for the duration of your stay through cover4insurance. This covers a wide range of belongings within your room, including laptops, sports and electrical equipment and clothes. We advise you to review your cover.
You have the option to extend your policy to suit your individual needs and avoid being under-insured.
For claims information, your policy details, to extend your policy, or if you have a question please visit www.cover4insurance.co.uk/cass-claredale

Who cleans my bedroom and the kitchen?

You do! You are responsible for keeping your flat clean. We provide refuse and recycling bags in the main office and, during office hours, this is where you can borrow a vacuum cleaner.
We carry out monthly maintenance flat inspections and once a term, we carry out cleaning inspections. The cleanest flats get presented with prizes.

Can friends come and visit?

Yes, for a few days but it's best to let your flatmates know if you've got people visiting. We don't, however, allow residents' boyfriends or girlfriends to stay for long periods of time. The odd weekend is OK, but we draw the line when it comes to visitors taking the flat over, using it as their own and living there.
Please remember, you are responsible for your guests and their behaviour.

Do you have parking?

We've got 20 spaces inside the locked gates, which we allocate on a first-come first-served basis and there's a £100 deposit for the gate key. No other parking is available.
To park outside the halls and around the borough, you'll need to buy an annual permit from the council (020 7364 3788). There are also meters for short-term parking. Word of advice, make sure you read the street-parking instructions carefully and if you're on a meter, keep an eye on the time, because they're pretty eager to clamp cars and fine you.

I won't know my flatmates. What if I don't like them?

Meeting your new flatmates can be really exciting but sometimes a little daunting. The most important thing to remember is to talk to each other when you first move in. You will soon realise that your flatmates are probably feeling the same as you.
The most common flat problems revolve around situations, which might seem quite mundane such as washing up, cleaning, slamming of doors, drunken behaviour, front doors being left open, etc. However, if these things are not dealt with, flatmates can end up getting fed up and angry. Being a flatmate brings with it responsibilities.
The best way to deal with these problems, or avoid them from happening is to realise that you have to show respect for your flatmates. Help keep the flat clean, buy the odd roll of toilet paper now and again, don't leave plates to fester in the kitchen, take the rubbish to the bins in the courtyard, keep the noise down, keep your visitors under control.
Some residents set up cleaning rotas at the beginning of the year. This can help, as long as people stick to the tasks.
Sometimes, you have to swallow your pride and admit that you are sometimes wrong. By and large, everything works well and sharing a flat is great fun. Above all, talk to each other!

How many toilets are there in each flat?

In flats with less than 5 bedrooms, there is one shower room which also contains a wash basin and toilet. In flats with more than 5 bedrooms there are 2 shower rooms, each with a wash basin and toilet.

Do you have washing machines and tumble dryers?

Yes, we've got 4 coin-operated washing machines and 4 tumble dryers. You need to use your own washing powder/liquid. The washing machine costs £2.00 and the tumble dryer costs 50p for every 15 minutes' worth of drying.

Can I have a pet in my flat?

Sorry, no pets.

What should I do if I have a problem?

Just pop into the on-site office, by the main gate. It's open Monday – Friday 8.30am – 1pm and 2pm – 4:30pm. Outside office hours, we have Subwardens on duty until midnight and we will give you information about them when you come to stay.

What’s the difference between the room sizes?

The rent differs depending on the size of the bedroom. The room category details are provided above along with the term-time licence agreement for information. Every bedroom at Claredale is a different size. The amount of bedrooms in a flat has no bearing on the size of the bedrooms within a flat. You will see the overwhelming majority of the rooms are classified as C and D. When you apply, you can let us know your room category preference but we cannot guarantee we will be able to offer you the type of room you asked for. All rooms are furnished in the same way.

Can I share a flat with my friends?

You can request to share with your friends but it is unlikely we will be able to help you with your request. This is because a lot of our flats are allocated to postgraduates and continuing students and therefore there will be very few flats left available to offer to groups of people. If we can, please bear in mind this might affect the size of the bedroom we are able to offer you.