What should I do before I arrive?
To make sure we can let you in, give you your keys, and let you stay at Xenia, there are a few things which need to be done pre-arrival.
First read the welcome letter to Xenia. There is lots of information there and the pre-arrival procedures are detailed in the letter. In a nutshell you need to complete your eHalls induction, register for Xenia in eHalls, print the arrivals documents, and upload your photo. Unless all of this is done we may not be able to let you in to Xenia as soon as you arrive, so don't forget!
What happens when I get to Xenia?
Upon arrival, you will be greeted by the hall wardening team and the hall seniors in the reception area. At check-in, you will be issued your room key, kitchen cupboard key and a swipe card to give you access to the hall. All we need is your signature and the letter or email from the accommodation office confirming your place in Xenia.
After checking-in, we will give you some information about our events program for Freshers' fortnight. You will also have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the events and the Xenia Freshers' Pass in cash. You can also purchase tickets to these events at the Xenia online shop. Click here for details of the planned events for the Xenia Freshers' fortnight.
9 am to 5 pm on 29th September 2018
We are very flexible with when you arrive; there are no set times in which you must turn up. We just ask that you try to get to Xenia between 9am and 5pm. If you know you can't make it then, will be late, or you need to arrive on a different day, let the team know as soon as possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
No parking is available at Xenia. Therefore, we encourage you to use public transport. If you plan to arrive by car, you will be able to offload your belongings outside the hall but will have to immediately move your car. Someone must remain with the vehicle at all times, and be prepared to move it if required. Nearby parking is available at a fee (for example: UPark, 2 Addington Street, SE1 7RY, http://www.uparkltd.com/waterloo/).
Your room allocation is carried out by the accommodation office prior to your arrival. Unfortunately we have little to do with room allocation, so if you have any problems or queries then please contact them directly here.
Your college ID card is distributed by the ID card office, and will be available from the main campus in week 1 if you have registered and uploaded your picture in time. More information is available here. We don't distribute or manage these, so if you have any questions or queries you can send an email to the ID card office.
What to bring?
Be realistic - don't bring too much. Remember you will only be spending 38 weeks here. Bring essentials such as your books, clothes, some bedding materials (duvet, pillow, linen), basic cooking utensils, etc... Additionally many of you may wish to bring your PC. Have a look at the Facilities page to find out what comes with the room and what is available at Xenia. If you like to listen to loud music, bring some headphones.
What NOT to bring?
There are a few things we sadly can't allow at Xenia, most of them due to fire regulations and risks. This list isn't exhaustive, for further details see the residents' handbook.
- High Power devices such as kettles, fan heaters, AC units... they overload the electricity system.
- Fridges and Freezers. Shared fridges and freezers are available in the kitchens.
- Shishas and similar smoking devices.
- Pets - not even fish.