Hiatt Baker Hall is a catered residence located in Stoke Bishop. It is a five minute walk from the main University sports ground at Coombe Dingle, and also shares sports facilities such as squash, tennis and basketball courts on the Stoke Bishop site. Hiatt Baker is the largest Hall of Residence and was built in the 1960s. On these web pages, you can find much practical information about the Hall, and get some sense of its character. These web pages are largely directed at our current student residents, but they will also be of interest to others, and in particular to prospective applicants.
Construction is almost complete at Hiatt Baker for a transport hub and 314 additional bedrooms in new residential blocks within the boundaries of the existing Hiatt Baker site. The transport hub is already complete, with the new self-catered residences expected to be ready for the intake of 2014.
The Warden is in overall charge of the Hall, and leads a pastoral team comprising the Deputy Warden and 12 senior residents and a Student Support Administrator. Senior residents are generally mature students chosen for their approachability. They are the first point of contact for any problems in Hall.
The main building is the focus of hall life. It contains the dining room, bar with large screen TV, games room with snooker and pool tables, and gym. In the same building but with separate access is the Source Café and shop. On site there is also a computer room, a music rehearsal room (plus the Hall’s grand piano), laundrette and recycling facilities. All public areas and student rooms are strictly non-smoking.
Hiatt Baker Hall is all about the people, and with so many residents you will always make many friends. You will meet people from all over the world, people with similar interests, people with diverse interests and everything in between. Formal meals are held on a regular basis, offering the opportunity to dress up and dine in a more formal and traditional atmosphere, and there is also the chance to earn some money and make friends working in the bar.
The Junior Common Room (JCR) Committee is elected from the Hall’s student residents in the first term and is a great way to get involved, organising Hall balls, pub quizzes, evenings for overseas students, open mic nights, intramural sports, plays and whatever else you have the enthusiasm for. If do not have the time to organise events in hall, you can still benefit by joining in! The JCR are also the voice of the student residents on the Bar and Hall Advisory Committee where they can raise any issues of concern.
Blocks A - F
Hiatt Baker Hall has 446 single study bedrooms for catered residents, all but three with washbasin and all with shared bathroom facilities. The rooms are of a good size and are light and airy. Every room has a telephone and internet connection. Accommodation is arranged on floors of three levels, with between 21 and 30 rooms. On each floor there are two pantries, fitted with fridges and microwaves for the preparation of simple meals.
Vegetarian options are always on the menu, and most dietary requirements can be catered for. Please enquire if you have special dietary needs.
Self-catered (Cluster flats)
There are 202 single, en suite study bedrooms in cluster flats, with an additional four double-sized rooms set aside for disabled students. The cluster flats are arranged in floors of nine or ten flats, each floor with a spacious kitchen diner. The cluster flats have lifts, wireless access throughout and wired internet in bedrooms.
Self-catered (Town houses)
Blocks G, H, P and Q
The town houses have 112 single rooms. The ground floor in each house contains a spacious social area and a fully fitted kitchen. Each other floor contains four study bedrooms with 4' beds, and two bathrooms. There is wireless access throughout and wired internet in bedrooms.
Residents are requested to include their Block when giving Hiatt Baker as your address for correspondence. Post arriving without a block will be delayed.