Notice to students re collection of belongings

On Thursday 21 May, the UK government announced changes to their guidelines for students with belongings left in Halls of Residence and Colleges. Under these new guidelines, students who have possessions are now able to travel back to their university to collect them. All vacated rooms must be cleared using one of the options below – doing nothing is not an option!

There are various options:

  1. Collect in Person via a booked slot.
  2. Nominate another student to pack and collect for you.
  3. When restrictions allow, arrange for a packing company to come in securely to pack, collect and ship (including insurance) your belongings to your destination e.g. https://www.packsend.co.uk/cambridge/. This company is not endorsed by the College and other similar schemes may be available.
  4. Alternatively, the College can arrange a packing company for you on request and at your expense.
  5. If you packed your items ready to ship before you left, request that the College posts these on to you at your risk and expense. If you packed in a hurry without protecting items for shipping, used unsuitable containers or didn’t leave a list of what was in your boxes, you must choose either options 3 or 4 instead.
  6. Request unpacked items be packed by College staff and put into storage – this option is only for those unable to collect now (international students and vulnerable home students) and only if returning in Michaelmas term. We will send you a quote for packing and cleaning your room, based on an hourly rate of no more than c£20 per hour plus laundry costs.
  7. Please contact accommodation@girton.cam.ac.uk if your situation isn’t covered by any of the options above.

Booking for Collection in Person / Nominating a fellow student to pack for you, FORM

Collection is via PRE BOOKED SLOTS ONLY, between Saturday 20 June and Friday 31 July.  If you arrive at College without having booked a slot, we regret that you will be turned away, no matter how far you have travelled.

The booking form is here. Slots are mostly 2 hours long, with a couple of 4 hr slots per day for those packing for others as well as themselves.

If another student has offered to pack/collect for you, you should fill in the appropriate nomination box on the form otherwise they won’t be permitted to access your room.

Your booking will generate a confirmation email which you should bring with you.

Please note that in the event of a covid outbreak in the flat/corridor you wish to access, we might have to cancel your visit at short notice.


Booking for options 3-6

Please email accommodation@girton.cam.ac.uk to arrange any of these options. Your possessions are insured for secure storage in College, but if you need them to be packed and shipped abroad you or we must arrange a packing company to do this. If you are worried about costs/valuables, please contact accommodation@girton.cam.ac.uk


How will collection work?

*Location of Bookboxes, handwash points, designated WC and storage may vary over the booking period and will be signposted on your arrival.

To protect the College’s staff and resident students, published government social distancing rules will apply at all times. Students collecting their belongings are expected to:


Students with special circumstances and those unable to travel


I hope that the process runs as smoothly as possible, and thank you in advance for your cooperation. We are very sorry not to be able to provide reception and hospitality to your families collecting in the usual way, but we will help as much as we can and look forward to welcoming you and your families and friends back to College at a happier time in the future.

All best wishes,

Maureen Hackett, Junior Bursar

Published: 1 June 2020