As the Home and heart of UCW student life we are taking steps to make living and learning at Parkside House as COVID-19 secure as possible for the start of the new academic year in September.

Parkside House has three parts: 5 studios, 14 twodios and 4 shared apartments with an entrance on Grove Road overlooking Grove Park. 1 twodio and 9 shared apartments have an entrance on Wadham Street opposite the Blakehay Theatre. The Parkside Dance Studio complex has a non-resident entrance in Old Post Office Lane which leads off Wadham Street. Access to the three parts of Parkside House, each floor, lift and all living and learning communal areas is controlled by a keyless entry system managed by the residential warden.

The living and learning spaces at Parkside House are designed to support the safeguarding and welfare needs of UCW students, and that includes living and learning with COVID-19. Students who need to open a door to go to a particular part of the building to live, study, dance, train or play will use a keyless fob. If they do not have a fob programmed to give access they will not be able to open the door. Limiting access to parts of the building that students only need to use will help to lower the COVID-19 risk.

For the new academic year in September, where possible, we are also allocating shared accommodation to students on the same course to create small groups who live, study and play together. Students already use the Parkside House Facebook page to get to know each other before coming to UCW. But this year we will also help students as best we can to find others on the same course to live and learn together at Parkside House and UCW.

We look forward to welcoming you to Parkside House in September.