The Graduate Center

 

The Graduate Centre was first opened to MCR students in 2000, and is situated on the bank of the Isis (Thames) River, near Folly Bridge to the south of the city centre. There are approximately 66 single student rooms available for graduate students, with a further 30 available for conference guests. The Graduate Centre forms a C shape with three individual blocks on the north, south and west sides, while the Isis runs either side of the building as well as through the middle of the quad. The Graduate Centre is about 5 minutes cycle away from the City centre and Hertford College main site.
Each student room in the Grad Centre is en suite, with modern furniture. The building boasts a TV/sitting/dining room, a computer room, conference facilities, a laundry, and ample bike sheds. Living by the river is certainly aesthetically pleasing, and more than handy if you’re a rower—it’s only a few minutes away from the Hertford boathouse. The downsides to living at the Graduate Centre are few but do exist. The windows only open 4 inches due to a security feature, but this can cause rooms to feel pretty hot & stale in the warmer months. Additionally, the summer months bring forth river cruises so prepare yourself for a summer of cringing as you hear “I will survive” sung out of tune by drunken revellers as they party into the wee hours.

South Block

Floor Facilities
Ground TV/sitting/dining room; separate male & female toilets.
1 Laundry; 2 kitchens.
2 3 kitchens.
3 2 kitchens.
Room  Size   View Light Furniture Comments Short license
357 M 1st floor, facing N. View of quad & river. Double window. Good Modern; corner desk X
358 M 1st floor, N facing. View of quad and river. Double window. Ok Modern; square desk X
359 M 1st floor, facing N. View of quad & river. Double window. Ok Modern; square desk. X
359 M 1st floor, facing N/NW. View of quad & some river. Good Modern; corner desk. Slightly awkward shape. Smaller NW facing window cannot be opened without first closing the kitchen window next door. X
360 M 1st floor, facing N. View of quad & river. Double window. Good Modern; square desk. X
361 M 1st floor, facing N. View of quad & river. Single window. Ok Modern; corner desk. X
362 M 1st floor, facing E. Single window. Ok Modern; corner desk. X
363 M 1st floor, facing S. Double bay window. Good Modern; corner desk. X
364 M 1st floor, S facing. Double bay window. Good Modern; corner desk. X
365 M 1st floor, W facing. Overlooking driveway and Abingdon Road. Single window. Ok Modern; corner desk. X
366 M 2nd floor, SW facing. View of Abingdon Road & river. Two separate double windows on S and W sides. Very good Modern; corner desk. Some noise from road
367 M 2nd floor, facing S. View of Abingdon Road & river. Double window. Good Modern; square desk. Has balcony outside window but unable to get onto it.
368 M 2nd floor, facing S. View of Abingdon Road & river. Single window. Good Modern; corner desk. Has balcony outside window but unable to get onto it.
369 M 2nd floor, facing N. View of quad. Single window. Good Modern; corner desk.
370 M 2nd floor, N facing. View of quad & river. Double window. Ok Modern; square desk.
371 M 2nd floor, N/NW facing. View of quad & some river. Good Modern; corner desk. Slightly awkward shape. Smaller NW facing window cannot be opened without first closing the kitchen window next door.
372 M 2nd floor, N/NW facing. View of quad & river. Double window. Good Modern; square desk.
373 M 2nd floor, N facing. View of quad & river. Single window. Ok Modern; corner desk.
374 M 2nd floor, facing E. Single window. Ok Modern; corner desk.
375 M 2nd floor, facing S. Double bay window. Good Modern; corner desk.
376 M 2nd floor, S facing. Double bay window. Good Modern; corner desk.
377 M 2nd floor, facing W. Overlooking driveway and Abingdon Road. Single window. Ok Modern; corner desk.
378 M 3rd floor, facing N. View of quad. Single window. Good Modern; corner desk.
379 M 3rd floor, N facing. View of quad & some river. Double window. Good Modern; corner desk.
380 M 3rd floor, N/NW facing. View of quad & some river. Good Modern; corner desk. Slightly awkward shape. Smaller NW facing window cannot be opened without first closing the kitchen window next door.
381 M 3rd floor, N facing. View of quad & river. Double window. Good Modern; corner desk.
382 M 3rd floor, N facing. View of quad & river. Single window. Ok Modern; corner desk.
383 M 3rd floor, SE facing. Two separate single windows. Very good Modern; corner desk.
384 M 3rd floor, S facing. Double window. Good Modern; corner desk.
385 M 3rd floor, S facing. Double window. Good Modern; corner desk.
386 M 3rd floor, S/W facing. Two single windows. Good Modern; corner desk.

North Block

Floor Facilities
Ground Reception desk; computer room; bike sheds; conference room.
1 2 kitchens.
Room  Size  View Light Furniture Comments Short license
102 S/M First floor, facing NW. Footpath & river. Good Modern; corner desk Just above footpath so could be noisy. Possible traffic noise also. X
103 M First floor, facing N. River & opposite Salter Bros. Double window. Very good (opposite whie brick so light reflects in) Modern; square desk Can see into and be seen by Salter Bros—could be a bit intrusive. X
104 M First floor facing N. River & opposite Salter Bros. Double window. Very good (opposite white brick so light reflects in) Modern; square desk. Can see into and be seen by Salter Bros—could be a bit intrusive. X
105 M First floor facing N. Salter Bros and river. Single window. Ok Modern; corner desk. X
106 M First floor, facing N. Salter Bros mooring area & river. Double window. Good Modern; square desk. Could be noise from boat trips boarding outside window. X
107 M 1st floor, N/NE facing. Salter Bros mooring area & river. Double window. Good Modern; square desk. Could be noise from boat trips boarding outside window. X
108 M 1st floor, N/NW facing. River view. Double window. Good Modern; square desk. Could be noise from boat trips boarding nearby. X
109 M/L First floor, facing N. River view. Double window. Good Modern; square desk. Great view of river. X
110 M/L 1st floor, N facing. River view. Two double windows. Good Modern; corner desk. Great view of river. X

West Block

Floor Facilities
Ground Kitchen; bike sheds.
1 Kitchen.
2 Kitchen.
Room  Size   View Light Furniture Comments Short license
231 M Ground floor, facing E. Quad and river view. Double window. Good Modern; corner desk Net up on window to maintain privacy. River runs directly below room, so can be a little noisy when river is in flood. X
232 M Ground floor, facing E. Quad and river view. Double window. Good Modern; corner desk Net up on window to maintain privacy. River runs directly below room, so can be a little noisy when river is in flood. X
233 M Ground floor, facing E. View of quad & river. Double window. Ok. Modern; corner desk. X
234 M Ground floor, facing E. View of quad & river. Double window. Ok Modern; corner desk. X
235 M Ground floor, facing E. View of quad & river. Double window. Poor Modern; corner desk. Gets little sun. X
236 M Ground floor, facing E. View of quad & river. Double window. Ok/poor Modern; corner desk. Gets little sun. Can be quite noisy, as next to a stairwell entrance for south block. X
237 M Ground floor, facing W. Bike sheds. Two separate windows. Ok/poor Modern; square desk. Grad Centre disabled room. Possible noise from Abingdon Road & bike sheds. X
238 M 1st floor, facing E. View of quad and river. Single window. Good Modern; corner desk. X
239 M 1st floor, E facing. View of quad & river. Double window. Good Modern; square desk. X
240 M 1st floor, E/SE facing. View of quad & river. Double window. Good Modern; corner desk. SE window looks in a little on room 241. X
241 M 1st floor, E/NE facing. View of quad & river. Double window. Good Modern; corner desk. NE window looks in a little on room 240. Awkward shape to room—furniture difficult to fit. X
242 M 1st floor, E facing. View of quad & river. Double window. Good Modern; square desk. Smells from bathroom upstairs get through to en suite bathroom(!!) X
243 M 1st floor, E facing. View of quad & river. Single window. Ok/poor Modern; corner desk. Gets little sun. Can be quite noisy as next to a stairwell entrance for south block. Faint extractor fan noise as well. X
244 M 1st floor, W facing. Two separate windows. window. Good Modern; square desk. Overlooking Abingdon Road & bike sheds so can be a little noisy. X
245 M 2nd floor, E facing. View of quad & river. Single window. Good Modern; corner desk. Good view of river.
246 M 2nd floor, E facing. View of quad & river. Double window. Good Modern; square desk. Good view of river.
247 M 2nd floor, E/SE facing. View of quad & river. Double window. Good Modern; corner desk. SE window looks in a little on room 248. Good view of river.
248 M 2nd floor, E/NE facing. View of quad & river. Single window. Good Modern; corner desk. NE window looks in a little on room 247. Good view of river.
249 M 2nd floor, EE facing. View of quad & river. Double window. Good Modern; square desk. Good view of river.
250 M 2nd floor, E facing. View of quad & river. Double window. Ok Modern; corner desk. Gets little sun. Can be quite noisy as next to a stairwell entrance for south block. Faint extractor fan noise as well.
251 M 2nd floor, W facing. Two separate windows. Good Modern; square desk. Overlooking Abingdon Road & bike sheds so can be a little noisy.
252 M 3rd floor, E facing. View of quad & river. Double window. Good Modern; corner desk. Good view of river.
253 M 3rd floor, E/SE facing. View of quad & river. Double window. Good Modern; corner desk. SE window looks in a little on room 254. Good view of river.
254 M 3rd floor, E/NE facing. View of quad & river. Double window. Good Modern; corner desk. NE window looks in a little on room 253. Good view of river.
255 M 3rd floor, E facing. View of quad & river. Double window. Good Modern; square desk. Good view of river.
256 M 3rd floor, E/NE facing. View of quad & river. Double window. Ok Modern; corner desk. Gets less sun than other rooms on corridor.

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