Derwent College accommodation is to become the first fully catered accommodation on campus at the start of next academic year.
Accommodation blocks A, B, C and D in Derwent College are to become fully catered as of October 2010. This will be the only fully catered accommodation at the University of York.
In an email sent round to Derwent College, the College Provost, Dr. Rob Aitken, stipulated that “the main accommodation blocks in Derwent (Blocks A, B, C and D) will include a catered package – breakfast and dinner for Monday to Friday in term time.”
Rent for a standard room in these blocks will be £98.39 per week, whilst en-suite rooms will be £104.08.
Eden’s Court, along with blocks E and F, will remain self-catered, and the rent for standard rooms will remain at £86.03 per week. Aitken pointed out that “all catered rooms in Blocks A-D (standard and en-suite) will be cheaper than an uncatered en-suite room [in Derwent] and the newer standard accommodation in other colleges.”
Specifically, he mentioned that “rent for accommodation in the newer blocks in Alcuin, Goodricke, James and Vanburgh will be substantially more expensive.”
The alteration, which comes after the recent concerns over rent-banding and its possible divisionary effects, means the re-opening of Derwent Dining Hall. Aitken declared that he was currently working with the University’s Commercial Services to find funds to improve the aesthetics and atmosphere of the current Derwent Café/Bar area.
Aitken also stated that “these plans will also hopefully safeguard the future of Derwent Bar”, which has been under the on-going threat of closure due to its lack of financial profitability.