The Lodge is both the security and information hub of the College, monitoring alarms, safeguarding keys, receiving and sending mail, directing visitors and generally providing information. The Lodge is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for most of the year. When the porter is away from the lodge, he is available on mobile telephone number 0777 5764117.
“The Lodge and the porters are what make College a home as opposed to a series of rooms.” – Hannah, Medicine
The porters are a crucial part of College life – combining the expert knowledge of a concierge with the practical knowhow needed to help students, both new and returning, through their time at Univ. Lost keys – a rite of passage for most students – can be dealt with easily, as can directions to the furthest flung corners of College, or information on local transport and amenities. When the porters aren’t effortlessly combining the roles of custodian, oracle and all-seeing eye they also look after Percy the Univ tortoise. The Lodge can be reached on extension 76602.
In various combinations in the Lodge you will find: Head Porter Michael Park, Deputy Head Porter Steve Moody, Porters Aiden Gillett, Paulina Mascianica and David Larner-Smith, Night Porters Ali Karimi and Filipe Barbosa (plus, of course, Percy the tortoise.)
The Lodge sells a wide variety of products central to life as a Univ student; these include:
• Bike lights and locks
• Packing boxes
• Lanyards for Bod Cards
• Univ gifts and souvenirs
The Porters also arrange and manage storage during vacations.
“They’re basically the go-to people for solving immediate problems in College.” – Max, History
The main gate closes at 10pm (9pm on Friday and Saturday) and both the main gate and one of the gates in Merton Street are fitted with electronic locks. The codes are changed regularly and can be obtained from the duty porter.
The code must not be made available to non-members of the College and great care should be taken not to allow anyone else in through the gates when you pass through as this can lead to serious safety and security implications.