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Your Kitchen Student Accommodation Code

By EllenComms 25 Sep 2023

The Student Accommodation Code is there to protect your rights to a safe, good quality place to live.

These are the guidelines that ensure your kitchen remains safe and healthy to use. 

General guidelines
  • Do not store food or utensils on the surface - use cupboards. Items stored on surfaces will be disposed of.
  • Wash utensils and put them away. Dirty utensils can end up being removed.
  • Put rubbish in the correct recycling bins provided.
  • Keep the kitchen clean or it will attract mice and insects.
  • Don't put cooking oil, fat or any food down the sink as this could cause blockages.
  • Don't take food, drink or utensils that don't belong to you.
  • Don't switch off the fridge or freezer.
Fire safety
  • Keep the kitchen doors shut - they are fire doors.
  • When cooking never leave anything unattended.
  • Turn off at the wall after use.
  • Never put metallic objects in the microwave.
  • Don't cover the ventilation slots.
  • Clean the microwave after use.
  • Turn off at the wall after use.
  • Only use the number of hobs you require to prevent overheating.
  • Don't close the door while using the grill as your food could catch fire.
  • Use a baking tray as putting food directly on the oven shelf could cause it to catch fire. 
  • Turn off at the wall after use.
  • Don't use for any purpose other than boiling water.
Fridges/ Freezers
  • Don't switch off the fridge or freezer. 
  • All out of date, rotten and un-wrapped food will be disposed of.
  • Turn off at the wall after use.
  • Don't leave unattended.
  • The electrical fuses in the kitchen are sensitive and, while protecting life, can trip.
  • Inform reception immediately if sockets are not working so they can be re-set.
  • The most common cause of a tripped fuse is an unsafe or incompatible appliance so try to avoid using your own equipment in kitchens.
Electrical Sockets and Voltage
  • Do not overload electrical sockets as this can result in fire. 
  • Multi-way 'cube' adapters are forbidden.
  • UK voltage is 240V. If you own items that aren't compatible with this you must buy a voltage adapter otherwise you could trip the fuses.
Cleaning and Refuse Collection
  • Public kitchens and areas in most Halls are cleaned daily or weekly.
  • Refuse and recycling is collected from public kitchens daily. 
  • Students are responsible for cleaning their own rooms and putting their refuse in the appropriate place.
  • Please recycle- put things in the correct bins.
Prohibited Items

The use of these items constitutes a serious fire risk and will be dealt with as a disciplinary matter:

  • Deep fat friers.
  • Candles.
  • Night-lights (including fairy-lights).
  • Joss sticks.
  • Any naked flames.
  • Flammable materials such as charcoal.

If you are in need of more information, contact your reception or visit the Student Accommodation Code website here. 

Happy cooking!