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Give Langwith 'Room to Grow'

A project by: Langwith College


WE RAISED £3,179

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This project received pledges on Fri 04 Sep 2015
Help us raise £5000 for furnishing our new Common Rooms in Langwith!


2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Langwith College. That’s 50 years of an ongoing, amazing community that encourages students to #getinvolved and make the most of their time at the University of York.

Langwith has seen the beginning of thousands of new friendships, and a wealth of extra-curricular activities. From sports teams to volunteering, or RAG to nights out, the College has always provided its students with opportunities to gain experience, discover themselves, and to have fun.

Most of our alumni will have fond memories of their time spent on the main campus in our old buildings next to our oldest rivals in Derwent. However, in 2012 Langwith made the move onto Heslington East, where we are now preparing for our fourth year of Langwith students living on this new campus.

With our community as strong as ever, we have decided it’s high time that Langwith, like the majority of the Colleges at York, had it’s own common room. We hope that this new space will become one in which all Langwith students are able to make the most of, using it to expand upon on-going events and activities and hopefully to develop new ones too.


Currently, the budget that we have been given covers only the building of the common room. In order to make the space the best it can be for everyone in Langwith, we need to be able fill it with the facilities and equipment required for a full range of student activities.

One of our most important ongoing events in Langwith is ‘Free Food Thursdays’, where members of the Student Association cook for the whole college each week, bringing Langwithians together like one big family! Currently, we’re stuck having to use Fresher’s kitchens and their pans each week. Having a fully stocked kitchen in our common room would allow us to improve on what is already one of the University’s biggest food handout events, expanding to make it even more convenient!

A common room is a space where students can go to chill out and mingle with others. For a college that prides itself on its spirit and community, we can’t exercise that level of pride and passion to #getinvolved can know we can without a space like this. We hope to be able to fill the room with sofas, bean bags, cushions, bookshelves and hopefully entertainment such as an air hockey table and games consoles.

In joining with us and donating to our campaign, not only will you be receiving some fantastic Langwith inspired rewards from the College team and fellow students, but you ll be contributing to the further development of the best college at the University of York. A great common room will help students to make the most of their time here and to create another 50 years of fond and fantastic memories.


Langwith has always been a College led by its tight-knit community and awesome spirit! As we've made the jump to Heslington East, let's kick off the next 50 years for this great College by getting us a place that brings us together, and celebrates everything we stand for!

"A room for the players, a room for the party animals. A room for the musicians and the photographers. A room for the hard workers, and the hardly workers. A room for your friends, your best friends and your even more than best friends. For now and years to come. A room for Langwith. A 'Room to Grow'!"

Thanks everyone! xox

Where will the money go?

£500 - The first £500 will be put towards funding all our kitchen equipment for Free Food Thursdays including pots, pans, cutlery, crockery and more!

£1000 - Next we’ll get started by buying some tables and chairs for people to study and socialise.

£3500 - We want to invest in some quality sofas, chairs and beanbags for people to relax. And by ‘quality’ we probably mean IKEA!

£4500 - Go further, kitting out the common room with games consoles, bookshelves, air hockey tables, TVs and more.

£5000 - ‘Make a house a home’. We’ll make this a Common Room for Langwith, filling it with photos of old and new, among our trophies, memories and more from recent years.

1 year, 11 months ago


Yesterday we went on a site visit to see the (soon to be common) rooms! Flooring has gone down and they've started plastering the walls in the Horsfield A room. In Taylor B, they've removed all the old bike racks and started to put in the partition walls for the two study rooms at the back.


They are speeding along with the conversions and we hope that new windows and doors will be fitted early next week! 

We're hoping to do a couple more site visits before they're completed, so we'll keep you updated! 

Check out some of the photos:

1 year, 11 months ago


Construction on our two new common rooms has officially started! Before they were just a bin store and a bike shed but by September they’ll be havens for events, societies and community. We cleared out all of the bins and bikes and now the workmen have moved in. We’re really excited to show you the progress they make over the next few weeks and keep you up to date with all the things we’re buying to put in them!

This is what the Horsfield A room looks like now:

Hopefully it won't look like this when students get back in September!

1 year, 11 months ago


Today we can release the blueprints for the second social space to be converted in Langwith over the summer! On a side note, as of this week the University have officially confirmed funding for both common rooms! So by the time new freshers come, we can now guarantee you should have two brand new areas to create and build community for all to use!!

The second of the social spaces will be located under Taylor B and the majority will be a large room for activities. If we reach our fundraising target, we’ll kit out this activity space with pool tables, air hockey, body form bean bags and more! Located off the main room will be three smaller bookable rooms with computers, music equipment and study space.

We hope that providing a space for activities will encourage societies to host more events on Hes East. This will help to create a better atmosphere on our campus.


1 year, 12 months ago

Today, for our first campaign update, we're pleased to reveal the blueprints what our Common Rooms are set to look like! We're (hopefully) due to get two rooms in the College, one under Horsfield A, the other under Taylor B.

Horsfield A, the slightly smaller of the two, will house what will primarily be a social and chill-out space, filled with sofas, comfy beanbags, tables and chairs, as well as AV sets of games consoles, DVD players and outputs hooked up to a TV and projector. The room is also planned to have a kitchenette space for the College team, Tutors and LCSA to finally host Free Food Thursday somewhere better than in a kitchen in someone's house! We'll be hosting so many new events and activities here, and can't wait for people, both on and off-campus, to have somewhere of our own Langwith students can both work and collab, but also relax, unwind and socialise in.

Check it out!

We'll release the prints for our larger Common Room and future activity space under Taylor B in the near future! Langwith love!

Looks amazing! Love the idea of a kitchenette!

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Giving back to the JCR considerably more than I made playing poker there... ;-) Bestest. Chris

Everyone: the University gave the contractors the go ahead to do the conversions on 30 July. We're about to roll.

Great initiative... pity about the interface... intuitive is definitely not the word

Finally managed to negotiate the ridiculously complicated giving page.

Kevin you are the best. I will make sure we do! XD

Feel free to use my donation to buy a plump, comfy cushion... or anything else that you think will make it a great place to hang out.