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Stay At Emerson

‘Connect with your daily rhythm’

Staying at Emerson

Emerson College offers a range of accommodation throughout the campus.

We have a campsite for up to 30 people and 43 single rooms and 7 twin rooms in 5 different buildings – all with shared toilets and showers. One of our student houses is fitted with a wheelchair toilet and shower.*

*Please notify us of your requirements at the point of booking. 

Camping At Emerson

Our campsite is located next to our orchard and vegetable garden close to Ruskin Hall.

Campers need to bring their own equipment including tent and bedding. They can use showers and toilets in one of our student houses.

Our student houses

We have three main student houses Linden, Oaktree and Birch.

The houses provide opportunities to meet and socialise with other residents and guests, as well as quiet rooms for rest and time alone within Emerson’s diverse learning community. Each house has its own style and character.  

As an ecologically aware organisation, we use specific cleaning products and procedures to minimise our impact on the environment and to reduce water use and waste.

Communal spaces

Other communal spaces in Pixton House provide the social hub of the campus, with a common room, dining rooms and meeting rooms, as well as two libraries for quiet study. 

Eating at Emerson

‘Fantastic food prepared from fresh ingredients – cooked with such love that I can taste it.’

Meals

Since ethical, sustainable living is central to everything we do at Emerson, our food is made from seasonal, locally sourced, organic produce wherever possible. Much is grown in our own biodynamic garden and green houses. All our meals need to be pre-booked which minimises our food waste. We actively compost to support the soil health of our garden.

Fresh, delicious home grown and cooked food is prepared daily with love and care by our experienced kitchen team here at Emerson. All our meals are vegetarian with a vegan and gluten free option. We have set meal times as we believe that food brings people together. The ringing of the gong announces that lunch or supper is ready to be served, calling people from classrooms, offices and houses.

Special Diets

Our meals are vegetarian and we can also cater for the diets listed below:

  • Vegetarian – No meat, fish or any products derived from slaughtered animals (rennet, gelatine, lard, fish oils, etc.)
  • Vegan – As for vegetarians plus no product from any living animal such as milk (cows’, goats’ or ewes’), cheese, eggs, cream, lactose, honey, etc.
  • Gluten-free – No product containing gluten, such as wheat, oats, spelt, rye. Suitable starches we use are buckwheat, millet, rice and potatoes
  • Dairy-free – Dairy product/dairy/milk products are products derived exclusively from milk. ‘Milk’ is obtained from animals that include cows, goats, sheep and buffalo. We always have alternatives to milk as standard e.g. rice or soya drink.

Allergies and intolerance

Unfortunately, we are not able to cater for Allergies and Intolerances. We will provide you with self catering facilities at no extra charge. Please talk to the events manager when you enquire.

An allergy produces specific symptoms, such as swelling of the lips which usually develops within minutes of eating the food. Only a tiny particle of food is needed to trigger a food allergy. The symptoms of a food allergy can be life threatening.

Intolerance produces more general symptoms, such as indigestion or bloating that can develop up to several hours after eating. The symptoms of a food intolerance, unpleasant as they can be, are never immediately life threatening.

These are the standard definitions used by health services in the UK. 

  • The college is alcohol and drug free
  • Since ethical, sustainable living is central to everything we do at Emerson, our food is made from seasonal, locally sourced, organic produce wherever possible. Much is grown in our own biodynamic garden and green houses. All our meals need to be pre-booked which minimises our food waste. We actively compost to support the soil health of our garden.

Daily Rhythm

Breakfast from 8-9am

Breakfast is served continental style and includes yoghurt, muesli, cornflakes, fruit bread, butter, jams, boiled eggs or cheese. We always serve fresh coffee and a large selection of herbal and black teas, dairy free alternatives as well as gluten free bread is available.

Lunch at 12.45

Lunch is the main meal of the day, made with delicious seasonal vegetables, often from the Emerson Kitchen Garden or from other local Biodynamic/Organic growers. Our lunches are usually accompanied by a large bowl of fresh salad and followed with a tasty desert.

Supper at 6.15pm

Supper is a light meal to close the day, generally featuring hearty soups, salads and fresh bread from the local bakery.

Tea and coffee

We prepare coffee and tea in the morning for you from 10-11am and lots of different herb teas in the afternoon from 3-4pm. Snacks are available for purchase. Our tea corner is always open if you feel like a drink at any time during your stay.

Booking

Emerson Education Programmes – If you have applied and been accepted onto one of our Emerson Courses – please click the button below to book your meals and accommodation using our booking calendar.

Emerson Partner Courses – If you are booked on one of our partner courses – please click the button below to book your meals and accommodation using our booking calendar.

Emerson Venue Hire – If you are participating in a visiting course or event – please liaise with your facilitator regarding your meal and accommodation arrangements.