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Student accommodation

The Trust has accommodation on two sites -  Springfield and Tolworth hospitals.  Contact your PPE or the Trust's placement coordinator for advice on the most appropriate choice for your placement

Springfield Hospital: Diamond Estate

Bedsit student accommodation consisting of a bedroom with sink in a 4 bedroom house, sharing the communal areas i.e. kitchen, toilet, living room & bathroom with 3 other tenants. 

Residents are expected to provide their own crockery, cutlery, cooking utensils and bed linen including pillows and duvets.

No TV is provided.


£436 per month inclusive of council tax, and utilities (gas, water, electricity).


Students are required to pay for the whole rental period at the start of their placement.  However we acknowledge that this may be an issue for some students and therefore offer some flexibility with payment.  Please contact Chris Gerlach (see below) to discuss your options.

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Chris Gerlach 0203-513-6467  

Tolworth Hospital: Draycott House

The accommodation is single bedrooms with shared kitchen, toliets, bathrooms, laundry room and sitting room.

We cannot guarantee what cooking/eating equipment is available in each kitchen so students are advised to bring their own.

No TV is provided.

All bed linen is provided but students are expected to bring their own duvet. Bedding will be replaced/laundered weekly - please place bedding outside your door each Tuesday.


£391 per month inclusive of council tax, and utilities (gas, water and electricity).


Deposit: £300 returnable at end of tenancy.

Students will be invoiced for their rent. Payment may be made by cash or cheque into the Trust Cashiers or via direct transfer into the Trust's account.

Draycott House short term tenancy


Bernie McGrath 0203 513 5228 for more details.

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Advice from past students

The following pieces of advice have been given to us by students who have been on placement with the Trust.  We hope that you find them useful and that they help you to get the most out of your placement with us:

Advice for students

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Your safety

Do not become a victim.  Avoid:

  • Anything that limits your ability to see or hear trouble, such as wearing hoods, listening to music through earphones or talking on a mobile.
  • Walking in quiet, deserted areas such as underpasses, alleyways, parks, commons and empty wasteland.
  • Walking in a hesitant way and looking unsure of where you are going.
  • Appearing drunk or in any way out of control.
  • Having cash or valuables on show.

Personal safety tips

If you feel uncomfortable walking to your accommodation at night ask the security staff based at the Glenburnie Entrance of Springfield Hospital to escort you back to the Diamond Estate. They will be happy to undertake this unless they are dealing with an emergency or have reduced numbers during their regular nightly site inspections.
  • Carry a personal alarm.
  • Make use of 'preferred routes'- the safest path to your destination.
  • Always try to walk in well lit areas in the middle of the pavement, especially when going around corners.
  • Walk against the flow of the traffic to avoid kerb crawlers.
  • Look confident. Walk with your head up and with energy.
  • Keep your hand free.
  • Have your mobile ready for use.
  • Have your keys ready when approaching home so you don't spend time on the doorstep fumbling in your bag.
  • Make it difficult for anyone to conceal themselves near the entrance to your home by cutting hedges well back, or installing outside lighting.
  • Wear appropriate clothing.
  • If you decide to take a cab home, pre-book a car through a licensed taxi office and ensure the car you ordered is the one you get into.
  • Know the car details and check the driver knows what name it was booked under. Sit in the back and carry an alarm.
  • If someone attempts to snatch your bag or phone, let them have it. You are risking personal injury if you resist.


    Be concerned about people who are:
  • Drunk or under the influence of drugs or solvents Exhibiting behaviour which is unpredictable, out of 'norm' or whose behaviour may be viewed as escalatory
  • Involved in change of any kind (positive or negative)
  • In charged emotional states, whether created by chemicals or circumstance
  • Known to have a violent history
  • Making threats (written or verbal)

What causes violence

Ideas about the causes of violence include the suggestion that the ability to be violent is within us all. Another suggestion is that frustration can lead to aggression. Some of us may copy the behaviour of others, especially if we see that by being violent they are actually achieving their goals. Life experiences, family crisis or bereavement can lead to an expression of hostility. Or we can be trained to be violent at an early age when we are given pretend weapons and play at destroying the enemy. Sometimes violent behaviour seems to have a quality to attract and we, or others, may be drawn into it. There are connections between certain foodstuffs and effects upon behaviour, connections too between what we witness and what we do. In addition the environment in which we work and live, can increase or reduce a feeling of hostility, and also the expression of violence and aggression. It is important that we consider the causes of violence and aggression, because if we can identify any element, pinpoint any cause that we can then alter, we can directly help reduce the amount of aggression and violence we may face.


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