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Postgraduate Food and Accommodation


Student Accommodation includes:

• A private single bedroom with shared bathroom and kitchenette facilities

• All food, beverages and snacks taken at the College during terms 1 and 2

• Bed-linen and towels

• Laundry facilities

• Water, heating and lighting

The College has accommodation for postgraduate students at two sites: The Old Postern and Higher Close. A further site, Foxhole, may become available in the 2018-19 academic year.  Accommodation at both locations is shared with volunteers, short course participants and apprentices; which makes for a dynamic and interesting community. We gather together daily at 8.30am within this broad community, meeting to share plans and opportunities and to welcome the day.

Accessible accommodation with en-suite private bathroom is available; further information on request.

The Old Postern

The Old Postern is a Grade II listed building; built in the C15th and formerly a parsonage it has a rich architectural history and is the original home of Schumacher College, which is entering its 25th year here. 

There are three accommodation blocks located on the Old Postern site (Northwoods, Hawthorns and Centries). These are more modern buildings that provide simple and comfortable accommodation. Accommodation here is allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Higher Close

Higher Close enjoys panoramic views of the Dartington Estate and is a 15 to 20 minute walk from The Old Postern, or a 5-10 minute bicycle ride. 

At both locations each room has a bed, work desk and desk-lamp, a chair, wardrobe and bedside table.  There is a washbasin in each room, with communal toilets, showers and bath facilities on each floor of the accommodation block. 


The diet at the College is entirely vegetarian, largely organic and locally-sourced where possible, including from our own gardens. All meals are prepared by in-house chefs and members of the College community – including postgraduate students! 

There are four main reasons for adopting a vegetarian diet within the College: 


As an organisation we adhere to all relevant health and safety requirements.   Serving vegetarian-only food minimises any risks in the kitchen allowing us to include all students in the preparation of food with only limited training. In fostering this participatory aspect of cooking, we open the doors to a healthy serving of playfulness and fun in the kitchen – which in turn reinforces the teambuilding that comes when the essential task of feeding the College learning community together is accomplished. 


We object to the lack of reverence for animals in many farming systems.


We recognise that the ecological crisis is amplified by the large amount of land devoted to growing food for use as animal feed, and grazing beef cattle, and that over-fishing is a serious problem. A vegetarian diet is many more times more efficient in energy and resource use, and therefore minimizes the college’s footprint.


A balanced, varied, unprocessed, additive-free lacto-vegetarian diet has been found to be particularly healthy and to promote longevity.

What Food and Accommodation is included within the Postgraduate Fees charged? 

The published Postgraduate Residential and Non-Residential Fees and Information page include charges on food and accommodation spanning terms 1 and 2 for each of our postgraduate programmes.   


Cycle Racks

There are secure cycle racks at both sites.


Train station is a 25 minute walk along dedicated foot and cycle paths.

Car Parking

Permit car parking is available at both sites; permits will be arranged via the Postgraduate Admissions Office once an offer of a place has been accepted.

Facilities within the wider Dartington Estate

Within the Dartington complex there are facilities and cultural activities including the Barn Cinema, Space, The Roundhouse Café, The Green Table and the White Hart Bar and Restaurant - adjacent to the magnificent medieval Great Hall, where many artistic performances take place throughout the year. Residential students can enjoy year-round access to squash courts located in the Higher Close complex and free use of an outdoor swimming pool during the summer months. Higher close is a stone's throw away from Dartington Hall. For further information see

Page last updated: 09/10/2017