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Postgraduate food and accommodation

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Student accommodation fees includes:
• A private single bedroom with shared bathroom and kitchenette facilities
• Bed-linen and towels
• Laundry facilities
• Water, heating and lighting

The College currently has accommodation for postgraduate students across two sites on the Dartington Estate: The Old Postern and Higher Close.  Both locations is shared between volunteers, short course participants and apprentices which makes for a dynamic and vibrant learning community. We gather together daily at 8.30am to share plans and opportunities and to welcome the day. Accessible accommodation with en-suite private bathroom is available on request for students with specific needs. Accommodation may be subject to availability and so early confirmation by deposit is recommended.

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.

There are three accommodation blocks on the Old Postern site (Northwoods, Hawthorns and Centries).

Higher Close : This is a 15 - 20 minute walk or 5 - 10 minute cycle ride from the Old Postern with panoramic views of the Dartington Estate. 

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.  Accommodation may be subject to availability and so early confirmation by deposit is recommended.

*Plans are currently being explored to restore further buildings on Dartington Estate. Students studying within the academic year of 2019/2020 may study or stay in other buildings on the Estate.

Our vegetarian food

The diet at the College is entirely vegetarian 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:

Practical : Like any organisation we have to consider all health and safety requirements. Serving vegetarian food allows us to involve members of the learning community to join in with only limited training. Cooking together is a great way to get to know your fellow students and is great for teambuilding within the College.

Moral/Spiritual : We object to the lack of reverence for animals in many farming systems.

Ecological : We recognise the ecological crisis is amplified by the amount of land used to grow grass and cereals for grazing livestock and animal feed and also that over-fishing is a serious problem. A vegetarian diet is more efficient in energy and resource use.

Healthy : 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 scenic cycle paths and secure cycle racks at both sites.
Train: Totnes train station is a 25 minute walk along dedicated foot and cycle paths.
Parking : Car parking is available on site subject to arrangement.

Schumacher and the Dartington Hall Estate

Almost 100 years ago Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst chose the historic 1,200 acre Dartington Estate as the perfect site for their progressive social experiment. Today against a backdrop of medieval buildings, a deer park, listed gardens, shops selling local crafts and produce, restaurants, cafes and an independent cinema it has grown into a thriving community.

While studying at Schumacher College, students will have the opportunity to explore a unique place which nurtures entrepreneurs, promotes social justice, develops sustainable agriculture projects and supports artisan craft makers, and avant-garde artists. Find out more here

Page last updated: 09/11/2018