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Glynllifon Hostel

We recognise that the provision of good quality accommodation is central to enabling you to learn and this is why
Grŵp Llandrillo Menai is committed to the UUK Code of Practice for the management of the student housing. The UUK Code of Practice student guide can be found at:

Arriving and settling in

The College is located within the walls of the old Glynllifon estate which was home over the centuries to successive Lord Newboroughs, until the college purchased the site in 1953.

The hostel at Coleg Glynllifon is part of the main college site and is located at the end of the main drive. There is accommodation for 70 learners within the hostel. The college is situated around four miles from Caernarfon, on the outskirts of the wonderful Snowdonia National Park. Dinas Dinlle beach is less than two miles away, making the college suitable to those who love the sea or mountains.

Glynllifon Hostel

Evening supervision

There are staff on site to supervise you while you are in the hostel.

Their main responsibilities are:

  • Ensuring that you settle in
  • Ensuring that you live in a safe environment
  • Providing general advice and support to you
  • Deal with any emergency situations
  • Co-operating with you to organise leisure activities.

Accommodation & facilities

Accommodation in the hostel is mainly twin rooms, with students sharing with students of the same sex. Shared rooms assist learners to socialise and make new friends during their stay at Glynllifon.

You will be expected to be out of your room by 8:50am each morning. Wardens will be checking that the rooms are empty between 8:50am and 9am to ensure that everyone is well at the start of the day.

What we provide


Every bedroom in our accommodation has:

  • A study desk & chair for each student
  • Lockable bedside cabinet for each student
  • Internet and Freeview access point
  • En-suite shower room
  • There is also one adapted twin room for learners with disabilities.


  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator with ice box
  • Toaster
  • Kettle

What to bring

Sufficient clothing for a weekly stay

  • Duvet, duvet cover, sheets, pillow and pillow case
  • Towels
  • Alarm clock
  • Hairdryer
  • Small amount of crockery and cutlery

All other electrical items should be rated for 220-240 volts and comply with the relevant British safety standards. All Items need to be inspected & tested (See page 15 Rule 13)

You may bring other personal possessions to the college, however the college will not be held responsible for any loss or damage. A lockable drawer has been provided for the safekeeping of money and personal possessions.

Posters are permitted using the drawing boards provided in all rooms. Attaching posters to walls is likely to cause damage to paintwork and if this occurs, you may be charged for redecoration.

Rooms will be inspected on a weekly basis. The purpose of these inspections is to ensure that the college and the residents are complying with health and safety requirements, such as fire regulations, and complying with the conditions of residence in regards to general housekeeping issues in both bedrooms and communal areas.

College caretaking and authorised contractors may require access to your room from time-to-time and you will be informed in advance if this is the case. Every room will be inspected regularly by hostel cleaning staff; however it is the student’s responsibility to make the bed and keep the room tidy.

You may wish to bring a television for your bedroom, however you need to ensure that you have a licence for it. You are also allowed to bring other electrical items as long as you ensure that electrical sockets are not overloaded (no electric fires or equipment that may set off a smoke/fire alarm are allowed, this includes kettles, fridges, extension leads, multi plugs, candles or tea lights within the bedrooms).

If you are unhappy with room sharing arrangements, then you should approach the hostel warden as a first point of contact and then the Head of Learner Services & Marketing in order to ensure the matter is resolved.

The wardens ensure that all under-18 year olds must be in their rooms no later than 11pm. Over 18 year olds may retire later but must use the communal area nearest to their own bedroom after 11pm. The wardens also keep an eye on the building in order to ensure that no unauthorised persons have access to the site. Excessive noise is not acceptable at any time but especially after 11pm when other residents are trying to sleep.

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai does not tolerate the possession or use of any substance including alcohol in the college in general and also prohibits the smoking/vaping of any substance within College buildings.


Pets are prohibited in the Hostel.

Learner Service support

The college has provision to support students during their studies at Glynllifon.

Financial assistance

If parents/guardians are on low income, help is available. More information can be obtained by visiting “Financial Support and Finance” page, or by contacting:

Student Support

  • If you are experiencing any personal problems that you are finding difficult to cope with, any issues of harassment or bullying or need help to study, you may wish to discuss these with a professional who has been employed by the College to discuss these issues in confidence. This support can be accessed by emailing or by going to the Learner Services office, available on-site.
  • Professional counselling service - if you are experiencing any personal problems that you are finding difficult to cope with, you wish to discuss these with a professional counsellor who has been employed by the college to discuss these issues in confidence.
  • Wardens occasionally make use of other professional services where relevant e.g health professionals, the police, the North Wales fire and rescue service and dental practitioners.
  • The wardens are available to resolve problems that you are experiencing within the hostel, from reporting damages to resolving issues of bullying by drawing up plans to deal with the matter positively.

Find out more on our Student Support page.

Leisure activities

Time at college is an opportunity for you to socialise and make new friends through a range of activities. You may wish to:

  • Listen to music, watch television or play computer games in your room.
  • Watch television or DVDs in the common room
  • Chat over a cuppa in the communal kitchen
  • Play darts or pool in the common room
  • Rugby training
  • Play rugby or 5-a-side football
  • Walk in the park
  • Use the newly-fitted gym facilities

In previous years a range of activities have been arranged for residential students. These include:

  • Football & rugby matches against other schools and colleges
  • Regular opportunities to go to the cinema
  • Clay pigeon shooting under instruction
  • Fun centre and other local attractions
  • Visits to local leisure centres
  • Ten pin bowling
  • Paintballing
  • Go Karting

Some activities may include additional costs. If you wish to take part in sports activities you need to bring your own swimming costume or football kit.

We ask that parents/guardians of under-18 year old students sign our consent form for students to leave the site for evening visits. We aim to ensure that risks to the health and safety of students from college activities are properly controlled.


Meals are provided in the canteen facility.


Served between 8am and 8:45am.

It consists of cereal, toast & fruit juice.

Evening meal

Served at 5:15pm. Occasionally these times will be changed and new meal times will be stated clearly on notice boards.

Students with special dietary needs should highlight this in the registration paperwork and speak to the hostel staff during induction.