Living together is an integral part of seminary formation. Therefore communal meals, conversations over mid-morning coffee and recreational activies are almost as important as the lectures and communal prayer and worship. Students take their turn at serving in the refectory and clearing up after meals and are also expected to contribute to the smooth running of the community by taking on various responsibilities known as ‘house jobs’.
The Seminary is home for the students (and staff) for much of the year, so the other facilities – beyond the chapel and lecture rooms – are all important for the well-being of the community. Everything from laundry facilities to recreational spaces (and time off to use them!) are invaluable to the people who live here.
Students have the use of a common room and bar known as the ‘Dive’, equipped with TV, two full-szed snooker tables, a table-tennis table and a football table. The Dive is the scene of regular social events including twice-weekly bar nights. Adjacent to the Dive is a student-run shop selling snacks, stationary and toiletries.
The local area includes a number of small villages and towns with a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants, in particular as well as the large shopping centre and transport links of Guildford.