All First Tier residences have a Warden who lives on site or within walking distance, and some of the larger residences also have Assistant Wardens. These residences have elected student governing bodies called House Committees; they share responsibility with the Warden for addressing the academic and social needs and interests of the residence students.

Wardens, together with House Committees, aim to create friendly and comfortable environments in which students are able to pursue their academic objectives and to achieve personal growth. Wardens take an interest in students’ ideas and issues and, together with the House Committees, are involved in the planning and organisation of residence life.

Wardens, along with the House Committees of their residences, have a responsibility to see that the rules of the residence and of the University are observed.

House Committees organise numerous activities throughout the year in order to maintain a balanced residence experience. Informal tutoring by senior students is also available in most subjects. Many residences operate a mentoring system for new students, and peer helpers are available as a first port of call for emotional, personal or academic difficulties.

Students are used in a range of part-time positions in residences such as lab assistants, dining hall monitors, student receptionists and vacation assistants which contribute to their income and also their occupational skills development.