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How many students live at Griffin House?

23 medical and dental students from Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry living at Griffin House.


They are in their 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th year (or studying for the intercalated BSc).


Students live in one of 6 flats each with 4 bedrooms, with the exception of one of the flats where a bedroom was converted into a storage room for bikes.

What is the role of a Griffin Student?

Frequently Asked Questions...


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Do the students live with the elderly residents?

No. The students live in Griffin House, which is adjacent to Shaftsbury Lodge where the residents live.

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The Griffin

Community Trust  

Registered Charity No. 1013308

Students are expected to befriend the elderly residents of Shaftesbury Lodge, giving at least one hour of their time per week to their allocated resident.


It is intended that strong links should be forged between the students and their elderly neighbours and that they will enjoy spending time together, not only on a one-to-one basis but also at group social activities.


Events take place twice a month and students are expected to attend - these range from games nights at Shaftesbury Lodge to afternoon tea at the Dorchester!


Each student will be involved in organising 2 events throughout the year, usually in groups of 3 as well as additional local volunteering such as at Toynbee Hall in Aldgate once a term.


In addition, some students take on committee roles such as Student Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Shaftsbury Rep, Toynbee Hall Rep or non-committee positions such as Transport Co-ordinator, Photographer and Media Rep. Those in their 1st year at Griffin are expected to take on one of these roles.

As a Griffin Student, are you expected to care for the elderly residents?

Students are not part-time care-workers or resident doctors/dentists and should not be seen as such. Students do not take the place of any professional social services that are available to the residents. Students do not give medical advice or treatment. Students are not responsible for the well-being or health of the elderly residents. In emergency situations, we have a protocol that all Griffin Students adhere to.

If I apply, when will I know whether I have been successful?

Interviews will take place in March. Successful applicants will be informed in April 2023

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