The residence is named Tatham Hall in honour of the founding Master, Professor George Tatham, who lived in the residence from 1968 until retirement in 1978. He remained a Fellow of the college until he died at the age of 80 in 1987.
Tatham Hall, McLaughlin College’s affiliated residence, is home to 268 students in each academic year. A 13-storey high-rise, the building is divided into six ‘houses’ of roughly 45 students each, sharing kitchen and common room facilities. Accommodations are a mix of single and double rooms; about two thirds of residents are in single rooms. Coed and single-gender housing is available, and offered as an option in the residence application process.
While we are affiliated with York’s public policy college, residents at Tatham Hall are drawn from a range of faculties and disciplines. House and Residence Councils organize frequent programs, from movie nights to campus exploration to trips around the city. The legendary spirit of Tatham students is the envy of York’s other colleges.
The building is staffed by the Residence Life Coordinator (RLC) who is a full time, live-in professional, as well as six student Dons, designated to each house within the building, who all ensure that Tatham residents experience the best possible living and learning community. There are also other student leadership positions, such as the Coordinator of Residence Activities and the Residence Council Chair and Reps, who all help in making the living/learning community at Tatham Hall a success. Residence Life is a program of the department of Student Community and Leadership Development. Residence staff support the academic mandate of the University and McLaughlin College, and they also act as a resource and positive role models for the residents. Like all of York’s residences, Tatham Hall’s entrance is monitored by 24/7 CCTV, and is monitored at night by student Porters as well as a Residence Watch Officer.