Common room

This article is about a recreational space. For student organizational bodies in universities, see Common room (university).
A Sixth form common room.
Boys Common Room at Kesgrave Hall School, United Kingdom.

The phrase common room is used especially in British and Canadian English to describe a type of shared lounge, most often found in dormitories, at (for example) universities, colleges,[1] military bases, hospitals, rest homes, hostels, and even minimum-security prisons.[2] It is generally connected to several private rooms, and may incorporate a bathroom. However, they may also be found in day schools and sixth forms.[3]

Regular features include couches, televisions, coffee tables, and other generic lounge furniture for socializing.[2] Depending on its location and purpose of use, a common room may be known by another name. For instance, in mental hospitals, where access is usually restricted to the daytime hours, this type of room is often called a "day room".[2]

In Singapore, the term usually refers to a bedroom without attached bathroom in an HDB apartment unit.[4]

See also


  1. "Senior Common Room". Christ Church, University of Oxford, UK. Retrieved 2 June 2011.
  2. 1 2 3 Davis, Park; Craig, Susannah (2001). The Complete Idiot's Guide to Running a Bed and Breakfast. Penguin. pp. 229–230. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  3. "A Guide to Sixth Form Furniture". Pinnacle Furniture. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  4. "Definitions of Common Room". Property Guru. Retrieved 2 December 2016.

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