well term begins on a thursday and ends on a wednesday. you HAVE to turn up 2 days before the start of term, most people turn up 3 or 4 days in advance. Then you can't leave for 2 days at the end of term either (it's what "keeping term" is all about), and once again people normally stay for 3 or 4 days. Overall that adds up to at least 1 week outside of term time, although as you correctly said, colleges entitle you to 10 weeks worth of accomodation per term - this basically means the earliest you can come back to college without paying extra is on the thursday before term. And the latest you can leave without paying extra (and requesting permission from the senior tutor...at least at emma that's the case) is the wednesday after end of term. That adds up to 10 weeks a term!