Porters' lodge

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The Gatehouse containing the porters' lodge at King's College, Cambridge.

A porters' lodge is a place near the entrance of a building where one or more porters can be found to respond to enquiries from the public and direct them around the building. It is particularly associated with university accommodation in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada (such as the majority of colleges of the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Durham, York and Toronto).[1][2]

Oxbridge porters' lodges typically also house the pigeon-holes for student's and Fellow's mail. They are often informally referred to as the plodge.