Student life doesn't have to end with your last lecture of the day - not if you're staying in one of our purpose-built rooms at the Hadlow campus.
Our accommodation, located at the heart of the main campus in a dedicated student village, has recently been graded as outstanding by Ofsted with no recommendations for improvement. This is the fourth time that we have received such a grade.
The 160 rooms are arranged in single-sex blocks and comprise single bedrooms with wash-basins and a fully equipped communal kitchen/dining area. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout all blocks.
All of our accommodation is offered on either a full-board a half-board basis. Full-board consists of breakfast, lunch and an evening meal, whilst half-board consists of breakfast and a choice of either lunch or evening meal. At weekends, breakfast is provided and students can buy lunch if they wish. All meals are served on-site in the College restaurant which promotes healthy eating, provides a variety of options for a balanced diet and caters for all dietary requirements.
On-site Pastoral Support
Students living in residential accommodation benefit from our experienced Student Support Team, available at all times day or night. They will guide and support you in personal matters and future planning. This also includes the Student Support Team working closely with the Curriculum Teams to help you stay on track with your course and help you achieve your educational goals.
Staff are passionate about the experiences that the residential students benefit from, with all students who completed the recent Ofsted survey being unanimous in their view that they feel safe, supported and are able to discuss anything with the team. Comments such as “being resident is like coming home, we’re like a family” demonstrate this.
A wide range of enrichment and social activities are also available, helping them to develop their skills and circle of friends. Many of these enrichment activities are student-led, with suggestions about clubs and sports teams taken forward so that they can enjoy their time living away from home.
The Cost of Accommodation
Residential fees for 2017/18 academic year are £135 per week for half-board, and £145 per week for full-board. This is based on a 39 week let. Payments can be made over ten months – September to June – with a deposit paid at the start. There is a 10% discount for payment in full.
Further Education students may be eligible to apply for financial assistance direct from the College through the Residential Bursary Fund (RBF). Awards from the RBF will cover the cost of 80% of the residential fees. Financial assistance is awarded according to household income and to qualify, it must be less than £30,000 (gross per annum). To apply for assistance through the RBF, students must complete a RBF application form which is automatically sent to all students once they have accepted the offer of a place from May onwards.
Applying for Accommodation
As soon as you have accepted your place with us, the Admissions Team will send you all the information you need to apply - this is usually sent out around May. Confirmation of your room allocation will be sent from July.
Since the demand for accommodation is often quite high, we recommend that you return the forms to us as soon as you can. All full-time students are eligible to apply for accommodation; however, preference is given to those who live a considerable distance from the College. In addition, course hours are taken into consideration, particularly for those courses that have early morning or late practical duties. Rooms are allocated in a priority order and if over-subscribed, we may have to place some students on a waiting list. We will also direct our adult students to alternative off-site accommodation if necessary.