Life at Hadlow College

There is so much more to College life than studying and we think you will find it really different to school. When you become a student at Hadlow College, it is your chance to get involved, try new things and make new friends for life, as well as gaining qualifications and essential work skills.

There's always something going on around the campus. Here's a taster of some of the things you can get involved with:

The Student Union

Getting involved with the Student Union is an excellent way of becoming part of college life. You will help organise events and activities throughout the year - such as the Summer Ball and Winter Party - as well as various fund-raising activities and community work.

Elections to the Student Union Executive are held every year with all students invited to stand for election, or vote. If elected, you will be part of a team which regularly meets with College staff to discuss issues important to the wider student population. This really is the focal point of student life and the social hub of the College.


Enrichment takes place on all campuses and offers a wide variety of exciting activities and support that enhance your time at College. Taking part in these activities, or accessing the support available will enhance your personal development, help you gain new skills, enjoy new experiences and support you to achieve all you can at College.

Open up a world of Enrichment through the five strands:

  1. Cultural Enrichment and Personal Development - These are regular events aimed at raising awareness of other countries, traditions and their cultures through a range of workshops and food tasting events.
  2. Hadlow Evening and Weekend Enrichment - These activities, open to all students, help make the Hadlow residential experience an enjoyable and fulfilling one.
  3. Cross-College Themed Events - These are the annual parties and events, open to all students that celebrate the start, middle and end of the academic year these include the Winter Ball, charity fundraising events, The Hadlow Group Sports Awards and Summer Ball.
  4. Sport Enrichment - The Hadlow Group has a variety of competitive sporting teams including football, netball and rugby teams and we offer a range taster sessions for all students to get active when studying with us.
  5. Curriculum Enrichment - Each curriculum area will organise sessions for other students to experience what they do, or to learn a transferable skill and create an understanding of what we have to offer.

Common Room and Garrad House Bar

The Common Room is available for all students to use and has a wide range of facilities including games consoles and games, karaoke and disco system, TV, pool tables, arcade games and a dedicated music room with a variety of instruments.

Garrad's Bar is set in an elegant early 19th century building and is the ideal meeting place where you can relax, chat with friends or enjoy meeting students from other courses. The fully licensed bar offers a wide range of hot, cold and alcoholic drinks together with a range of snacks and throughout the year will host a variety of events such as live bands, djs and quiz nights.

Keep fit

If you're based at our Hadlow campus you'll be able to use the on-site gym; The Wellness Hub. From treadmills to dumbbells and circuit classes to gym challenges, the Wellness Hub is a safe environment to keep fit and healthy all year round. Our friendly instructors can take you through all kinds of programmes and show you everything you need to know. The Wellness Hub will be open Monday - Friday with varied times every day for all your gym needs.

Activities and events

Students are able to take part in a variety of different activities which may include learning a new skill, helping other people within the community or local area, attending a workshop or sampling offsite activities. The programme is based on activities specifically requested by our students and aims to keep you stimulated and motivated.

Hadlow College is a Health Promoting College encouraging students to participate in physical activities and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Students may wish to join the football, rugby, netball teams. The teams compete in the KCSSA Sport League and Cups, which has a fixture list from September through to the spring break. Keep in shape with the one of the fitness classes like yoga. The Wellness Hub staff will work with you to draw up an individual fitness programme in a friendly and welcoming environment.

Other sports on offer include:

  • Table tennis
  • Outdoor pursuits
  • Yoga
  • Martial Arts

All activities offered are free of charge for students to attend, with the exception of The Wellness Hub which can be paid for on an annual or termly basis. If you hold an NUS Extra TOTUM Card you are entitled to a discounted annual membership at the Wellness Hub.

Evening activities

The Student Support Services team arrange a schedule of student events and social activities that take place during the evenings for all students. These include themed discos, live band events, quiz nights, karaoke, pool competitions, film nights, cinema, swimming, bowling and ice-skating trips. There is a Music Club for beginners to advanced musicians who can use the drum kit, keyboards and bass, acoustic and electric guitars, all free of charge. The local Chaplaincy Team organise a regular Coffee Club and there is a twice weekly trip to a local supermarket to stock up on supplies. The Residential Support Officers will also assist students to widen their life skills including help with budgeting, personal safety, improve domestic tasks such as cleaning routines and laundry and develop cooking skills.

For those students who wish to continue studying outside of their curriculum timetable, the Learning Resource Centre remains open during the evenings and from 9am to 3pm on Saturdays.