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 Committee are held every year with all members 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 a Wednesday afternoon and is the wide variety of exciting activities and support that add to 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.
  2. Hadlow Evening and Weekend Enrichment - These activities, open to all students, to 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 beginning, middle and end of the academic year.
  4. Sport Enrichment - The Hadlow Group has a variety of competitive sporting teams and taster sessions to get students active.
  5. Curriculum Enrichment - Each curriculum area will organise sessions for other students to give them a taster of what they do, or to learn a transferable skill.

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 House 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.

Keep fit

If you're based at our Hadlow campus you'll be able to use the on-site gym - The Wellness Hub - to stay in shape. Within the gym you'll find a range of cardio-vascular machines (such as treadmills, exercise bikes and rowing machines), weight training facilities along with floor mats and exercise balls.

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, keep in shape with the running group or try one of the fitness classes like yoga. The Wellness Hub staff will work with you to draw up an individual fitness programme.

All activities offered are free of charge for students to attend, with the exception of The Wellness Hub.

Evening activities

The Residential Support Officers arrange a schedule of student events and social activities that take place during the evenings for all students. These include themed discos, 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.