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Your Student Experience

Study one of our degree programmes and get the best of both worlds. As well as access to our facilities you'll also be able to use those at the University of Greenwich sites in Greenwich, Avery Hill and Medway.

Freshers' Week

From the first day you arrive to study with us, you having a great experience is our number one priority. Our Freshers' Week includes social events that will help you meet and get to know other University students. All undergraduate students are invited to all events and activities across the Hadlow Group.

To welcome you at enrolment you will be invited to lunch in Garrad's Bar on Monday 10th September 11am - 2pm.

Garrad's Bar at the Hadlow campus will host a music evening with a live band and there will also be a party night during the first few weeks in the autumn term. You'll also be invited to an evening in one of the local towns to experience first hand the bars and clubs they have to offer.

During Freshers' Week we encourage you to get out and about in Kent to get to know your local community and the facilities it has to offer. We will have a Tourist Information Desk on each campus with information about activities and events in the local area. There are lots of country pubs and social venues in Kent where you can relax and socialise throuhout the year and there are a great range of shops and amenities all accessible like the Royal Victoria Place in Tunbridge Wells or the Bluewater Shopping Centre. Why not visit the Ashford Designer Outlet, which has great bargains on offer! Other acitivities on offer in the local area include trampoline parks, cinemas, escape rooms, Tonbridge Castle, Leeds Cast and the Hop Farm in Paddock Wood.

Check out What's on in Kent to find out more.

If you want to visit your University during Freshers' Week, we can support you with this so that you not only feel part of the Hadlow Group community, but also part of the University that accredit your programme.

Spend a morning getting to know other departments across the Hadlow Group to develop other areas of interest. We offer Performing Arts, Photography, Motor Vehicle, Equine, Horticulture, Floristry, Fine Art, Fashion, Hair and Beauty... in fact, across the Hadlow Group we offer almost any area of interest that you can imagine.

Later in the year you will have the opportunity to see shows, performances and exhibitions, have dinner in our restaurant and maybe have you hair and nails done , or have a massage or facial, all at discounted prices.

Social Life

Throughout the year we provide a wide variety of activities and events that will enrich your experience while you study with us. These include evening events, including live bands, DJs and fundraising events, as well as art shows, dance, acting and music performances and art and photography exhibitions.

Plus there are pop-up events for you to participate in such as yoga, mini golf and golf, outdoor pursuits, martial arts and angling. We have gym facilities at West Kent College and local partnerships with gym and sport providers across Kent offering discounted rates for students.

Along with pubs, restaurants and clubs in Kent, we are only 40 minutes from London by train where you can visit attractions such as The London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Madame Tussauds, The Shard, London Sea Life Centre and London Zoo, along with the busy night life the city has to offer? Why not visit the coast with Brighton and Hastings only an hour away, or one of Kent's country parks, including Haysden Country Park, Leybourne Lakes, Penshurst Place, Knole Park and National Trust estates such as Chartwell and Ightham Mote.

We also have a great range of outdoor activity centres situated locally including Bedgebury Pinetum, Bewl Water and Betteshanger Country Park (part of the Hadlow Group). Betteshanger is only 30 minutes away from Ashford and an hour from Hadlow and Tonbridge. Organised wild swimming in lakes is becoming increasingly popular and is a great way to exercise. You can also take part in cycling, archery and orienteering as well as spending time in the visitor centre.

We can help you identify places of interest and things to do and if you buy an NUS Card, for only £12, you can get over 200 discounts in the UK and, because it comes with one year free International Student Identity Card (ISIC), it also brings over 42,000 international discounts in 130 countries.

Activities and Facilities

We encourage our students to try the exciting and different activities organised by the College so they can gain new skills and experience opportunities to help broaden their horizons.

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 or netball teams or try one of the fitness classes. The Manager of the Wellness Suite will work with you to draw up an individual fitness programme and facilities in the gym include exercise bikes, rowing machines, cross trainer, weights and resistance machines as well as floor mats, equipment and exercise balls.

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 Card you are entitled to a discounted annual membership at the Wellness Hub.

Common Room and Garrad House Bar

The main 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.

We also boast University-student specific common rooms for your exclusive use. These include tea and coffee making facilities, comfortable seating and quite areas to study.

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.

Evening events

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.