Where you live while you study is key to the success of your college experience. You need to ensure you are going to be happy in your surroundings. If you choose to move away from home, be assured we can help you every step of the way.
On Site Accommodation
Bicton College is home to over 200 students who live in warden supervised halls of residence for a mixture of FE and HE students. With support from 24 hour wardens, seven days a week and a dedicated accommodation team, Bicton College is a safe and enjoyable experience for under and over 18’s.
Living in on-site accommodation is a unique home away from home experience which is a brilliant way of meeting new friends and gaining confidence and independence. Access to a wide range of evening and weekend activities, a gym and ‘The Peacock’ our onsite student bar which offers a range of refreshments and snacks to suit all.
Bicton offers a range of room options for students including shared (under 18’s only), single study (own room with shared bathroom facilities), ensuite full catered, ensuite self catered (HE only). Packages of 3 nights, 4 nights or 5 nights (weekends free for those on 5 night packages) are available. We are also able to offer equine, agriculture and apprenticeship students duty rooms for a per night cost.
Each block has its own common room, which is equipped with fridge, freezer, microwave and kettle. The self catering block has the addition of a hob and oven (you will be expected to provide your own cookware, utensils & crockery).
Duchy College provides onsite accommodation for its over 18 students only. (Please see Off site accommodation for Under 18 students).
With just under 100 rooms available for over 18 FE, HE and Duty students including 10 self catering rooms for Higher Education Students, we have packages of 3 nights, 4 nights or 5 nights (weekends free for those on 5 night packages) are available.
You will make lifelong friends at Duchy College and our residential students are a close knit community; many of you will be experiencing life away from home for the first time so you’ll have lots in common. The dining areas and residents lounge are always buzzing.
Room allocation is undertaken fairly and is designed to ensure maximum student enjoyment and access to the education students want.
Rooms are not allocated on a first come first served basis. We allocate rooms based upon individual student needs and where possible we aim to provide students their first choice of accommodation type.
However; we prioritise the following:
- Students under 18s years old (Bicton Only)
- Students who do not live within reasonable travelling distance to the College.
- Students who require full-time, term time accommodation.
- Students with a disability/support needs.
- Returning students
We aim to accommodate students who may have specific and/or additional needs, however; there may be times when this is not within our physical capabilities. Please contact the Residential Team Lead to discuss requirements.
Please note the college is closed during half terms, Christmas, Easter and summer holidays, students may be required to empty their rooms and will not be able to stay under any circumstance during these periods.
How to apply for onsite accommodation: Contact, Maxine Bentley, Residential Team Lead for Bicton & Duchy College, email@example.com 01395 562320.
Under 18 Off Site Accommodation
Duchy College Stoke Climsland & Falmouth Marine School, have no on site accommodation for those under the age of 18, so this service puts students in touch with private providers who offer accommodation locally in their own homes as an information only service.
The College carries out a Disclosure and Barring Check on all adults residing in the properties. The college and the staff working at the college do not accept any responsibility for the quality or price of the accommodation offered. Students/parents choose their own accommodation from the lists which are sent to them, and students (and their parents) must ensure that the accommodation they book is of an acceptable standard before they move in.
Lists of accommodation providers are put onto the college website each year and updated regularly. Student accommodation is limited, and lists are sent out on a “first come, first served” basis.
Numbers of students applying each year varies, as does the accommodation available, and for this reason it is not possible to guarantee that every student who applies will find suitable accommodation. Once you have found a landlady that you are happy with you will need to complete a Landlady/lord transport form so that we can arrange for you to be picked up from your lodgings.
It is essential students make appointments to come to the area to view the accommodation they like the sound of having spoken to the owners. It is essential that you meet the owners and have a look before you agree to stay somewhere. It is advisable to phone and visit accommodation as soon as possible after receiving the lists to avoid disappointment.
When looking for accommodation it is important to bring enough money to pay the deposit so as to secure the accommodation. The accommodation provider will then let you know when you need to start paying for your accommodation. Payment is made directly to the accommodation providers and there can be a delay in payment being made as we have to have confirmation of the students return to college before payment can be processed. It will be up to the student/parent to cover the cost of accommodation until this payment is made. You will need to discuss this, along with the other rules of the house when you visit the accommodation provider
Make sure you get all the information you need to make an informed decision as to where you will be happy for the year.
If you are applying for funding to assist with payment, you must inform the provider. Also, be aware that any financial assistance you might receive may not cover the whole cost of your rent, and you are responsible for making sure that the shortfall is paid to the provider.
If you are looking for accommodation after September then contact Maxine.Bentley@cornwall.ac.uk Vacancies do occasionally occur for different reasons during the year.
Tips on what to do next.
- Talk to the landlord
- Ask as many questions as you possibly can
- Visit the accommodation (or several so you can compare)
- Make sure you can abide by the house rules
- Every landlord and offer is different and negotiable – make sure you are getting what you need
Make sure you feel happy with the landlord and in the house. You will be living there for a year.
If you are studying a further education course, your daily return travelling time would be more than 2 hours and your household income is less than £40,000, you may be eligible for assistance with accommodation costs with a Residential Bursary. For more details please contact Jennifer Warren on 01395 562339.
Living in Cornwall
For anyone looking to move and study at any of our other campuses, we have an accommodation office to support you, whether you are looking for shared housing, local affordable rentals or host families. Please get in touch, whatever stage you are at in your application and talk to an advisor today.
For all general enquiries, please contact our team via: firstname.lastname@example.org
For university accommodation for Cornwall College, Falmouth Marine School, Duchy College Rosewarne, Eden Project, please contact Liz Hellier on 07500 572546 or visit the university accommodation Facebook page.
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Got a room or house suitable for student rental?
We are looking for accommodation in Camborne, Falmouth, Newquay and St Austell areas for Higher Education students studying at degree level with the Cornwall College Group. Do you have a spare room to rent out, a flat or house to rent or do you know anyone in this area who could provide accommodation for Higher Education students (18+)? You could rent a room under the Government’s ‘Rent a Room Scheme?’
Students study for 2 and 3 years and courses run from September to June. Secure payments, deposits and references can be obtained.
If you are interested or know anyone else who might be able to help please contact: Liz Hellier, HE Accommodation Development Officer on 07500 572546 or email email@example.com