Love where you live…
Bicton College is home to over 200 students who live in halls of residence for a mixture of FE and HE student with support from a dedicated Residential Team 24 hours, seven days a week. Bicton College is a safe and enjoyable experience for both under and over 18s.
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 including free access to the gym and ‘The Peacock’ the onsite student bar which offers a range of refreshments and snacks for both under and over 18s.
Bicton offers a range of room options for students:
- Shared (under 18s only) (shared with 1 or 2 others with shared bathroom facilities) fully catered
- Single Study (own room with shared bathroom facilities) fully catered
- Ensuite (rooms with ensuite shower and toilet) fully catered
- Ensuite Self-catered for HE students only
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 and crockery).
Living and studying in Devon
Budleigh Salterton is a small un-spoilt and charming town on Devon’s World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Only 30 minutes to Exeter by car. The picturesque town has a two-mile pebble beach where brave swimmers can take a dip. The town is home to a variety of independent shops, luxury ice-cream shops, quality restaurants, cosy pubs and a nationally renowned fish and chips shop. For those that want to explore the local wildlife, the Otter Estuary Nature Reserve is close by and there are many nature walks along coast paths and by the river.
Download the Bicton College Accommodation Guide
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
- 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.
This can be paid either annually or in monthly instalments. If you are renting a property on a group tenancy then you will be liable for only one licence, however if sharers with individual agreements will need a licence for each occupier that owns and uses a TV. If you’re renting a room in a private hall, you need to check if you need a TV licence for a TV in your living area or bedroom. You’re also required to purchase a TV licence if you watch live streaming via your PC or laptop. (see links below)
Final tips for moving in
Go through the inventory with the landlord before you even unpack your belongings. This is a list of all items within the property and the condition they are in. If you disagree with something this is the time to document it on the inventory.
- Take photographic evidence of all areas of the property (internally and externally) before you unpack. Make sure your photos are dated.
- Get the landlord to show you where the water stop cock is and where the meters are for gas and electricity. Take meter readings.
- Ensure that the landlord gives you a copy of your tenancy agreement, details of where the deposit is being held and their contact details in case of emergency.
- Make sure you know the refuse collection days.
Residential Bursary 16 – 18 years
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 Lena Welch on email@example.com
Residential Bursary 19 – 30 years
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 £31,000, you may be eligible for assistance with accommodation costs with a Residential Bursary.
For more details please contact please contact Lena Welch on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are unable to complete this application online, please call 0330 123 2523 and we can support you.
Please be aware that the Residential Bursary is for students who have no alternative but to lodge in order to attend their chosen course of study. It only pays for the 36 weeks of the academic year and any holiday payments or shortfall in costs will be your responsibility. If you are a mature learner (19 – 30) it is expected that you retain a home address and you will need to provide evidence of this. You cannot be in receipt of Housing Benefit / housing element of Universal Credit, and if you are co-habiting you can only claim your share of any rental costs.