With a wide range of budget levels for you to choose from, we accommodate students across all age groups in our live-in accommodation. If you’re under the age of 18, we realise that we take the place of a parent, so you can be reassured that we take our responsibility very seriously – your safeguarding is our priority.  In fact, if it’s the first time you’ve lived away from home, you can also be guaranteed of great support too. We’ve put together a number of documents to help you discover all the information you’ll need to know about residential life at Plumpton:

Accommodation package and facilities

Unlike some other residential colleges, Plumpton College offers a full care package for all of its residential students to ensure that they have the best college experience possible. Ofsted have rated our residential provision as “Outstanding” in our 2013, 2016 and 2018 inspections, directly relating the exemplary care of the students to high success rates and their good employability. The residential community at the College was described as one that fostered friendships and raised personal confidence, through an atmosphere that is rich in good family values, trust and respect.

We offer our students accommodation on a full board basis only, so that we can ensure that all students studying here have all of their needs met and can focus on achieving the best they can on their programme. As a residential student at Plumpton you can look forward to a package that includes: 

  • full board catering (breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snacks - 7 days a week)
  • all utility bills
  • free Wi-Fi in all hostel areas
  • full 24hr staff support
  • daily cleaning and maintenance support
  • access to all enrichment activities and facilities
  • transport to local supermarkets and doctors’ surgeries

Students are housed dependent on their age and gender. Apart from our ensuite rooms, all of our bedrooms have communal bathing and toilet facilities. You’ll be responsible for bringing your own bed linen plus you’ll need to ensure that you have a TV licence if you choose to bring your own TV. The on-site accommodation comprises over 200 rooms, the majority of which are single but we do also have a very limited amount of shared accommodation available (dependent on the students age and gender). Living in our student accommodation is a fantastic way to meet new people and fully immerse yourself in life at the College. Due to the comprehensive nature of our accommodation package, parents and young people can be confident that students will be well looked after and cared for. Our accommodation is heavily oversubscribed and we would recommend applying as early as possible.

Download the full college accommodation Terms & Conditions

Outcomes for students are outstanding, because they make significant progress in their academic and vocational studies from their starting points, compared to their non-resident peers and students in other local colleges.

Ofsted

Costs

Our costs cover your room for the whole academic year and you may be able to get a grant to offset some of these costs. If you’re studying our Level 3 Agriculture and Equine courses you’ll be able to access flexible accommodation during your ‘routine’ periods.Our costs cover your room for the whole academic year and you may be able to get a grant to offset some of these costs. If you’re studying our Level 3 Agriculture and Equine courses you’ll be able to access flexible accommodation during your ‘routine’ periods. 

Type of roomMaximum cost for 2019/20 (before grant)
Small single5,400
Single room (with basin)5,940
Ensuite (limited availability) 6,840
  
Routine room (per week)150
  
Room damage / breakages deposit (all students)150
  

Residential Accommodation Allocation Policy

We have great demand for our rooms here at Plumpton. Consequently we have a priority system for allocation. Linked to our Residential Fund Criteria, priority is based on the following conditions, you’ll need to show that: 

  • You’re on a full-time study programme which may need you to be available on-site at unsociable hours.
  • You would otherwise be travelling from remote areas not regularly serviced by public transport and travelling daily would be difficult.
  • An assessment of your ability to live independently.

If you do not meet these criteria and there are room vacancies available, you will be allocated a room. During your application process, you can indicate which type of room you’d prefer. We’ll make every effort to meet your requirements where possible.


College accommodation application timeline

1st October

Applications open for following year's intake

We will not look at our applications until the closing date so we cannot guarantee any room offers until the 17th June. Please note, room offers are not issued on a first come first serve basis.

30th May

Applications close

Applications will remain open for the duration of the academic year but after the 30th May you will automatically be placed on our waiting list, regardless of your distance from the college.

17th June

Room Offers

All those that applied for residency prior to the 30th May will receive correspondence via email regarding their residential status.

Please be aware that all correspondence will be made via the email address listed under the student’s name. We will require a response to any room offered to you within 14 days of receiving your offer email.

Please note, if you receive correspondence stating that you have been placed on our waiting list then you shall be contacted via email the moment that a room becomes available.

26th July

Receive Pre-Arrival Information (via email)

Pre arrival documents will be sent to all those that accept their room offer. These documents include:

  • Questionnaire - This must be completed by the 9th August.
  • Consent for sharing information - This must be signed and returned by the 9th August.
  • Sign out form (for under 18’s ONLY) – Please bring a signed copy of this form with you on your move in day. Please be aware that we can only accept this form if it is handed to a member of staff by a parent or guardian of the student in question.
  • Frequently asked questions 

9th August

DEADLINE FOR SENDING BACK THE PRE ARRIVAL DOCUMENTS

Questionnaire and Consent for Sharing Information form only. 

Date TBC

Moving in day for Further Education Students!

Your moving date will be confirmed via email. Students may move in any time between 3pm and 6pm. Please note, all residential students are required to attend a residential welcome meeting at 6.30pm. Dinner will be served at 7pm, followed by residential activities.

Date TBC

Moving in day for Higher Education and Further Education Students enrolling on a continuing course!

Your moving date will be confirmed via email. Students may move in any time between 3pm and 6pm. Please note, all residential students are required to attend a residential welcome meeting at 6.30pm. Dinner will be served at 7pm, followed by residential activities.

You can apply for accommodation from the autumn term of the year before you join us at Plumpton. As demand is high, we recommend that you apply as early as possible to help with our planning and room allocation process. We make our room allocation decisions in July. You’ll have 14 days to accept or reject the room you’ve been offered.


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