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Living Here

Set within a beautiful 750-acre estate, our accommodation consists of five hostels, namely Pitt, Hanbury, Grey, Fellowes and the Annexe; accommodating approximately 50 students. We cater for both FE and HE provision; however, we only accept students 18+. All accommodation is set up for self-catering, although catering options are available. All hostels have the use of a fully equipped shared kitchen, with shared bathroom facilities on each floor, laundry facilities, plus a communal common room with a new fully installed Smart TV and free Wi-Fi. We welcome all applications for accommodation, particularly for students who do not live on one of the College’s recognised bus routes. For students who do live on a college bus route, you may still apply, although as places are limited we will prioritise those who live further away.

To ensure every student is fully supported during their stay, including those with complex or challenging needs, the Student Welfare Team are based on campus and can offer support internally. They also have links to external organisations for when further support and advice is needed that cannot be provided by the College. Please let a member of the team know if you require additional support in this area prior to coming into accommodation; this will ensure that we can have any support in place with immediate effect.

Please note that independent living is an essential component of living on-site, therefore residential accommodation may not suit all students. If you have any concerns or would like to discuss this matter further, then please get in touch for a private discussion prior to submitting your application.

Weekend and Evening Activities

All residential students have access to the Residential Common Room. This contains a range of board games, DVDs a SMART TV and a communal Wii console with a variety of games. As we are a land-based college we also have access to a range of activities linked to each department. This includes kayaking/canoeing, bouldering, bushcraft, high and low ropes, quad biking, tractor driving and archery.

Additional facilities available include:

  • On-site gym (free to all residential students but induction is essential prior to use)
  • Supermarket trips
  • Cinema trips
  • Visits into Dorchester town centre

The Residential Warden Team are open to suggestions with regard to residential activities, so if there is something that you would like to do please discuss this with a Warden.


You are responsible for keeping your room tidy and making your own bed. The housekeeping staff will enter each room once a week to empty bins and clean sinks. You must ensure that floors and surfaces are clear for the housekeepers to enter safely. Monthly room inspections are also undertaken by the Residential Services Team during the last week of the month.

If the housekeeping staff feel that your room is untidy, they will report it to the Senior Residential Warden who will follow up on the issue and disciplinary action may be taken. Housekeeping staff will also clean the communal areas of each block, however, it is the responsibility of ALL residents to keep these areas clean, hygienic and safe for all to use.


All student accommodation is provided with at least one washing machine and one dryer. Non-resident students are not permitted access to the laundry area. You are asked to use the machines carefully and not to overload them, if you are in any doubt about how to use them then you should ask a member of the Residential Services staff who will be happy to instruct you. You will need to supply your own detergent.

We ask that once you have loaded the washing machine, you return within plenty of time to ensure that you allow others to have use of the machines. Leaving your washing unattended is at your own risk. As with other college property, students found misusing or damaging other students laundry will be subject to disciplinary action.

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