College Residence Building

BCC main residence (144 Old Christchurch roads) contains 9 block-flats. There are 27 rooms, five kitchens 9 shower rooms and two nice communal living rooms. Students share the facilities. The residence also has washing machines and wireless internet is provided. Every room is furnished with a single bed, pillow, duvet, cover and bed sheet. It also has a chair and study desk. There is a large flat screen TV in the shared living room. The building is locked at all times for security reasons. BCC reminds students that all residents are personally for their own safety and advises them to not carry large amounts of money while walking in the street. In case of losing a key the English course attendee has to pay £20.
BCC residence is available all year round, however students are advised to book in advance, especially for summer time. Check in is every Sunday and check out is every Saturday. However, if the students are arriving on Saturday an extra charge will be applied (£15 per night without food).

Accommodation rules:

  • Please be tidy, clean and hygienic in all rooms of the residence, especially in the kitchens, bathrooms and toilets.
  • Smoking is not allowed in any part of the residence, including out of the windows.
  • Smoking is only allowed outside the building.

Homestay (Host Families)

  • If you go away at any time (perhaps on a trip to London or somewhere else) please let your host family know when you will return.
  • If you do not want to have dinner on any evening, please let your host family know in plenty of time.
  • Make sure your room is clean and tidy.
  • Be careful with any keys to the house.
  • Dinner is normally between 5.00 pm and 7.00 pm
  • Please note that English families often have animals in the house, including dogs and cats.
  • If you have any problems please talk to the Accommodation Manager.

Noise

Please do not make any unnecessary noise. This includes Television, Music and Radio. Also, no noise after 10.30 pm allowed. Please think about your host family or other students who may be sleeping.

Security

  • All residents are personally responsible for their own safety and security
  • Get advice from the college about keeping your valuable items safe.
  • Do not carry large amounts of money or keep cash in your room.
  • The college is not responsible for any loss of students’ personal property such as cameras, mobile phones, CD/DVD players etc.

Sickness

  • Students can register as temporary patients with a local doctor. Host families can advise you
  • At the end of this guide, there is an emergency telephone number of a member of the college staff which is operated 24 hours each day.
  • If you are ill, please contact the college Welfare Manager or your temporary doctor.

Your Safety

Bournemouth is no more dangerous than other big towns, but to be safe, we suggest you do the following:-

  • It is not necessary to carry personal identity documents in England. We suggest you carry your college Student Card and our emergency telephone number.  Leave your passport in a safe place.
  • If you are away on a journey, make sure you know what to do if you miss your train or bus connection. Your tour guide will advise you.

We will give you a map of Bournemouth and a train and bus timetable.

  • If you get lost in Bournemouth, telephone the college emergency number or ask a police officer for help.

At the beach

Bournemouth has a wonderful beach and during the summer, there are many tourists in the town. If you visit the beach, we suggest you:-

  • Use sun cream before and after swimming
  • For your personal safety, do not go alone. Go with a group of students.
  • If someone is in difficulty in the sea, telephone 999 and ask for the Coastguard
  • Do not go swimming at night or if there is a red flag displayed on the beach.

Course Progress

Our teachers and the Director of Studies will monitor your progress throughout your course. This process begins after your first week at the college and occurs at regular intervals thereafter. If you are unhappy with your level or class, please report this immediately to your teacher or the Director of Studies and we will do our best to ensure that your concerns are addressed to your satisfaction.

Social Events

We have an active social programme, which is organised by BCC social and sport organizer. Please look at the notice board in the main entrance for details. Many of these are free. Some, for example trips to other places, may cost money. You will see details clearly on the notice board.

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