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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:

  • Single Study: Private room with shared toilet / shower facilities, kitchenette and small social area.
  • En-suite: Shared access to kitchenette and small social area.
  • Self Catering: en-suite room with access to shared kitchen and social areas. Available for students aged 18+ only.

We also have a range of food packages available and a package must be selected for students aged under 18.  Full details are available in the application form.

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).

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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.

Click here to complete our online application form

Please note – the form takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and you will be required to add information about medical history, next of kin, bill payer and guarantor.

If you would like a copy posted to you or require the application form in a different format, please contact

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 and onsite accommodation will support access to education.
  • Returning students

We aim to accommodate students who may have specific and/or additional needs. However, there may be times when we are not able to make these reasonable adjustments. Please contact the Residential Team Lead to discuss requirements.

Please note the college is closed during half terms, Christmas, Easter and summer holidays. Students are not able to remain in their accommodation during these times. Students may also be required to empty their rooms during non-term time but secure storage locations will be provided if this is needed.

You will require a TV licence if you would like to have a TV in your room or you will live stream from your PC, laptop or gaming station.

Make sure you bring all personal equipment you feel you need to make your stay with us as homely as possible. This may include the following, a laptop, computer, games console, a lamp. mini fridge, duvet/pillows/blankets, toiletries, and washing tablets.

Within your accommodation there is a common room and a kitchenette where we supply and fridge and freezer, microwave and kettle. There are prohibited items such as toasters and toastie makers, grill machines, personal kettles.

Please talk to the team if you have any queries about any other items you would like to bring to college.

The options below enable you to choose your accommodation type and then the appropriate food package.

Single Study (private room with shared toilet / shower facilities, kitchenette and small social area)
Note: A food plan must also be selected from below
£110 per week for 36 weeks
En-suite (Bicton only.  With shared access to kitchenette and small social area)
Note: A food plan must also be selected from below
£125 per week for 36 weeks
Self Catering (en-suite room with access to shared kitchen and social areas).
Available for students aged 18+ only. (Limited availability)
£125 per week for 36 weeks
(limited to Over 18’s only)
Duty students (short stay Friday to Monday to meet course needs)
Note: This is only available where it is required for the course.
£95 per week
(a weekly allocation of 6 meals included)
Apprenticeship room (short stay of up to one week block to meet course needs)
Note: This is only available where it is required for the course.
£140 per week

Students will have an ID card that will also have your chosen allocation of meals loaded onto it for you to use in the catering areas. Each week, your allocation of meals will be uploaded onto the card for you. If you are applying for free school meals, you can apply for this by clicking this link, if eligible, this will be in addition to your weekly meal allowance.

If you require any help choosing your meal package, please get in touch with the residential team who will be happy to help.

Please select the most appropriate package based on the timetabled days on campus or likely use of accommodation.
Short Stay (choose if only likely to be in accommodation for 2 days / nights per week) £972 per year
A weekly allocation of 6 meals
Basic (choose if likely to be on campus for 3 days / 4 nights).
Note: most courses will have this study pattern.
£1,620 per year
A weekly allocation of 10 meals
Week (choose if likely to be on campus for 5 days / nights). £2,430 per year
A weekly allocation of 15 meals


  • A £100 non-refundable fee is payable on application and we will not process your application until this fee is paid. It will be retained by the college to cover costs such as administration, PAT testing, Laundry etc. In the event of your application being unsuccessful then this fee will be refunded in full.
  • Accommodation fees are based on the room cost and selected food package for the year. You will receive one invoice for this full accommodation cost.
  • Your accommodation contract is for the full academic year in order to allocate the room for use during term time for the full academic year. The accommodation fees are still payable in the case of any absence including work experience, study tours, sickness or choosing to commute rather than stay in your booked accommodation.
  • If the accommodation is vacated by the accommodation occupant (including if the student is excluded) before the end of the academic year then fees are chargeable for the remainder of the academic year.  This will only be reviewed in exceptional circumstances.
  • Payment of fees is arranged on an individual basis and can be either 10 monthly instalments by direct debit, termly or paid in advance for the whole year.
  • The full invoice of payment fees, OR the first payment of a payment plan, MUST be made by 31st August 2024 to confirm the accommodation and to provide access to accommodation in time for the first day of term.
  • Students may not stay in residence during non-term time. Agreed start and end dates of each term will dictate when students must arrive and leave their accommodation.  The accommodation fees take into account these non-term weeks.
  • Any damages sustained to college property will be invoiced to the fee guarantor.
  • For all students, a guarantor (who is over 25) will be required to sign the accommodation contract and adequate payment arrangements made before the student enters accommodation.

Bursary Assistance Available

Residential Bursary 16 – 18 years

We are pleased to be able to provide access to a residential bursary to help with some of the cost of accommodation. This is available to those with a household income of £50,000 or less. Other criteria must also be met. 

You can find out more and apply for a bursary by visiting .

Residential Bursary 19 – 30 years

If you are studying a further education course you may be eligible for assistance with accommodation costs with a Residential Bursary.

For more details please visit

If you need any help completing these applications, 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 shortfall in costs will be your responsibility. 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.

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