Welcome Information for Homestay Students

Getting about and staying safe, well and happy

The Student Accommodation Team

Welcome! We are here to help, advise and support. 

The Accommodation Team are responsible for allocating your accommodation and ensuring you stay safe, well and happy in your home-away-from-home.

The information below should provide you with the information you need to find your way around and to make the most of your time living and studying in the Bournemouth and Poole area.

Sadie Tbaily, Senior Accommodation Officer

The Accommodation Office

Drop in at Lansdowne (Room 21)
Monday – Thursday, 8.30am – 5pm
Friday, 8.30am – 4.30pm

Drop in at North Road (Room 1205)
Wednesday, 9am – 4pm


Phone us on 01202 205317
Agreement for Students in Homestay Accomodation
Agreement for Students booklet

Download the Booklet

Buses and Bus Passes

Both main College campuses are well served by local bus routes. There are two local bus companies that offer bus passes that will save you money if you are a regular traveller.

  • Yellow Buses operate in Bournemouth and east to Christchurch and beyond. They have a customer service office in Avenue Road in the centre of Bournemouth.
  • More Buses (Wilts & Dorset red buses) operate in Bournemouth and west to Poole and beyond. They have an office and travel shop at Poole Bus Station.

Campus Map

Bournemouth – The Lansdowne

Meyrick Road, Bournemouth BH1 3JJ
Download a pdf copy of the campus map

Campus Map

Poole – North Road

North Road, Poole BH14 0LS
Download a pdf copy of the campus map

The Lansdowne campus, Bournemouth

Meyrick Road, Bournemouth BH1 3JJ

North Road campus, Poole

North Road, Poole BH14 0LS

Holidays & Nights Away

Please remember that you are not allowed to take holiday in term time. You need to book excursions and holidays at the weekends or when there are no classes. If you are planning to spend any nights away from your Homestay please let the Accommodation Office know in advance.

This year’s Term dates are listed below

Homestay Students Induction Presentation
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Homestay Students Induction Presentation – download the pdf

How to access College computers and Wi-Fi

College computers

Username: your student number

Password: college

When you first access College computers you will use the password above and you will then be asked to change the password to a personal one.

College Wi-Fi

Step 1: Locate the service called bpcCloud and enter the passphrase 61786d696e when requested

Step 2: When you first browse the internet you will be prompted to enter your college email address (yourstudentnumber@student.bpc.ac.uk) and your college password.

Some devices cannot automatically detect the settings and for these devices you will need to set your manual proxy to cloudproxy.bpc.ac.uk port 80.

If you need help connecting your device please visit the Learning Resource Centre or contact the Help Desk by email at helpdesk@bpc.ac.uk or by phone on 01202 205566.

Please remember to always have your Student Card with you when on College premises.

Opening a Bank Account

If you are studying in the UK for a year or more it is absolutely essential to open a Bank Account as soon as possible.

When opening a Bank Account in the UK you will need your passport and a letter from The College. The process may take up to 3 weeks to complete.

Santander offers an International Student Current Account to those studying in the UK for a minimum of 1 year – details can be found at www.santander.co.uk/uk/current-accounts/student-graduate-current-accounts/international-student-current-account

Staying Safe and Well – advice and support

Safeguarding Contacts

You have the right to be and feel safe. Please contact the Safeguarding number for your site if you have a concern about yourself or another person:

The Lansdowne, Bournemouth – call 07774 974781

North Road, Poole – call 07714 851103

Fulcrum, Poole – call 07528 364120

Safeguarding covers issues such as Physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Emotional abuse, Bullying, Discrimination and Neglect.

We will always treat any information you share with us as confidential. However, if you tell us that you or someone else is being abused or is in danger, we have a duty of care and must take further action.

Wellbeing Drop In Sessions
advice-support-300pxWellbeing drop-in sessions are run five days a week at each of our campuses

Monday to Friday
11.30am – 1.30pm
No appointment needed

Lansdowne at the Link
North Road in the e-Lounge
The Fulcrum please ask canteen staff

OFFERING ADVICE AND SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS, INCLUDING

STUDENT FINANCE • MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING  • DRUGS & ALCOHOL

How to keep yourself safe during your time in the UK
  • Keep your host family informed when you go out. You should tell them where you are going, who you are with and what time you will be home. Always go out with people you know and trust.
  • You should always carry your mobile phone – check the battery is well charged – and make sure you have your host family’s phone number saved.
  • If you are 16 years old you must be home by 9pm.
  • If you are 17 years old you must be home by 10pm.
  • If you are 18 years old or older, you should be considerate of your host family.
  • You must be 18 years old or older to purchase cigarettes, tobacco and alcohol. You may be asked for proof of age.
  • You must not carry drugs of any kind with you (unless prescribed by a doctor) and you must not use any illegal drugs. Please refer to the Zero Tolerance Policy in the College Code of Conduct, which can be found in the Student Handbook.
  • If you are cycling you should wear a helmet and light-coloured or fluorescent clothing. At night your bicycle MUST have white front light and a red rear light. It is illegal to ride a bicycle on the pavement so please use cycle paths or the road. You should also ensure that you secure your bicycle with a good quality lock to avoid theft. To find out more about the rules for cyclists in the UK please see the The Highway Code www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/rules-for-cyclists-59-to-82.
  • Do not leave your bag or other possessions unattended in public, it may be stolen or treated as suspicious. Try not to carry large amounts of money, or other valuable possessions with you.
  • In an emergency you should call 999 for the police, fire or ambulance service.
  • If you require non-emergency police attention, you should call 101.
  • If you require non-emergency medical advice, you should call 111.
Risks associated with underage drinking
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Please download the factsheet PDF

Bournemouth

1554 streets – find them by name
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Poole

1327 streets – find them by name
poole.streetmapof.co.uk

Student Card

When you enrol you will be given a Student Card which includes your Student Number. You must have your card with you when on College premises. We recommend you carry it with you at all times whilst you are in the UK.

Student Discounts

nhs-rb-extra-light-logoThe National Union of Students (NUS) offers hundreds of discounts exclusively for students with their NUS Extra Student Discount Card.

You can register and buy a card valid for 1, 2 or 3 years from just £12 at the NUS website: www.nus.org.uk/en/nus-extra

The card is also available to purchase from The Hub at the Lansdowne or The eLounge at North Road.

Students' Union

BPCSU_cropped inverted 200pxThe Students’ Union is run by students for students. There is always something going on, giving you the chance to meet other students and make new friends.

Website: www.studentfirst.org.uk

Telephone The Link at Bournemouth, The Lansdowne 01202 205896

Telephone The Link at Poole, North Road 01202 205660

Email: thelink@bpc.ac.uk

Term Dates 2017/18
Autumn Term11 September - 14 December 2017
Half-Term (no classes)23 - 27 October 2017
Teacher Training (no classes)30 October 2017
Christmas Holiday15 December - 01 January 2018
Spring Term02 January - 29 March 2018
Half-Term (no classes)12 - 16 February 2018
Teacher Training (no classes)21 February 2018
Easter Holiday03 - 13 April 2018
Summer Term16 April - 05 July 2018
Half-Term (no classes)28 May - 01 June 2018
Teacher Training (no classes)09 July 2018

Things to Do, Places to Go

Find out what’s on in the local area:

Bournemouth Tourism

www.bournemouth.co.uk

Poole Tourism

www.pooletourism.co.uk