Accommodation and Student Life at West Dean

Accommodation

Full time residential students are accommodated in furnished single bedrooms with en-suite facilities. The rooms all have their own desk, storage facilities for clothes and a large pin board. Students should not bring any big furniture pieces but please bring anything that will make your room a home away from home for example, posters and pictures. The accommodation is a 5 minute walk from the main building.

The accommodation facilities for students include two common rooms, fully equipped kitchens and laundry facilities.

Useful information:

  • Sheets/blankets and towels are provided by the college, however you can also bring your own. Laundry facilities are provided for all residential students.
  • Kitchens in residential accommodation are fully stocked but you may want to bring a mug, plate, bowl and kettle for your room. All meals are included for residential students on full board accommodation. If you are paying just for accommodation, breakfast and dinner can be bought on an adhoc basis. Food can be purchased in Chichester and there are supermarkets nearby including Sainsbury's and Lidl.
  • TV: all rooms are equipped with a TV aerial. If you are planning to bring a TV please make sure you organise a TV licence. TV's are provided in both common rooms.
  • WiFi: wired internet connections are provided in all student accommodation. Internet access is monitored and a 'fair usage cap' is in place to ensure that the bandwidth is evenly shared. Computers are available in the IT suite in the main college.

Catering

Our Catering team provide all meals in a buffet style in the bright and airy dining room. Students can start the day with a traditional English or continental style breakfast. For lunch and dinner there will be a tempting new menu each day with two seasonal hot dishes, a delicious salad bar and enticing hot and cold puddings, using locally sourced ingredients where possible.

Special diets

All lunch and dinner menus include salads and vegetarian options. The kitchen does its best but cannot cater for all specialised diets. Students with special medical or religious dietary concerns should contact Dan Frowen Head Chef before their programme starts.

Access to short courses

Students can choose from a variety of short courses in art, photography, craft, food, gardening, music and much more, run by the College throughout the year. If there are short courses places available at weekends during term time, you are encouraged to attend free of charge, just paying for material costs. More information about short courses here.

Personal Development

Students can choose from a variety of short courses in art, photography, craft, food, gardening, music and much more, run by the College throughout the year. If there are short courses places available at weekends during term time, students are encouraged to attend free of charge, just paying for material costs. Click here for more information about short courses.

Student Association

Student Association

The Student Association is run by students for students. To ensure the student community has representation at the College and to organise events and social activities for students.

The Student President overseas the running of the Student Association along with the programme representatives and sub-committees.

Student Representatives include: Programme representatives, Welfare, International, Events and IT.

All full time students are automatically part of the Student Association.

A Student Forum meeting is held every term and is a chance for students to discuss any concerns and ideas. The meeting is for the programme student representatives and sub-committees. The forum is chaired by the Student President.

The Forum is for discussion of all academic and non-academic issues relating to the overall student experience, including services and resources provided to support the student body. It provides a direct link between students' views and the College's decision-making processes, and to advise the Director of Education on the strategic direction of student support. Students can make recommendations to enhance the student experience and to ensure that students are aware of actions being taken. The forum contributes to the development of the student community by initiating and organising social events, clubs and other activities

Societies: Students are welcome to set up their own clubs or societies. There must be 3 students or more involved. A form must be filled out and returned to the Student President. Finance can be granted to fund part of the society on the President's approval. Societies currently include Yoga and Chinese calligraphy.

Events are organised by the student representatives: official events include Christmas party and Graduation party. This year events have included a fancy dress Halloween party and pumpkin carving competition, Thanksgiving dinner, quiz night and pizza night. Events can include student parties, trips out and open workshops/studios.

Relaxing

Students during their stay have the opportunity to use our extensive 6,000 acre grounds and award winning gardens.

We provide sports equipment to all students, including tennis and badminton rackets, basketball bats and balls, and a football. Croquet mallets and balls are also popular to play on the croquet lawn in the college gardens. Students keen on athletics should contact, David Dorning, the Books programme Leader, who will introduce them to the local athletics club and can provide information on running routes.

Students have free access to our heated open air swimming pool at the Vicarage, from around the beginning of May to the end of September and two hard tennis courts in the College gardens. Local tennis clubs include Chichester Lawn and Squash club. Enjoy wind surfing at West Wittering and dinghy sailing from Chichester Marina and other local clubs.

Facilities in the main house include the Oak Hall with a large fire place where students can relax with a book or for a quiet chat with friends. Our Steward's Bar with friendly staff is open every evening for students to unwind. The extensive library is available for student's use 7 days a week along with the IT suite.

Cycling and walking

The Centurion Way, a former railway line, is a 7-mile route for cyclists and pedestrians. Starting in West Dean village, by the A286, it ends in Westgate, Chichester, where it joins the South Coast cycle route. There are also many beautiful walks both on the West Dean Estate and within the wider South Downs National Park.

Outdoor Theatre

The Pergola Theatre performs outdoor in West Dean Gardens for 2 weeks every year.

Things to do and places to go

Weald & Downland Museum - http://www.wealddown.co.uk/
Pallant House Gallery - http://www.pallant.org.uk
National Trust - www.nationaltrust.org.uk (We have a National Trust pass for students to visit free)
Arundel - www.arundel.org.uk
Bignor Roman Villa - www.bignorromanvilla.co.uk
Goodwood - www.goodwood.co.uk
Chichester Cathedral -www.chichestercathedral.org.uk
Chichester Festival Theatre -www.cft.org.uk
Chichester Harbor - www.conservancy.co.uk
Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre -www.amberleymuseum.co.uk
Bosham Harbour - www.bosham.org
West Witterings -www.westwitteringbeach.co.uk

Student Support

Counselling

We are very committed to providing you with the support you need to achieve a successful student life at West Dean College. We understand that your mental health and wellbeing are very important to your success.

Service aims

The Counselling Service at West Dean aims to offer you the following, should you need it:

• Free one-to-one short-term or long-term counselling, by appointment

• Weekly drop-in sessions for students wanting to see a Counsellor at short notice and for a short time

• Mediation between students

• Consultations with teaching and support staff to support them in their role

Referral and appointments

Appointments are available on Wednesday during term time, either in the afternoon or evening or Students can just drop in. The times and room each week will be posted and a confirmation email will be sent weekly to all students.

Student support services

Study Skills support is available for all our students on Wednesday afternoons in term time. These sessions will mostly be on a one-to-one basis so that we will be able to focus on individual areas with which you would like some help. Support includes: general study skills, language support, research and reading and writing skills.

Registry Office

Our registry office is open Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 1.30pm to help with students' academic queries.

Visit Us

Do come and visit and see West Dean College in action. It will give you the perfect opportunity to explore all we have on offer and discuss all aspects of the programme with the tutor. If you would like to arrange a visit or have any other questions, please contact the Registry Office on + 44 (0) 1243 818 291 or admissions@westdean.org.uk

Click here for further information about our Open Day.

Transport and Travel

Transport and Travel

West Dean College is 6 miles north of Chichester and 6 miles south of Midhurst on the A286. We are only 12 miles from the coast and a 30 minute car journey from Portsmouth cross-channel ferries. There is easy road access to London (65 miles) and Heathrow and Gatwick.

The number 60 bus leaves Chichester bus station (opposite Chichester railway station) every half hour Mondays to Fridays and passes the College gates. The bus stops around 6.30pm each evening. The college has our own mini bus which takes students into town every Saturday 11am - 3pm. We also run a bus to the station at 3.30pm on Friday and Sunday evenings.

Students are welcome to keep cars at the College.

Bicycles are useful for students to have to get around the local area. Bike racks are available outside the annex accommodation and around the main college building.


Trains
A regular train service runs between Chichester and London, Victoria Station. There is a fast rail service from London Waterloo to Haslemere, only a 25 minute taxi journey away.
National rail enquiries: Tel: 08457 484950
From abroad: +44 (0)2072785240
www.nationalrail.co.uk

Buses and Coaches
The number 60 bus leaves Chichester bus station (opposite Chichester railway station) every half hour Mondays to Fridays and passes the College gates.

Stagecoach Coastline
Tel: +44 (0) 845 121 0190
www.stagecoachbus.com

London Travel information
Tel: +44 (0) 207 437 4370
www.londontown.com

Taxis from Chichester
There is a taxi rank at Chichester railway station.

Dunnaways Taxis: 0800 980 0890
Central Taxis: 01243 789 432

Student Resources

This section is for current students and staff at West Dean College. To view the links below you will need a West Dean College login and password.

Student Intranet
Access to the student intranet and programme calendars

West Dean College Library
Access to the College Library online catalogue.
Login using your reader code to view your current items on loan.

Student Webmail
Access to the West Dean webmail service for email and calendar.

Diploma Folders
Remote access to shared folders is available. The access method will depend on the type of device used, so please contact the IT department who can provide you with the necessary instructions.

Please contact the Registry Office for further information 01243 818291.

If you have any technical issues with these resources, or your West Dean College login and password then please contact the IT Department.

Help preserve our future

West Dean is part of a registered charity and relies on the support of generous donors, friends, legacies to help us deliver world-class education in conservation and the creative arts and maintain our award-winning gardens.

Find out how you can help support us