Borders College

Accommodation

Student Accommodation at the Scottish Borders Campus

We know how important good quality accommodation is to the student experience. That’s why we have entered into a partnership agreement with Heriot Watt University, whom we share the Scottish Borders Campus with, to offer you the best quality accommodation possible within their modern and contemporary Jean Muir Student Village situated adjacent to our campus.

Accommodation spaces are limited to students who are 18 years of age on, or before, the start date of the academic term in August and who are not normally resident within a reasonable travelling distance to the College.

All of the rooms are self-catered, ensuite and situated within a 5 bedroom flat. Each bedroom is 15 square metres with a three quarter size bed, excellent storage with a study area. You will have your own private bathroom and shower and share a kitchen/dining area with the 5 other residents within your flat - these are bright, modern and well equipped.

Included within your accommodation contract is all heating and power, internet connection (24Mbps as standard) and repairs and maintenance where an item/facility is deemed faulty.

Bedding, linen, kitchen crockery and utensils are not included and will need to be supplied by the student.

Residencies staff and/or College Welfare staff will be available most of the time to assist and give guidance to students staying within the College managed accommodation. They will meet you when you move into your accommodation and will be available throughout your time within the accommodation.

Residencies staff will carry out regular inspections of all student accommodation to ensure students are abiding by the terms and conditions of their contract and adhering to the code of conduct expected within the accommodation. Students should note that they will be charged for any damage or repairs caused within the bedroom, kitchen/dining area, corridors or communal spaces as and when they happen and any wear and tear at the end of their contract. Additional cleaning fees may also be charged, if this is deemed necessary, at any point during your stay.

Smoking is not permitted within the flats or the communal areas of any of the student accommodation or in the vicinity of our Campuses

Additional Documentation

For further information please contact the student advice centre on 01896 662516 or email studentwelfare@borderscollege.ac.uk.

Individual ensuite study bedroom in a shared flat £135.00 per week (correct at time of going to print).

The let period is 42 weeks to run in conjunction with the Borders College academic year.

*students who are under 21 and having to live away from home to study a non-advanced level (further education) course may be eligible to claim Housing Benefit towards the cost of their rent. Students should contact their local council or Scottish Borders Council to check elegibility. Our student advisors will also be able to support you to make a claim. Any housing benefit paid will only contribute towards the total cost, it will not cover the entire weekly rental charge.

A Residence Contract is a legally binding contract for the duration of the academic year and it has the start and finish dates clearly stated on it. A Guarantor Agreement will also be required as part of your residence contract.

When you sign these, you are accepting that you are liable for the rent for the duration of the contract and that you will abide by the terms and conditions and the rules and regulations within the contract.
 

If you are 18, requested accommodation information on your initial application to Borders College and you have returned your Acceptance of Place confirmation form to the Admissions Office then an Accommodation Application Form will be sent to you. Complete this form fully and return it to the Student Advice Centre by 30 June 2018 to be considered for student accommodation.

If you have a Conditional Offer of Place you should still complete an application form and return it by the 30 June 2018, however we will not allocate you a room until we have received confirmation that your condition has been fully met.
 
Confirmation of receipt of your Accommodation Application will be emailed to you.

If you do not receive an email confirmation of receipt of your application within 7 days of sending it then please contact us on studentwelfare@borderscollege.ac.uk or telephone 01896 662516 to let us know.
 

Accommodation spaces are limited to students who are 18 on, or before, the start date of the academic year. Rooms are allocated on a first-come basis however, priority will be given to students who are in their first year of study at Borders College and who are not normally resident within a reasonable travelling distance to the College.

We will aim to process your application for accommodation within 10 working days of receipt of your application, providing you have a Full, unconditional offer of place. Your Offer of Accommodation and Residence Contract will be sent to you along with a Guarantor Agreement and reservation fee request.

If you have a Conditional Offer of Place you should still complete an application form and return it by the 30 June 2016, however we will not allocate you a room until we have received confirmation that your condition has been fully met.
 

You should read carefully the Offer of Accommodation and Residence Contract along with the Terms and Conditions. Complete, sign and return a copy of the Residence Contract and the Guarantor Agreement along with £300 reservation fee within 7 days to secure your accommodation.

Please contact us in writing, either by letter or email, to advise us as soon as you can and at least 14 days before the start date of the Residence Contract.

If you cancel within 14 days prior to the start date of your contract you will get a refund of your reservation fee.

If you withdraw in the 14 days prior to the start date of your Residence Contract, the reservation fee less a £75 administration charge may be refunded.

Please note, the reservation fee is not a deposit. The reservation fee is your first payment to secure your accommodation and will be deducted from the total costs as such.

NO. When you accept an offer of accommodation you are accepting it for the duration of the Residence Contract which coincides with the College’s end of academic year date (normally 42 weeks). Therefore you are liable to pay rent for the duration of the contract. There is not an automatic right for you to be let out of the Residency Contract.

You are required to provide your own:

  • Duvet
  • Pillows
  • Bed linen
  • Towels
  • Cutlery
  • Crockery
  • Cooking utensils

If you are bringing a TV with you it is important to note that it is the individual’s responsibility to ensure they have a TV License and a suitable internal aerial connection may be required.
 

NO. Due to health and safety precautions, kitchen appliances cannot be kept in your room. The student accommodation has fully equipped kitchens providing adequate facilities for food storage and cooking.

Not all students wish to be placed within College managed accommodation and would be happier making their own, independent arrangements for accommodation. Galashiels and the surrounding area has a fairly vibrant market in terms of suitable student accommodation. The College may be able to give you contact details of some of the local landlords but it is important to note that the College does not inspect any of the properties advertised and does not make recommendations or enter into any agreement on behalf of a student. However, there is always someone from the Student Services team available to advise you.

Always try to look for a flat run by an accredited agency/landlord as they have committed to a higher standard of management. It usually takes several weeks to find accommodation so leave plenty of time and we would strongly advise against sending any money to secure a flat before seeing it in person.

Finding a private rented flat:

  • Take your time and don’t just take the first flat you see
  • Always view a property before you move in and try not to go alone
  • Check with the owner what furniture and equipment will be included and all relevant licenses are in place
  • If the owner says they will repair or replace any items before you move in, make sure you get this in writing
  • Do not sign a lease if you are not 100% happy with it – it is a legally binding document
  • Remember that an agency cannot charge you for viewing or enquiring about a property or for preparing a lease
  • Ensure that any necessary licensing and registration is in place e.g. HMO Licence

Students who meet the residency criteria and/or are eligible to receive Bursary or EMA funding support may also be entitled to a means-tested contribution towards their weekly rent costs when living in College managed student accommodation.

A team of student advisors,including a residential advisor, are on hand to help support our students, particularly when living away from home for the first time. They can also give you information, advice and support on budgeting and managing your finances including advice on external sources of additional funding* which may be available to help with your costs. *students who are under 21 and having to live away from home to study a non-advanced level (further education) course may be eligible to claim Housing Benefit towards the cost of their rent. Students should contact their local council or Scottish Borders Council to check elegibility. Our student advisors will also be able to support you to make a claim to help meet the costs of your accommodation.

For further information, please contact:
Student Advice Centre
Borders College
Scottish Borders Campus
Netherdale
Galashiels
TD1 3HE