With a population of 110,000, Cheltenham is big enough to host a variety of cultural and social events, while maintaining a “small town” feel.
Many BCA students chose to get very involved in extracurricular and social activities at the university. Some have also participated in volunteer experiences at local schools, businesses, government and non-profit organizations. If interested, your resident director will help identify appropriate volunteer placements options for you. If you are interested in pursuing an internship opportunity, BCA may be able to find a placement. Immediately after starting your application, please contact BCA to ensure internship options will be available.
Housing and Meals
BCA Cheltenham students live in University-owned housing alongside British students. The housing includes rooms in Regency Hall, near the Francis Close Hall campus, and rooms at other campus locations such as Pittville. Regency Hall offers single, en suite rooms with shared kitchens. Each Regency flat includes eight or nine rooms. For all locations, you will receive a meal card that be used at any of the university cafeterias. In addition to the card, you will receive a cash food stipend every two weeks that you can use to purchase groceries.
BCA students have access to all of the university’s computer facilities. Broadband Internet connection is also available in the halls for your personal computers or laptops. Please note that there is a connection fee for Internet connections in the Park Villa rooms not included in the BCA program fee.
Public transportation is efficient and consists of buses, taxis and trains. For travel between the University’s three main campuses, you may take various buses, including the University-provided bus, Unimotion. Many buses provide student discounts when shown a student ID card. You can also catch a bus for day-trips to London, Bourton-on-the-Water, and Gloucestershire. Meanwhile, the train station can quickly take you to Birmingham, Bristol, and Cornwall as well as Cardiff, Wales.
You will have access to the university’s playing fields and sports facilities. University of Gloucestershire offers over 40 different sports clubs and societies that you may join. Some are free, but others require a fee. Some fun options that past BCA students have enjoyed are rugby, snowboarding, acting, and music. A leisure center in town has a swimming pool and gym facilities, which you can access for a small, pay-as-you-go fee.