International Student Life and Support

Life as an International Student

Boston College is continually investing in its buildings and facilities, creating inspiring learning spaces and a real working environment to enhance the learning experience of all students.

Trip Package and Social Activities

An all-inclusive trips package is offered at the start of the academic year which for example, includes, day trips to Cambridge, Lincoln, Nottingham, York, and activities such as ice skating, paint balling and Chinese New Year celebrations.

The College also arrange activities such as quiz nights, cooking club and sports, as well as an end of term party. There may also be an opportunity to join an overseas tour of India during the Easter holidays.

At the College's main campus, Rochford, you will find teaching buildings as well as the library, Learner Services, Enterprise Zone, a variety of dining facilities, Hall of Residence and a fully equipped launderette.

A levels are taught in a purpose built centre, Boston College: SIXTH. Boston University Centre is where students studying International Access, HNCs, HNDs, Foundation Degrees and Degrees, where you will find computer suites, classrooms and a social space.

Music and Performing Arts students are based at the dedicated Sam Newsom Centre, where facilities include music technology and DJ suites, recording studios, practice rooms, an ICT suite and an outstanding auditorium.

Treat yourself to low cost head-to-toe pampering and high quality treatments by visiting our in-house hair and beauty salon, Style Academy.

Feeling hungry? 

You'll never go hungry at the Rochford Campus. With four different places to choose from, you'll be spoilt for choice.

The Diner and Deli - Chill out with your friends and grab some lunch or a snack from the two counters serving hot and cold food.

Lime Restaurant - A fine-dining restaurant on your door step! Lime is the place to head if you fancy something a little bit special for a mid-week treat, offering high quality food at an exceptionally reasonable price.

The Food Court - Tasty new menus are on offer every day as well as irresistible home-made desserts, all prepared by the skilled Catering students and staff. 

The Coffee Shop - Grab a coffee to go or indulge in a hot chocolate and a freshly baked cake on your break.

At our sports centre, Peter Paine Performance Centre, you will find four football pitches, a gym, badminton courts, table tennis, basketball courts, indoor cricket, a dance studio, a sports hall and an outdoor multi-use games area.

FREE swimming is available to Boston College students at the Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex, next to the Rochford Campus.

Support Available as a International Student

Boston College is experienced in helping students from overseas settle into their new home and study environment.

Before You Leave Home

If you are coming to the UK for the first time, there may be a number of things you will be worried about. You may be worried about the language, the food, even the weather.

Boston College's 'Pre-arrival Information' will help you with all these things.

Before you leave home, you will also receive all the essential information you will need, including details relating to your course and your accommodation.

You will be met at the airport by College staff and taken directly to your accommodation. The College will let you know who will be meeting you and make sure you have their telephone number.

When you arrive at Boston College, you will receive a welcome pack, which will provide lots of essential information, including maps and helpful tips to help you in the first few days.

In the first few days, your level of English will be assessed and we will help register you with a doctor, as well as support you with anything you need before you start your course.

You will also be invited to a welcome event where you will meet the staff, given a tour of the College and enjoy a buffet meal with students from other countries. Please remember that most people will feel very nervous when they first arrive, but you will have the chance to meet new friends.

Don't worry, it's natural. Within the friendly and caring environment of Boston College you can be sure there will always be a member of staff available to help or listen. Our dedicated Student Support Network includes Counsellors, Student Support Officers and Careers Advisers. There is also a dedicated International Team who are there to help with day-to-day matters.

Contact us...

lf you would like more information about becoming an International student at Boston College or if you would like to become an International agent, please contact us:

Write to us: The International Office, Boston College, Skirbeck Road, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE21 6JF, England

Call us: +44(0) 1205 313212

Email us:

Message us: International Enquiry

You can download our course guide