Bedford is a lively and friendly riverside town. There is a vibrant student life with students from the University of Bedfordshire and Bedford College mixing with those from Stella Mann College. As the College and student accommodation are located near the town centre, students have easy access to the wide range of pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants that the town has to offer, as well as the excellent range of High Street shops. At the moment there is a huge amount of renovation and rejuvenation of the town centre, with a new VUE cinema and restaurant complex on the river bank, as well as a completely regenerated bus station.
Being out of London, Bedford has a much more affordable cost of living, ideal for students, and there are plenty of opportunities for students to find part-time work in the town to help support themselves if they wish.
Bedford has excellent transport links, being close to both the M1 and A1 roads, only 35 minutes from Central London by train, having a direct train link to the Eurostar at St Pancras International and also being close to Luton and Stansted Airports. Milton Keynes is only 20 minutes by car or bus and has one of the biggest shopping centres in the country, a large theatre that receives an excellent range of musicals and dance shows, and the fantastic Xscape centre, which has facilities for skiing, sky-diving, climbing and bowling as well as a multi-screen cinema.
Bedford itself has lovely parks and a beautiful embankment area, which often hosts festivals, fun-fairs and circuses. There are excellent sports centres and gyms within walking distance of the town centre.
The College has a relationship with the estate agents at Jayne Beard Associates in order to ensure that all our students have access to good, affordable accommodation within walking distance from the College.