Having the time and space to relax and have fun together is an important part of community living. Around the structured events of each week students often find the time to socialise by playing sports or games, watching films or just sitting and talking with friends. Everyone can find something they enjoy.
The Redcliffe campus has numerous spaces where students can relax and enjoy time together. The Loggia is an open plan social area used for social events, Bible studies, or simply chatting over hot chocolate. It's a great place to relax and unwind after a day's studying. Coffee in the Loggia after lunch often provides an informal opportunity to meet and chat with visitors to the college, such as mission agency leaders.
The 'Hub' has a pool table, Wii and kitchen facilities. The TV Lounge has an ever growing selection of videos and DVDs to choose from and watch together. The beautiful grounds are often used as a place to rest and unwind – maybe with a book, a frisbee or a ball. In the summer months, many students enjoy studying or catching up with friends under our spectacular plane tree. On occasions, you may even find that you have your community group or lectures in its shade!
From a 'Bollywood' night with Indian food to a Dutch waffle party, social events draw the community closer and offer more opportunities to share and appreciate each other's backgrounds and cultures. The student committee organises a wide range of social events throughout the year, including inter-college sports events, walks, and film evenings.
At weekends students often spread their wings or recharge their batteries, whether it's celebrating special occasions, taking trips into town or exploring further afield. Students also get involved in the life of a local church, such as offering a helping hand at social events, leading services and sharing their vision for mission.
Meal times at Redcliffe are a special time of food, fun and friendship. It is often said that lunchtime is the favourite meal of the day, when all students, spouses, children, staff and visitors congregate together for good food and fellowship. There is a varied menu on offer, including hot and cold choices and a salad bar. Special diets can be catered for.
For residential students, all meals are provided Monday to Saturday during term time. Non-residential students are also strongly encouraged to take lunch with the rest of the college community.
Sharing new experiences (and problems!) with other students and tutors
around the lunch table became an indispensable daily routine, and quickly developed into times
of good fun and friendship
Teamwork duties help you to experience working as part of a
multi-cultural team Students take part in teamwork duties which range from cleaning, gardening and washing up to providing IT or administrative support.
Residential students spend around half an hour each weekday on their teamwork duties and non-residential students spend a minimum of an hour a week. In addition, students are assigned a weekend duty at least once a term.
Not studying, but still part of the community
Even if your wife or husband won't be studying at Redcliffe, they are still encouraged to be part of the college community. Non-studying spouses can attend up to two double lectures a week free of charge. They are also welcome to use the college library. Fellowship with others from around the world is an important part of the Redcliffe experience, even if you aren’t studying yourself.
Mealtimes and social events are a good opportunity to get to know others, and everyone is encouraged to join in devotions and the weekly community groups. If you have children, they can attend the Redcliffe crèche in the mornings (places subject to availability). There are also lots of potential babysitters on hand from amongst the student community!