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Our facilities

Life at college is more than education

Whatever you choose to study at an Activate Learning college, you will be surrounded by fantastic state-of-the-art facilities that support your study and lifestyle. We have everything you'd expect at college - and then some.

You probably wouldn't expect central locations, actual restaurants onsite and industry-specific workshops and creative spaces in abundance. You are in for a treat, discover what we have below!

Libraries and learning environments

When you need to get your head down and study, you can do so in libraries, learning environments and IT suites. Each course will also have access to their own specialist equipment!

Cafés, canteens, The Shop and restaurants

Feeling peckish on campus? Every site offers cafés and canteens which serve a range of food and drinks - and support dietary requirements. We also have The Shop at most campuses which is run by SEND students and provides snacks, refreshments and stationary.

Industry-specific training facilities and workshops

Creative spaces

Whether you're studying performing arts, music, media or art, all our colleges offer some impressive creative spaces. You will be working in open plan workshops, photography studios, performance and exhibition spaces, television and radio studios, Mac suites, theatre spaces, recording studios and broadcast rooms. Certainly perfect places for creative types to thrive!

Catering kitchens and restaurants

Our onsite catering kitchens keep the food coming at our cafes and restaurants. Students train in these, preparing food in our industry-standard kitchen before serving paying customers.

Motor vehicle centre

We are very proud of our industry-standard motor vehicle centres with engine diagnostic and vehicle lift equipment. Students may also work on classic and historic vehicles at the Bicester Heritage campus.

Healthcare suites

Our healthcare suites allow students to practice in realistic environments, alongside their work experience.

Science labs

Most of our colleges have science labs onsite, with all the snazzy equipment you would expect to find!

Construction centre

Our construction centres allows students to learn skills for life in brickwork, plastering, plumbing, and carpentry workshops.

Hair and beauty salons

Fancy a pamper session? Our hair and beauty salons are open to all. We offer professional treatments at super competitive prices. Our Level 3 students can work and train in these salons.

Sports and gyms

Working out is great for your body and mental health. We offer dedicated sports programmes, so have a variety of gyms, practice spaces, sports halls and alongside local sports groups to provide industry-standard training at college.


Close to Banbury and Bicester College Banbury campus, we have the Hobby Horse Children’s Centre which offers childcare for children between the ages of three months and 10 years. Unfortunately, we do not currently have childcare at other campuses.


All our colleges have parking onsite. Please note, this is limited and may require a permit and some sites cannot offer student parking.