Video: Home away from home

Photo taken in the halls of residence. Cæcilie is standing in the kitchen holding a cup of tea in each hand, she is walking over to the kitchen table where Lois and Anes are sitting, waiting for their tea.

At RNC (Royal National College for the Blind), our students come from all across the UK so while they are studying with us, most students live on campus in our halls of residence.


In our latest promotional video (which can be viewed at the bottom of this page), students talk about living at RNC. Moving away from home, often for the first time, can be a scary time for our students; Residential Manager and Head of Wellbeing Support Jessica Hall explains “When the students come to Pre-Entry Assessment we ask them a number of questions that will give us an idea of their daily habits and routines which help us to identify any particular needs they have accommodation-wise. This is the students’ home when they’re with us so we do our best to accommodate them with people that they get on with.”


Many students travel several hours to study and live at RNC, 20 year old Bilal Din from London says “I’ve never lived outside of home before so coming to an environment where I knew I would be surrounded by other people with VI and staff who knew how to cater for my condition gave me the confidence to actually come here.”


We understand that making the decision to come and live at RNC affects the whole family, Gerry Naughton a parent from Bedfordshire says “Ciaron was 16 when he went to RNC, it’s a young age to leave home and I admit that we struggled. The first week was a nightmare – he’s our only son and we didn’t like him leaving home.” At RNC we are experienced in working with students who get homesick in their first few weeks here and we work with families to make the successful transition from the young person living at home to living at RNC. Mum Maria Naughton adds “I have to say, the staff here were outstanding. Even now, we know we can pick up the phone and RNC staff are always obliging, and always will help” Ciaron, now in his second year, is enjoying his time at RNC and says “I do miss my parents because obviously they’re not around but I see them regularly and I’ve made a lot of good friends at RNC – we hang around together in the evenings and at weekends. We go shopping, sometimes go out for something to eat, play on our consoles or sit and chat.”


Come to the RNC Open Day on 8 December and find out more about how we can make our College your College.


Watch the video below to find out what life is like living at RNC;

If you have any questions, please call us on 01432 376 621 or email

Article written by Bik Lee, Digital Media Officer at RNC


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