Our facilities

Our facilities

Bedford College is situated on the banks of the River Great Ouse right in the heart of Bedford, you will be based close to major train and bus links plus the vibrant shops, cafes and restaurants of Bedford town centre. If you're attending Shuttleworth College, check out the amazing facilities that you could be using.

Learning Resources Centre (LRC)

Learning Resources Centre

Fresh and modern, the LRC is a great place to study outside of classes. If you need to get a project finished, or meet classmates for some group study, there are workspaces and computers available for your use. There are over 30,000 items in the LRC, including a growing number of e-resources. Having the books you need online means you can learn at home or wherever you go – something that is proving very popular with our current students. 

Industry-class workshops


If you are studying a course such as Engineering or Construction, our realistic working environments will help you hone your technical skills and practice your technique in workshop bays designed for carpentry, electrical work and more.

Yourspace Common Room

The hub of the College community, this room is your dedicated space to relax between classes. It’s also a great place to meet new friends on different courses, as it is a communal space for all students on campus.

South Bank Arts Centre

South Bank Arts Centre

The South Bank Arts Centre is home to our Art & Design and Performing Arts, Music & Media students. This impressive building includes: graphic design suites, photography suites, art rooms, fashion and textile workshops, music technology and recording studios, video studios, a dance studio and theatre. Even if you don’t use the Centre as part of your course, you can enjoy exciting events, visits and talks throughout the year. Check it out online at www.southbankarts.com

Springs Sports & Leisure Centre


We have a great gym on campus with top-class equipment, a fitness studio and full-sized sports hall. Available to all students, you can join in with dance fitness classes or a range of team sports.

Brooks Hair & Beauty Salon


Our modern working commercial salon on Bedford High Street is home to our Hair & Beauty students, where they provide treatments to paying customers. There are modern hairdressing facilities, several treatment areas with therapy beds and a nail bar. Visit: www.brooksspa.com to find out more and treat yourself to your own pamper session.

£2 Million Margaret Stansfeld Building

Margaret Stanfeld Building

This beautiful building, in keeping with the historic streetscape, opened in 2015 and provides a specialist environment for students aged 16+ with learning difficulties and disabilities.

Gas & Plumbing Technology Centre

Gas and Plumbing

Our City & Guilds and British Plumbing Employers Council (BPEC) approved training centre based in Kempston, will provide you with some of the most advanced equipment in the UK including, solar panels, photovoltaic (PV) panels, rain water harvesting, Dimplex ground source, heat and air pumps, and unvented hot water systems.

Vehicle Technology Centre

Motor Vehicle

Also based in Kempston, our dedicated automotive training facility is the ultimate environment to develop your technical vehicle repair skills. The Centre is kitted out with engine and repair bays, paint mix and spray rooms and a body repair area – the ultimate environment for a budding mechanic.

Munch & Mocha – Restaurant and Coffee Shop

Munch and Mocha

Located on the Mezzanine floor of the Tower Block, our restaurant and coffee shop is the ideal space to debate your last class over a coffee or savour a delicious lunch with friends. We offer everything from international street food, meals deals, weekly menu boards and we also have a great selection of hot and cold drinks. There are also plenty of take-away options available! 2019-20 has seen the introduction of our go green campaign #choosetoreuse resulting from Bedford College Services student survey. Keep up to date with Munch and Mocha on Facebook & Instagram @munchandmocha.

Learning Resources Centre (LRC)

Shuttleworth College Learning Resources Centre

The LRC is a great place to study outside of classes and perfect if you need to get a project finished, or meet classmates for some group study.

You will find:

  • Quiet and group study areas
  • Computers
  • A wide range of specialist books, journals and e-resources in the well-stocked library

Information Learning Technology (ILT)

Shuttleworth College ILT

Boost your studies at our ILT suites.

You will find:

  • PCs with the latest software
  • Free WiFi
  • Photocopying, printing and scanning facilities
  • Digital and video cameras to document your animal observations.

Zoological Education Centre

Shuttleworth College Animal Unit

As an Animal Sciences student you'll benefit from practical access to a variety of animals and exotic species at our brand new Zoological Education Centre. The £4million modern standalone Zoological Education Centre offers a tropical rainforest setting, immersive bio-sphere and houses a wide range of species. It will be the first facility of its type in  a further education college and the  best of its kind in the UK!

You will find:

  • A wide range of species including birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, mammals and exotic animals.
  • Purpose built humidity room and a tropical biospheres for our tropical rainforest species
  • Specialist animal care teaching areas
  • Species from across the world
  • Plans to further expand the range of animals in the future.

Kingshill Farm

Kingshill Farm at Shuttleworth College

Shuttleworth College students in a barn

Kingshill Farm is the College's working farm and estate.

Fish farm and lakes

You'll find our reservoirs and lakes stocked with bream, carp, perch, pike, roach, rudd, tench, catfish and trout. 

Equine Centre

Equine Centre

Our British Horse Society (BHS)-accredited equine centre is nearby at Mount Pleasant.

You will find:

  • Purpose built stabling
  • Two indoor arenas
  • Classrooms
  • Student rest room


Sport 2017 Shuttleworth

No matter what your sport of choice we’ve got excellent facilities for many sports and outdoor activities.

You will find:

  • Sports hall
  • Pool table
  • Squash courts
  • Tennis courts
  • Gym
  • Pitches for outdoor sports

Munch & Mocha - Restaurant and Coffee Shop

Munch & Mocha restaurant and cafe at Shuttleworth College

Catch up with friends over a relaxing coffee, savour a delicious lunch or grab a snack when you’re on the go – Munch & Mocha serves a wide range of hot and cold food, including meals, lighter bites and vegetarian options.

You will find:

  • Coffee shop serving hot and cold drinks, cakes and savoury snacks
  • Restaurant serving hot food all day
  • Plenty of seating 


Shuttleworth College accommodation

If travelling to Shuttleworth College is difficult for you, we may be able to offer you a place in our halls of residence, based on site.

You will get:

  • Your own single study bedroom
  • A modern common room with comfy chairs, sofas and a TV
  • Kitchen facilities

Car parking & transport

Shuttleworth College benefits from ample free parking on site if you are travelling by car. We also provide a comprehensive bus service from local towns and villages, depending on demand. Find out where we stop.