Chrizie Carrasco in her room

Student leaves Oxford to study at Somerset College

Chrizie Carrasco made the daunting move of leaving Oxford behind and moving to Taunton to study BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles Design at Somerset College.

Chrizie joined nearly 350 other students starting their degree, with some coming from as far away as Norway as she moved into the College's Canonsgrove Halls on Friday 19 September.

There was a steady stream of boxes, students and parents snaking into the student accommodation as the Freshers started on their road to a degree. Students have come from as far away as Norway, Northern Ireland, London, Oxford and Birmingham to move into the halls and study at Somerset College.

Chrizie said: ‘This is my first experience of moving away from home, so it is a bit daunting. But I am looking forward to the challenge of settling in and exploring Taunton and meeting lots of new people. I have already met many new people through Facebook and I have kept in contact with students I met when I came for my interview.

‘My room is great, it has everything I need in a home from home. I am looking forward to Freshers' Week next week especially the Fair and Ball and then starting my course.

‘I chose Somerset College because of the friendly atmosphere I picked up at interview. The tutors and students were all very friendly and welcoming. They made me feel very comfortable around the campus and at the interview.'

Canonsgrove has 197 rooms for students and is set in beautiful parkland. The site also includes a lively bar, sports hall and field, TV lounge, laundry and an outdoor BBQ area.

Jasmine Slade from Reading who is studying BA (Hons) Fashion Design, said: ‘I really like the area, it seems to have everything I need and the people are really friendly and welcoming. I am looking forward to starting my course and meeting even more people at the College.'

A team of staff and student wardens ensures the halls are well maintained and provide a safe environment for students.

Pat Mitchell, Manager of Canonsgrove Halls of Residence, said: ‘Many of our students are leaving home for the first time and it is up to us to make them feel comfortable. It will be the first time they have been separated from their family, so we try to make them feel as comfortable as possible.

‘We ensure our students are kept safe and sound in a secure environment. Canonsgrove is a fantastic space for students to live and learn as well as relax and enjoy themselves.'

Somerset College offer degree level courses through a partnership with the University of Plymouth. For more information on the 27 degree level courses, or to contact Somerset College, click here, or call (01823) 366 331.