Families

Accommodation 
The College tries to accommodate all those who apply for family accommodation in the limited Self-catering (SC) and Full Board (FB) units available, but this depends upon demand which varies each year and can be oversubscribed.

Family accommodation allocation takes into account the size and needs of each individual family. This may come in the form of either a flat or house.

If you have any queries on the finer details of accommodation at All Nations, please contact housekeeping on:

housekeeping@allnations.ac.uk                                                   Click here for more information on accommodation

Overseas Families

All Nations has a long history of welcoming families to the UK so that both parents can study together with us while their children attend local schools.  We are very keen to continue with this, however, some families may be affected by the post-Brexit new regulations, i.e.:

Postgraduate families: PG students are able to bring dependants (spouse and children) with them on the new Student visa (which replaces the former Tier 4 visa). Dependants will need to make a separate visa application and, if successful, will be granted a visa for the length of the student's course (usually one year). Children may attend local schools and children can attend local nurseries. For full details please contact us or see our visa webpage which is currently being updated but should be available soon.

Undergraduate families: UG students are unfortunately unable to bring dependants with them on a Student Visa but it is possible for a spouse and children (even young children) to apply for a separate Standard Visitor Visa in order to join their studying parent/spouse for just six months. Non-visa nationals who do not require a visa to enter the UK, could enter as tourist visitors, again just for six months. Children will not be able to enrol in a local state funded school. However, we are in the process of trying to find out if local schools will be willing to accept the school-age children of overseas students as non-funded visitors. If not, parents may wish to consider home schooling arrangements or bringing a family member with them to help while they are with us. Local nursery provision will still be available to those willing to pay for it. For full details please contact us or see our visa webpage which is currently being updated but should be available soon.

En Route families: Many families will continue to be able to come to the UK (as study visitors or as tourist visitors) for up to 6 months without requiring a visa; others may need to apply for a Standard Visitor Visa.  Please check which applies to you and each member of your family here: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa.  Pre-school children can attend local fee-paying nursery schools or childminders and, as mentioned above, we are currently exploring the possibility of whether primary and secondary school age children will be able to attend local schools as "visitors", as they are not able to be formally "enrolled" under the new regulations.  Parents may wish to consider home-schooling for the period of the En Route course or bringing a family member with them to help whilst they study. For full details please contact us or see our visa webpage which is currently being updated but should be available soon.

Child Care, Nursery & School
Care and Education for your children is very important to us at All Nations. Planning to go into further education when you have children can be a daunting task. Rest assured, there have been many families that have gone before you.
Click here for more information on child care, nursery and schools

The Site
In 1971 three missionary training colleges combined to form All Nations at its present site at Easneye near Ware in Hertfordshire. Since then it has become one of the largest centres in Western Europe for the training of missionaries...
Click here for more information on the heritage of Easneye House

Location
All Nations is located in 6 hectars / 15 acres of beautiful green countryside just 45 minutes from London and Cambridge, close to several small towns and villages with a variety of amenities. All Nations is also within close range of Stansted Airport (an easy train journey; 36 kilometres / 22 miles away) and Luton Airport (40 kilometres / 25 miles away), while Heathrow Airport is just 80 kilometres / 50 miles away.

Frequently Asked Questions
1) Can I choose my accommodation?
The College tries to accommodate all those who apply for family accommodation in the limited Self-catering (SC) and Full Board (FB) units available, but this depends upon demand which varies each year and can be oversubscribed. Family accommodation allocation takes into account the size and needs of each individual family. This may come in the form of either a flat or house. Therefore accommodation cannot be chosen.

2) What accommodation will I be allocated?
College will aim to allocate family accommodation for September by the end of Week 2 of Term 3. Thereafter, families who apply will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis depending on availability. En Route families applying for Terms 2 and 3 and all those who are granted a place on a course/programme after Monday, Week 1 of Term 3 will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis based on availability.

3) How do I find child support?
We have a number of nurseries, schools and child minders in the local area to choose from.
Please click here to find out more.

4) How much does accommodation cost?

Self-catered accommodation for academic year 19/20 ranges between £675pcm - £825pcm. The amount takes into consideration the size of the premises, the number of rooms, and whether certain utilities are included within the property price.

Self-catered students may sign in for meals during term time at the rate of £3.30 per meal for lunch or dinner (19/20 price)

Please click here to find out more information on Full Board costs

Family Perspectives
An interview featuring one of our students with a young family that is living near College.

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I'm Chris, I'm married, we have one son, and our second child is due! Before coming to College I worked as a Barrister and my wife worked in international student recruitment and marketing.

Why did you choose All Nations?

We had spoken to lots of people about which Bible College we should attend and sent off for prospectuses, but All Nations seemed to most clearly fit our training needs (we hope to be involved in Church Planting and other ministries in Japan) and we had several friends who had attended and recommended it to us.

How have you found studying at College?

It has surpassed my expectations! I found the initial adjustment of returning to studying more difficult than I expected, but an assessment early in the first term helped me gain confidence and understand what was required of me.The diversity of subjects covered is a real strength of the course here and having lecturers who have great experiences of different cultures means that every lecture is related to cross-cultural life and work.

Having said all that, the friendships that we have formed and the chance to be around other students who have experience of mission and really godly lives to learn from are probably the highlight.

How has it been studying as a parent?

We moved to our College flat 10 minutes drive from College when our son was 8 weeks old and started College when he was 12 weeks. Loads of our friends told us we were crazy, and we (especially my wife) was very apprehensive, but it has been brilliant.

We both find it hard to imagine a better place to have young children. There is such a community feel and he loves having lots of 'Aunties' and 'Uncles' to play with. We have had such support from all our friends and All Nations staff who really understand the pressures of having small children.

We do have to be very disciplined in our studying, especially in the evenings when our son is asleep, to make sure that we fit it all in. This has meant that we see less of the social side of College, but we still feel involved and it is great to have a home that we can invite people who live in College to.

 

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