Student Life

The European School of Osteopathy has a very warm and friendly atmosphere. We like our students to feel at home.

Our international reputation attracts applicants from all over the world. The diversity of nationalities represented at the School is what marks us out as a truly cosmopolitan institution with on average 20 different nationalities represented at any one time. The student body comprises a wide range of people of all ages, and diverse backgrounds.

At Boxley House the setting itself provides a relaxed atmosphere in which to study and our students are able to take full advantage of the extensive grounds and surrounding countryside. Beyond the school, Maidstone and the local area provides a wealth of entertainment and interest.

Life in Maidstone

Maidstone, the historic county town of Kent, is located on the River Historic  Medway, approximately 35 miles from London. An inspiring mix of old world charm and modern entertainment, Maidstone has plenty to offer for those living and studying in the town. Walking through the streets of Maidstone you can find plenty of evidence of its rich and colourful past. Stroll through the cobbled stone streets of the Market Buildings, or along Bank Street, and you will get a taste of the town’s history, with many buildings dating back to the 15th and 17th centuries. Just one of the sites worth visiting is the beautiful Archbishop’s Palace. This was built in the 14th centrury for the Archbishop of Canterbury and hosts a traditional apothecary’s herb garden, which is open to the public.

Shopping

If you like shopping then Maidstone is for you! There are 3 main shopping areas including – Fremlin Walk which has a great mix of clothes shops, cafes, hairdressers and department stores. In addition, The Mall shopping centre offers an array of shops with many of the usual High Street chains represented. There is also the Royal Star Arcade; you will find individual boutiques and designer shops.

Eating and Drinking

Maidstone is home to a wide variety of restaurants and you can quite literally dine around the world, with Indian, French, Italian, Thai and Turkish restaurants represented in the town. Whether you want a quick coffee, a snack or a 3-course meal you will find numerous lively cafes, restaurants and bars to choose from. Many of our students find weekend and holiday work in the town centre, so don’t be surprised if an ESO student takes your order! When it comes to pubs and inns, Maidstone and surrounding villages have few rivals. Picking out a ‘good place for a meal or a drink’ will leave you spoilt for choice. Town pubs tend to go for fun atmosphere, good food and a selection of beer, wines and spirits, while the countryside inns play on their rural charms.

Nightlife

Maidstone is famous for its excellent nightlife with thousands of people visiting the town each weekend to visit the nightclubs and bars, which open late and offer a wide variety of music and entertainment, shops, clubs and pubs, theatre and cinema. For the film buffs amongst you, the Lockmeadow Complex houses 10 cinemas, alongside the many nightclubs, restaurants and bars within.

The Hazlitt Theatre may be small, but it is buzzing and the theatre’s intimate ambience is a perfect venue for alternative comedians. Whether it’s music, comedy, drama or even the odd tribute band you like to see, the Hazlitt will be able to entertain you.

Sports and Fitness

If you like to keep fit or take part in sports there are plenty of gyms and sports clubs in the area that offer great team opportunity with many offering reduced rates for students.

Of course, the 17 acres of parkland on the campus are ideal for walking, running and ball games, particularly during the summer. Riding stables are within ten minutes walk from Boxley campus. You can also row or canoe along the river Medway or even sail from the nearby Upnor/Rochester Harbour.

Transport Links

Maidstone has excellent transport links both nationally and internationally. The train service to London from Maidstone East takes just 50 minutes and trains leave approximately twice hourly. High Speed rail links at Ebbsfleet and Ashford are just half an hour drive from the town, giving fast train links to London and across Europe. There is also easy access to the coast, the ports of Dover and Folkestone, and the Channel Tunnel, where you can travel to France in just 35 minutes. Gatwick, London City and Stanstead airports are all within 11/2 hours drive from the town.

For further information on what Maidstone has to offer you may find the following website useful:

www.visitmaidstone.com
www.maidstone.gov.uk

Student Association

The Student Association’s main role is to facilitate communication between students and staff, providing channels for student feedback and offering support to individuals or groups of students where necessary. The Student Association (ESOSA) is involved in the decision-making processes through its representation on various committees. Working with the co-operation of the School’s faculty, staff and management, the ESOSA aims to continually improve the student experience at the ESO and make the four years of study as enjoyable and memorable as possible.

Student Association representatives are elected at the beginning of each academic year. Their chief task, obviously, is to represent student opinion, but also to be aware of the support mechanisms available at the School, so that they can help students in the first instance.

Students at the ESO

The other role of the Student Association is to organise social events and make the student experience at the ESO as enjoyable as possible. They aim to provide some much needed relief to a busy course and create opportunities for students of all years (especially new ones) to meet and have fun. The ESO has its own temporary bar, which is run by the students for events throughout the term, including the Fresher’s party and Christmas Review.

Student Welfare

The ESO prides itself on its friendly, supportive, yet professional atmosphere. All our staff are approachable and are happy to help with daily problems that students may encounter. Nevertheless we recognise that occasionally there are problems that require a little extra help and support and our welfare team is here to help. Collectively they can draw on a wide range of qualifications and life skills. No matter what’s troubling you – whether you are homesick, struggling with your studies, finances etc, or simply need someone to talk to, a member of the team will be able to provide support and guidance. Jacqui White, our Student Welfare Officer, can be contacted by emailing jacquiwhite@eso.ac.uk

Disabilities

If you have any specific needs arising from disabilities, please mention this, as early as possible, to the Admissions Team. The Student Welfare Officer will then contact you to discuss your specific needs so that we can make appropriate arrangements.

Learning Support

In addition to the Student Welfare Officer, each year has an allocated tutor. He or she will be aware of student problems, and where possible, provide immediate solutions.

Accommodation

The ESO leads the students through the process of finding suitable accommodation. We realise that this can be a major concern, particularly for those leaving home for the first time or for those coming on the course from abroad. If you have any anxieties in this respect, then talk to a member of the Admissions Team – if we can help we will. For further information on accommodation, please click here

Student Welfare Team 

Jacqui White

Student Welfare Officer