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Boarding and Day

Our Day and Boarding Houses are at the heart of life at Cheltenham College in Gloucestershire. All Houses operate in much the same way in terms of day-to-day life, but each has its individual character influenced, not just by the Housemaster or mistress, but also by the pupils within it.

We have 11 Houses in total: 4 Boys' Boarding, 3 Girls' Boarding, 1 Boys' Day, 1 Girls' Day, 1 Boys' Day and Boarding and 1 Girls' Day and Boarding House, all located around the perimeter of the campus. Each House is run by a resident Housemaster or Housemistress and their family, resident and non-resident tutors and matrons. They are a true home away from home, the hub of life at Cheltenham College in Gloucestershire, and the basis for forming lifelong friendships.

The House allocation process is straightforward. We try to meet any preferences expressed, but always ensuring a good balance of individuals, talents, and backgrounds across all Houses. As we aim for no more than 3-4 pupils from an individual prep school per house, it is wise to express two preferences. This allows the move from prep school to the College to be both a continuum as well as an opportunity for a new beginning.

As a rule of thumb, if you do have a strong boarding House preference you are advised to register it a minimum of 2 years before entry. Your House allocation will not be confirmed until after the offer of a place has been made. If you are interested in Day Boarding, please contact the Admissions Office as soon as possible as these places are very limited and there are waiting lists in place. 

For more details of the Day or Boarding Houses click on the link to each House or contact us in the Admissions office.