Great facilities come as standard
At UKSA, you’ll get comfortable accommodation and wholesome meals. And there’s plenty for you to do in the evenings both on site, and in the local area.
Most of our courses are fully residential, although non-residential options are available. Our on-site accommodation is particularly useful if you’re one of our yachting students; staying on-site during shore-based training gives you a break from living aboard. We’ve got dormitory accommodation to sleep 170 as well as single and twin rooms in our Lister House block. So there’s something to suit everyone. We hold three-star ‘Visit Britain’ hostel status and as well as our students we also welcome visitors who want a base for exploring the island. It’s a campus environment here. So everyone lives, eats and socialises together, sharing a common passion for the water.
A day on the water can be tiring, so hearty, nutritious meals are a must. As a student, you’ll get breakfast, lunch and dinner with a choice of food that includes a salad bar and vegetarian options. Our catering team are used to dealing with different dietary requirements, from nut allergies to halal meat. So if you need something, just ask.
Not having to cook for yourself while you’re on shore means you can focus on your studies. On our yachts, crews freshly prepare all their own meals. So you’ll have the chance to get involved in the shopping, cooking, and clearing up.
At the centre of the main building, the bar is the social hub of our base. With beautiful balcony views across the river, and a television area and pool table, the bar is the perfect place to unwind and relax after a hard day afloat or studying.
We use our indoor heated swimming pool for kayaking, sea survival, swimming lessons, life-saving courses and other training. It’s also a great place for school and youth group activities to help build confidence in and around the water.
The pool is open 7am-8.30am Monday-Saturday for use by students, staff and visitors to keep fit and unwind.
Computers are available in our cyber cafe for all students to use during the day and evening. If you’re on a career training course, you’ll also make use of this area during industry guidance days. Our team will help you put together a professional maritime CV and build a profile on our jobs site.
If you’d like to bring your own laptop with you, wireless internet is available across most of the site. It’s a great way to catch up with friends or do some more study in the evenings.
With limited parking in the surrounding area, cycling is a great way to get around Cowes and the rest of the island. UKSA provides a secure bike storage area that is covered and sheltered.
We’re right next to a cycle network that runs along an old railway line into the main town of Newport and on to the beaches of Sandown. With over 200 miles of well-maintained routes across the island, cycling is a cheap and easy way to explore during your time off.