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From exceptional amenities to dedicated staff, we’re committed to making the South Shields Marine School experience amazing for all our students.

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Our Dr Winterbottom Halls of Residence have an Ofsted rating of outstanding. These safe and secure halls are conveniently located on campus. They are available from just £280 per month, including Wifi, utilities, a gym membership and onsite parking. There are staff onsite 24/7 to offer advice and support, and we have contracts available at many different lengths to suit you. 

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We have a variety of catering services available for all residents including our large refectory, The Dock, which supplies a range of lunch and dinner options. You can grab a coffee, sandwich and a range of hot and cold snacks at Starbucks and Costa Coffee outlets. If you fancy some posh nosh, you can book a table at Bistro 150 – our commercial restaurant.

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The Learning Resource Centre is packed full of books, journals, periodicals and useful resources, including a full computer suite to help all students with their studies.

Opening Times:
Monday-Thursday: 8.30am – 8pm
Friday: 8.30am – 4.30pm
Saturday: 10am – 2pm

Contact details are at the bottom of this page.

Reduced hours will operate during holiday periods.


You can also check out our shop in the LRC for items such as: clothing (branded merchandise), stationery, drawing equipment – and much more.
Stock may vary so please ask at reception.

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Our recently refurbished 1861 Lifestyle Centre offers a first-class training facility and provides a personal, practical and enjoyable approach to fitness. It boasts a fully fitted gym with the latest fitness equipment, a large studio area and excellent changing and shower facilities. There are a range of competitively-priced membership options, fitness classes and optional personal training sessions.

Our friendly team is always on hand to provide advice and instruction for every fitness level.

“The student experience at SSMS is perfect – all teaching staff and facilities are 100% and if you are looking for the ideal student life, I would say SSMS is the one to have!”

“The facilities at South Shields Marine School are fantastic, the workshops are fully kitted out with Metal Lathes, Stick and MIG welders and various other plant systems such as purifiers, Pumps, and electric motors. All of which you will find onboard, and you can get hands on with before you go away.”

“By living onsite, you can really maximise the opportunity to gain further understanding of what is being taught in lesson i.e., being able to go to the MLC (Maritime Learning Centre) for tutorial support on an evening with the presence of different lecturers each week allowing you to get different tips and tricks of how to approach different subjects from another person’s perspective.”

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College can be a stressful time. We do everything we can to help, from individual counselling, to wellbeing workshops, to financial and educational support and careers guidance. 


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We give every student a personalised study programme, and offer one-on-one meetings with lecturers in order to ensure you’re getting the most out of your time here. 


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