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The Boat Building Academy has living accommodation for nine students. The accommodation is basic but comfortable and reasonably priced, enabling people to live and work on Monmouth Beach for the duration of their course.

Alternatives are boarding with people in the town or renting a flat or house. We’ll do our best to help you find the accommodation that’s right for you.

  • Single study bedrooms
  • Large fully equipped shared kitchen
  • Shared dining room and sitting room
  • Shower rooms
  • Housekeeping for communal areas
  • Clean bed linen
  • Coin-operated washing machines and tumble drier
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Fridge and larder space
  • Wi-fi

Rooms are reserved on a ‘first come, first served’ basis as people book their place on a course. We do our best to give priority to students on the longer courses. Should the accommodation be full, we will do our best to help you find a suitable place to stay in Lyme Regis and the surrounding area.

Accommodation Costs

The cost of the accommodation varies depending on how long your stay will be:

  • Long course students intending to stay for 40 weeks


    per week

  • Furniture Making students intending to stay for 12 week


    per week

  • Accommodation for those on short courses


    per night

Students on the 12 and 40-week courses are invoiced for accommodation one month in arrears. Prices subject to change.

  Please enquire with the office for on-site accommodation availability

“The 40-week Boat Building course is by far the best thing I have ever done. The teaching is of the highest quality, both in expertise and enthusiasm for the course and the boatbuilding industry in general. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is considering a career in either woodworking or boatbuilding or even just to learn a new skillset.”

George Soper, 40-week Boat Building Graduate

"Your college has set the benchmark for the future of training craftsmen, which has long been the biggest worry of traditional boat builders and repairers. You deserve to go from strength to strength, and I for one will recommend it to anyone looking for a career in our industry."

Tom Richardson, Owner of Elephant Boatyard, Hampshire

A really useful week! I learned techniques and got some confidence in general woodworking, but the best thing was being able to bring my boat along for the class to work on.
I am extremely grateful for the dedicated concentration on the issues that need sorting for my boat.

Richard Palmer, Wooden Boat Restoration

A brilliant, well run school, where everyone was helpful, professional and a joy to be around! It was an excellent course that more than met my expectations. Providing many detailed explanations on several different aspects of boat construction.

Richard Cord, Modern Wooden Boat

All our interactions and experiences with the BBA have impressed us with their commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive space. The teaching offered is second to none, and the environment is unique in its atmosphere of respect, encouragement and acceptance of all. BBA is a wonderful place to spend time.

Belinda Joslin, Women in Boatbuilding

“I wanted to do the 40 week course in order to retrain and start a new career. Without the bursary I would not have been able to join when I did, and at 34 I felt that I didn’t have time to waste. Before the course, I was stuck in a fairly poorly paid job and only had a small amount of savings. I was lucky enough that my family were willing to help with some of my costs, but it was a stretch. The bursary I received enabled me to make up the rest and enjoy the course to the fullest. I now have lifelong skills (and friends), and finally a career that I love. I wouldn’t be writing this without the support I received.”

Tom Jenkins , 40-week Boat Building Graduate

"It exceeded expectations! Lovely people, lovely tutor, lovely place. It was the right amount of things to try and achieve in a week."

Thank you so much for the bursary opportunity. This has had a huge impact on me & has made the project i want to achieve more possible and less scary to start."

Katie Pollitt, Womens Workshop

“I trained at BBA and built my first boat as a replica to the oldest surviving Shetland boat and this has underpinned my work as a traditional wooden boat builder for the last seventeen years. I would like to express my great appreciation to all the tutors at the Academy for the guidance, skill and knowledge they have shared with me.”.

Gail McGarva, 40-week Boat Building Graduate

"The BBA prepares you perfectly for the boat building industry, and in my case Spirit Yachts. The boats are bigger, but the fundamentals are the same and it’s much easier to scale up than down"

Jack Firth, 40-week Boat Building Graduate

Spaces available on Our Flagship Boat Building course

Spaces available on our 12-week furniture making course

Find out about the short courses we are currently running