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You’ll be sent further information about what you need to do before you start at Warsash. In the meantime, we’ve put together some information here that answers some of the most commonly asked questions we get from new phase one cadets before they join us. 

Where you'll study

Cadets study at the University's maritime centre in a dedicated building at the St Mary's campus, located within the grounds of City College, in Southampton city centre.


Your attendance in class and workshops is monitored by the School and reported to your training manager. A sponsored cadet is required to attend 100 per cent, however if you’re absent through sickness, or need to attend an appointment, you must inform:


Cadets can live in the University's Deanery and Chantry student residences. These residences are in Southampton city centre and are a short walk from the St Mary's and the main East Park Terrace campuses. 

A group of cadets standing outside the St Mary's campus

Solent's dedicated accommodation and residences teams are available to support you all year round and help to ensure that Southampton is a fun, exciting place to live and study. The residence hub is available to all resident students 24/7 and is located in the David Moxon residence.

The University also has dedicated staff to provide advice and assistance in finding accommodation in the private sector.

The student residences fully comply with the standard for student accommodation, the Universities UK/Guild HE Code of Practice for the Management of Student Housing.


All cadets are expected to wear a college uniform. Some sponsoring companies will supply kit to their cadets, but others do not - please check with your company first. If you need to purchase your own kit, we recommend you get enough items to cover a week of study at a time. Details (including a list of suppliers) are provided in your joining instructions. The uniform generally consists of a white shirt with cadet epaulettes, black or company tie, black trousers or skirt, and navy-blue NATO-style pullover with cadet epaulettes, black shoes, and navy or black waterproof jacket. Uniform must be worn at all times when you’re on campus (between 08.30 and 17.00) unless told otherwise by your course leader or tutor - this includes classrooms and social areas. 

Support for you and your studies

During your time at Warsash you’ll have access to Solent’s excellent student support network. The Student Hub is in the main concourse of the Andrews building at the University's main East Park Terrace campus. The Student Hub is your first point of contact for queries relating to your studies. Student advisers can also offer support on personal issues, as well as health and wellbeing, and specialist support such as counselling, money advice and chaplaincy. There is also dedicated support for students who may have specific additional learning requirements. 

Solent's 24/7 library is available to all cadets - you'll find it at the main East Park Terrace campus. We have one of the most extensive nautical libraries in the country to help our students with their maritime study programmes.

There’s no need to buy any textbooks before you start, unless you’ve been specifically advised to do so in your joining instructions. You’ll be provided with a recommended book list by your tutors early in your course, and the library has several copies of each text book for loan. 

Solent Online Learning

The University's virtual learning environment, Solent Online Learning provides access to online course materials and recorded lectures as part of the interactive learning experience at the Solent. Students can participate in quizzes, online assessments, forums, create blogs, access course materials and communicate with classmates and tutors. 

New entrants and maths

All cadets will study maths-based subjects during their cadetships, and as students all have different abilities and may have studied maths to different levels before coming to Warsash, it's recommended you revise some of the topics studied at GCSE, or on equivalent professional courses. By refreshing and consolidating your basic maths knowledge, including basic algebra, you'll be more likely to be ready to begin your professional and academic courses.

There are a number of online resources available, including the University's own Solent Online Learning (student log-in required) to help you. Check also to see if your sponsoring company provides access to the Marine Society's Learn@Sea platform.

Sport facilities

Solent University's Solent Sports Complex, next to The Spark at the East Park Terrace campus, boasts a 90-station gym, fitness studios and sports halls. There's no joining fee and there are great student membership options available, including a one-month pass or pay-as-you-go.

For cadets looking to join a team, Team Solent has over thirty teams covering sports from football, rugby, rowing, hockey, boxing, and many more. Many of these teams compete in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues. Some teams also compete in local and national leagues. 

Careers advice and support

Warsash cadets are entitled to impartial careers support from Solent Futures. The team can help you explore opportunities in the maritime sector, as well as investigating other career options. 

While you're studying they can check your CV or offer one-to-one guidance, including mock interviews. Look out for Solent Futures' employer events, which take place throughout the year.  

Some of Solent Futures' programmes and events are also available to you after you finish your cadetship.

Visit the Solent Futures drop-in desk in the library at the main East Park Terrace campus, or email to find out more.

Solent Futures Online

Solent Futures Online is a jobs board and career management system offering advice and information on all aspects of the job search process. Use your Solent email to log in to Solent Futures Online.


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