Accommodation YHA South East

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South East


January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday


5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

Finding the right residential at the right price has never been so easy. With more than 70 Learning Outside the Classroom accredited sites, the most of any residential provider in the UK.

Listed under: Accommodation & Residential | Hostels | Bunkhouses | Camping and Glamping | Outdoor Residential Centres

What we offer

YHA School Trips offer a diverse range of great value, educational residentials that aim to inspire, motivate and challenge.

Our flexible approach to tailoring residentials sets us apart from many residential providers. Whether you want to enjoy a residential where all of the activities and meals are organised for you, a base for your own self-led adventures, or a combination of both, we’ll create a bespoke residential that will meet your learning objectives and budget.

A selection of hostels are listed below, but to find out more visit https://groups.yha.org.uk

YHA Brecon Beacons, Libanus, Brecon, Powys, LD3 8NH; https://groups.yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-brecon-beacons

YHA Brecon Beacons Danywenallt, National Park Study Centre, Talybont-on-Usk, Brecon, Powys LD3 7YS: https://groups.yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-brecon-beacons-danywenallt

YHA Brighton - Old Steine, Brighton, BN1 1NH:  http://www.yha.org.uk/school-trips/hostel/brighton

YHA Canterbury, 54 New Dover Road, Canterbury CT1 3DT: http://www.yha.org.uk/school-trips/hostel/canterbury

YHA Holmbury St Marys Surrey Hills, Radnor Lane, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6NW: https://groups.yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-holmbury-st-mary-surrey-hills

YAH Medway, 351 Capstone Road, Gillingham, Kent ME7 3JE: http://www.yha.org.uk/school-trips/hostel/medway

YHA New Forest, Cott Lane, Burley Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 4BB: https://groups.yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-new-forest

YHA Oxford, 2a Botley Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 0AB: http://www.yha.org.uk/school-trips/hostel/oxford

YHA South Downs - Itford Farm, Beddingham, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6JS: http://www.yha.org.uk/school-trips/hostel/south-downs

YHA Streatley-on-Thames - Reading Road, Streatley, Berkshire, RG8 9JJ: https://groups.yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-streatley-thames

YHA Truleigh Hill, Tottington Barn, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex BN43 5FB: http://www.yha.org.uk/school-trips/hostel/truleigh-hill

What makes us a great choice?

For over 87 years YHA has existed to create unique opportunities for young people to discover new places, enjoy fresh challenges and broaden their horizons through thrilling activities and transformational educational experiences in the great outdoors.

Instead of climbing an indoor wall, your pupils could be scrambling up a rock face, abseiling down a viaduct or canoeing on a real river. Add to that options including searching for life on the seashore, taking part in mediaeval banquets, or learning the art of teamwork, and you’ve got the makings of a truly unforgettable school trip.

We have:
• Over 70 LOtC accredited sites and counting
• A wide range of properties, varying in size from 10s to 100s of beds in inspiring locations throughout England and Wales
• Sole use is available if you want the hostel to yourselves
• Free places are available for young people who qualify through our Breaks programmes
• Free planning visits
• Free teacher places

Still not sure? We run a series of familiarisation events throughout the year that will be perfect for you! Join us as we invite teachers/group leaders and their families to get first-hand experience of YHA, try the activities available, and stay overnight. It’s the ideal way to find out more about YHA School Trips.

Group Sizes Catered For

Our hostels range in size. The smallest in the network have approximately 20 beds and the largest well over 100. Social spaces are generous and many offer grounds that you are free to explore. Groups staying with us will always be given dedicated rooms with private leader rooms. Hostel bedrooms vary in size and are furnished with single and bunk beds. En-suite rooms are available in most hostels.

Materials, Resources & Information Provided

Feeling the pressure of having to organize every little detail? Take a step back, relax and let us do the hard work for you. Our staff can support you with everything you need to make your residential a success, from meals and daytime activities, to bolt-on options and hot chocolate before bedtime.

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

Photography, video and audio recording at hostels is not subject to copyright restrictions although we ask that permission be sought from those being photographed or recorded.

Risk Assessment Details

Whether you’ve stayed with us before or are new to YHA, we encourage you to make a preview visit to your chosen hostel so that you can be reassured that everything is in place for a successful residential. Your visit will provide the perfect opportunity for you to talk to YHA staff, gain assistance with completing essential paperwork and get first-hand experience of the activities available. If you have a distance to travel, or you just want longer to explore the surrounding area, we are happy to offer you free overnight accommodation. You can book your free planning visit once you have confirmed your booking with us.

Pricing Information

  • YHA packages start from only £38pppn (excl VAT) and include accommodation, meals and activities.
    • Self-led stays and exclusive hire options vary depending upon your chosen hostel and the size of your group.
    • We also offer a range of bolt-on activities that can easily be added on to your stay to fill free time. Bolt-on’s start from only £8 per person. 
    • We offer one free group leader place for every ten students booked on a YHA School Trips package.
    • Free places are available to the young people who really need them most through our Breaks programme. 
    • For up-to-date bed and board prices contact our friendly team of Group Advisors on 0800 0195 465.
    • Reduce the cost of your trip with a free group membership, available to educational and young person’s groups. To find out if you qualify call us on 0800 0191 700.

First Aid Information

All of our sites have first aid kits, but if you are taking a group out on a non-YHA led excursion we recommend that you bring additional supplies.

The safety and wellbeing of our visitors is our priority. We log incidents electronically to ensure that they are dealt with effectively and to prevent future accidents. If an accident does occur during your stay, it is important that you let us know as soon as possible so that we can respond effectively.

Available Facilities

Hostel facilities typically include: 
Generous social spaces, meals available, dining room, grounds/gardens, classroom with conference facilities, cycle store, drying room, games room, coach parking, TV room, and free Wi-Fi in communal areas.

Are meals available?
From a hearty breakfast in the morning through to a delicious evening meal, with a packed lunch provided in-between, you can be assured that when your groups eats with YHA they will always receive great quality, nutritious meals that provide exceptional value. Our group-friendly menus offer plenty of variety and with prior notice we will happily cater for any special dietary requests, including the use of Halal meat.

To ensure that you make the most of your activities, and to keep tummies from rumbling, we will be as flexible as possible with meal times to fit in with your itinerar

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

Inclusivity is at the heart of our values and we pride ourselves on being open for all. We have an incredibly diverse network of hostels, from rural castles and listed buildings, to inner city, purpose-built hostels. The variety is part of what makes us stand out from the crowd, but it does give us a challenge in terms of accessibility. A list of hostels with adaptations can be found here: http://www.yha.org.uk/staying-yha/accessibility, but if you have specific needs we recommend that you contact us on 0800 0195 465 to discuss your requirements. We are here to help.

Location Information

There is almost too much to see and do in the South East. Take a school trip to any of our properties in this region and you’re sure to have a wonderfully diverse experience. Visit Oxford to see the oldest university in the English-speaking world, explore unique museum collections and take a punt on a river cruise. Stay at YHA Jordan and go and visit Runnymede, the site at which King John sealed the Magna Carta. Try out refurbished Canterbury for a break that combines city, coast and countryside. Go to Burley and enjoy the great outdoors; will you try a new watersport or go pony trekking through the New Forest?

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