Welcome to our Boarding Community
UWCSEA has a flourishing boarding community of around 200 young people, which provides boarders with a friendly, enjoyable and rewarding residential experience based on UWC values.
Boarders learn how to live, work and play together, sharing experiences with people of their own age from many different countries and cultural backgrounds. We seek to provide a caring "home away from home" for boarders, where they can enjoy happy and fulfilling lives as part of an international boarding community which has the feel of a large family.
Life in the boarding community is enriched by the over 40 UWC National Committee scholars who are resident in the boarding houses. The UWC scholars contribute much to the rich and culturally diverse life in UWCSEA's international boarding family.
Each of the two boarding houses at UWCSEA has resident houseparents who also teach at the College. In addition, dayparents are on duty during the day to assist in the smooth running of both houses, and generally provide assistance to boarders.
UWCSEA encourages and supports boarders in developing their leadership skills and showing individual initiative. The busy life of boarding provides many opportunities for students to contribute to house life. Boarders are encouraged to join house committees to represent boarders' views, and actively work together to support social, charitable and sporting initiatives and events.
Many students settle into boarding life right from the start, but we recognise that for some students it can take a little longer to settle in. In both cases, we actively support our students in establishing themselves as part of our friendly and caring boarding community.
Indeed, it is not an exaggeration to say that most boarders find it very difficult to leave the boarding community; such is the richness of the experience here, and the strength of the friendships formed, that our boarders frequently gain friends for life from all round the world.
Director of Boarding