• Photo showing the on-site SAMS hostel from the outside
    SAMS on-site residence available
  • Student studying in bedroom with en-suite facilities
    Private en-suite rooms
  • Student in Margaret Barnes residence living room relaxing
    Comfortable shared living areas


2021/22 accommodation in our student residence

All students who have accepted their offer for the 2021-22 academic year have been contacted about accommodation in the Margaret Barnes Building and room allocations made accordingly.

At this time, no further accommodation is available in SAMS student accommodation but please contact us if you wish to be added to the waiting list in case a room becomes available.

Please direct any enquiries to the SAMS Accommodation Team: accommodation@sams.ac.uk

Margaret Barnes Building

Living in our Margaret Barnes residence means you are surrounded by other students and can focus on making friends and learning to live independently but without the additional challenge of budgeting for utility and transport costs, and perhaps even furnishing your new accommodation.

This is a ground-floor self-catering residence for 11 students in the Margaret Barnes Building. It is a non-smoking facility and cannot accommodate pets.

Wifi is available throughout and students will have to sign a Wifi user agreement.

Local amenities and transport

The residence is on the SAMS campus - i.e. you'll be able to sleep the longest! From here is takes approximately 10 minutes to walk into Dunbeg village, which has a local shop and post office, and from where a regular bus service takes students into Oban, which is 3.5 miles away. There is also a scenic cycle path from Dunbeg to Ganavan beach in Oban.

Private roooms

Students live in single rooms.

Rooms are equipped with: a single bed, desk, chair, a sizeable built-in wardrobe, shelving, and curtains / blinds.

Each room comes with an adjoining bathroom with toilet, washbasin with mirror and bath with overhead shower.

Shared facilities

The 11 students share a living room, kitchen and laundry room.

Kitchen: Oven, fridge/freezer, sink, microwave, kettle, toaster, bin, vacuum cleaner, storage cupboard and basic supply of pots and pans, crockery, cutlery and cooking equipment.

Living room: 5 sofas, 1 arm chair, coffee table, TV cabinet and large flat screen TV. A TV licence is included in your rent - but only for this one TV.

Laundry room: washing machine, tumble dryer, ironing board, iron, sink for handwashing and storage.

It is the joint responsibility of residents to keep the communal areas clean and tidy.


There is free car parking available outside as well as a covered bike rack. Bikes not to be stored inside Margaret Barnes Building.


Students sign a contract covering the period from September to the beginning of June. Monthly rent is IRO £500 and includes all bills (heating, electricity, water, Wifi, single TV licence, use of laundry facilities). Rent is paid every quarter in advance and is due on 1 September, 1 December and 1 March or monthly in advance (9 montly payments).

Residents have to pay a £400 security deposit to secure their rent. Any damage to the fittings or structure of the residence will be deducted from this deposit, as will any cleaning charges if the facility is not left in an acceptably clean condition.

What will your address be?

SAMS Hostel, Scottish Marine Institute, Dunbeg, Oban PA37 1QA


What to bring

Privisions for the first few days until you manage to go shopping

Bedding for single bed (duvet, pillows, sheets, duvet and pillow covers)

Towels and tea towels

Coat hangers

Crockery, cutlery, chopping board if you wish to have your own (but you may need to store some of it in your room)

Cleaning products, toilet roll

New extension lead (to adhere to Portable Applicance Testing regulations)

Headset/headphones (so you don't disturb house mates if you want to listen to music)

If you want to bring your own TV or watch live TV in your room, please arrange a separate TV licence - see www.tvlicensing.co.uk


What NOT to bring

Candles, incense sticks, tea lights, BBQs, heaters, chip fryers, smoking equipment, dartboards, weapons (incl replica), electric blankets, plug-in air fresheners, inflatable cushions or furniture.

SAMS maintains an online accommodation folder if you want to find private accommodation we are aware of.

Alternatively, contact local letting agents

Viewing private rentals

If you are unsure what to look out for when viewing accommodation, Urban Jungle have put together some really helpful advice and top 10 tips for viewing private student accommodation.

Places where short-term visitors have stayed before...


Backpackers Plus

Barriemore Guesthouse on the seafront

Corriemar House B&B on the seafront

Manor House

Oban Backpackers

Oban Bay Hotel and Spa on the seafront

Oban Youth Hostel on the seafront for en-suite dorm and family accommodation

Perle Hotel - opposite the railway and bus station

Premier Inn - behind railway station and ferry terminal

Ranald Hotel

Royal Hotel 

The Scot

Wellpark House on the esplanade

Dunstaffnage Marina

The Wide Mouthed Frog (bar, bistro and beds)


Ards House

Falls of Lora Hotel

Oyster Inn

Lochnell Arms Hotel



The Isle of Eriska Hotel: for those looking for luxury


Ardtorna, eco-friendly 5 gold star B&B

Barcaldine Castle, luxury B&B guesthouse



Blarcreen luxury guest house on Loch Etive in countryside


Camp sites and chalets

Cologin Country Chalets and Lodges

North Ledaig Caravan Park

Oban Caravan and Camping Park

Roseview Camping and Caravan Park

Tralee Bay Holidays Lodges and Caravans

SAMS Accommodation Team

E: accommodation@sams.ac.uk

T: +44 (0) 1631 559 427

SAMS, Dunbeg, Oban, Argyll PA37 1QA, United Kingdom