It’s more used to staging music, but the Spa will also stage lectures after Coventry University picked it as the main teaching base for its Scarborough Campus.
The revamped complex will act as a stop-gap venue when the campus’ first students begin lectures next month, with a permanent £14m campus opening for the start of the 2016/2017 term.
The news comes as prospective students open their A-Level results today, and find out if they’ve got the grades they need to study by the sea.
“It has always been our aim to use Scarborough Spa in our launch year,” said Professor Craig Gaskell, Provost of Coventry University Scarborough Campus.
“In recent weeks, we have been having detailed discussions with the venue to ensure we can deliver an excellent student experience from there.”
Those discussions have resulted in a much-needed upgrade to the venue’s IT infrastructure.
Classes will be held in rooms clustered around the heart of the building – while some students will be treated to sea views.
Applications are now being taken for students hoping to get a spot in Scarborough through UCAS’ clearing process, while staff will be at the Spa for drop-in sessions from today until Saturday.
And as the town awaits the new intake of teenagers, the Spa’s general manager Jo Ager thinks the university is a perfect partner to promote the venue’s attractions.
“We hope to see a big growth in conventions and festivals so the student environment fits really well,” she said.