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Living in Bournemouth
Studying at Bournemouth University could be really awful for you if you don’t like good weather, gold sandy beaches, and dazzling blue seas with the occasional dolphin. Sounds too good to be true?
Bournemouth University benefits from the south coast climate and the beaches here are some of the best in the UK. The student dream of sunbathing while you revise is finally a reality!
If you walk between the Boscombe and Bournemouth piers, you’ll get an idea of what we’re talking about. It’s perfect bucket-and-spade level sand and the surf is perfect for windsurfing and kitesurfing. If you’ve never had a go there are several local clubs that give lessons. Not surprisingly a lot of people want to live here. Ambitious urbanites can stroll through the prestigious Sandbanks residential area, nicknamed ‘Britain’s Monte Carlo’, and start getting ideas for what they’ll do with all the money they’re going to earn in their sparkling post-graduate career.
When you’re not at the beach, which won’t be often, there’s a lot happening in the town too. Bournemouth has a very vibrant nightlife, to the point where it’s become a tourist destination just for that. There are more bars and clubs around than pubs, but if we tried to list them all we’d probably run out of room on the internet. Once you’ve got used to the area just grab some mates and go exploring!
The nearest big retail spot is the Castlepoint Shopping Centre just outside town. Bournemouth has plenty of shopping, but tend to specialise more in boutiques and smaller independant places in the town centre. Something to try at least once is the Bournemouth Eye hot air balloon. This anchored passenger balloon takes pre-booked guests up to 150m for a view that you’re not going to get any other way.
Nearby Poole has the Lighthouse Arts Centre, home of current and independent cinema, theatre, comedy music and shows. It also has Tower Park, a large indoor complex with a cinema, bowling, and a pretty impressive water park. This is also where you can get boats over to Brownsea Island, a National Trust site known for it’s wildlife. Although it closes over the winter, when it’s open the outdoor centre there caters for everything from archery to orienteering.
If that’s not enough outdoors for you, the The New Forest National Park is only 30mins away by car or bus. There’s a wide range of outdoor activities on offer, as well as the occasional small village (usually with a tea room, or a New Forest pony wandering around and being adorable), so you can make the trip as strenuous or lazy as you want.
It’s raining! Where can I go that’s indoors?
- Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum: If you like galleries at all, you’ll love this one. People keep describing it as ‘eclectic’, which is code for ‘weird, but in a good way’.
- Oceanarium: Just like the sea, but indoors!
- Catch a show: The BIC and Pavillion Theatre usually has a varied lineup, with everything from top music acts to touring West End productions on the schedule.
Good to know
- Bike: Yes. There aren’t any horrific hills and both the campuses are near the town centre, so biking will be a cheap and easy alternative to driving.
- Bus: Yellow Buses operate in the town centre, while Wilts and Dorset cater for the rest of the county as well. See their websites for travel times.
- Taxi: United Taxis. Many of the taxi companies offer student discounts so ask around before you book.
Read Bournemouth Reviews
There are so many different fun places to eat and so many night clubs and pubs to go to, to enjoy yourself. The transportation is quick and efficient. You can get a bus every 5 minutes or so to anywhere. The shopping centre in town is incredible as they have so many shops to have fun with. Great environment.
Love Bournemouth, the nights out are so good and there's something going on every day of the week. Everything is within walking distance if you're living in halls as town and the beach aren't far. It's the perfect mix of busy student nightlife with a beach if you wanted to be somewhere quieter. Bournemouth isn't massive but there are two unis which means there's definitely a studenty feel to the area and I know that a huge city would've been too overwhelming for me. We also have Bournemouth 7s and Summerball and the student union are really good.
Popular night clubs and bars, something for every taste. Eating out is easily done with a range of restaurants and lots of Deliveroo! Buses run every 10 mins in lansdowne and every 20/30mins I’m winton and Charminster. Bars are expensive on weekends but there is a student night 6 days a week where entry and drinks prices are a lot cheaper so not too bad.
This place is great for eating out but be warned, homeless are in abundance. You will get accosted for money at least once a night and the who place smells of janga. Its very clean and spacious but no visible police presence at all. Days all you can eat buffet is a good choice for evening meals and the 2 Wetherspoons in close proximity means cheap breakfast, lunch and alcohol.
BEWARE - The outsourced so called "Environmental Officers" will fine you £ 80 for throwing a cigarette butt or chewing gum. They are prowling looking for unsuspecting tourists and foreigners. No signs, no warnings....AVOID going there at all cost!
I absolutely love Bournemouth and would love to just stay forever! It is not the cheapest flatwise, but the vibrant town and especially the beautiful surroundings are hard to beat. It is great culturally, offering everything from galleries, cinemas and theatres to pubs and nightclubs and has some superb eateries. Walking down one of the many chines to the gorgeous sandy beach lets you forget any stress that might have been on your mind.
I'm not really a night clubby person, but the town has a variety of clubs and bars that are quite popular. Eating out is great and usually a good price such a pizza, Italian, sushi, Indian etc.. The town itself is great for shopping, anything you need is there. There are buses and trains too.
Bournemouth is a lovely seaside town I am so happy I chose to live here it's a wondering vibrant place. Student town so feel comfortable in the town centre and walking about at night. Peaceful place with beautiful beach, love it there.
There are so many restaurants to choose from in Bournemouth! Pubs aren't cheap but there's so many weatherspoons about so you can't go wrong. The nights out are Amazing in Bournemouth. They do so many deals for students to make your nights out cheap. Lost Gardens and Halo are great on Monday the new event Flava in revolutions on a Tuesday, varsity night at cameo on Wednesdays, Bonsai on Thursdays and then Lollipop or Cameo on Fridays so there's plenty of events on! There are some decent shops in Bournemouth town centre including topshop, zara, riverisland, miss selfridge, new look, primark, topman etc. The public transport is amazing running very frequently.
Rated one of the best nights out in the south, there are like 100 different places to eat, you can get a bus card with your halls so you dont have to find money everytime you get on a bus, surrounded by shops, an amazing beach... bournemouth is just an amazing town to become a university student, wouldnt change it for the world!