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Bournemouth

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Overall lovely town

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By member1211273
On 15th July 15

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.


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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 15th July 15

Overall lovely town

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 11th July 15

It is a wonderful city for living and studying. I am enjoying the quite and the beautiful beach there.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 11th July 15

Easy to get around, local busses improving.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 10th July 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 10th July 15
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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 10th July 15

Cheap nights and entertainment, little variety in daytime activities

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 10th July 15

Bournemouth is a great place to live. The beach is fantastic and there is a good shopping centre. The night is vibrant and fully of live

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 10th July 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 10th July 15

Nights out are pretty good. Fairly cheap to live depending on where you are in Bournemouth. Good restaurants. Fairly good range of shops. Public transport is average.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 10th July 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 10th July 15

A few better bars / clubs / pubs wouldn't go amiss, but it's not as bad as Exeter and that's what matters

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 10th July 15

Average sized shops, big brands and department stores. Lots of buses however very long journeys.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 10th July 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 10th July 15

So much to do and all for good prices

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 10th July 15

There is always something to do in bournemouth. The only downside i would say about living in bournemouth is the ammount of homeless on the streets, who need to be homed.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 10th July 15

Too expensive the student housing,

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 10th July 15

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.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 9th July 15

Best restaurants are slightly further away, very student/ OAP orientated however seaside town has plenty of shops and has a beautiful park/ seaside.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 9th July 15

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.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 9th July 15

A quiet seaside town with not very much to do outside of clubbing, which doesn't interest all people.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 9th July 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 9th July 15

Bournemouth is a great town. It has everything and the fact that its small makes it more enjoyable

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 9th July 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 8th July 15

Town centre have all you need and more. Nice and cost Town with plenty of parks and then there's the amazing Beach! Plenty of Nice Towns and landscape In the area with London a shot 2h Trainride away

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 8th July 15
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Student Review: 1 /5
By On 16th June 15

f*cking sh*t

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 25th April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 24th April 15

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.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 24th April 15

Lovely place to live

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 24th April 15

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!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 24th April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 24th April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 23rd April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 23rd April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 23rd April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 23rd April 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 23rd April 15

Bournemouth is the best.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 23rd April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 23rd April 15
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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 23rd April 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 23rd April 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 23rd April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 22nd April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 21st April 15

Not frequent busses to uni from all halls and going to Poole from Winton is an hour journey into Bournemouth and then the other way to Poole. Prices in Bournemouth are high but it's not too much.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 21st April 15

A lot of great clubs and places to eat - especially if you know where to go! Public Transport a bit on the expensive side worth having a pass if you use them several times a week

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 13th April 15
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