Beautiful beaches, buzzing nightlife, and a bounty of parks all help to make Bournemouth a number one student destination.
Bournemouth's seven miles of golden sand is ranked 'best in the country' by TripAdvisor awards.
City life – third year student at Arts University Bournemouth
'Its not a bad thing if you go into private accommodation, both ways you still meet new people. Halls can be easier and practical, but are not for everyone.'
Bournemouth's iconic Victorian pier is home to well-stocked arcades and even a zip-wire.
Nightlife – second year student at Bournemouth University, 2017
'Next-level nightlife. There's around 10 nightclubs and more than 15 bars including three Wetherspoon's, shisha bars, two rock clubs, and loads of late night takeaway places to satisfy your hunger!'
Marvel at spitfires, Lanasters, and the spectaular Red Arrows at the UK's biggest air show.
Student life in Bournemouth
Local gems, tips, and things to do, as recommended by students.
Catch your favourite superstars at Boscombe's O2 Academy
Low on cash
Count the 250 different cute-as-a-button beach huts on Bournemouth beach
Read a book amid the Asian themed fauna of Bournemouth's Upper Gardens.
Catch up with mates
Share nachos and a milkshake at the wonderfully eccentric Flirt Cafe.
Watch the Symphony Orchestra at Poole Lighthouse.
When family visit
How about a trip to the beautiful Durdle Door?
West Cliff Lift
This funicular railway was built in 1908. Take a trip for easy access to the seafront a spectacular views of the coast.
Nightlife – third year student at Bournemouth University
'Each night and club has a different vibe – Bonsai is a bit of a more dressy night out, compared to Toast which has really cheap drinks and really casual dress, and Cameo and Halo are the main nightclubs.'
Westbourne Urban Village is the destination in Bournmouth for shopping and food!
Third year student at Bournemouth University, 2017
'Winton provides a vast amount of affordable housing close to Talbot Campus, ranging from cheap to expensive.'
Boscombe Chine Gardens
On a sunny day head for these gardens for a relax in the sun or a game of crazy golf.
Second year student at Bournemouth University, 2017
'In the second year most students opt to live in Winton as it is only about a ten minute walk from uni and has a convenient high street to pick up the weekly shopping.'
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum
This art gallery and museum is set in a stunning grade II listed building. It has four gallery spaces, so there'll always be something to see.
Living in Bournemouth
Housing, travel, and budgeting tips:
- 7 day network ticket
Where you'll find students*
*Average mean rents via Spareroom.co.uk (Feb 2017). Value for money via Which? University Survey 2016. Local transport via local operators' website.
Student money tips
I found that getting a young person's railcard really helped towards transport costs!
The cost of living as a student soon adds up, us our budget calculator to find out roughly how much you'll need each month.
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