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With over 19,000 students, Bournemouth has a buzzing student population and a fun and enjoyable international atmosphere. As the largest resort in Dorset, Bournemouth is a coastal town with endless amounts of character and we believe that students considering Bournemouth as a place to study, should keep in mind our top reasons for moving to the south coast.
1. The beach
How many university and student towns can say the beach is mere minutes from your campus? Bournemouth is a seaside resort and students can quickly embrace and become part of the relaxed, beach-side living that the town is known for. There are seven miles of golden beaches to enjoy, and Bournemouth has picked up awards for the quality of its beaches throughout the years including 4 Blue Flag Awards. The beach is the perfect place to relax and unwind when term finishes and the warm climate means you can spend as many hours as you want outdoors with bar terraces, beer gardens and plenty of outdoor spaces to enjoy.
2. The weather
Even international students are pleasantly surprised when they choose to study in Bournemouth, as the weather is simply gorgeous when compared with other areas of the UK. Not many locations in the UK can rate their weather as one of their top features but in Bournemouth, it’s true. The southern coastal town has one of the mildest all-year-round climates in the whole of the country and is the warmest, driest and sunniest place to be in the summer.
3. The nightlife
New arrivals are often pleasantly surprised by the nightlife in Bournemouth. It has an impressive nighttime scene for a smaller student town. There are hundreds of restaurants and bars to explore and a thriving student nightlife scene to get involved with. Whether you prefer a relaxed pub, a sophisticated cocktail bar or an all-nighter at a club, you won’t be disappointed. Student favourites in Bournemouth cover every kind of venue from cool bars like Be At One to traditional local breweries like Poole Hilly Brewery. The diversity of Bournemouth’s nightlife offers something for everyone.
4. Diverse student community
The tourism sector in Bournemouth attracts students from all corners of the world, with local language schools in addition to the universities in the town. Students from across Europe and even further afield are drawn to the Mediterranean-like atmosphere that Bournemouth offers. Moving to Bournemouth to study gives you the chance to meet people from all around the world.
5. Glorious green spaces
Bournemouth has an impressive 2,000+ acres of beautiful green parks and gardens to explore. Locals and students alike enjoy the greenery at their leisure, whether you’re revising for your finals or simply enjoying a calm weekend off in the park. Bournemouth’s green spaces are spread across three areas and provide ample space for students to relax in the summer months. The lower gardens are adjacent to the beach and seaside, the central gardens are right in the heart of the town centre and the upper gardens are further to the north. Living in Bournemouth is not complete without appreciating the beautiful local greenery and making the most of it in the summer sun.
6. Bournemouth Pier
Making the most of life in Bournemouth as a student means embracing every aspect of the town. This includes the stunning historic pier. There aren’t many university towns and cities with such a spectacular pier and with the pier comes your traditional seaside tourist attractions. Students can enjoy a day out at attractions including Rock Reef Adventure Centre where you’ll find the world’s first zipwire from pier to beach. There are also traditional arcades, music hall-style theatre and bookable boat trips to explore the coastline. Bournemouth Pier adds a fun holiday atmosphere to your new student home and makes for a great day out.
7. Top transport links
With an airport and great transport links by train and road to the rest of the south of England, Bournemouth is a brilliant choice if you want to explore beyond the town’s borders. Bournemouth Airport is just 15 minutes from the town centre and offers short connections to a range of locations perfect for a city break or a short summer holiday. You can travel to Spain, Portugal, and the Greek islands, amongst other destinations. Even within Bournemouth, you’ll have no trouble getting around with reliable bus links, taxi services and many of the most necessary amenities within walking distance.
8. A choice of top institutions
Students considering Bournemouth have a range of top institutions to choose from. Most students in the town are studying at Bournemouth University. Consistently highly ranked and with a great reputation, Bournemouth University is also considered in the top fifteen for Anthropology, top 10 for Engineering and number one for Social Work according to the Guardian University Guide.
Students can also study at Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) which has a strong reputation for creative and arts-based industries and a stunning one-of-a-kind campus to feed students’ imaginations. For the more scientifically minded there is also AECC University College, a specialist institution for health sciences. Students can benefit from the highest levels of expertise and teaching in health sciences in a range of disciplines from chiropractic to radiography.
Explore Student Accommodation in Bournemouth
If you think that Bournemouth is the place for you, and with all these great reasons it’s easy to see why, then it’s time to start looking for somewhere to live. If you’re looking for well-located student accommodation in Bournemouth then the Lulworth Student Company is ideally positioned to give you everything you need. Minutes from Bournemouth beach and the best bars and clubs in town, you’ll be able to enjoy everything the town centre has to offer from your new home.
Get in touch today to discuss the options available.