Living in Bournemouth
We're based in Bournemouth, on the beautiful south coast of England.
This metropolitan town will offer you the experience of living by the seaside, while being able to easily access the countryside and a large choice of shops and restaurants. Bournemouth also has a vibrant nightlife, with something to suit everyone. Plus, living in Bournemouth means you are never too far from the beach and most of our students tend to be able to get around easily on foot or by using public transport.
Bournemouth’s seven mile beach has some of the warmest sea temperatures in the country. There is an outdoor gym and an artificial surf reef. You could go on one of the local boat trips, undertake a watersport activity or attend the summer firework display. One of the biggest summer seaside attractions is the Bournemouth Air Festival, which happens every year in August. It's the largest event of its kind in the world!
Food & drink
Dorset is well-known for its food and drink, thanks to its mild climate and fertile soil. It has even drawn celebrity chefs to the area!
Bournemouth offers an array of restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and bistros. There is a large choice to suit all budgets and special diets. While here, why don't you dare to tickle your taste buds with a Dorset Naga – one of the hottest chillies in the world.
The nightlife has thrived off the large student population, and now offers bars, pubs and nightclubs all around the town. There is a Night Bus service which runs every half an hour so you will be able to get home safely.
There is plenty of choice for local and visiting shoppers in Bournemouth. Most local to the college are the high streets of Boscombe and Southboune. Here you will be able to find all the essential ammenties.
In the town centre there is a large selection of shops including high street chains and boutiques. Castlepoint is located just three miles away and offers many high street stores and well-known restaurants.
Bournemouth has over 2,000 acres of gardens for you to explore including its lower, central and upper gardens. There is also a busy event calendar, from food and festivals to live music and art festivals. In the summertime, open air concerts are often held within Bournemouth Parks and Gardens and an annual art exhibition fills the gardens.
The BIC (Bournemouth International Centre), the 02 Academy Boscombe, and the Pavilion have regular music and theatre events.
The New Forest almost borders Bournemouth, making it easy to go for walks in the countryside. You can get to the New Forest by train from Bournemouth train station. The forest is also popular with cyclists, both amateur and professional. You will also be able to see wild animals (famously ponies) and enjoy the landscapes. There are lots of campsites around the New Forest if you like to camp outdoors or extend your stay.
The campus is also located near to Corfe Castle, one of Britain’s most magnificent ruins. Corfe Castle can be found on the way to Swanage. Swanage is another seaside location where you can take a walk along Purbeck Coast path or hop aboard the nostalgic Swanage Railway.
Bournemouth benefits from two mainline train stations within the city. Bournemouth also has great travel links to many other major cities in the UK. These include London, Southampton, Bristol and Manchester. The nearby Bournemouth International Airport offers regular flights to many different international destinations.
The neighbouring port in Poole is only six miles away and offers excellent continental ferry links for our students. Further international ferries are available from Portsmouth. Students wishing to visit the Isle of Wight can do so from ports in Southampton, Portsmouth or Lymington, located in the New Forest.