Top Reasons to Attend University in Bournemouth
- Population 184,000
Bournemouth is a long-established tourist destination and attracts visitors from all over the globe. It is famous for its 12 kilometres of sandy beaches, beautiful parks and gardens. It blends a traditional British seaside resort with a busy and thriving town. Neighbouring Poole is a bustling harbour town, which boasts Europe's largest natural harbour. A short distance away, the landscape changes from the rolling hills of the Purbecks to the wide expanses of the New Forest.
- Bournemouth is just over 100 miles from London. The town benefits from excellent road, rail and air links.
- The journey by fast train from London takes approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes. There are also regular trains from the UK's other major cities.
- Frequent coach services run to Bournemouth from many large cities. Journey by coach from London takes approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes. The coach station is situated next to the railway station.
- London Heathrow is approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes, by road from Bournemouth. Gatwick is 2 hours, 30 minutes away. Both airports are served by direct coach and rail services to Bournemouth. Southampton International Airport and Bournemouth Airport also offer a number of destinations.
- Dedicated student bus services operate locally and between campuses. The Unilinx Bus Service run by Wilts & Dorset is sponsored by The Arts University College and Bournemouth University and runs Monday to Friday during the University term time.
Attractions for students
- Bournemouth's 12 kilometres of sandy beaches have lots to offer, including wind surfing and jet skiing, as well as beach volleyball and other beach activities in the Beach Game Zones.
Culture and nightlife
- As well as the traditional English pier, there is also an Oceanarium and a funfair. The Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum has a vast collection of artifacts and paintings and also has stunning sea views.
- There are many restaurants, bars, bistros and cafés. The nightclubs and bars of Bournemouth are well known and it has one of the most vibrant club scenes outside London.
- The Bournemouth International Centre has hosted acts such as Snow Patrol, The Scissor Sisters, Pink, Basement Jaxx, Lostprophets, DJ Shadow and many more.
- With two cinemas in Bournemouth town centre and a multiplex and arts cinema in nearby Poole, there is a good choice of films from big blockbusters to independent and art films.
- High street favourites exist alongside independent stores and boutiques. There is also a large shopping centre called Castlepoint, just outside the town that offers a wide range of retail experiences.
- The town centre is divided into two main streets with a big café in the middle called the Obscura Café that provides an excellent location to sit and watch the world go by.
Proximity to town centre
- Bournemouth University is located on two campuses, Talbot and Lansdowne.
- Talbot Campus is the main campus and is situated just outside the centre of Bournemouth. It is home to the Sports & Recreation Centre and Student Village as well as most Academic Schools.
- Lansdowne Campus is based near the centre of Bournemouth and is home to the School of Health & Social Care, and some halls of residence.
- Arts University College at Bournemouth is situated between Bournemouth and Poole at Wallisdown.
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Content was accurate at the time of compilation. Population figures are compiled from the 2011 censuses for England and Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.