Arts University Bournemouth

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Student Accommodation

  • The university offers a range of halls, shared and rented housing for students.
  • Halls are popular with first-year students, with halls in the town centre, quieter residential areas, or overlooking the sea. Almost all rooms are en-suite or self-contained studios.
  • Priority for rooms is given to international students, care leavers and disabled students. UK students are allocated based on their distance from AUB.
  • The university runs private accommodation days for students not placed in halls, enabling them to meet housemates and find housing with a reputable landlord. Bournemouth also has a thriving accommodation sector for students wanting to live with a host family or stay in a Student Hotel.

Accommodation Costs

Self-Catered from £125 to £175 per week

The costs above are for the academic year 2018/19

Student Life

  • Bournemouth is a vibrant community, where students can participate and immerse themselves in the arts. With two universities, there are great student nights at clubs most nights of the week. The town is also known for its cultural diversity, along with the many associated religions.
  • As well as the award-winning beach, Bournemouth and Poole have plenty to offer, from nightlife to sport, as well as events and festivals in alternative spaces throughout the town.

Nightlife and Culture

  • Bournemouth has a great club scene with well-known nightclubs and bars, along with over 500 restaurants, bistros and cafés including British, Mediterranean, Caribbean and Asian.
  • The Bournemouth International Centre hosts well-known bands; and Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre, Poole Lighthouse Arts Centre and a number of smaller venues attract plays, shows and comedy acts.
  • BH2 is the new multiplex cinema and leisure complex.
  • Premiership football can be watched at AFC Bournemouth Dean Court ground.


  • The university is only 2 miles from the centre of Bournemouth and 5 miles from Poole town centre.
  • AUB and neighbouring Bournemouth University have a dedicated bus service linking their campuses with town, and an AUB ID card gets discounts on local buses.
  • Cycle facilities include 185 sheltered cycle racks, plus shower and changing room facilities and an on-site bike pump.
  • Direct trains go regularly to London, Birmingham, Manchester, Reading, Oxford and Weymouth, while links to other areas can be made by changing at nearby Southampton.
  • London Heathrow Airport is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes drive, and Gatwick is 2 hours 30 minutes. Both airports are served by direct coach and rail services to Bournemouth. Southampton International Airport and Bournemouth Airport also fly to a number of destinations.