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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.
  • Student Services can also direct students towards a wide range of rental properties from reputable landlords.

Accommodation Costs

Arts University Bournemouth

Number of university/college beds 460
Typical annual cost of university/college accommodation £5,143–£5,898
Typical annual cost of private accommodation £5,233–£6,974

Living Here

  • City Population: 184,000
  • Student Population: 19,000
  • Bournemouth and Poole have plenty to offer, from nightlife to sport and from the award-winning beach to town, along with over 500 restaurants including British, Mediterranean, Caribbean and Asian.
  • With two universities, Bournemouth has 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.
  • Bournemouth is a vibrant community, where you can participate and immerse yourself in the arts. There are many venues to visit, as well as events and festivals in alternative spaces throughout the town.

Getting Around

  • 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 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.

Culture and Nightlife

  • Bournemouth has a vibrant club scene with well-known nightclubs and bars, along with many restaurants, bistros and cafés.
  • 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.