Bournemouth University

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Student Accommodation

  • Accommodation is guaranteed to first year undergraduate students who select BU as their firm choice and submit their UCAS application by the relevant deadline. Terms and conditions apply.
  • A range of accommodation types are available, most are self-catered and all have Internet access. The majority of rooms are in student-hall style buildings, six to a flat with a shared living space including a kitchen; many bedrooms are en-suite but some have shared bathrooms. Accommodation is a maximum of 5 miles (8km) from the university.
  • For those living in halls or Unilet properties, the ResLIfeBU (student member of staff) organise social activities and are a friendly point of contact for queries about accommodation or what's on in halls, campus or town.
  • The total annual cost of accommodation is payable in three instalments.
  • Prospective students can view halls of residence at university Open Days, where they can also talk to current students; watch the accommodation videos on BU's YouTube channel; or take a virtual tour via the university website. Please refer to the university website's accommodation pages for further information.

Accommodation Costs

Self-Catered from £4,953 to £8,125 per year

The costs above are for the academic year 2019/20

Student Life

  • Bournemouth is a thriving town on the beautiful south coast of England, and home to nearly 190,000 people. It's easy to get around and is less than 2 hours from London, with direct trains to Waterloo, good transport connections and an airport.
  • Famous for its seven miles of sandy beach, Bournemouth is home to vibrant nightlife, international cuisine, an array of watersports – and a Premier League football team. In the surrounding area are the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast, the beautiful New Forest and waterfront towns like Poole and Christchurch.

Nightlife and Culture

  • Bournemouth comes alive at night with a whole host of clubs, bars, restaurants, live music and theatres. The Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth O2 Academy and Pavilion Theatre attract international stars, as does the Students' Union venue, the Old Fire Station.
  • The bustling, pedestrianised town centre has high street shops including Superdry, Topshop and Primark, department stores like House of Fraser and Debenhams, and a range of independent boutiques. The town square hosts live music and activities, and each summer Bournemouth hosts the largest free Air Festival in Europe.
  • Bournemouth's stunning seven-mile-long golden beach holds four European blue flags and two Seaside Awards. You can stroll along the traditional English pier or get an adrenaline rush surfing, kitesurfing, paddleboarding or on the pier's zip wire.


  • Bournemouth is just over 100 miles from London. The town benefits from excellent road, rail and air links.
  • Student bus services operate locally and between campuses. The UNIBUS bus service operates every 10 minutes during term time.
  • Fast trains from London take around 2 hours, with good connections by rail to many of the UK's major cities.
  • Frequent coach services also run from many large cities. From London, a journey by coach takes approximately 2.5 hours.
  • Both London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports can be reached within a few hours, with direct connections to Bournemouth via rail and coach services. Nearby Southampton International Airport and Bournemouth Airport fly to a number of European and domestic destinations.