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Pre-arrival information for exchange students

Thanks for applying to study at BU on one of our exchange programmes – we’re really looking forward to meeting you and showing you our fantastic town.

In the meantime, here’s some information you may find useful to help you prepare for your time with us.


While there is no guaranteed accommodation for exchange students, our Accommodation Service will try to help as much as possible with advice on either renting accommodation in Bournemouth or details of any rooms which may be available through the university. When your application has been approved, we will send you further guidance on finding accommodation in Bournemouth and you can also then email the Accommodation Service. Make sure you let them know that you’re an exchange student when you get in touch.

Support for exchange students

We want you to make the most of your time at BU and thoroughly enjoy the experience of studying in a different country. We offer a range of support services to all our students and these will also be available to you during your exchange.

You can also contact us if you have a disability, learning difference or medical or mental health condition to find out what additional support you may be eligible to receive during your time at BU. Please make sure that you also specify this on your application form.

If you’ve got any general questions about life in the UK or BU, our askBU Students Service will be able to help you find the answers to your queries. We also have a counselling service and multi-faith chaplaincy that are open to all students.

The Students' Union at Bournemouth University - SUBU

Run by students, for students, SUBU can support you in all aspects of university life to help you get the very best out of your experience at BU.

All BU students, including exchange students, are automatically part of the Students’ Union, meaning you can access a variety of opportunities from the moment you arrive here. Whether that’s through fundraising, volunteering, becoming a member of one of our many clubs and societies, hosting a radio show or writing for our student media Nerve, joining the Student Council as a SUBU Officer or being part of their award winning Reps system, there’s something for everyone.

SUBU operate a number of cafés and shops on the university campus as well as the award winning entertainment venue ‘The Old Fire Station’. They’re great places for socialising and you may also find part-time work to earn extra cash through these services (if you are elligible to work in the UK).

And lastly, if you ever need someone to talk to, SUBU Advice can offer advice and support whenever you whenever you need it.

Language Centre

Once you have enrolled at BU, you’ll be able to sign up for our Languages@BU programme. This is an independent language learning programme which offers six different languages from beginner to advanced level. Because it’s independent learning, you can work at your own pace and at times that suit you.

You can further hone your skills by attending one of our conversation clubs, which are run by other students who are native speakers of the language on offer. They’re informal and a great way to improve your conversational skills.

The English LAB is another service provided by the Language Centre and is a support service to help you improve your academic and professional English. There’s also an English Conversation and Culture Club where you can practice further.

Living in Bournemouth

Bournemouth is a beautiful seaside town on England’s south coast, with 12 km of sandy beaches, plenty of beautiful parks and gardens and a vibrant town centre. There’s always a lot going on here, both around the university and within the town itself, from comedy shows and live music performances to festivals and sporting events.

It’s easy to see other parts of the UK when you’re living in Bournemouth, as the town is well connected to other cities and attractions. It is under two hours by train to London, while fascinating heritage and natural attractions such as Stonehenge, the Jurassic Coast and the New Forest are all within easy reach.