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Get involved: It’s not just about studying

BU isn’t just about studying hard. There are loads of opportunities on campus to enjoy yourself, unwind, pursue your hobbies or try new some ones.

Balancing academic life with your social life is key to getting the most out of your time at uni – so get involved in clubs, societies, sports and other activities on offer: you won’t regret it.

SUBU: Student Union Bournemouth University

SUBU is your key to enjoyment at BU and with over 100 clubs and societies to join you are truly spoilt for choice. SUBU also provides the chance to take part in charity volunteering at fundraising events or if you don’t have much time to spare, why not give ‘five minute volunteering’ a go?

SUBU student reps

Fancy making a difference to the academic experience for you and your course mates?

Being a Student Rep allows you to collect feedback from the people on your course and present this at meetings. It ensures that students’ voices are heard and helps maintain a positive university experience for everyone. You also get a snazzy purple hoodie and can take part in activities which allow you to earn points for the Rep Leadership Award.


Keen sporto? Well, look no further – SportBU needs you! Join the gym or play your favourite sport at social or competitive level – the facilities here are second to none. 

Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Ambassador

STEM Ambassadors promote STEM subjects, higher education and Bournemouth University to children in primary and secondary schools. It’s a great opportunity to work with kids, get paid and enhance your CV. A win-win!

Student Development Award (SDA) programme

This gives points to participants based on the activities they are involved in and presents them with a certificate on completion – you basically get a certificate for stuff you enjoy doing! The certificate can give you an added advantage when you apply for jobs after graduation because employers see you are a complete package – not just brains.


All faiths are catered for here and even for those who don’t have one. Everyone is welcome. Lots of events happen at the chaplaincy from lunchtime talks and mindfulness sessions to games nights. If you’re an international student, you should definitely check out Global Café, held on Wednesdays from 5-6.30pm. It’s a chance to relax and chat with friends over tea, coffee and cookies!