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with guaranteed accommodation*

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If you’ve had an offer to join us through Clearing, congratulations! From here, everything should be straightforward – starting with accepting your offer. To help, we’ve summed up all the key things you need to know and the final steps you need to take to join us in September.

Add BU as your Clearing choice to accept your offer

First of all, make sure you add BU as your Clearing choice on UCAS Track within 24 hours of receiving your offer. You will need the course code and institution code (B50) to add your choice from 3pm on 16 August. If you haven’t applied through UCAS but hold a Clearing offer with us, you’ll need to complete a Record of Prior Acceptance. If you’ve applied through Adjustment, you need to email to accept a place, and read on for your next steps.

We’ll confirm your choice and your status will appear as Unconditional Firm with Bournemouth University. This doesn’t always happen immediately, but don’t worry – your offer will still stand. Remember to check over your offer email if you’re unsure about anything – or contact us on +44 (0)1202 962699.

Niall Stewart, BU student

“If you’re stressing about Clearing I really wouldn’t, there’s no point stressing about it, it’s really simple… You’ll get there in the end.”

Watch Niall’s story

Explore your guaranteed accommodation options

*You’ll be guaranteed a place in one of our accommodation options, so long as you have booked your accommodation by 4.30pm on Friday 24 August. To do this you will need to have selected BU as your Clearing choice in UCAS and be showing as Unconditional Firm (UF) in our system.

We’ll email you details of how to book your place when your status has changed to Unconditional Firm. You can visit our accommodation pages to explore your options – these include a wide variety of halls of residence, Unilet houses, and our Student Village.

These are just some of the many accommodation options on offer.

Discover the local area or visit us at a Clearing Open Day

Bournemouth isn’t just a great place to study – it’s also an amazing place to live. In addition to our famous coastal location, our students enjoy a diverse social scene that offers something for everyone – whether you love a night out or prefer things at a more sedate pace. This includes a great range of clubs and societies.

You can visit our local area pages to find out more about Bournemouth, or read about what you can expect in Week One in our guides for September arrivals. If you’re yet to visit Bournemouth – or you just want to take another look around town and our campus – you can also join us for a Clearing Open Day on 22 August.

Lucy Birkitt, BU blogger

“As soon as I set foot on campus, it just felt right, and I could see myself going to this university. The ambassadors that showed me around were so friendly, made me laugh, and seemed to really enjoy studying at BU.”

– Lucy, BSc (Hons) Forensic Biology student. Book a Clearing Open Day

Finalise your funding

You may have changed your university choice through Clearing and Adjustment, or you might be a new applicant to Higher Education. Either way, you can update your details with Student Finance England, as well as make a new application for funding if you need to. Watch Student Finance England’s video for more information about what you need to do to secure your student finance if you’ve applied through Clearing.

Don’t forget to give ‘consent to share’ your financial information so we can automatically check your eligibility for our scholarships and bursaries. These include our Academic Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for UK/EU students or £2,500 for international students who achieve AAA at A-level, or triple Distinction at BTEC level (or other equivalents). We also have a Maintenance Bursary of up to £3,500, a Care Leavers Bursary of up to £16,000, and the BU Student Carer’s Bursary of £600.

See what life with BU is like, as told by our students.

Get ready for the start of term and choose a starter kit

Once your place at BU has been confirmed, there are a few other things to do before the start of term.

This includes deciding which starter kit you want to receive – with a choice of a three-month SportBU membership, £50 Waterstones voucher or £50 to spend in Asda. You’ll be able to claim this after you enrol.

It’s also important to read our living expenses information to make sure you’re financially prepared, as well as the BU Student Agreement (included with your offer email), which outlines key rules and regulations that you should be aware of before you arrive.

We’ll send you a Welcome Pack with lots of useful information to help you get ready for the start of term and to help you plan out your first couple of weeks with us. You can find out more in our arrivals section.

We hope to see you soon!

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Open Day

Clearing Open Day

Join us for this Open Day tailored for those thinking about joining us this September through Clearing.

Open Day

Undergraduate Open Day

Join us at this Open Day to discover more about our courses, speak to our students and find out what life at BU could be like. 

Open Day

Undergraduate Open Day

Come to an Open Day to tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence, chat to current students and get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and much more.

Open Day

Undergraduate Open Day

We love showing off our campuses. Book for this Open Day and find out more about our courses, speak to our students and find out what life as a BU student is really like. 

Local area

Bournemouth and the local area

Discover Bournemouth and all the interesting places in and around it – there's far more to our town than just its beautiful beach.

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Undergraduate arrivals

Find all the information you need to plan your arrival at Bournemouth University, from timetables to welcome materials.

Purbeck House common room

Accommodation for September starters

As part of our Accommodation Guarantee, there are loads of options available for September starters; take a look through what’s on offer to find out more.