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Chesil House is a relatively small accommodation block - home to just over 200 students - on our Lansdowne Campus. There is a mix of undergraduate and postgraduate residents, making it a reasonably easy-going place to live.

It is within easy walking distance of all our buildings on Lansdowne, as well as close to Bournemouth town centre and the beach. The university bus service (U1 and U4) picks up and drops off right outside and it’s around a five-minute walk to Bournemouth train station. You're also close to a large ASDA, a Co-op, numerous cafes, bars and restaurants, and the Students' Union-run Old Fire Station.

Take a look around Chesil House on our Virtual Tour:

Facilities and services

There are five or six-bed cluster flats for undergraduate and postgraduate students, each with an open-plan, shared kitchen and living area equipped with sofas, stools, tables, storage cupboards and all of the appliances (cooker, fridge, freezer and microwave) you’ll need. For postgraduate students, there are also studio flats, located in a separate block. These have their own kitchen area, as well as bedroom and living space.

All of the rooms come with a single bed, desk, shelves, wardrobe, chest of drawers and ensuite as standard.

Chesil House has a large common room that is open to all residents. It features comfy seats and a TV, as well as having a separate movie room equipped with a projector, big screen and sofas. There is also a card-operated laundry room that you can access 24 hours a day.

There is someone at reception 24 hours a day, as well as onsite security and the whole building is monitored by CCTV. The staff here do their best to make everyone feel welcome and get involved with the community by hosting events such as pizza and movie nights.

Campus Living Villages (CLV) run Chesil House in partnership with BU, so your contract will be with them rather than the university. CLV also has an online shop where you can buy essential items - such as kitchen equipment and bedding - before you arrive.

Res Life

£1 p/wk of your weekly rent contributes towards the running of your Res Life programme. Res Life is designed to help your time in your student accommodation be the best it can be. The BU Res Life team live on site and are there to help you settle into your new home, be available if you ever need a bit of support or someone to talk to and also help you and your fellow residents foster a sense of community throughout the year. They will not only be organising and running events for you but will also be looking for any ideas you might have to make your Res Life even better. Remember, £1 of your rent contributes to the funding of Res Life so we encourage you to get involved and get the most out of it! More details of what Res Life is all about and how you can get involved can be found at our Res Life info page.

Code of Standards

This site is signed up to the National Codes of Standards, which provide housing suppliers (owners and managers) and their tenants with a framework of transparent undertakings about how they are going to do business with one another. Find out more about the National Codes and how they benefit you.

Note for students living in Chesil House 2018/19:

In coming to study at Bournemouth University, you are joining a vibrant and growing student community. Contributing to this growth, during the academic year 2018/19, there are several new private (non-BU) student accommodation sites under construction in and around the main Lansdowne area of Bournemouth. We understand that these are due for completion within the next 18 months. Several of the current BU halls of residence are in close proximity to these new private development sites and so, at times, there may be may be additional noise and traffic in and around the immediate area of Cranborne House, Chesil House and Purbeck House. To help minimise the impact on the surrounding communities we have been advised by the developers that, as a rule, construction will not take place before 8am and after 6pm Monday to Saturday and not at all on Sundays or bank holidays. 
In tandem to these new private student accommodation sites, BU is also developing the university’s latest academic ‘Gateway’ building on a site nearby to Cranborne House. When completed, the development will provide a brand new facility for our Faculty of Health and Social Science. 
The Lansdowne area of Bournemouth continues to develop into an exciting student area and these new buildings will add to this. Whilst they are constructed BU will continue to work with the developers to limit disruption as much as possible, and we apologise if any inconvenience is experienced.