Dorchester House is a vibrant accommodation block that’s home to 590 students, the majority of whom are undergraduates in their first year, although there are 60 postgraduate studio flats. It’s within walking distance of our Lansdowne Campus, as well as being close to Bournemouth town centre and opposite the main train station.
The university bus service (U1) picks up and drops off right outside and you're close to a Tesco Express, a large ASDA, numerous cafes, bars and restaurants, and the Students' Union-run Old Fire Station.
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The shared flats have between three and seven bedrooms and all have a communal kitchen and living area, complete with comfy seats, a breakfast bar, storage cupboards and all the appliances (cooker, fridge, freezer and microwave) you’ll need. The postgraduate studio flats are all self-contained units, with their own kitchen and living space, as well as a bedroom.
All the rooms are ensuite and feature a four-foot bed. All the flats have a desk, shelving, under-bed storage, a wardrobe and heating that you can control yourself.
The difference between a standard and premium ensuite room is in the floor space - premium rooms will be larger than standard rooms.
There’s a large common room that’s open to all residents where you can relax, study with your friends or play pool - the app or card-operated laundry room is just next door. There are also two outdoor courtyards where you can chill out in the warmer weather. There’s a secure bike shelter within the complex as well.
Events are regularly organised for students to create a sense of community within the block. As well as having CCTV in the building, there is a Dorchester House team member onsite 24 hours a day to provide any help you might need.
Your accommodation contract will be with BU but Dorchester House is owned by iQ Student Accommodation, who deliver and manage the operation for the university.
£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.
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