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Purbeck House is a friendly accommodation block that’s home to more than 500 undergraduate students. It’s situated in the centre of our Lansdowne Campus, within easy reach of all of our buildings, as well as the train station, the centre of Bournemouth and the beach.

There’s also a Co-op over the road and the university bus (U1) picks up and drops off from just around the corner.

Take a look around Purbeck House on our Virtual Tour:

Facilities and services

Purbeck House has cluster flats with five to seven bedrooms, each of which has an open-plan kitchen and living area. Within this space are comfy sofas, a breakfast bar with stools, lots of cupboard space and all the appliances (cooker, fridge, freezer and microwave) you’d expect in a kitchen.

All the bedrooms are ensuite and have a single bed, desk, wardrobe and shelving as standard. There are also five studio flats in Purbeck House available for undergraduate students, each with their own self-contained kitchen unit.

There’s a spacious common room on the ground floor with a pool table, a table football table, vending machines (including one for Ben & Jerry's ice cream), comfy sofas, a TV, tables and a separate study room. There’s also an outside courtyard between the two blocks that make up Purbeck House, which features a ping-pong table, several benches and a barbecue area, as well as a secure covered bike shelter. There’s a card-operated laundry room opposite the common room, which is open 24 hours a day.

Although reception isn’t manned 24 hours a day, there are always members of staff onsite to offer assistance if you need it, and CCTV is installed around the building.

Events are organised for residents regularly. The staff aim to create a friendly and inclusive atmosphere and are keen to get everyone to mix in the common room, making use of this welcoming space.

Purbeck House is managed by UNITE Students in partnership with BU, so your contract will be with this provider and not the university.

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 accommodation 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 Purbeck 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.