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Bournemouth and the local area

A thriving town on the beautiful south coast of England, Bournemouth is home to nearly 190,000 people. It’s easy to find your way around and is less than two hours from London with direct trains to Waterloo, good transport connections and an airport.

Famous for its sandy beach, Bournemouth is home to vibrant nightlife, international cuisine, an array of watersports – and a Premier League football team. In the surrounding area, you’ll find the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast, the beautiful New Forest and waterfront towns like Poole and Christchurch.

To get a sense of what it’s like to live and study here, watch this whistlestop tour of the area and our campuses – and see why you belong at BU.

Discover Bournemouth

Whats in town

What's in town?

Bournemouth offers sport, nightlife and a thriving digital sector, as well as its famous beach.


Explore our region

There’s so much to enjoy near Bournemouth – a historic area of outstanding natural beauty.

Dorset ten reasons

Ten reasons to love Dorset

Sun, sand and dinosaurs – discover some of the many reasons why Dorset is such a fun place to live.

Our students' tips

Lina Halim

Lina Halim

I love the nightlife in Bournemouth. Inferno is great for dinner and a few drinks on a budget – and there is a very social and relaxed environment on campus.
Suyan Zou

Suyan Zou

Make sure you enjoy a picnic in Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens and the Russell-Cotes Gallery is great for a splash of culture.
Mark Holland

Mark Holland

There’s a great variety of things to do in Bournemouth, from playing mini golf in Boscombe Chine Gardens to catching a movie.