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Bournemouth University is a 'new' university located in the Bournemouth and Poole areas. It was created in 1992 out of Bournemouth Polytechnic. Its main Talbot Campus is technically in Poole while the Lansdowne Campus is near Bournemouth town centre, which makes you wonder why it's got Bournemouth in its name and not Poole or Dorset!

If you're thinking of applying here, the schools of health and social care, business, management, tourism, design, media and engineering and computing are all highly regarded in some aspects.


Home to the NCCA... so really good computer facilities for animation and graphics.


The main library is called The Sir Michael Cobham Library and is on the Talbot Campus. The building also houses study rooms and PC facilities - these are located on the lower levels of the building and have extended opening hours (right up to midnight during the week) so it can still be used when the main library is closed. The short term loan section also has these extended opening hours which means you can get the most use out of the short time you have have the publications.

There is in addition, a library at Bournemouth House. Both libraries have study spaces and photocopying, though only black and white is available at Bournemouth House Library.

IT and Computing

The uni has a good supply of computers for student use. Over 150 are available at ALL times of the day and year with over 300 available until 10pm in the library. As a student you will also have access to a number of printers around campus too.

If you have IT troubles with your own PC or laptop etc, there are also IT surgeries run three days a week where you can get assistance. Internet connections are also available in most/all residences. A wireless connection is also now available within most uni buildings.


There are a lot of sports facilities. At Talbot campus you have the sports hall, dance studio, gym and weight rooms, two flood lit pitches and two un-lit pitches - ass artificial surfaces. The Uni also uses the Deam Park Cricket Ground.

New for 2012: • Fully equipped, state-of-the-art Fitness Training Zone • New multi-functional large aerobics and dance studio • Refurbished sports hall • New fully equipped Therapy Treatment Rooms

A lot of sports make use of these facilities. These include:

  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Rugby
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

They could either be classes run for people of all abilities through to official SU sports teams that play against other unis. You'll also be able to book many of the facilities for your own use too.

General Information
Bournemouth, UK
Fern Barrow,
Talbot Campus,
BH12 5BB
+44 (0)1202 524111
SU/Guild website:
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The uni has a medical centre in Talbot House. You need to register with the centre soon after getting to Bournemouth and you can get a registration for on the website. The centre has great coverage during the week at term times, but you cannot use it at weekends nor during the holidays.

You can use the medical centre for many reasons - whether you are ill, have a medical problem, need information on pretty much any medical issue or if you need a minor procedure that can be carried out by a nurse or doctor.

Quite unusually for a university, it has its own dental surgery too, which like the medical centre, has good opening hours during the week. If you want to use it you'll have to look for the contact details at the free telephone in the SU at Poole House. You'll also need a HC2 form if you don't want to have to pay for treatment (with an HC2 form full time students do not have to pay for dental and other medical treatments).



On Talbot campus there are a few places you can eat - Dylan's bar and The Loft both also serve drinks too. You also have the refectory in Poole House, the main place for food and the studio cafe bar which also offers internet access.

On Lansdowne campus there is another refectory (in Bournemouth House) and a coffee bar too.

If you want to 'eat out' in town both Bournemouth and Poole have a number of great restaurants for bigger meals and loads of little cafes and sandwich shops to grab smaller bites to eat.



Careers and Placements Service

The careers service will give you help in person, as well as providing significant online assistance with general careers choice and advice, help with finding a job and help with applying for jobs.

As well as this help they also have loads of really useful events. These include workshops to assist you and by getting employers to come to the uni to give talks, presentations and all sorts of info about working for them. You'll need to book a place at most of these sessions though and they make you pay a refundable deposit when you book - so make sure if you can no longer make it you let them know at least 24 hours beforehand otherwise you'll lose your money.

Part-time jobs

Religious facilities

The multifaith Chaplaincy is located in Talbot house and has a good number of facilities. There is a general meditation room and an Islamic Prayer room. I you need to see someone there there are three Chaplains and you can also arrange to meet with a Jewish Rabbi or a Muslim Imam.

Whatever religion you follow, you can use the Chaplaincy service for talking about your personal issues, talking about religion, as a way to meet people of a similar faith at the uni or to find information about local groups for many different religions.

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Bars, Pubs and clubs

There are a total of 36 nightclubs in Bournemouth. They offer a selection of 27 different kind of music styles. (Please note that the list below is a little out of date)


  • The Opera House

East Cliff

  • Bar Bluu
  • Empire Club
  • Fantasy Palace
  • Old Firestation
  • Sound Circus
  • iBar
  • The Inferno
  • Bar Vin
  • O'Neal's

Town Centre

  • 176
  • Bar Fruit
  • Bar Me
  • The Mary Shelley
  • Bliss
  • Camel Bar
  • Dusk Till Dawn
  • Lava Ignite and Disco
  • For Your Eyes Only
  • Litten Tree
  • Spearmint Rhino
  • The Consortium Bar
  • Toko
  • Walkabout
  • Wiggle
  • DNA
  • Yates's
  • The Slug and Lettuce

West Cliff

  • V
  • 1812
  • Bar So
  • Bumbles
  • Priva
  • Coyote Ugly Bar
  • Aruba
  • Klute
  • Mr. Smiths
  • Sixty Million Postcards
  • Lounge Bar
  • The Moon in the Square
  • Be Bar and Club
  • Hot Rocks

Triangle (LGBT)

  • Xchange
  • Rubyz
  • The Branksome
  • Baker's Arms
  • 2930
  • Bar Ventana


There is 'The Old Fire Station' which is a big venue and host a lot of events. As well as it's regular evening, it plays hosts to a lot of live music and dance and urban acts. There have been some of the biggest names around playing there in recent years which looks set to continue. Every Friday is Lollipop which plays a mix of music but mainly dance stuff and is quite popular with students. They've just launched an indie and rock night on a Tuesday called Milk.

Cocoloco originated in Bournemouth and grew because of its popularity. The venues for CocoLoco are the Klute Lounge which is every Thursday and Priva every Friday. Make sure you buy tickets and check out the photos at TotalStudents.co.uk Chilli White also offers the student night Chic Beat every monday. Log on to total students Bournemouth

Clubs and societies

There are loads of sports clubs and general socities you can join at Bournemouth. These include:

  • African Caribbean Society
  • Archaeology Society
  • Anime Club
  • Althletics Society
  • Boat Club
  • Business Mania
  • BIDS - Bournemouth International Development Society
  • Cheerleading Club
  • Canoe & Kayak Club
  • Christian Union
  • Climbing Club
  • Computing Society
  • Conservative Society
  • Duke Of Edinburgh Award
  • Debating & Mooting
  • Floorball Club
  • BU Gamers Society
  • German Society
  • Greek Society
  • Innocence Project
  • Ice Skating Club
  • Indonesian Students
  • I.S.A.
  • International Student Assoc.
  • Islamic Society
  • Jewish Society
  • Juggle Society
  • Law Society
  • BU LGBT Society
  • Live Music Society
  • Mature Students Society
  • Motorsports Club
  • Mountian Bike Club
  • Performing Arts(PARTS)
  • Culture & Poetry Society(CAPS)
  • Real Ale Society
  • BU Riders
  • St. Johns Ambulance
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • Sub Aqua Club
  • Surf Club
  • Surf Life Savers
  • Steam Gaming
  • Swimming Club
  • Sailing Club
  • Thai Society
  • Wakeboard/Waterskiing
  • Ultimate Frisbee


Accommodation policy

Only first years are eligible for uni run accommodation, but there are places for both undergraduates and postgraduates.

You apply for the accommodation online from the Bournemouth website, though you should only do that once you have an unconditional offer (usually after results day) other wise your application will be rejected.

Inf you live within 15 miles of the uni you will not be considered for a place in Halls. The uni does have a number of shared houses though which any first year student can apply for ('Unilet').



These are privately owned and manged residences:

Corfe House

  • 308 rooms
  • en-suite
  • flats of 6 to 8
  • shared living room and kitchen for each flat
  • 42 week lets at about £84 a week (2008/9) (premium rooms are £90 for 50 weeks)
  • internet connection in rooms
  • coin operated laundry facilities
  • bike storage
  • in the centre of Poole - bus to Talbot campus, train to Lansdown Campus

Purbeck House

  • 518 rooms
  • en-suite
  • flats of 5
  • shared living room and kitchen for each flat
  • internet connection in rooms
  • coin operated laundry facilities
  • bike storage
  • located at near Lansdown in Bournemouth

These are university managed residences:

The Student Village

  • 250 places in 3, 4, 5 and 7 bedroomed houses
  • sink in rooms
  • shared kitchen, lounge and bathroom facilities in each house
  • free internet connection in rooms
  • laundry facilities on site
  • bike storage
  • located at Talbot Campus
  • subsidised university bus service
  • There are also 24 studio flats in the village

Winterbourne House

  • 28 rooms
  • flats of 5 rooms and 8 studio flats
  • en-suite rooms
  • shared kitchen/lounge/dinning areas
  • wireless internet
  • coin operated laundry facilities
  • for postgraduate students


  • shared houses run by the uni
  • within 4 miles of the main campus
  • 41 week lets
  • has an online message board for communication between all Unilet students
  • They also have a 'survival guide' for any students in Unilet accommodation to tell you about pretty much anything you will need to know!

Abbotsbury House (Nursing/Midwifery students)

  • 34 rooms
  • En-suite
  • Flats of 4 and 6
  • Shared living room and kitchen
  • Wireless internet
  • Limited parking with permit
  • Coin operated laundry facilities
  • Bike storage
  • In Pokesdown close to Bournemouth Hospital and Pokesdown Railway Station

Chesil House

  • 210 rooms
  • En-suite
  • Flats of 5 and 6
  • Shared living room and kitchen
  • 41 week contract
  • Internet connection in each room
  • Launderette
  • Bike storage
  • At the Lansdowne close to the town centre, seafront and Bournemouth travel interchange

Dorchester House

  • 540 rooms
  • En-suite
  • Flats of 3 and 7
  • Shared living room and kitchen
  • Internet connection
  • Key card access control
  • Launderette
  • Bike storage
  • Common room for all students
  • Opposite Asda and Bournemouth travel interchange

Lyme Regis

  • 400 rooms
  • En-suite
  • Flats of 5
  • Shared living room and kitchen
  • Internet connection in each room
  • Launderette
  • Bike storage
  • At the Lansdowne close to the town centre and Bournemouth travel interchange

Private sector

Student union

The SU run two bars - Dylan's and the Loft.

Dylan's is open 7 days a week from 9am in the morning during the week and from midday at weekends. It's open until midnight during the week too, though when big events are held on Fridays and Saturdays it's open until 2am. During the week it may also host things like quizzes and live comedy which is always fun.

The Loft is open from 9am until 7pm and can be booked to be used later in the evenings. You can generally get a lot of good food and coffees here.

Both places have access to sky Sports and regular events are show on the big screen in Dylan's!




Local area

It's near to the sea at a popular seaside resort - what more could you want?

The town centre has a fairly good range of shops from cheapy shops like Wilkinsons and Lidl to the general high street shops such as Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, Whsmith, Boots, H&M and an HMV. There's also a Debenhams and a Primark.

Teaching quality

Bournemouth currently seems to ranks about mid-table in most league tables - somewhere in the 30s to 50s. This is a general rise over where it was a few years back and probably indicates factors like her entry requirements, more services and higher funding. This may imply better or improved teaching quality.

In student satisfaction surveys, the uni scores well in subjects like technology, finance and management, while ones like law, design and social work fair less well.

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