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    Hey ^_^

    I live all the way in the north midlands and I've never been to bournemouth before :confused:
    I'd like to find out just general what it's like to study at the uni and what it's like to live in that area.

    What is the pros and cons to studying/living there?
    eg facilities, nightlife, is the area a nice place?, easy access to places? etc... (just to name a few)

    And I hear it's a great uni for animation (which is the subject I want to go into)
    So anyone who studies that course, I'd love if you could share your opinions on that too ^_^
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    apparently the media bit is in POole not Bournemouth. x
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    (Original post by Wonganout)
    Hey ^_^

    I live all the way in the north midlands and I've never been to bournemouth before :confused:
    I'd like to find out just general what it's like to study at the uni and what it's like to live in that area.

    What is the pros and cons to studying/living there?
    eg facilities, nightlife, is the area a nice place?, easy access to places? etc... (just to name a few)

    And I hear it's a great uni for animation (which is the subject I want to go into)
    So anyone who studies that course, I'd love if you could share your opinions on that too ^_^
    Ok well im not at the uni but have spent a lot of time in Bournemouth and am planning on going to the uni next September(2012) im moving down there this year because its such a great area you have the beaches they are very nice shopping isn't bad and from what i hear the night life is great . i no a few people who have gone to the uni and they have all said how much they enjoyed in for media its top ten in the UK as stated above there is a campus in Poole but to get into Bournemouth through public transport is no problem at all so i wouldn't worry about that plus Poole is a nice place anyway

    if you want to know anything else feel free to ask.
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    Right. Here's the deal with Bournemouth University. (long)

    It's very good for anything business or media related. In fact, there is a running theme through almost every academic thing you do here about you getting a job or starting a company afterwards. You are not going to find courses like math, physics, biology, etc. You're not even going to find Computer Science, instead you will find Software Systems and Information Technology, which have more "business" potential.

    The University also regularly (apparently) offers students business partnerships of some sort, and even offers office space, and help students set up their own business. As such, it's a very entrepreneurship-oriented university.

    If that's your thing, it's probably awesome.

    On the other hand, if you're like me and you like science/engineering, and you have little interest in starting your own bakery after you finish, you will probably be dissapointed. There is no emphasis at all on learning and studying for your own intellectual gain. There is no encouragement to excel, in fact it seems that most of the people around you (students), are hell-bent on getting the passing grade so they can go out and party, since they know they'll be leaving with a Business degree, so they're all set.

    I've been doing a fairly technical course in which I expected to learn a lot about mathematics and physics and how they relate to my subject. Unfortunately there is a lot of emphasis on practical applications and project work, which is good, but little to no emphasis on actually understanding the theoretical background. On the upside, due to the general lack of weekly homework you are encouraged and have a lot of time to just go to the library (which is AWESOME) and study anything you want to your heart's content, which is exactly what I've done. I even have the feeling some lecturers are dissapointed that they can't do or teach more, and that the university lets in students into some courses they clearly shouldn't qualify for (you can't do an engineering course with digital signal processing and programming if you don't know at least a bit of math, yet some people on the course don't even know what Pi is, and I don't mean what it's value is, just what it is). Fortunately, most of the lecturers are great, friendly and very qualified, and will help you and answer your questions if you're interested. (at least in my course).

    Unfortunately, some courses just seem to be ignored or forgotten completely by the administration. The business courses get an entire beautiful building in the middle of town, while our course gets exactly four rooms. The University hosts a festival at the end of each year entitled FODI, The Festival of Design and Innovation, where students must set up a stand and present their projects as visitors (including industry people) come and... visit. Unfortunately, while people from the Design course, and other courses like fashion and interior design, got big rooms or places where people could easily go, our course got a tiny room in some forgotten place where nobody goes. In fact, they didn't even annonuce or course's participation in the festival during the opening ceremony... they just forgot. And there are other problems like that where some courses are probably just not "business" enough for admins to care. We get almost no funding, in fact one of our lecturers had to painstakingly build us some boards for an electronics course, because we couldn't get a tiny amount of money to actually buy some good ones, while the labs are filled with way too many computers that almost one one uses, the air conditioning runs day and night, Summer or Winter, continously, in every room, etc. Why so many computers? Apparently to look good a University has to provide one computer per student or something. Most of the time I'm in the only person in our computer lab, which is nice because I have it all for myself to test my software muahaha. Waste of money.

    If you are a geeky person or a nerd of any persuasion, you will be very very lonely. I've only really managed to make friends that I can talk to in the last year, but in general you will find the "Can't be bothered, club time" type of person. My first year flatmates were fairly annoying, though my second year ones were awesome and we had a lot of fun, so it's hit and miss there, as you don't know who you'll end up living with. The uni has lots of halls and unlike some Universities (shame on you York) you can easily get a place in the halls. The city is FULL of clubs and places to party though if that's your thing. It's not called clubbing capital of the UK for nothing.

    The city itself is fairly ugly to be honest. It's not a historic city or anything like that, and most places are just not very nice to look at. Which reminds me, the very first thing you see when you arrive is a giant, monolithic, grotesque, cyclopean, brutalist block of grey, rain stained concrete called Poole House, which looks absolutely dreadful. Thankfully the insides are great, and there are lots of resources and computers. The campus itself (Talbot Campus) is pretty big, but there's aren't really many things to do, as most buildings are either administrative or lecture rooms. As I said earlier, the library is absolutely awesome, though. There are two Costa coffee shops that close at 6-7pm, and one food hall that closes at about 2-3pm. The food is good, nothing bad to say about that.

    So that's the jist of it. If you like science and want to hit the books, probably not the best idea (at all). If you want to be an entrepreneur, it's really great. Honestly in the current climate I can't blame them, and BU will probably climb the league tables as people start rating business-oriented Uni's higher.

    I have to say overall I enjoyed my time here and I've learned all I could have wished to learn, but it was all entirely MY effort, and you will rarely get any encouragement, and nobody will force you to study or get the grades. If you're a self sufficient student that can manage their own schedule and you have clear goals in mind for what you want to learn, you're probably going to do great. But if you're like that, you're aiming higher than Bournemouth in the first place. If you're absent minded and generally uninterested, there's a chance you may lose yourself in the "uni life" (read alcohol) and forget about why you went there.
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    Forgot to mention.

    The animation department is arguably the best in the country, and one of the best in Europe if not the entire world. If you're going for that, then there's really no way I can't reccommend it.
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    I have been 2 times to bnmouth, and what I saw was a nice and quite city, and because of the beach very well located. I dunno anything about the uni (I dont live in the UK, went there to improve my english a few years ago), but the city was cool.
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    Hey I'm in my 1st year, just going into second year now after my exams (fingers crossed i'll pass!) studying Ecology and wildlife Conservation and currently living in the Lyme Regis House accommodation. I come from the Reading area usually and im over an hour drive away. It can be a bit scary leaving home to go somewhere you've never been before and believe me I was SCARED!
    But this is a really great city to live in, it's not a HUGE city like many other places!
    pros:
    -Close to the beach (most of the accomodation for 1st years is a 5 minute walk)
    -Close to the town (the town centre is a 10 minute walk or 2 minute bus if ur'e lazy lots of shops, pubs, clubs, resturants and entertainment and 5 minute walk to ASDA)
    - Ideal travel routes (the bus systems in bournemouth are pretty good with many buses going most directions you need to on a regular basis and with your student bus pass at £7 for 10 trips on the unibuses or wilts and dorset buses it's really good value, that includes travel to university, town centre, poole, boscombe and castlepoint. And the trainstation is a 5 minute walk from most of the accomodation for 1st years)
    -The friendly environment and help available at university (there are all sorts of sessions, specialist help, information and advice people can help you with both with universiity and youre course but also your life outside uni)
    -The courses (most of the people i've spoken to are enjoying their courses at university as its very tailored to suit you after your 1st year and the university has many partnerships with companies to help enhance your knoweledge of your course and help you find the right job for you once you've finished your degree)
    - The 'pettyness' of the place (the park and beach are stunning particularly in the summer but in the spring before the eaches are swarming with people it's a nice place to relax and revise or just visit with friends, the town centre and castlepoint are also both very aesthetically pleasing (dk if i spelt that right! :P ) the university can look a bit like a brick from the front view of the outside but once you go inside and walk around the grounds it is actually really nice and modern with shops, a bank, cafe, bar, doctors surgery and library.)

    cons:
    - weather (although the weather is really nice most of the year it can mean the winters are more rainy than snowy (although we had a ton this year!) and the sun in the summer can make the town centre very crowded meaning travel can be affected at times.)
    - The odd weirdos around (Bournemouth is a ver creative place where people can be whoever they want to be without much judgement, its a really nice place to be but there are the odd few people tha are just strange. The tramps, although harmless can be rather strange and it's best to ignore them or say 'sorry' if they ask you for anything (the big issue guys are nice though) and if you go out at night make sure to go accompannied or at least talking on the phone to someone if its just a short walk home, drunk people and stag do's can be harmless or dangerous, just try not to be a target or get involved)

    Sorry about the essay but at least i've said most of the decent info for u to think about.
    It might be worth organising a trip down to bournemouth by train (or car) with some friends or family before deciding, the open days are really useful and just looking around the local area before i went helped me get used to it's a really nice place to be in summer too especially by the beach, just have fun and make a day of it.
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    I'm from Manchester, studying in Coventry, and living in Bournemouth with my partner. Manchester is alright but a bit rough, Coventry is the dirtiest place on earth and ****ing disgusting, but Bournemouth is amazing. I love it, can't really fault it. Lying in 24 degree weather in the middle of April whilst typing this.
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    I received a conditional offer for archaeological anthropological and forensic science. Is anyone else studying this course? I would really use some information.
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    I loved bournemouth when I went to visit it, but it doesn't do an animal course which I really want to do. Does ecology and wildlife conservation allow you to deal with animals?
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    When I went up to vist, I was shown around the media building and it was fantastic. Has made more excited about going
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    me too, im not doing foresenic science just anthropology and archeology. im really in two minds about going as there have been many mixed reviews.
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    I tend to study Top-up course at Bournemouth uni, so I'd would love to hear some opinions from you who knowanythingabout this ((. Thank you so so much!!!
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    (Original post by dothuyduong)
    I tend to study Top-up course at Bournemouth uni, so I'd would love to hear some opinions from you who knowanythingabout this ((. Thank you so so much!!!
    Hi dothuyduong,

    I'm Chris and I am studying Marketing in Bournemouth at the moment , I am also a student ambassador here on the forums!

    What course are you looking to study?

    Bournemouth is a lovely place to live as we are inbetween the beach and the New Forest and have large shopping centres, good nightlife and city links. There is loads to do in Bournemouth and Poole (which first year students can get to using the free bus service) including cinemas, bowling, sports, restaurants and even a waterpark! At the moment AFC Bournemouth are in the premier league and that has really made it exciting too!

    Hope this has helped a bit, please feel free to ask me anything else!

    Thanks

    Chris
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    Hi Chris I'm looking to study marketing at Bourmouth, what are you opinions on the course?.
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    (Original post by Kanda97)
    Hi Chris I'm looking to study marketing at Bourmouth, what are you opinions on the course?.
    Hey Kanda! Sorry for the late reply!

    Great choice!

    I study Marketing Communications and personally I am really enjoying the course! The staff are helpful, positive and make the lectures as interesting as possible and the library is stocked full of marketing and business related books which comes in so handy for assignments. The Marketing and Marketing Communications have loads of cross-over, but Marketing Communications is a part of the media faculty and places more emphasis on attracting customers and creating loyalty. Marketing Comms also has lots of cross-over with Advertising and PR, while Bsc Marketing works closely with other business and management courses.

    In terms of employability students on both the Marketing courses take a year out on placement. I am currently in the process of applying for placements and BU offers students loads of support. (It also really helps that BU has a great reputation with industry!!) Bournemouth offers loads of opportunities for students to broaden their horizons and gain more experience, for instance all Marketing students are offered the option to study for an additional CIM (chartered institute of marketing) certificate - which employers love! Each month several masterclasses and guest lectures are held, I have attended a Channel 4 Marketing workshop and we recently had a product developer from Facebook come to talk to us (he came all the way from America!!) These are really interesting and also look great on CVs. There's also the opportunity to get involved with marketing work for the uni, I am on the promotions team for the Student Union and have also done some telemarketing and social media marketing for the uni!

    Hope this has helped - feel free to let me know if you have any other questions!

    Chris
 
 
 
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