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Bournemouth is a thriving city with a superb south central location and a pleasant temperate climate. There is plenty to do and see within the city itself, with seven miles of golden sands beaches and sparkling sea, the vibrant cosmopolitan town of Bournemouth has it all. The regeneration of city has made it a popular place to live and study.

Bournemouth has a vast variety of shops, restaurants and vibrant nightlife with lots of sporting and leisure activities. Bournemouth also offers endless countryside with beautiful award winning gardens and being located on the coast it has plenty of water sports to offer. There is certainly no shortage of things to do in Bournemouth.

Student cost of living

There are many shops and restaurants in Bournemouth that accept the NUS card for a 10% student discount. The university’s student bars hold theme nights and charge low priced drinks.

To keep students mobile public transport is heavily discounted. You will find that on the weekends that the late night fares on buses are discounted more so.

Dining out

Bournemouth has many places to eat from cafes, takeaways, pubs and restaurants. It has an enticing array of European, Oriental and Asian eateries throughout the town.

Along the seafront in Bournemouth there are a number of restaurants that offer stunning views and a mixture of traditional and continental cuisine.


The beauty of Bournemouth is that everything is within walking distance, the Triangle area of Bournemouth is home to a variety of eateries and bars.

Bournemouth has to offer over 40 nightclub venues and many more pubs, which makes it a very exciting town at night. It is a very popular choice for hen and stage weekends across the south coast.

Aruba is very popular bar and restaurant in Bournemouth as it has to offer 180 degree views of Bournemouth beach and serves a variety of cocktails which you can enjoy on the balcony.

Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) is an award-winning premier conference, events and entertainment venue which is situated in the town's centre. Many famous comedians and musicians have played at the BIC.

Bournemouth also has an ODEON cinema which has 3 screens and the Pavilion Dance South West which present dance performances, live screenings, art house films, exhibitions and more than 40 dance classes every week.


Bournemouth offers a unique shopping experience - combining cosmopolitan, vintage and boutique shopping all in the high street.

Bournemouth town centre high street is pedestrianised which allows you to wonder to and from mix of department stores, brand name stores, high street fashion stores and independent stores. The high street is surrounded by restaurants, coffee shops and all within walking distance to the lower gardens and beautiful beaches.

Bournemouth also has Castlepoint Shopping Park which is situated just three miles from the town centre and is full of brand name stores, high street fashion, homewares, restaurants and cafes.


The main railway station is a mile from the town centre so Bournemouth operates a PLUSBUS combined rail and bus ticketing scheme. PLUSBUS is an inexpensive bus pass for unlimited travel around the destination of your rail journey; students can receive up to 33% discount. You pay for your whole journey by public transport when you buy your train ticket.

There are two train stations in the town, Bournemouth railway station and Pokesdown railway station to the east. Parts of western Bournemouth can also be reached from Branksome station. All three stations lie on the South Western Main Line from Weymouth to London Waterloo.

Bournemouth is well served by an extensive network of buses connecting different parts of the city with each other and with towns in the wider region.

Local buses are mainly provided by Wilts & Dorset and Transdev Yellow Buses. There are regular services to Poole, Bournemouth train station and Christchurch with buses out of town to Salisbury, Swanage, the Purbecks, and surrounding areas.

Night buses in Bournemouth and Poole run on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and are a cheap way to get home after an evening out. You can get buses N1 and N2 after midnight on a Friday and Saturday night when a single fare costs only £3.20.

Bournemouth International Airport provides frequent flights to more than 35 international destinations in 19 countries 40 destinations across the country and the rest of Europe.
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