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Student life in Bournemouth

Experience student life in this vibrant and cosmopolitan seaside town. Bournemouth has a lot to offer international students, including a wide range of restaurants, shops and bars. It is no surprise that the town is consistently voted as one of the happiest places to live in the UK.

 
 

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Bournemouth pier

A global destination

Bournemouth is one of the most popular destinations for visitors in the UK. It boasts 11 km of golden sandy beaches, stretches of stunning coastline and 2,000 acres of tropical gardens. The town’s friendly locals and buzzing nightlife attract over 1 million visitors from around the world every year.

Fireworks in Bournemouth

Thriving artistic culture

The fascinating Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, the spectacular Arts by the Sea festival and the world-class Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra are all right on your doorstep. Enjoy a full calendar of special events, including Candlelit Nights, when the town’s many gardens are transformed by candlelight.

Shops in Bournemouth town centre

Shoppers’ paradise

Bournemouth’s mix of well-known brands, independent stores and vintage boutiques makes the town great for shopping. Satisfy all your retail needs at Castlepoint, the largest shopping park in the country. Alternatively, visit the Open Air Market in nearby Boscombe to taste delicious foods from around the world.

Bournemouth coastal landscape

Seaside sport

Whatever your sporting interests, Bournemouth has something for you. You can try kayaking, waterskiing and other water sports, and see which you like best! You can also watch the annual Bournemouth Marathon, and see the Premier League’s AFC Bournemouth play famous teams like Manchester United and Arsenal.

BUINTCOL student Gopika from India

Gopika from India

Student at Bournemouth University International College
 

I like that Bournemouth is a small town because it means you know everyone and you can become familiar with places easily. And it’s a beach environment, which is lovely! There are lots of places to shop and things to see, and everything is nearby so it’s nice and homely.

BUINTCOL student Anunya from Thailand

Anunya from Thailand

Student at Bournemouth University International College
 

Bournemouth is a welcoming town — I already feel at home and I've made friends with other international students. I love studying here and really enjoy living in Bournemouth and exploring the surrounding area.

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