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Two students walking on the beach carrying a stand paddle board

Life in Bournemouth

Bournemouth’s sandy beach isn’t the only thing that attracts students and tourists to this vibrant town. This sunny spot on the south coast of England is surrounded by areas of natural beauty. 

“When I want to study, I can go to the beach or the parks… it’s a really nice environment. I love the beach here!”  

Edna from Angola,  
MSc International Management student 

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Bournemouth culture

This seaside town combines a peaceful atmosphere with a buzzing nightlife.

Students walking on Bournemouth street

There’s something for everyone in Bournemouth!

Get sporty

As the home of top Championship football team AFC Bournemouth, this is a town where sport is ingrained in the culture. Make the most of the sea by taking up one of the many water sports on offer, from paddleboarding to surfing, sailing and swimming.  

Soak up the scenery

Bournemouth is surrounded by national parks and official Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This includes the nearby New Forest, which is a great place to head for a camping trip or a peaceful cycle on a sunny day. You can even adventure to the Jurassic Coast, a 152-kilometre World Heritage Site with a history dating back 185 million years. 

Eat your way through the town

Bournemouth has a huge array of restaurants for any occasion. Whether you’re keeping it casual with a classic British roast or beachside fish and chips, or dressing up for a fancy dinner date, there are plenty of establishments to choose from. You can even dine on dishes from other cultures with Bournemouth’s many pizzerias and curry houses.

Music, theatre, museums and more…

This inspiring town has attracted many creatives over the years, such as writers JRR Tolkien and Mary Shelley. This is because Bournemouth is full of institutions that support the arts, from its grand live music venue, the O2 Academy Bournemouth, to the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum and the Pavilion Theatre.  

Head, Person, Face
Mirsa’s day in the life
Exterior of Pavilion Theatre

Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival

A unique festival celebrating art in the form of music, dance, artwork and remarkable installations, in support of emerging and established artists.  

Bournemouth Air Festival 

The UK’s largest air festival involves dazzling flying displays over the sea, a funfair and performances in the water and on land, too. 

O2 Academy Bournemouth

Hosting a strong line-up of musicians and DJs throughout the year, this popular gig venue is a great place to catch some of your favourite artists at an affordable price. 

Bournemouth International Centre

A multipurpose venue that has played host to some of the world’s biggest artists, including Katy Perry and Bob Dylan, as well as famous comedians and a variety of fun exhibitions. 

This opulent building is one of the most fascinating historic houses in England, and contains impressive collections of art and artefacts. Students can enter for a discounted price.  

Bournemouth Natural Science Society and Museum

Seek out this hidden gem that has been around since 1903 and aims to expand visitors’ knowledge of natural sciences, and promote curiosity towards the natural world.