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Living in Bournemouth as a student

151km southwest of London is Bournemouth, a large coastal resort town on the south coast of England. The town lies in between Poole and Christchurch, with the former to the West and the latter to the East. Over 183,000 residents live in the town, making it the largest settlement in Dorset. The town has two universities: Bournemouth University, which is home to over 20,000 students, and Arts University Bournemouth, which has 3,300 students.

The town is known for its booming nightlife, with many visiting tourists coming to Bournemouth for the many pubs, clubs, and restaurants, as well as to hold stag and hen parties. Bournemouth was actually awarded a Purple Flag for the wide array of nightlife it provided! Bournemouth also has many museums and special event venues, which include the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC), Pavilion Theatre, the O2 Academy, and the Russell-Cotes Museum. The town also hosts many festivals, such as the Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival and the Bourne Free Festival. Historical landmarks include St. Peter’s Church and St. Stephen’s Church, which showcase beautiful Victorian church architecture, as well as the Bournemouth Pier and the Boscombe Pier. As a coastal town, Bournemouth also has beautiful sandy beaches that are popular with students and tourists alike, attracting 4.5 million visitors in 2011.

Bournemouth University has two campuses; the main Talbot campus is situated in neighbouring town Poole, on the boundary between the two towns. There is also a Landsdowne Campus near the town centre. Arts University Bournemouth’s main campus is also situated in Poole, next to Bournemouth University. In order to be close to the universities, students tend to stay in areas that are in between the town centre and the university campuses, with most students ending up in Winton, Charminster and Ensbury Park.

 

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