Local guide

A Student’s Guide to Bournemouth

With 7 miles of beach and a warmer than average UK climate, could Bournemouth become your new home beside the sea?


Bournemouth University (Talbot Campus)

13-minute bus ride from Bailey Point

Talbot is the main campus of Bournemouth University. It’s home to the Student Centre, The Sir Michael Cobham Library, and SportsBU.


Bournemouth University (Lansdowne Campus)

8-minute walk from Bailey Point

Lansdowne Campus is where you’ll find the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences and the Executive Business Centre (EBC).

Arts University Bournemouth

Arts University Bournemouth

19 minute bus from Bailey Point

If you're carving a career in the creative world, Arts University Bournemouth is just a short bus ride away.

Old Fire Station Bournemouth

Old Fire Station

3 minute walk from Bailey Point

Want to let your hair down and dance? Visit The Old Fire Station, a nightclub run by the Students’ Union.


Lower Gardens

14 minute walk from Bailey Point

The perfect place for a relaxing walk, bike ride, or picnic. The Lower Gardens area is especially beautiful during the summer months.



Bournemouth International Centre

18 minute walk from Bailey Point

Craving culture? Take a stroll over to Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre and catch a performance in this stunning Grade II listed venue.

Castlepoint Bournemouth

Castlepoint Shopping

21-minute bus ride from Belaton House

Castlepoint is the UK’s largest shopping park. Here you’ll find loads of high-street names, including Boots, H&M, and Topshop.

poole pottery

Poole Pottery

28 minute train from Belaton House

If you're into your arts and crafts, Poole Pottery is a great day out for

asda bournemouth


4-minute walk from Belaton House

You’ll never run out of essentials with this ginormous Asda superstore on your doorstep.


Bournemouth Train Station

4-minute walk from Belaton House

At Belaton House you're just a stroll away from the station making those impromptu weekends home a breeze!

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Lifewise Fitness Centre

12-minute walk from Bailey Point

Keeping fit in Bournemouth doesn’t have to be difficult – or expensive. Lifewise is only a few minutes from the city centre and offers fab affordable facilities.


Co-op Food

2-minute walk from Belaton House

Need a pint of milk in a hurry? You can be in and out of Co-op Food in less time than it will take to boil your kettle.


Tesco Express

6-minute walk from Bailey Point

Express by name, express by nature. Tesco Express is just a short walk or bike ride away.

Food & Drink

When it comes to great food and drink, Bournemouth is full of options. As well as the usual high-street chain restaurants like McDonalds and Pret A Manger, the city has plenty of small-scale eateries and independent cafes to choose from too.

The Full Plate Restaurant is a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike, and it’s not hard to see why. This casual buffet-style venue serves up authentic Polish and Eastern-European dishes made from the highest-quality produce available. What’s not to love about that?

Parents coming to town? Arbour Restaurant is the perfect place to indulge in a traditional Afternoon Tea. As well as melt-in-your-mouth finger sandwiches and loose-leaf tea, you’ll also feast on warm scones fresh from the oven, topped with lashings of fresh Dorset clotted cream and locally-sourced jam. Yum!


Love to shop? Bournemouth won’t let you down. Much of the town centre is pedestrianised, so getting around is easy. As well as popular high-street brands like H&M and M&S, you’ll find loads of quirky independent retailers dotted around too.

Forget Etsy or eBay. If you love vintage clothing, a visit to This Is Vintage in Southbourne is a must. Here, you’ll find loads of authentic items, including bags, shoes, accessories, and clothing, all in near-perfect condition.

A short stroll from the city centre is the upmarket Westbourne shopping district. Here you can browse a huge variety of boutique stores and independent eateries. Want to head out of town? Boscombe is just two miles from the city centre and has loads of independent shops and cafes to explore, not to mention Boscombe Pier – a must-see for anyone new to town.

Entertainment & Nightlife

Whether you’re in the mood for a laid-back quiz night, a lively karaoke bar, or an immersive theatre show, Bournemouth has plenty of great entertainment options to choose from. Many venues offer some pretty decent discounts for students too, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for special promotions and flyers.

If you love comedy, a visit to Coastal Comedy should definitely make it onto your list of things to experience in Bournemouth. Hosted once a month, this hilarious stand-up comedy night attracts some of the biggest names in comedy. It sells out quickly, though, so don’t forget to plan ahead and get your tickets before they’re all snapped up. Celebrating the end of exam season? Catch dinner and a Cabaret show at Rubyz – you’ll dance the night away in style surrounded by some of Bournemouth’s most outrageous performers.

No matter what the occasion, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect venue in Bournemouth. From cinemas and theatres to microbreweries and à la carte restaurants, this buzzing city has it all.