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Communication Design and Strategy Welcome Guide

Arrival and your first week

We're delighted to have you join us at Arts University Bournemouth, and hope that your time here will be rewarding, challenging, creative and enjoyable.

Arrival and your first week

Welcome to BA (Hons) Communication, Design and Strategy at Arts University Bournemouth where we look forward to spending time working with and supporting you as you make great leaps forward in your learning and understanding of the creative sphere!

Arrival

Online enrolment opens in September 2024 for applicants who’ve met their conditions. Once open, it's important that you enrol as soon as possible so we can set up your timetable.

Once you’ve enrolled, you’ll be able to set up your student login to access your email account and more information via the myAUB portal.

Your timetable will be available to view from September.

Normally, your timetable will only show course-level sessions when you first enrol. Any sessions that take place in a smaller group will be added later on as we put you into your groups on the timetable system so please be patient if there are only a few sessions to start with!

Arrival on campus

We're looking forward to meeting you all on campus soon. We'd recommend that you make sure you're available to attend on campus or online sessions throughout the whole of your first week.

In August, we'll add your course arrival times and locations to this page so make sure you come back to check for more details!

Face-to-face registration

During your first few days, you'll need to attend a face-to-face registration session, where we'll check your details and complete your enrolment.

AUB Student ID collection

When you have completed face-to-face registration, you'll be able to collect your physical AUB student ID card. This will also be your library card for the duration of your course.

Getting to campus

AUB is proud to have achieved a Platinum Ecocampus award, as well as Fairtrade certification, and we have a commitment to reach Carbon Net Zero by 2030. Sustainability is very important to us and plays a big role in how we work.

We encourage you to come to the campus using the most sustainable means available to you.

Bournemouth has great public transport links, and most students catch a bus from their accommodation onto campus.

UNIBUS provides frequent services between AUB campus and our halls of residence in Bournemouth town centre, as well as the neighbouring towns of Poole, Westbourne, Boscombe and Southbourne. You can download the app to buy tickets before you hop on, follow live routes, use the journey planner and timetables.

The UNIBUS app will gain you access to the U1, U2, U3 and U4 routes, plus the Morebus services that stop at campus – 6, 6a, 15, 17 and 36.

MoreBus is Bournemouth and Poole’s main bus provider, which can get you around town and surrounding areas. We’d recommend using the Morebus website too, so that you can find bus routes outside the UNIBUS network including buses to the beach.

Digital ID card

Once you've completed online enrolment and your ID card photo has been approved, you'll be able to download a digital ID card, which can be used to purchase student bus tickets. Your digital ID card will be available through myAUB in your eVision tile.

Bournemouth has a well-established cycle community, with lanes across town making it a great way to travel safely.

Our campus and all halls of residence all have bicycle storage, and we’d recommend using a D-lock or chain lock to keep secure. The Universities Police Team offers free security marking and Hope2Cycle visit AUB monthly for discount bicycles and repairs. You can get a discount at many local cycle shops with your student ID too.

Not got your own bike? Try a Beryl hire. These are available across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and they’re an easy and affordable way to get around town. Check out the Beryl app for bundles, discounts and to see what’s available.

Walking is a great way to get around Bournemouth – and it’s free. Here’s an idea of how long it’ll take you to get from campus from our most popular accommodation spots:

  • Winton – 25-30 minutes
  • Charminster – 40-45 minutes
  • Bournemouth halls of residence – 50-55 minutes

For more information on travel, see our Guide to Bournemouth.

AUBSU and Freshers'

AUB Students' Union (AUBSU) is here to support you and represent you whilst you’re studying with us. It's run by students, for students; the Executive Committee is made up of two full-time paid Sabbatical Officers and a group of part-time voluntary Executive Officers, elected by the student body in annual elections. When you enrol at AUB, you automatically become a member of AUBSU and you can vote or run in these elections.

AUBSU also runs a range of clubs, societies and networks, including the Green Society, Neurodivergent Society, LGBTQ+ network and more. Visit AUBSU's website for a full list.

Freshers' Week

Each year, AUBSU holds a series of events at the beginning of term for new (and existing) students. The wide range of events are a great chance to meet new faces, learn new things and settle into life at AUB – you might even make some lifelong friends!

AUBSU will begin announcing their line-up of Freshers' events in the summer. These will be revealed on the AUBSU website.

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Overview

We're delighted to have you join us at Arts University Bournemouth

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Next Steps

Find out the useful dates and contact before you start here

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