An inspiring place to study

Britain is currently one of the first choice destinations for international students from all over the world and every year thousands of students choose to study in the friendly, safe and exciting environment of Bournemouth.

Arts University Bournemouth is situated on the border of the adjoining towns of Bournemouth and Poole on the beautiful, lively south coast of England. Our golden beaches are undoubtedly among the best in the country, making Poole and Bournemouth one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK, attracting 4 million visitors each year. The beaches regularly win the ‘blue flag’ award for cleanliness; it follows that the air quality is excellent. The beautiful coastal environment, combined with the warmer than average climate, provides an all year round holiday atmosphere.

Together with its beaches, Bournemouth has one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan social scenes outside of London, making it one of the best student towns in the country. It has all the attractions and appeal of a large town without the disadvantages of big city life. There are a wide range of shops, cafes, bars, traditional English pubs, clubs, restaurants and hotels.

Poole, which boasts the world’s second largest natural harbour, is one of the prime locations for a wide variety of water sports such as windsurfing, sailing, jet skiing, water skiing and kite surfing. Poole’s quayside area dates back nearly 2000 years to Roman times and is now home to many bars, cafes and restaurants. The surrounding area is one of outstanding natural beauty, boasting English Heritage sites as well as picturesque towns and villages. Thus Bournemouth and Poole offer a prosperous and attractive location providing an excellent quality of life.

London is less than two hours away and is easily reached by regular train and coach services or via good motorway links.  Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam are also only a few hours away using scheduled services from Bournemouth and Southampton international airports. There are regular sea crossings to France and the rest of Europe from Poole and Southampton.

For more information about the area visit Bournemouth Tourism and Poole Tourism websites and our How To Get Here section.