Why Bournemouth is the best town for students
We all think that whatever town our university is in is the best town for students, but Bournemouth is something special! When friends visit from other universities, they always comment on how great it is, so it’s not just my bias… here are a few reasons why every student loves it here:
Bournemouth is situated on one of the most beautiful beaches in the UK. Not many students can say that they wander down for a swim/surf/sunbathe/beach bbq after their lectures, can they? Barbecues are allowed after 6 pm, and come summer it’s so relaxing to sit and have dinner on the sand while watching the waves roll in. As well as the typical beaching activities, there are also the options to go surfing, stand-up paddle-boarding, bouldering, and to play volleyball. There is so much on it’s impossible to get bored! Bournemouth has the world’s first (and only!) pier-to-shore zip line if you fancy something a bit more adventurous!
The Live Music
Home to the BIC (Bournemouth International Centre), the Pavillion and the Bournemouth O2, Bournemouth is one of the key spots that artists visit on their tours. Past performances have seen Kylie Minogue, Blink 182, Newton Faulkner and Jimmy Carr grace the stages. Whatever genre you’re into, there will be the opportunity to see some great shows throughout your time here.
There is a range of ways to get around Bournemouth without having to step foot into a car. Multiple train stations, buses and cycle lanes mean getting around is cheap and fast, so there is no need to worry about bringing a car with you to uni. There is also a coach station with links across the country to Manchester, London and Birmingham (and tickets usually are reasonably priced!) so you have the option of visiting even more places.
It might be to do with the fact that there are a lot of students, or that people are generally happier when the sun is out (Bournemouth gets 18-25% more sunshine in the summer months than the UK average), but there is a real sense of friendliness and people being welcoming throughout the town. There are always town rangers around to ask if you need help/directions and people are generally pleased to support you if you need it!
So there are a few of my favourite things about being a student in Bournemouth, but there is so much more I could say!