Bournemouth University

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Getting to Bournemouth University

Bournemouth University is located on two campuses:

  • Talbot Campus
    This campus is located two miles from Bournemouth's centre and is home to the majority of our Academic Schools, the Sports and Recreation Centre and the Student Village.
  • Lansdowne Campus
    This campus is based near the town centre and is home to our School of Health and Social Care and also serves as a centre for postgraduate study for the Business School.

For maps of our Campuses and surrounding area please visit our Map pages.

Alternatively you can use Google Maps to plan your route to Bournemouth University by car or foot. Click here for the Talbot Campus and here for Lansdowne.

Accessibility information

For a full list of access information, please visit our Accessibilty information page.

Arriving By:

Rail / Road / Coach / Bus / Bike / Sea / Air / Foot


Arriving by Rail

The nearest station to the University is Bournemouth. The journey by fast train from London takes approximately an 1 hour, 30 minutes. There are also regular trains from the UK's other major cities.

Detailed accessibility guides for Bournemouth Train Station and Bournemouth Bus Station are available from DisabledGo.

Getting to the Lansdowne Campus:
Buildings on the Lansdowne Campus are a five-minute walk from the railway station (see Lansdowne Campus map).

Getting to the Talbot Campus:

  • From Bournemouth rail station you can take the number 6 Yellow Buses straight to Talbot Campus
  • You can use the University buses (see below) during term-time which leave from a stop opposite Cranborne House (see Talbot Campus map)
  • A taxi from the station will get you there in less than ten minutes.

For timetabling and fare information please call National Rail Enquiries: +44 (0) 8457 484950 or visit: www.nationalrail.co.ukexternal link

Bournemouth Railway Station

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Arriving by Road

Full travel directions, postcodes and maps for reaching the University's two campuses by car can be found on our Bournemouth Maps page.

For further about parking please visit our Parking page.

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Arriving by Coach

Frequent coach services run to Bournemouth from many large cities. Journey by coach from London takes approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes. The coach station is situated next to the railway station, for directions to either campus see the above section about arriving by rail.

Travelling from Bournemouth to London by coach is easy - many coaches (both National Express and MegaBus) leave from Talbot Campus, however all of these also stop at the Travel Interchange (Coach Station) or the Triangle area of Bournemouth Town Centre (for MegaBus) on their way to London. Coach connections to airports - there are 10 to 15 buses a day to both Heathrow and Gatwick. For Stansted, you have to change at Heathrow Central Bus Station or go into central London and catch a train from Liverpool Street.

For timetabling and fare information please visit the Megabus website (www.megabus.co.ukExternal Link), call National Express: +44 (0) 8705 808080 or visit: www.nationalexpress.com External Link

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Arriving by Bus

Unilinx Buses serve both the Talbot and Lansdowne Campus. During term-time the buses run approximately every fifteen minutes between the two campuses with more at peak times. See our local buses information for timetabling and fare details.

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Arriving by Bike

Both Talbot and Lansdowne campuses are easily accessible by bike for more information please visit our Cycling page

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Arriving by Sea

Poole seaport is approximately 20 minutes from Bournemouth and serves a number of European and Channel Island destinations. There is no direct rail link, however, taxis and buses serve the seaport.

Portsmouth seaport is a good alternative to Poole and is approx 1 hour 40 minutes away by train. Both companies below offer a plethora of destinations in Europe from Portsmouth.

For time tabling and fare information:

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Arriving by Air

London airports

London Heathrow is approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes, by road from Bournemouth. Gatwick is 2 hours, 30 minutes away. Both airports are served by direct coach and rail services to Bournemouth.

Southampton International Airport

Southampton International Airport is approximately 35 minutes away by road and serves as a main station on the rail route between Bournemouth and London. Southampton serves a number of UK, European and Channel Island destinations.

Bournemouth Airport

Bournemouth Airport is approximately 15 minutes away from the town by road and also serves a number of destinations. There is no direct rail link, however, taxis and buses serve the airport.

The Bournemouth Airport Shuttle provides a link between the Lansdowne Campus, the Town Centre, the Travel Interchange and Bournemouth Airport. The bus stop for this service is situated opposite Studland House. The service operates once an hour from 7am to 7pm, seven days a week.

More timetable and fare information can be found on the Bournemouth Airport Shuttle websiteExternal Link.

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Arriving by Foot

The Lansdowne Campus is within walking distance of Bournemouth railway station and Travel Interchange. It will take you about approximately 30 minutes to walk from Lansdowne to the Talbot Campus.

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