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FAQs for students

Students joining us on Summer Breaks ask us lots of questions in the build-up to the events. We’ve answered the most frequently raised queries here.

But if there’s anything else you need to know, please just call us: 01202 961196, or by email us: schoolsliaison@bournemouth.ac.uk

Who will be there?

There are places for 80 students at each BU Summer Break. Residential and Non-residential places available on each week, if you live locally and would prefer NOT to stay overnight then we will be able to offer you a non-residential place and arrange your travel to and from BU each day. You will also meet members of staff and Student Mentors. Student Mentors are current BU students who will be there to support you throughout the week and will share their experiences of being at university. Students who have been on past Summer Breaks always say that getting to know the Student Mentors is one of the best things about the experience.

What will I do at the BU Summer Break?

You will enjoy a mix of workshops, social activities and advice on careers and finance, with two subject pathways from six academic faculty areas.  This will give you the chance to experience tasters from a wide range of subjects: Applied Sciences, Business & Tourism & Design, Engineering & Computing, Health & Social Sciences, Media, or Sport. You will have an opportunity to make use of the University’s facilities and local surroundings making sure that you get the full university experience!

What should I bring?

For residential places you will need adequate clothing for four days and three nights whilst at the Summer Breaks. These can be casual and should also include items suitable for sporting activities. The cost of all activities, meals and accommodation are covered by the scheme, but you may wish to bring a small amount of money to buy anything extra. We suggest you bring no more than £40 as spending money.

This is just a guideline and there may be other items you need to bring…

Casual Clothes
Sports wear
Nightwear
Bath towel
Hand towel
Underwear & Socks
Shoes & trainers
Dressing-gown
Swimwear
Sunglasses
Suncream*
Tissues & anti-histamines*
Any medication*
Toiletries
Notebook/diary
Pencil case/pens
Book/magazine
Washing bag
no more than £40 to spend

*only if you personally need these items

What we’ll provide:

Bed linen
All food & drink for the week
Drinks/snacks in your flat
Kettle in your flat
Memento of Summer Breaks

What if I have a disability, special educational need or medical condition?

The University is committed to supporting all students whatever their needs and to include everyone who might want to attend the Summer Breaks. This means that your accommodation will be appropriate, taught sessions will take your circumstances into account and the social programme will be accessible and enjoyable for all. You should disclose any special educational needs, disabilities or medical conditions on the application form so the university can make sure that suitable accommodation, teaching, learning and social events are available

How will I meet new people?

Although you might find yourself on the Summer Break with a small number of friends from school, you certainly won’t know everyone. It’s normal to feel a bit nervous before the start of the week. To help you settle in, the Summer Break team will run activities which will help you to get to know the other students, student mentors and staff.

Where will I be sleeping?

You will be staying in your own en-suite bedroom in a single sex flat in our University Halls of Residence. You will have a shared  kitchen and lounge.

What will I get out of a BU Summer Break?

By attending our Summer Breaks you get a free and fully inclusive time away from home; with the chance to meet lots of new people, try different activities and discover whether university could be for you. Getting a taste of university life could open up all kinds of ideas on what you could do in the future. What’s more, you will have fun in the process!