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Coronavirus: frequently asked questions

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This page outlines the latest information from Bournemouth University and was last updated at 4.10pm on 6 August.

Our primary objective is to support the wellbeing of our students and staff and all decisions will be made subject to national guidance to ensure the health & safety of our community. There are a range of wellbeing services available for staff and students, and can be used if you feel worried. If you are unwell, see information on the NHS website. NHS treatment for Covid-19 is free of charge for everyone, including international students.

Current situation:

  • We are reopening our campuses in a phased approach and many university services continue to operate online. Please do not come to campus for work or study purposes unless you have received permission to do so.
  • We are committed to a safe on-campus experience for the autumn term with as much on-campus activity as we are able to provide from 21 September.
  • The majority of education activities this autumn will take place online with some on-campus elements, especially for those courses that require specialist equipment or spaces. See our course pages for specific information about semester one.
  • Our SportBU, ResLifeBU and Student Support teams are working hard alongside our Students' Union (SUBU) to ensure your university experience is still full of opportunities.
  • We expect student accommodation to be open from September for students as normal, with our ResLifeBU welcome programme too. Our student accommodation partners are working carefully to ensure every building is safe whilst still feeling like your home from home.
  • Subject to national guidance, we’re currently planning to offer a full range of on-campus activities from semester two.
  • We have moved our Graduation ceremonies from November to Monday 1 - Friday 5 March 2021 to give you the opportunity to celebrate this event together.
  • Please read our campus experience statement.


New and returning students – September 2020


Applicants & Future Students (September 2020 entry)

Applications process

Additional applications questions for International students

Student accommodation


Specific FAQs for staff

Following Government advice to stay at home, both of our campuses are fully closed, including all staff buildings. Staff should not come to campus for work purposes and should work from home.

A series of Staff FAQs have been created in support of questions associated with working in this situation. 


Specific FAQs for postgraduate researchers

dedicated FAQs page has been set up for current postgraduate researchers at Bournemouth University.