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What’s open on campus?

Talbot Campus wayfinding sign

Restrictions remain in place within our buildings in line with the latest government guidelines for the management of Covid-19.

Under these guidelines there is reduced access to buildings and facilities. A full list of opening times can be found below.

 If you are a staff member, please make sure you check the Staff Intranet for details of what you need to do to access campus.

If you are coming onto campus, please follow the rules in place. These are to protect you and other people, including the staff who are here to help you. You must wear a face covering in all indoor buildings and all outdoor spaces where a two-metre distance cannot be maintained. Physical distancing and regular hand hygiene should be in operation at all times and you should only come onto campus if you have permission to do so, for face-to-face teaching, or if you cannot study at home. Please follow the physical distancing measures on site and respect other people who are using the buildings.

Please note, booking is in operation for the majority of buildings and study spaces on campus, and can be booked by students or staff. A number of buildings are accessed via Smart Card, please make sure you bring your ID card with you, and if you have lost or misplaced your card, please contact AskBU for assistance. 

The rest of BU's services and activities will continue remotely: 

Our fabulous AskBU team are available from Monday to Friday between 9am - 5pm (4.30pm Fridays) for advice and support, with some physical presence in Poole House and Bournemouth Gateway Building. Contact us on 01202 969696 and

The Careers Team have a range of online careers appointments and webinars with limited face-to-face appointments (bookable in advance) available between 9am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday and of course MyCareerHub is available to you 24/7.

The Student Support & Engagement Team are available online and by phone to offer advice and guidance on your personal wellbeing and settling into life at university. Living away from home for the first time and learning how to balance your social life and studies can be tricky, but there is a wide variety of support available. We can advise you on the best way forward to resolve any difficulties you may experience and help you make the most out of your time at BU. Contact us on and you can find out more about the team on our website.

The Student Wellbeing team are accessible online to all students throughout the semester. Run in partnership with Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust, it's confidential, completely free and open to all BU students if you are experiencing stress, anxiety or low mood. 

The Faith & Reflection Space on Talbot campus is now open for students and staff to use Monday – Friday, 8am – 6pm. Our prayer room is also open for personal worship. The Faith & Reflection team continue to be contactable online for spiritual support and care.

If you are moving in to one of the halls of residence or Student Village, we know that you may have questions about how everything will be organised, especially relating to physical distancing and hygiene measures. You can find out the details for your accommodation on our website, as well as a summary of your responsibilities as a resident. Our ResLifeBU teams are excited to welcome you to your new home and will be on hand to help you settle in and meet new friends.

If you are a current student, take a look at our LettingsBU website to review your accommodation options. Our Residential Services team is available by email at or you can call them on 01202 961671. 

Building opening times

In response to the current Covid-19 guidance, we have amended the opening times and access procedures for our buildings.

The tables below provide details for all buildings and catering facilities across BU’s Talbot and Lansdowne campuses.  

Talbot Campus

Building Opening Times Access information
Poole House

Reception: 24/7

Staff Centre: 8am to 8pm

Atrium Cafe: 9am-3.30pm Monday to Friday

Reception 24/7

(After 9pm access via Student shop and main entrance door only)

Bookable Seminar rooms and labs to be used Mon to Fri 09am-7pm

Staff Centre 8am-8pm

Open Access Centre (Poole House, Ground Floor)

Open 8am-8pm 

NOTE: from Monday 17 May the Open Access Centre will be open 24-hours-a-day

The Open Access Centre has been prepared with physical distancing to 2m capacity

An ID card is needed to access the room and ensure we adhere to Covid-19 room capacities

You must book your study space in advance via MyPC 

Student Centre

Weekdays 8am - 7pm (excluding Bank Holidays)

Please note: weekend access will be reviewed and updated accordingly.
The Sir Michael Cobham Library

The Library will be open at the following times:

  • Monday-Friday: 9am to 8pm (staffed service to 5pm)
  • Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 5pm (non-staffed service) 
  • Bank Holiday Mondays 3 May and 31 May, 9am to 8pm (non-staffed service)

There is currently no browsing of book stock. A Reserve and Collect loan service is in operation. 

Reserved books can be collected Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. 

Please pre-book a study space. See the library page for details. 

The Fusion Building

Monday - Friday: 8am to 6pm

Weekend: closed

Study spaces must be booked in advance.
Dorset House

Monday to Friday: 7am-8pm

Weekend - closed

Dorset House Labs - weekend use and existing process access via Poole House reception/list of approved staff/PGRs
Weymouth House

For approved use only:

Monday - Friday: 8am to 8pm

Weekend: closed

Via authorised Smart Card access only

Please note: the building will be locked outside of opening hours

Christchurch House

For approved use only: 

Monday to Friday: 7am to 8pm

Weekend: closed

The building will be locked if it is not in use.

Christchurch House labs: weekend use through existing process access via Poole House reception/list of approved staff/PGRs

Poole Gateway Building

Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm

Weekend - see next column

Access via authorised Smart Card access only

Weekend access 10am - 6pm is available only to authorised staff and students as determined by the relevant faculty and granted through access control/Smart Card.

Tolpuddle House & Annexes

Please note:

Access to be arranged via Estates Helpdesk for approved users

Talbot House

Open for nursery access each morning

Music rooms will be available as per the booking schedule. See below for Faith & Reflection information.

The building will be locked when the last booking is completed.
Kimmeridge House Access for the Covid-19 test centre only. Please book your test through our on-site test centre.
Poole House Lecture Theatres Not in use For access, contact the Estates Helpdesk
SportBU/Sports Hall The SportBU gym is now open - visit the SportBU website for the latest details
Faith & Reflection Space

Open for students and staff to use Monday – Friday, 8am – 6pm. 

The space is not operated through a booking system, but is open on the basis that if no one is using it, you can.

For more information about the space and what is available, visit the Faith & Reflection webpage.

Lansdowne Campus

Building Opening Times Access information
Studland House

Monday to Friday: 8am - 5pm

Weekend: closed

Smart Card access outside of core hours where requested and authorised by a manager and notified through the Estates Helpdesk

Note: Building work is currently in operation on some floors. Access to these floors to be communicated to services via the Project Team

Bournemouth Gateway Building 

Facilities in use Monday to Sunday: 8am to 8pm

Reception: 24/7

An ID card is needed to access the building. 

NOTE: from Wednesday 19 May the Open Access Centre will be open 24-hours-a-day

Weston Library (Bournemouth Gateway Building) 

Open Monday to Sunday, 8am to 8pm - PCs and study spaces available to book. 

From 1 June, study spaces and PCs in the Weston Library will be available for booking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Staff service available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Open as usual on Bank Holiday Monday 30 August (non-staffed service)

An ID card is needed to access the library 

There is currently no browsing of book stock. A Reserve and Collect loan service is in operation. 

Reserved books can be collected Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. 

Please pre-book a study space or library PC. See the library page for details.

For Open Access Centre facilities (8am - 8pm), please book via MyPC

Executive Business Centre

Monday - Friday: 7.30am - 7.30pm

Weekend: closed

Via Smart Card access

Reception planned hours: 8.30am - 7.30pm

Melbury House

No longer in operation

Bournemouth House No longer in operation 

Catering outlets opening times

Location/Service Proposed times Food offer
Talbot Campus
Fusion Costa


Fusion Hot Food


Ground Up Cafe, Student Centre


Student Shop


Atrium Starbucks

Open Monday - Friday


Hot and cold drinks,

light snacks

Lansdowne Campus
Bournemouth Gateway Building Cafe Daily 8.30am to 3pm

Hot and cold drinks,

light snacks

Please note: hospitality options are available on request through the normal processes.