More about the University Retreat

people talking in the University retreat

The University Retreat is a collaboration between BU, Arts University Bournemouth (AUB), AECC University College, Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust, Dorset Mental Health Forum and BCHA (Bournemouth Churches Housing Association). 

It offers a drop-in service for students from all three Bournemouth universities: BU, Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) and AECC University College. You don't need an appointment; just pop in and talk to one of our friendly team. 

Staff won't offer medication or structured therapy, but rather self-management advice and advice that helps you find the solutions to aid your recovery.

Opening days and times: Monday to Saturday, 2pm to 9pm
Location: Tolpuddle Annexe 2, Talbot Campus 

Find Tolpuddle Annexe 2 on our interactive map

Off-campus support from The Retreat


The Retreat is run by Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust and similar to The University Retreat, it provides a safe and welcoming space where you can discuss how you're feeling and work towards solutions. 

Both The Retreat in Bournemouth town centre and in Dorchester are staffed by peer specialists and mental health professionals who won't offer medication or formal therapy, but will support and promote self-management. There is the option to escalate to further clinical support if needed.

The Retreat, Bournemouth town centre:

The Retreat, ​Dorchester:

Visit The Retreat webpage for more information

Support from Community Front Rooms

The Retreat is part of the NHS Community Front Room model, which has been successful in supporting other communities across Dorset. Open to anyone over 18, these are welcoming, informal, safe spaces where you can discuss your problems. They are staffed by mental health professionals and peer specialists. If necessary, you may be offered an assessment which may lead to support from other mental health services.

Community Front Rooms: Bridport, Wareham and Shaftesbury:

  • Opening days and times: Thursday to Sunday, 2:15pm to 9:45pm

Community Front Room: Weymouth:

  • Opening days and times: Monday to Sunday, 2:15pm to 9:45pm

Visit the Community Front Room webpage for more information

What to do if it's urgent or an emergency 


  • If you need urgent help call NHS 111
  • If you need urgent mental health support, call 0800 652 0190. Support is available 24/7 and is provided by Connection, part of the Dorset Crisis Response Service
  • If you need immediate help call 999 or 01202 962222 if you're on campus