While there is always something to do in Bournemouth during the day, this certainly doesn't stop when the sun goes down. With something going on every night of the week in bars, clubs and pubs across the town, it is no wonder that Bournemouth is well known for its lively nightlife. 


The University's Student Union, The Old Fire Station host a variety of different music nights, plus live bands and comedy nights during term time. You can find plenty of nightclubs in Bournemouth town centre, especially around the Triangle and Old Christchurch Rd. Take your pick from various ticketed music nights at the weekend as well as cheaper student nights during the week. 

Bars and pubs

Bournemouth and Poole also have a vast amount of bars and pubs where you can have a bite to eat, a chilled drink, or enjoy a dance in the evening. At Talbot Campus, we have Dylan's Kitchen and Bar, which is open for food during the day and stays open late at night with regular live music and quiz nights.

Despite being a little further away from the town centre, Ashley Cross in Lower Parkstone, Poole also hosts a good nightlife vibe at the weekend. It's home to a range of pubs and cocktails bars, which are great for a change of scenery away from Bournemouth, but they are a little pricier than the typical student club night during the week. 

Live music

Just a ten minute taxi ride away from the town centre, is the O2 Academy Bournemouth. As well as live concerts and performances, this venue also hosts popular House and Drum and Bass music nights. The Bournemouth International Centre also holds live concerts, with performances from names such as Little Mix to Muse and S-Club 7, and a wide variety of famous comedians such as Sean Lock, Mickey Flanagan and Dara O'Briain. 

Summer festivals

The World's Largest Sport & Music Festival, Bournemouth 7's takes place around the late May bank holiday. The event sells out every year and has a range of music tents, sporting fixtures, food, drink and VIP areas.

BU's Summer Ball in June is the annual student party. With every single person in fancy dress and chart-topping acts such as Rudimental and Sigma playing, it is no wonder that this event sells out within a few weeks every year!