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Accommodation options FAQs

Bournemouth is a bustling student town and there are loads of great places to live while you’re at uni. With so many options available, these answers to frequently asked questions should help you decide what will be right for you. 

Can I book accommodation if I applied after the January deadline or through UCAS Extra?

Yes. Once your offer status is showing as unconditional firm (UF), we guarantee accommodation for all undergraduate students who have selected BU as their firm choice and submitted their UCAS application by midnight on 30 June, or by midnight on 4 July for UCAS Extra applications.

Find out how to book accommodation.

Can I book accommodation if BU is my insurance choice?

Undergraduate students who have selected BU as their Insurance choice, who are not covered in our accommodation guarantee, will still be eligible to book any remaining rooms from Thursday 13 August 2020.

Can I book accommodation if I apply through Clearing?

Once you have a confirmed place here at BU, you will be able to register for BU accommodation and will then be invited to book any rooms we have remaining at that time. We will update this page and contact you with specific information about our offer and your accommodation options nearer the time.

Can I book accommodation if I live within the BH postcode?

Yes. Once your offer status is showing as unconditional firm (UF), we guarantee accommodation for all undergraduate students who have selected BU as their firm choice and submitted their UCAS application by midnight on 30 June, or by midnight on 5 July for UCAS Extra applications.

Where should I live if I’m going to be on placement at a hospital?

Midwifery, Operating Department Practice and Nursing students will experience the full 24-hour shift pattern whilst on placement and for that reason we recommend you stay in accommodation close to the hospital, rather than the university campus. Our NHS accommodation pages have comprehensive information about the rooms available in different locations and how to apply for them.

What accommodation can I book if I’m studying at a partner college?

Please contact the partner college directly for details of accommodation options available to you.

Can I book accommodation if I’m studying part time?

Unfortunately, to be eligible for BU accommodation students need to be studying full time at either our Lansdowne or Talbot Campuses.

Who should I contact if I have specific needs?

Whether you have a specific disability or health condition that impacts on the type of accommodation you need, or you are a couple or have a family, you will have the chance to tell us about any additional requirements in the accommodation portal when you register for BU accommodation. We will then contact you to discuss your specific situation and the best options to meet your needs.

What is the difference between the room types?

There are different room types within our halls of residence, although you won't necessarily find examples of each in every hall.

  • Standard room - These rooms have all the furniture you'll need to be comfortable. The room sizes are pretty standard but the bed size may vary between buildings, although beds will normally be either a standard single or four-foot-wide. These rooms will typically be in a cluster flat arrangement with a shared kitchen and living space.
  • Value room - These rooms are of a very similar specification to standard rooms, but may be a little smaller or an irregular shape and the beds are standard singles. These rooms will typically be in a cluster flat arrangement with a shared kitchen and living space.
  • Premium room - These rooms may have a higher specification than standard rooms, such as improved light fittings, additional or better-quality furniture, different decor or a heated towel rail. They will be larger than Standard or Value rooms and will have a four-foot bed. These rooms will typically be in a cluster flat arrangement with a shared kitchen and living space.
  • Studios - These are self-contained units, with their own en-suite bathroom and kitchenette, as well as a small living and study area and bedroom. They are typically between 18 and 22 square metres, although some units are larger. Beds vary in size from single to full double.
  • Non-ensuite - Single bedooms in the Student Village and Unilet have shared bathroom facilities.
  • Ensuite - All studios have their own ensuite bathroom as do all other rooms types other than those in the Student Village and Unilet.

Check out the individual accommodation web pages for specific information, including bed sizes. 

Can I move rooms or to a different hall or house after the start of term?

Not as a rule and requests to move will not normally be considered for at least the first 4 weeks to give you time to settle in. However, if after this you are still struggling to settle then you should speak to your accommodation team or contact the Residential Services about your options. 

Can I live with a host family?

If you are an international student and would prefer to stay with a local family please contact the Residential Services team for further information. This accommodation is not inspected by BU. Breakfast and evening meals are often included, but this is something you should discuss with your host family before you arrive.