BU accommodation is for single occupancy so we are unable to guarantee accommodation to students with a partner, family and/or dependent.

Most students in this position search and secure their accommodation in the private sector and you can expect to pay in the region of £1,300 per month for a 2 bed property and £1,750 per month for a 3 bed property.

You will also need to factor in the cost of bills on top of this with gas & electric approx £140-160 per month, internet approx £20-£50 per month and water & sewage approx £30 per month. If you are a full-time student and you have a spouse who is a foreign national then you could be eligible for an exemption from Council Tax. For more information read Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole council's website

You can use one of the many online budget calculators to plan your finances.

There are many local private lettings agencies that advertise suitable accommodation year round. BU are unable to recommend any one specific letting agency but you can conduct an internet search to view what is available. To get you started you can use online websites such as: rightmove, Bournecoast, Gumtree or SpareRoom.

When searching for accommodation in the private sector don't forget to look over our useful Homefinders Checklist to ensure you know what to look out for before signing a contract. 

If you are student travelling to the UK from another country then you should know that there is very limited suitable and affordable private rental accommodation in Bournemouth for students with families, especially if you have children. We therefore strongly recommend that you wait until you have secured your accommodation before you bring your family from abroad to join you in Bournemouth.

You can also check out our Bringing your family to the UK webpage for more useful information.