Corfe House is one of the smaller accommodation blocks. Home to 308 students across eight floors, it offers a great community feel for those who live here. With a mixture of undergraduate and postgraduate students, it’s our only halls of residence based in Poole – slightly further from our campuses, but with excellent transport links and a harbour-side setting that many students value.
It is also the only BU accommodation where you can choose to live past your first year. So if you enjoy it then you don’t have to move for the duration of your studies!
All you need to know about Corfe:
ResLifeBU is an exclusive programme, only available in BU accommodation, designed to help you enjoy your time in student accommodation to the fullest.
Our ResLifeBU Team supports you across three core areas:
- Social – providing inclusive activities and events to help you meet your fellow students and build a great community
- Wellbeing – supporting your welfare, health, safety and overall comfort and security
- Skills – everything you need for your new independent life, from how to keep your flat clean, to cooking an affordable and healthy meal and tips on managing your budget
Each accommodation has a friendly Resident Assistant (RA) who lives on site and is a current BU student. Having experienced it themselves, your RA has an understanding of what it’s like to move to a new home when you start at uni. There is also a Welfare Coordinator who is a current member of BU staff and is available for any wellbeing issues you might have whilst in residence. Supporting these roles we have the three ResLifeBU Coordinators, and the three ResLifeBU Officers all dedicated to helping you have the best time in our accommodation.
£1.25 of your weekly rent goes towards the funding of the programme – but if you make the most of it, you’ll find it’s worth so much more than that.
Types of room
There are three types of the bedroom in Corfe House:
Standard ensuite (undergraduate) – all ensuites are single occupancy and come with a 3/4 sized double bed, study desk, desk chair, storage and your very own ensuite bathroom and shower. All ensuite rooms are within a shared cluster flat of between 4–8 other rooms. All flats have fully fitted kitchens and dining spaces to eat, relax and socialise.
Premium ensuite (undergraduate or postgraduate) – the difference between a standard and premium ensuite room is typically in the specification: premium rooms have different decor, more storage, improved light fittings and flooring. They might also benefit from better views.
All ensuite rooms may vary in size, shape and layout but are approx 13 sqm.
Studios (reserved for postgraduates) – all studio flats come with a 3/4 sized double bed, study desk, desk chair, storage, your very own ensuite bathroom and shower as well as a fitted kitchen area with everything you require for self-catering.
Studios may vary in size, shape and layout but are approx between 25–30 sqm.
Advertised prices are based on weekly rent inclusive of an annual bus pass and your ResLifeBU programme.
Location and the surrounding area
Unlike our other halls of residence that are based in the Lansdowne area of Bournemouth, Corfe is situated in Poole. It’s close to the town centre, the park and Poole Quay - offering awesome views of the sea and coastline from rooms on higher floors – and it’s also right next to two major supermarkets. This hall is ideally suited for more mature students and those wanting a quieter environment. This is the only hall which offers the opportunity each year for returning BU students to book for any subsequent year of study.
The building is within a few minutes’ walk of Poole’s train station, and close to a bus stop that connects you to our campuses and the wider local area.
Although it’s a slightly longer bus journey into uni (around 30 minutes, compared to 10 minutes from our Lansdowne halls), the quiet quayside setting and excellent transport links make Corfe an attractive option to many students.
Travelling to and from uni (and beyond)
It’s just a short walk from Corfe to a bus stop where you can catch the U2 bus to reach both our campuses, or the M1 or M2 buses to travel to Bournemouth town centre and our Lansdowne Campus. Your bus pass is included in your rent so you can use these services as much as you need throughout the year, although you can opt out of this if you choose.
There are also night buses running between Bournemouth and Poole on Fridays and Saturdays, making it easy for you to get home after a night out.
And if you like to get around by bike, there’s a secure bike shelter situated right outside the building exit. Parking is not available at Corfe House.
Facilities and shared spaces
The undergraduate cluster flats – where you’ll find the standard and premium en-suite options – each have five or six bedrooms that share an open-plan kitchen and living area. These are equipped with sofas, stools, tables, storage cupboards and all the appliances (cooker, fridge, freezer and microwave) you’ll need. And, as you’d expect, there’s Wi-Fi available throughout the building.
Corfe House also offers postgraduate flats, which are similar in design and layout to their undergraduate counterparts, but with further storage.
In addition, Corfe has a large, welcoming common room that is available for all residents to make use of. Within this space there’s a pool table and TV with a PlayStation 4. Just off the common room are the card-operated laundry facilities; it’s also where the reception office is.
Services and security
Your weekly rent includes contents insurance. Find out more about the level of cover.
Your bedroom and common room has high-speed wifi for work and play.
All of your bills are included in your weekly rent so you have nothing further to pay.
As well as having CCTV in the building and secure access, there is also a Corfe House team member onsite 24 hours a day to provide any help you might need.
The onsite team includes a maintenance operative who will be able to respond and resolve any faults for you in a timely manner.
There is also a ResLifeBU Team who are on hand if you have any wellbeing concerns and they also organise regular social events (see ResLifeBU below)
Booking process and terms & conditions
You can find details of booking dates and our accommodation guarantee on our How to book accommodation page.
When you’re ready to book a room, you can do so via our Accommodation Portal. Your contract will be with the accommodation provider so be sure to check the terms & conditions before you make a booking.
We understand that under the current circumstances you will want to know what your accommodation booking means for you. As the BU accommodation portfolio is made up of a number of providers, we’ve gathered details of their contract flexibility and cancellation policies for you to review before you book.
You can find further information in our Coronavirus FAQs.
Management and Code of standards
Corfe House is owned and operated by BU's private accommodation partner, Student Roost. Student Roost will be your landlord and you will pay your rent to them and not BU. Any queries or issues you might have during your time will be dealt with by Student Roost's dedicated on-site team.
Student Roost has signed Corfe House up to the ANUK Code of Standard, which has been developed to encourage the highest possible standards of student accommodation provided by universities and major private suppliers. Find out more about the Code and how it benefits you.
Covid-19 safety measures
We understand that you will want to know what safety measures have been put in place to reduce the risks posed by Covid-19.
Full details of the measures across the BU accommodation portfolio can be found on our Covid-19 safety measures page.