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Cranborne House

Cranborne House is a lively accommodation block located on the Lansdowne Campus, home to around 500 undergraduate students it has a great community feel. It is within walking distance of all our buildings on Lansdowne, as well as the centre of Bournemouth, the beach, plenty of shops and restaurants, and the Student Union-run nightclub The Old Fire Station. Regular buses to our Talbot Campus run from just outside.

All you need to know about Cranborne:


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 (RAs) who lives on site and is a current BU student. Having experienced it themselves, your RA had 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.

Find out more about ResLifeBU

Types of room

There are four types of the bedroom in Cranborne House:

Value ensuite (undergraduate) - All ensuites are single occupancy and come with a single bed, study desk, desk chair, storage and your very own ensuite bathrooom 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. 

Value ensuite rooms may vary in size, shape and layout but are approx 9.42 sqm.

Standard ensuite (undergraduate) - The same specification as Value ensuites (see above) but will be slightly larger. 

Standard ensuite rooms may vary in size, shape and layout but are between 10.56sqm and 12.76sqm

Premium ensuite (undergraduate) - The same as a Standard ensuite but with the added benefits of a 3/4 double bed, more storage space and a heated towel rail in the bathroom. Premiums are also larger in size. 

Premium ensuite rooms vary in size, shape and layout but are approx 14.52 sqm.

Studios (reserved for Postgraduates) - All studio flats come with a 3/4 double bed, study desk, desk chair, storage, your very own ensuite bathrooom and shower as well as fitted kitchen area with everything you require for self-catering.

Studio flats vary in size, shape and layout but are approx 14.5 sqm.

Advertised prices are based on weekly rent inclusive of an annual bus pass and your ResLifeBU programme

Location and the surrounding area

Cranborne is based on our Lansdowne Campus, just a short walk from the town centre and the beach. It's also close to many of the bars, clubs and restaurants that are popular with students, including The Old Fire Station, which is run by the Students' Union (SUBU) and hosts regular live music events and club nights.

It’s also a five-minute walk to Bournemouth train station and the largest supermarket in central Bournemouth.

It's within easy walking distance of all our buildings on Lansdowne, with buses to and from our Talbot campus picking up and dropping off just outside.

Travelling to and from uni (and beyond)

The U1 and U4 university bus services pick up from right outside Cranborne, and take between 10 and 15 minutes to get to our Talbot 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.

Your bus pass also includes unlimited travel on morebus zone A services, spanning the wider Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch area. 

And if you're travelling further afield, the main train and bus station is just minutes away. 

Facilities and shared spaces

The common room at Cranborne has a selection of comfy seating, a TV, a table football table, vending machine and a separate study area. There’s also an outdoor courtyard with a barbeque area and covered smoking shelter, as well as a secure bike compound and coin-operated laundry facilities.

The flats come in clusters or six and seven rooms, each with a shared kitchen and living area. In some flats this is an open-plan space, whereas in others, the kitchen and living area are split.

They are all equipped with comfortable seating, tables, storage cupboards and all the appliances (cooker, fridge, freezer and microwave) you’ll need.

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 Cranborne 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.

September 2020

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 Code of Standards

Cranborne House is owned and operated by BU's private accommodation partner, Campus Living Villages (CLV). CLV 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 CLV's dedicated on-site team.

CLV has signed Cranborne 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.