With just 95 residents in total, Okeford House is accommodation dedicated to our postgraduate students.
The site is located in a side road, just off Winton high street, where you will find shops, cafes, restaurants and bars, including two supermarkets (Waitrose and Lidl).
The university bus (U3) picks up and drops off in Winton, providing you with an easy and quick way to reach of our Talbot and Lansedown Campuses.
All you need to know about Okeford House:
ResLifeBU is a programme designed to help you enjoy your time in student accommodation to the fullest. It’s included in all of the accommodation managed by, or in partnership with, BU’s Residential Services team.
ResLifeBU supports you across three core areas:
- Social, covering a wide range of inclusive activities and events
- Wellbeing, comprising your welfare, health, safety and overall comfort and security
- Skills – from cooking masterclasses to tips on managing your budget
Our ResLife Assistants (RAs) are current students, so they provide this support with an understanding of what it’s like to move to a new home when you start at uni. The programme costs just £1 of your weekly rent – but if you make the most of it, you’ll find it’s worth so much more than that.
Types of room
All of the bedrooms in the shared flats have their own ensuite bathroom facilities (shower, toilet and wash basin) and come fitted with a single bed, desk, shelving and wardrobe as standard.
The studio flats also have a self-contained kitchen/dining area with all you need for self-catering, as well as a small living area.
Location and the surrounding area
Winton is a popular choice as a place to live for BU students, with a high street boasting a range of restaurants, bars and shops – including two supermarkets.
Travelling to and from uni
The university bus (U3) picks up and drops off in Winton, providing you with an easy and quick way to reach 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.
However, you can also easily cycle or walk to Talbot Campus from Okeford House (see map for details).
Facilities and shared spaces
The cluster flats all have a shared kitchen and living area, with sofas, a table, chairs, plenty of kitchen storage and all the appliances (cooker, fridge, freezer and microwave) you’ll need to cook and relax. The studio flats have a self-contained kitchen area, as well as a living area.
There's also a card operated laundry room that's open 24 hours a day (with an online top up card), as well as a small outdoor courtyard area that's a real suntrap in the summer and is used for social gatherings.
Services and security
Your weekly rent includes contents insurance. Find out more about the level of cover.
Your bedroom 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 24/7 contact number for emergencies should they arise (also see Management and Code of Standards below)
The team includes an off-site 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 (also see ResLifeBU above)
Managment and Code of standards
Okeford 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 team.
The Campus Living Villages (CLV) team visit Okeford House Monday - Friday with the site's reception desk staffed on a part-time basis to assist students with any questions they may have (reception opening times supplied upon arrival). There is also a 24/7 ermegency contact number you can call and an email address that is constantly monitored, so you can always contact someone if you have any issues.
CLV has signed Okeford 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.