Purbeck House is a friendly accommodation block that’s home to more than 500 undergraduate students. It’s situated in the centre of our Lansdowne Campus, within easy reach of all of our buildings, as well as the train station, the centre of Bournemouth and the beach. There’s also a Co-op over the road and the university bus (U1) picks up and drops off from just around the corner.
All you need to know about Purbeck 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.
Our ResLifeBU Team 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
The team comprises of our ResLife Assistants (RAs) who are current BU students and live on site with an understanding of what it’s like to move to a new home when you start at uni. Our Welfare Coordinator is a current member of BU staff and is available for any wellbeing issues you might have whilst in residence.
£1 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
All the bedrooms in Purbeck House have their own ensuite bathroom and have a single bed, desk, desk chair, wardrobe and shelving as standard.
There are also five studio flats in Purbeck House available for undergraduate students, each with their own self-contained kitchen unit.
Location and the surrounding area
The block is just a few minutes’ walk from the train station and a large Asda supermarket, with a smaller Co-op just over the road.
It’s within easy reach of all of the buildings on our Lansdowne Campus, while the beach and town centre are also just a short walk away.
In addition to a range of restaurants and bars, around the corner you’ll find the Students’ Union-run club and live music venue, The Old Fire Station.
Travelling to and from uni (and beyond)
Purbeck House’s proximity to the main bus and train station makes it easy to get in and out of Bournemouth.
Meanwhile, the university bus service (U1) picks up and drops off from just around the corner, with journeys into our Talbot Campus taking between 10 and 15 minutes. Your bus pass is included in your rent so you can use this service as much as you need throughout the year, although you can opt out of this if you choose.
The bus pass also includes unlimited travel on morebus zone A services, spanning the wider Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch area.
There’s also a secure and covered bike shelter.
Facilities and shared spaces
Purbeck’s cluster flats have five to seven bedrooms, each of which has an open-plan kitchen and living area. Within this space are comfy sofas, a breakfast bar with stools, lots of cupboard space and all the appliances (cooker, fridge, freezer and microwave) you’d expect in a kitchen.
There’s a spacious common room on the ground floor with a pool table, a table football table, vending machines, comfy sofas, a TV, tables and a separate study room. There’s also an outside courtyard between the two blocks that make up Purbeck House, which features a ping-pong table, several benches and a barbecue area, as well as the bike shelter. There’s a card-operated laundry room opposite the common room, which is open 24 hours a day.
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 Purbeck 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 also ResLifeBU above
Management and Code of Standards
Purbeck House is owned and operated by BU's private accommodation partner, Unite Students (uS). uS 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 uS's dedicated on-site team.
uS 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.
Note for students living in Purbeck House 2018/19
In coming to study at Bournemouth University, you are joining a vibrant and growing student community. Contributing to this growth, during the academic year 2018/19, there are several new private (non-BU) student accommodation sites under construction in and around the main Lansdowne area of Bournemouth. We understand that these are due for completion within the next 18 months. Several of the current BU halls of residence are in close proximity to these new private development sites and so, at times, there may be may be additional noise and traffic in and around the immediate area of Cranborne House, Chesil House and Purbeck House. To help minimise the impact on the surrounding communities we have been advised by the developers that, as a rule, construction will not take place before 8am and after 6pm Monday to Saturday and not at all on Sundays or bank holidays.
In tandem to these new private student accommodation sites, BU is also developing the university’s latest academic ‘Gateway’ building on a site nearby to Cranborne House. When completed, the development will provide a brand new facility for our Faculty of Health and Social Science.
The Lansdowne area of Bournemouth continues to develop into an exciting student area and these new buildings will add to this. Whilst they are constructed BU will continue to work with the developers to limit disruption as much as possible, and we apologise if any inconvenience is experienced.
Purbeck House is managed by UNITE Students in partnership with BU, so your contract will be with this provider and not the university.