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Purbeck House

Purbeck House

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.

Find out more about ResLifeBU

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.

Purbeck House is managed by UNITE Students in partnership with BU, so your contract will be with this provider and not the university.