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Here at ResLifeBU, our passionate team are there from the moment you book your accommodation!

Please note, with the ongoing coronavirus situation ResLifeBU are busy planning alternative events and activities to try and give you the best chance of having a great experience whatever the situation might be.

From the moment when you arrive, we organise activities, excursions and events that help you get to know each other and form that all important network of friends. With things happening each and every term-time week, you’ll always have something to do!

Headline events we have run in the past include:

  • The always super popular ‘BIG Summer Beach BBQ Party’, making the most of Bournemouth's beautiful beach with music, inflatables, surfing, fire-pits, street-food and beach games. 
  • ‘The Colour Run’, run, jog or walk with friends whilst enjoying an explosion of colour in this epic event hosted at our brand new SportBU site, Chapel Gate. Fantastic Fun & Fitness with loads of colour and music, a 'MUST' event in everyone's calendar and no entry level needed - everyone is welcome!
  • Club Soda's BeRebelAF event, with live bands, street magician, tattoo artist (ok, not real tatoos, of course!), poetry and FREE bar offering all the best in low/no alcohol drinks!

We also arrange regular smaller scale activities and events such as stand-up-paddle-boarding/kayaking, yoga, gaming tournaments, acrylic paint pouring, terrarium making, quiz nights & open mic nights; not to mention our themed events such as Halloween Face Painting, Pumpkin carving, Chinese New Year & Valentine’s Day Speed Dating, through to our cooking activities such as the ‘Master Chef’ and Flat vs Flat ‘Come Dine With Me’!

Bournemouth is a beautiful place to live and to explore, and here at ResLifeBU HQ we want to give students the opportunity to make the most of it. We therefore look outside of your accommodation and provide coaches to incredible places such as Durdle Door & Old Harry’s Rocks on the Jurassic coast, right through to exploring Poole Harbour and the beautiful Sandbanks area.

ResLife really is the best way to make new friends and ease those first steps as you transition into this new chapter in your lives.

New for 2020 - The Quieter Side of Life: 

Not one to feel at home in the large crowds? Confidently introvert? Just want to try something different with peaceful like-minded souls? Our Quieter Side of Life programme could be for you with smaller, calmer events with a limited number of attendees.

Our aim is to ensure no student feels as though they have not been given the opportunity to socialise and meet new people in their first year at University.

Check out the below gallery for a taste of some of our activities and events! 

Steven Thomas

“I was talking with a friend earlier & we were saying how Res Life is the most useful university service have. In the first few weeks it gets you out and I've met quiet few people. The scavenger hunt helped me know Bournemouth also which was great!”

Steven Thomas | BA (Hons) Product Design


“It's great Res Life staff are students, that live with us. They're really approachable and the events get me out of my room at times that I would not be”.

Simone | MA Events Management

Ben White

“As a non-drinker, ResLife was a chance to socialise with other students without that uncomfortable feeling that I don’t fit in”.

Ben White | BSc (Hons) Computing

George Madden

“RES life is a superb social group; it helped me come out of my shell! University life wouldn't be the same with Res Life; it allowed to go out and make more friends, more than just the ones in my flat”

George Marden | BA (Hons) Product Design

Henry Wade

“Without res life we simply wouldn't be out socialising the way that we are. You'd stay with your own flat. It really helped get out of my shell!”

Henry Wade | BA (Hons) Product Design