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Location, location, location

Welcome to Bournemouth

Bournemouth and the local area

Famous for its seven-mile stretch of award-winning sandy beaches, Bournemouth is quite simply one of the most stunning coastal towns in the country. 

With a population just shy of 200,000 and a thriving hub for a number of industries including the creative, financial and tourism sectors, Bournemouth offers the hustle and bustle of a vibrant town combined with a life by the sea. 

But it’s not just about the amazing beaches (although we have to admit they are pretty special). Bournemouth also has an incredible nightlife scene, fantastic shopping and a Premier League football team. 

The New Forest National Park is on our doorstep and the Jurassic Coast (which is a World Heritage site) is just a short drive away. Plus we are less than two hours from London (with direct trains to Waterloo) and we’ve got an international airport.

It's not hard to see why many of our students settle in Bournemouth after graduating, often launching enterprises of their own.

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Bournemouth big wheel

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Discover hidden gems

Be in the know and seek out the many hidden gems in Bournemouth and beyond. You might even discover some of your own.

Bournemouth in numbers

7.7
The average daily hours of sunshine in the summer
4
The number of iconic Blue Flags awarded to our beach
842
Hectares of parks and gardens in Bournemouth

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