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Everything you need for the best possible start to your life at BU, including how to get here, what to bring, preparing for your course, things to do when you arrive, and more! If you’re looking specifically for details about Covid-19 and the next academic year, please refer to our Covid-19 FAQs page.

Getting started

Getting here

However you're travelling to BU you can be sure of a friendly welcome when you arrive! Find directions and building addresses to get here easily and take a look around campus with our virtual tour.

You can also find guidance on getting to Bournemouth from any of the local or London airports if you are travelling here by air.

Prepare for your course

There’s lots you can do to prepare for your studies. From early January you’ll have access to activities to get you in the zone, and you can check our study skills guides online. Now is the best time to let us know if you have a disability or learning need so we can make sure the right support is in place when you start.

Prepare yourself for university life by hearing from a number of our BU students over on the student blog and vlog website.

What to bring

You’ll need personal ID and important documents to enrol on your course, and international students should check out our immigration pages for student visa requirements. The main thing is packing light but still creating a home from home - read our tips and advice.


Make sure you’ve thought about living expenses, budgeting and setting up a UK bank account if you’re arriving from overseas. There’s lots of financial support available and if you’re ever struggling, our AskBU team is there to help.

Student life

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Student support

You’ll find an incredible range of support services at BU and you can even contact them before you arrive.

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Get ahead

Our degrees are designed to make you globally employable, and a lot of what you can do alongside your course is all about giving you a competitive advantage.

Important information

Important information

Here's where you'll find all the BU policies and procedures that you need to be aware of, including the Student Agreement.