This vibrant and cosmopolitan town, with a population of around
188,000 people, is famous for miles of sandy beaches and a
pleasantly mild climate. The local countryside is characterised by
beautiful coastal walks as well as the picturesque New Forest. The
town itself has award-winning gardens that are superb all year
round and the town hosts many events during the year. Only 2 hours
away from London, it is a perfect base for a day trip to visit Big
Ben and Buckingham Palace. Coaches and trains run several times
every hour to and from London.
Many students come to Bournemouth every year and, besides learning English, they love to go out at night and enjoy the great variety of entertainment that Bournemouth offers. Nightclubs, restaurants, bars, casinos, cinemas and concert venues provide a lot of fun for everybody. For those who love to go shopping there is a wide range of shops.
Bournemouth has something to offer for everyone: Nature Lovers, Sport Addicts, Culture Vultures and Fun Lovers.
Bournemouth for Sport Addicts
If you love sport, Bournemouth is the perfect destination. There
are plenty of places where you can join in with sporting
activities or watch local teams play. There aren’t many places in
Europe where you have such a wide choice of watersports together
in one spot: windsurfing, kite surfing, kayaking, sailing or beach
volleyball just to mention a few. There are many providers and
schools along the coast where you can hire materials or book a
course to improve your skills.
You can also take part in all types of other sports at the Littledown multisports centre, play a football game in King’s park, go for a run or rent a bike and cycle along the 11kms promenade, and for those who love watching sport, the real British experience is to go to one of the local pubs and support your favourite team!
… for Nature Lovers
Bournemouth is the place to be for nature lovers, starting with
the 3kms of gardens leading from the beach all the way up town and
across the city centre. It’s a very popular place for locals who
enjoy the different activities and the variety of events happening
there. It’s lovely just to have a walk through the gardens,
discovering the different species of trees, watching the squirrels
or even taking a look at the hidden aviary with exotic birds.
Bournemouth is also well known for its award winning 11km-long
beach and promenade, going from Sandbanks to Hengistbury Head and
its local nature reserve with its 300 bird species and 500
different plant species, where you can enjoy an astonishing view
over the Bournemouth coast line.
A few miles West of Bournemouth is the World Heritage Site of Southern England: The Jurassic Coast. The site spans 185 million years of geological history, a unique natural beauty. And that’s not all! The North East area of Bournemouth enjoys access to the most extensive area of heathland remaining in Europe: the New Forest. This National Park is host to a huge range of birds, deer, dragonflies, reptiles and thousands of free-roaming animals like ponies, cattle, donkeys, pigs and sheep.
… for Culture & History Fans
British culture has its very own specific identity, with its rich
history, world-famous Royal Family, the obsession with the
‘perfect cuppa’ and the weather, but also people’s love for arts,
cuisine, and music.
There are many places to go to get your culture-fix in Bournemouth. You can visit the stunning Russell-Cotes Art Gallery, the Bournemouth Science Society and Museum, where you can find a 2500-year-old mummy in its sarcophagus, St Peter’s Church where Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, is buried but also, many tea rooms and pubs so you can fully embrace the English way of life.
We also have amazing events like the Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival, the magical Christmas market and Winter Wonderland, the Christchurch Food Festival, Poole Harbour Boat Show and of course the Bournemouth Air festival.
Bournemouth is also perfectly located, close to so many places rich in culture and history: The World famous site of Stonehenge; London with Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the London Eye; Winchester, where Kind Alfred the Great once ruled and so much more…
… for Fun Lovers
If you are a fun loving student, look no further, Bournemouth is the place for you. We welcome an average of 4.7 million visitors every year mainly coming to enjoy the beaches and night life.
If you like games and activities, you can go bowling, or minigolf, enjoy panoramic views of Bournemouth from the Big Wheel, have a go at laser tag, enjoy paddle boarding, spend some money at the arcades on the pier or even soar over the sea and down to the beach on the zip line.
You can also find international restaurants to suit every palate, with cuisines from all over the world, bars with amazing sea views where you can enjoy a nice cocktail or two, sports bars where you can play pool, darts, or watch the football, a really nice cheese and wine bar (personally tested and approved by one of our French staff members), night clubs and of course, many pubs some offering live music and entertainment.