Bournemouth in Dorset

Every year, Bournemouth welcomes almost 7 million visitors and more than 50,000 international students.

It’s the perfect seaside location for combining a holiday location with study.

There’s always something new to do or see in Bournemouth, so studying there just gets better and better for international students. With over 500 events every year, at any time of year there is always something fun to do.

Bournemouth keeps changing and improving, which has increased numbers of visitors every year. The BH2 leisure complex is a recent development, adding 13 excellent restaurants – including Mediterranean, Asian and American. The complex also has a 10-screen multiplex cinema, showing the latest movie releases.

Bournemouth Beach

Visitors can enjoy 10 miles of award winning sandy beaches, with temperature highs of 30°C during the summer. Bournemouth Beach was voted the best beach in Britain in 2019 by TripAdvisor. During August, Bournemouth Air Festival gives an exciting look at the UK’s aircraft, with spectacular performances from famous aerobatic teams. On land, there are events from the Royal Marines and much more. Over half a million people from all over the world come to the Air Show each year.

Lulworth Cove

Don’t miss the chance to visit Lulworth Cove on the Jurassic Coast; a beautiful place for a relaxing stroll with incredible views and over 185 million years of history! It is also the location for a music festival called Bestival, which runs in early August!

Winter time in Bournemouth

Even during the winter months there’s still plenty to do. The Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) and the Pavilion Theatre offer a whole host of events, such as music concerts, theatre, ballet, art exhibitions and even an indoor ice skating rink during the Christmas period. In mid-November, Bournemouth transforms into a Christmas Tree Wonderland with an Alpine Market and over 100 sparkling trees.  During the Christmas period of 2018 the centrepiece of Bournemouth lower gardens was a 60-foot tall awe-inspiring Wonderland Tree: the same size as the Angel of the North!


For the sports enthusiast, it’s easy to find something adventurous to do, with water sports available such as surfing, sailing, kayaking and water-skiing. There are also many sports facilities close by, including tennis courts, gyms and golf courses.  And, of course, we are proud to be the home of our own premier league football team AFC Bournemouth: up the Cherries!

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