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Exploring Bournemouth: A Guide for International Students

If you’re thinking about learning English in the UK, then Bournemouth is the perfect location for you – as it boasts stunning, award-winning sandy beaches, diverse culture, lively nightlife, and even a Premier League football team too, AFC Bournemouth! Let’s dive into this guide, specially made for you by Southbourne School of English!

1. Getting to Know Bournemouth for English Learning:

  • Bournemouth is not just a pretty place; it’s where your study abroad experience begins. Our language school offers a wide range of Adult and Junior English courses, made to suit students of all English levels from around the world. The town’s welcoming atmosphere and picturesque coastal setting creates an ideal environment for language learning. Exploring Bournemouth’s rich cultural scene, with art galleries, theatres, and diverse culinary options, provides immersive opportunities to practice English in real-life situations. The seven miles of sandy beaches and green parks offer a refreshing balance between focused study and leisure, enhancing overall well-being during your stay.


2. Understanding Study Life:

  • As an English language school accredited and inspected by the British Council and proud members of Quality English and IALC, our commitment to excellence ensures that students receive a high level of English education, backed by rigorous standards in teaching quality, student support, and overall educational experience. View all of our Testimonials & Accreditations

British Council logo   Quality English logo   IALC logo

3. Enjoying Culture Everywhere:

  • When you’re studying in Bournemouth, there’s an abundance of captivating places to explore. Start your journey at Bournemouth Pier, an iconic landmark offering breathtaking sea views and lively amusements. The Lower Gardens, a serene green haven, provides the perfect setting for relaxation and study sessions. Immerse yourself in culture at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery, boasting a diverse collection of art and artifacts. Don’t miss the vibrant ambiance of the town centre with its shops, cafes, and restaurants – ideal for socialising and honing your English skills. For a refreshing break, head to Boscombe Chine Gardens, a tranquil spot for outdoor activities. Exploring Bournemouth and it’s beautiful beaches, attending events at the Pavilion Theatre, and discovering local markets will add a dynamic touch to your study abroad experience. Every corner of this coastal town offers a unique opportunity for language practice and cultural immersion.

4. Tasting Food from Around the World:

  • Southbourne and Bournemouth’s food scenes are diverse, just like our students! Try local and international dishes, from typical British food to Mediterranean, Italian, Spanish, Indian and so many more! For inspiration on restaurants to go to, read our blog on the Top 10 Restaurants in Southbourne. It’s not just about food; it’s a chance to practice English over a good meal.

Bournemouth Town Centre

5. Fun Beyond Class: Activities and Places to Visit.

  • Our language school doesn’t stop at tuition. Our fun and varied activity programmes are designed for language practice and making friends. It’s not just learning; it’s building a community with other students. During the summer period, our Adult Summer English Courses and Junior Summer English Courses include trips to stunning places like the New Forest Nature Reserve, Hengistbury Head, Mudeford, Castlepoint Shopping Centre, Poole Quay and full day excursions to London, Oxford and Bath – so there’s never a dull moment. We even have a student cafeteria which serves fresh, hot and cold meals, snacks and drinks, a table tennis table, table football and comfortable sofas for the students to relax on.

Table tennis and table football in cafe


Whether you’re starting or continuing your language journey, exploring Bournemouth and local areas combined with study at Southbourne School of English will be sure to give you plenty to do. We are ready to make it fun and meaningful! Begin your study abroad experience today, view all of our English courses here!

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