Studying in Bournemouth

Southbourne sits between Bournemouth and Christchurch on the south coast of England. It’s a popular place to relax by the sea. From the beach, there are stunning views of the Isle of Wight, the Jurassic Coast, which is a designated World Heritage site and Sandbanks, one of the most exclusive addresses in Britain.

During the summer, the beach comes alive. Students and families are often seen enjoying the warm summer evening on the beach. There are restaurants and activities available all year round and within walking distance or a short bus ride from the school.

If the beach isn’t enough, there are a wide variety of shops and restaurants along the nearby high street.

“Studying at Southbourne School of English was an enriching experience for our students. Some of our pupils have already been here three times and they still want to come back.” – Joan Nicvas & Carme Cugat, Group Leaders from Spain.


Visit Bournemouth

There is lots to do in Bournemouth. The town centre has a beautiful Victorian garden and if you follow the River Bourne it will lead you to the beach.

Bournemouth offers lots of activities as it is a popular, friendly, cosmopolitan, university town. During the day you can enjoy mini golf, volleyball, a museum visit and then finish with a trip to one of our cinemas and an ice cream parlour on the pier. In the evening you can be entertained every night with clubs, bars, restaurants, live music and theatre events. BH2 is an amazing leisure complex in the heart of Bournemouth that includes 13 world class restaurants and a 10-screen multiplex cinema showing the latest cinema releases. The Bournemouth International Centre, The Bournemouth 02 Music Academy and The Pavilion attract many West End shows from London and international bands and DJs.

If you enjoy shopping, then you’re not going to be disappointed. Bournemouth has a vast selection of shops, from retail giants to interesting independent shops or you can visit the large shopping centre at Castlepoint. Buses stop close to the school and take students straight to the town centre.

“I fell in love with Bournemouth. It was an unforgettable experience for me. It was interesting to hear different accents and feel the atmosphere of England.” – Alena

Top things to do in Bournemouth

  1. Have a swim in the sea! There are plenty of watersports to try such as: kayaking, sailing, jet-skiing, snorkelling, windsurfing and wakeboarding.
  2. Go ice-skating. In the winter months, the ice rink opens up to the public.
  3. Walk along the beach. Enjoy a scenic stroll along the promenade or take a dip in the sea.
  4. Visit all the parks and gardens, including large aviary in the Lower Gardens with many exotic birds.
  5. Go to any of the entertainment venues. The BIC, BH2 Leisure Complex and Pavilion Theatre offer live music, films, restaurants, musicals, comedy, ballet and ice shows.
  1. Eat fish and chips on the beach – the perfect combination. You can’t get more British than that.
  2. Enjoy a cream tea – a loved British tradition. A perfect mix of scones, jam and clotted cream, with a cup of hot tea.
  3. Try out another British classic, the picnic. Relax outside with your friends on the beach or in the gardens.
  4. Visit the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum where you can see treasures from around the world.
  5. Last but not least, go on a shopping spree. Bournemouth has great shopping centres and retail outlets to satisfy your shopping desires.


The neighbouring town of Poole is equally interesting.

Poole Harbour is the largest natural harbour in the world! You should board a ferry at Poole Quay and enjoy the scenic trip to Brownsea Island. It’s the best way to see Poole Harbour and visit the island with its large population of native red squirrels.

You can also visit Sandbanks, one of the most expensive places to live in the world. The mouth of Poole Harbour separates Poole from the Purbecks. You can get across the stretch of sea on the chain ferry. It’s the quickest route to the Purbecks and to the world-famous Jurassic Coast. And it’s a perfect photograph opportunity.

Poole Sunset

Staying safe while studying in England

  1. Always carry your student card (given to you on your first day) – it has the school’s emergency number on it as well as the address where you are staying
  2. Leave your passport and/or ID card at home unless you take it out to prove your age in a pub or night club. You can keep your passport and/or money in the school safe.
  3. Keep your money, camera and phone in a safe place and don’t carry valuable things in your backpack where it is easy for somebody to steal them.
  4. We hope everybody in the school is honest, but do not leave anything valuable in classrooms
  1. When crossing the road, remember that cars drive on the left. Use a zebra, pelican or puffin crossing if possible
  2. Although Southbourne and Bournemouth are safe places, it is not a good idea to walk at night on your own
  3. Never get in a car with somebody you don’t know
  4. The emergency number for police, ambulance, fire brigade and coast guard is 999