In the local area

Enjoy living by the seaside while being able to easily access the countryside and a large choice of shops and restaurants. Bournemouth also has a vibrant nightlife, with something to suit everyone. Living in Bournemouth means you are never too far from the beach and most students tend to be able to get around easily on foot or using public transport.


What's in Bournemouth?


Beaches and Seafront

We are situated just a 10 minute walk from Bournemouth’s glorious sandy beaches – perfect for wandering down to at lunch or for an alternative study location.


Bournemouth town centre – and its surrounding neighbourhoods – has a thriving nightlife with a fantastic mix of bars, clubs and restaurants to suit all tastes.


Leisure and outdoors

There are lots of leisure and outdoor opportunities on our doorstep, ranging from cycle paths to picturesque walks to more adrenaline-fueled watersports!



Bournemouth benefits from two mainline train stations within the city, with great travel links to many other major cities in the UK.

These include London, Southampton, Bristol and Manchester. The nearby airport offers regular flights to many different international destinations.

The neighbouring port in Poole is only six miles away and offers excellent continental ferry links for our students. Further international ferries are available from Portsmouth. Students wishing to visit the Isle of Wight can do so from ports in Southampton, Portsmouth or Lymington, located in the New Forest.

What's nearby?

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Christchurch is a beautiful old town around four miles away from the AECC. It has many attractions, including a Priory, quayside and bustling town centre complete with homely cafes and boutique shops.

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New Forest

The New Forest National Park is in Hampshire and Dorset. Covering 145 square miles of stunning scenic forest and heathland, the New Forest is the ideal location for walks, cycling, horse riding and outdoor activities.


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Hengistbury Head

Hengistbury Head is a dramatic headline in Bournemouth, just south of Christchurch Harbour. A beautiful location for a day trip, the location boasts scenic beaches and stunning wildlife watching opportunities.

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Poole is the neighbouring town to Bournemouth and is home to the second largest natural harbour in the world. An old market town, Poole has plenty of shops and miles of award-winning beaches, including the renowned beautiful Sandbanks beach.

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Southampton is situated around 30 miles from Bournemouth, easily accessible by car or train. Its West Quay shopping centre is one of the largest in the area, while the historic town boasts cultural attractions and a historic dockyard.

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Famous landmarks and attractions rub shoulders with the financial district, shopping streets and endless eateries and bars. Easily accessible using public transport, there is always something going on in London, whether it be a show, an exhibition or special event.