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Bournemouth City Guide

Known as one of the most stunning coastal towns in the south of England, Bournemouth is famous for its seven‑mile stretch of award‑winning sandy beaches. 

Offering you the option of a peaceful life by the sea or a lively and dynamic lifestyle, Bournemouth has the perfect blend of both. You’ll find picturesque parks, countryside, and outdoor spaces right on your doorstep, including ten stunning nature reserves.

Let’s take a look at the best student spots in and around Bournemouth. 

Lower Gardens

As well as its award‑winning beaches, Bournemouth is also home to over 2000 acres of parks and gardens. Just a short five‑minute walk from the main shopping centre, you can find yourself in Grade II Listed Lower Gardens, home to vibrant flower displays, woodland trails, and seasonal activities. 

If you want a break from the hustle and bustle of town, the Gardens are the perfect place to sit, relax, and watch the world go by with a coffee or picnic with friends.  

Bournemouth Beach

Nestled beneath a magnificent cliff line, the Bournemouth coast has some of the warmest sea temperatures in the UK! 

Whatever the weather or time of the year, Bournemouth beach is the ideal location for strolling along the pier, relaxing with ice cream or even admiring miles of breath‑taking coastline.

If you’re living with us at Cranborne, Chesil, or Lyme Regis House, you’re never more than a 20‑minute walk away from the beach. 

Go Ape ‑ Moors Valley

Located just 10 miles north of Bournemouth, Go Ape in Moors Valley is a picture‑perfect location for an adventurous day out. 

There's a course to suit all thrill and skill levels with over five adventure courses available, so grab your flatmates and explore the forest canopy via the treetop rope course. 

Russell‑Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

Feeling cultural? A Grade II* listed building originally known as East Cliff Hall, Russell‑Cotes Art Gallery and Museum is located on the top of Bournemouth's famous East Cliff. It’s just a 15‑minute walk from Cranborne, Chesil and Lyme Regis House and a short 20‑minute bus journey from Okeford House

The house was previously home to two Victorian collectors and travel enthusiasts and named one of England's most fascinating historic houses. The museum has regular exhibitions, panoramic views of the Bournemouth coast, and even a Japanese garden to explore.  

Splashdown Waterpark

Round up your flatmates and head to Poole’s Splashdown Water Park for a fun day out. Home to 13 of the UK’s most exciting indoor and outdoor flume rides, Splashdown is the perfect place for thrill‑seekers. 

Brave the Screamer with its sheer vertical drop, plunge into darkness on the Black Thunder, or if that sounds too wild, go with the flow on the Mississippi Drifter. Make sure to pre‑book your tickets online through the Splashdown website, as walk‑in slots are unavailable.  

Aruba

If you’re looking to party the night away, Aruba is Bournemouth’s beachside restaurant and club. Located on top of Bournemouth Pier with stunning panoramic views stretching from the Isle of Wight to Sandbanks beach, it’s the best place to take some picturesque photos. 

With fun DJ nights, themed weekly events, and an extensive tropical cocktail menu, you’re sure to have a great time at Aruba! 

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