The origins can be traced to the early 20th century, with the foundation of Bournemouth Municipal College. Our modern history began in the early 1970s with the creation of the Bournemouth College of Technology, and the construction of new buildings on the largest farm in Talbot Village – the area now known as our Talbot Campus.
Our research shapes and changes the world around us, providing solutions to real-world problems and informing the education we deliver. Our students are a key part of the research we conduct, co-creating knowledge with us and playing a crucial role in everything that we do.
The graduate jobs market is incredibly competitive and we understand that it can be tough searching for your first job after university, or even looking for a way to progress a year or two after graduation. You'll find a variety of graduate roles on MyCareerHub, our online jobs portal.
Going to university is a great experience, but if it’s your first time living away from home we realise you may need some help and advice. We want all of our students to enjoy their BU experience and to stay healthy and happy, so we provide a wide range of services to support you throughout your time with us, as well as giving you access to a variety of facilities to help you during your time at university.
We have fully accessible accommodation, flats for families and couples, and summer lets. Read more about these options, as well as short-term stays on our website.
We have two libraries - The Sir Michael Cobham Library and Bournemouth House Library. Find out more about each, as well as how we're constantly improving our services.
Our IT facilities are being constantly updated to ensure you have access to the latest technology throughout your time at BU. We have Open Access Centres on both campuses which give you access to computers and printers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Whatever your medical needs, the Student Medical Centre at BU offers a full range of medical services, health and sexual advice.Based at Talbot House, it is open to all students and daily appointments are available. There is also provision for out of hours and emergency support.
Life on campus has become even more exciting now that our new Student Centre has opened, providing more social and learning spaces, as well as a new café, student advice centre, bookable meeting rooms, and radio and media studios, not to mention new offices for SUBU.
We have excellent sports facilities at SportBU, our gym and fitness centre on Talbot Campus and a very active Students’ Union - SUBU - who run a wide range of clubs and societies. Joining one, or even several, of these is a great way to make new friends and settle into university life.
The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), the UK governments teaching quality watchdog, awarded us the highest category of confidence in our academic standards.
Many of our courses are accredited by professional and industry bodies, which means our courses are readily recognised by employers, and our graduates have professional membership or status when they compete on the job market.
Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.