As a ֱ student, you can be proud to be part of a community that celebrates diversity, sustainability and inclusivity.

Our Athena Swan Bronze award recognises our commitment to gender equality, while the Students’ Union at ֱ (SUֱ) has Investors in Diversity accreditation. SUֱ also operates , promoting intersectionality across the university and beyond.

This all contributes to creating a vibrant learning environment that’s focused on helping you thrive throughout your studies with us.

Discover SUֱ – our award-winning Students’ Union

When you start at ֱ, you automatically become a member of Students’ Union ֱ.

Run by students, for students, SUֱ is here to make your experience better. It helps you make friends, be heard, find things to do and offers support when you need it.

You can get involved as much or as little as you’d like. SUֱ offers hundreds of exciting opportunities, events, campaigns and services, designed to make your time at ֱ the best it can be.

In particular, you can take your pick from over 80 clubs and societies. And if there isn’t one that represents your interests, SUֱ can help you to set up your own. 

The union also has its very own nightclub, the Old Fire Station – including rooms that can be hired for club and society events – or if you prefer a more laid-back vibe, there’s Dylan’s Bar & Kitchen on Talbot Campus. The Student Shop, also on Talbot, provides a means to grab snacks, merch and study essentials on campus, with all profits going back into SUֱ.

To close the academic year, SUֱ puts on the country’s largest Summer Ball send-off for 5,000 fancy-dress-clad students.

Watch highlights from SUֱ’s 2023 Freshers Fair

Make a difference with SUֱ

As as well as the eclectic mix of clubs and societies on offer and the variety of social venues, SUֱ also offers leadership opportunities to all its members – a great way to enhance your CV. 

You could be involved as a Student Rep or in lots of other elected roles. If you’re passionate about writing and production, there’s a big media team at SUֱ who run a radio station, TV channel and a magazine.

The volunteering arm of SUֱ offers loads of opportunities too. As well as giving something back and doing your bit, it’s another great way to impress potential employers.

Art, music and sport

A ֱ student playing the drums

In addition to everything on offer from SUֱ, there are lots of other extracurricular activities to take part in while you’re at ֱ. They’re a great way to meet students with similar interests and to take a break from your studies.

Whether you’re passionate about the arts or sport (or both), we’ve got something for everyone. With a music centre, a number of choirs and orchestras, an art gallery and fantastic sports facilities, the only difficult decision you’ll have to make is what you want to do first. 

What’s more, if you’re already a talented athlete or musician, we offer a number of scholarships every year to help you take your talent to the next level. 

Explore ֱ scholarships Keep active with Sportֱ

Zechariah Johnson, MSc Data Science and AI student & Sport Scholar

Zechariah Johnson, MSc Data Science and AI student & Sport Scholar

My experience at ֱ has been fantastic. I highly recommend the sports programme and education to anyone wanting to pursue their passions. ֱ has exceeded my expectations in every way.

ResLifeֱ – building a community spirit

If you decide to live in ֱ accommodation, you’ll have access to ResLifeֱ – our jam-packed skills, social and wellbeing programme which makes sure that your uni experience doesn’t stop when you finish studying for the day.

Run by students as ResLifeֱ reps, you can get involved in a whole range of activities, such as the Colour Run, quiz nights, crafts workshops and yoga on the beach (among many more). They’re a great way to get to know your flatmates better and meet other students.

As with SUֱ and ֱ extracurricular opportunities, you can involve yourself as much or as little as you like in ResLifeֱ; it’s completely up to you. If you become a ResLifeֱ rep, you’ll be a point of contact for students in your accommodation and help to organise and run events (another valuable addition to your CV).

See some of the activities co-ordinated by ResLifeֱ

Ethically and environmentally responsible

Inside the Fusion Building, which features 27 seminar rooms, three lecture theatres, research space, a 24-station PC laboratory, rooftop terraces and numerous catering facilities, topped with a glass-domed roof. The building has achieved an Energy Performance Certificate rating of A and BREEAM Excellent; it features a range of the latest technologies designed to reduce its environmental impact. The Fusion Building on Talbot Campus has a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating and is host to solar panels, green roofs and a ground source heat pump

Ethical business practices and environmental sustainability are embedded in our courses, research and throughout the ֱ community.  

As the university has grown its estate, we have reduced our carbon footprint by 36% since 2018/19 and we are aiming for net zero emissions by 2030/31. We’re continuing to invest in energy and water conservation measures, achieving high sustainability build standards, encouraging positive behaviours of staff and students, and benefiting from a reduction in grid electricity carbon emissions.

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in sustainability initiatives when you study with us – from volunteering for activities like beach cleans to enhancing sustainability within ֱ. The Biodiversity Group, for example, features both staff and student members and is tasked with supporting the implementation of our Biodiversity Policy and Action Plan to improve the quality of habitats for wildlife on campus. Visit our Sustainability section to find out more.

Jess Burton - MSc Marketing student

on sustainable shops in Bournemouth:

Not only is sustainability at the heart of ֱ but there are lots of sustainable shops in Bournemouth and the local area. These include: Just1Swap, Sunrise Organics and Almond & Co.

A stunning local area

An aerial shot of Bournemouth, capturing much of the town, with the beach and sea on the horizon An aerial shot of Bournemouth, capturing our Lansdowne Campus, looking out to the beach and sea

Bournemouth, Poole and the surrounding areas are blessed with stunning scenery.

From the famous seven-mile stretch of beach and the picturesque Poole Harbour to our beautiful parks and gardens, there are lots of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. 

Plus, if you’re keen to venture further afield during your time with us, you’ll discover miles upon miles of forests to the east (including the ) and the striking  to the west. It’s the perfect base to explore more of what the south coast has to offer.

We’re also fortunate to boast a vibrant nightlife, with a wide range of independent, charismatic town centre pubs, bars, clubs and restaurants – many of which offer student discounts.

Discover Bournemouth and beyond

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