My uni experience was brilliant! Definitely recommend it and Bournemouth is a great place to go for an education in studies and life. One tip - take a camera and get lots of pics!
The Student union is home to two bars and a nightclub which meant lots of events and gigs were (probably still are) on offer.
Anything from Rock climbing, Skiing and Snowboarding, Chocolate eating, sports and more. Lots on offer.
Being a relatively new university, there's still a limited amount of student accommodation. I was in a hotel with 13 other students in the first year - a bit like halls but it ended up being a good experience.
Good selection of books and enough computers in the library. Lots of sports facilities available.
Great course - Good balance of practical and theoretical learning. Spent lots of time racing around Bournemouth sourcing news. Features for radio, tv, newspaper, magazine stories.
Lots of bars and clubs in the town centre, open until 2am. Elements is a huge club and takes about 2000 people! Check out the bar, so very good as is bar 1812.
There are opportunities for further study. Journalism is competitive to get into but having skills from the course help, although they don't guarantee a job. The Its who you know theory comes into play well for journalism.
I started Uni in 2006 and have just finished a sandwich course at Bournemouth University.
I recommend the course in particular; BA (HONS) Business Studies with pathways to anyone who knows that they want to work in a corporate environment, wants to open up their own business or just wants to be successful and earn loads of money.
The course gives you a broad range of subjects in the first year, so you then can distinguish between your strengths and what you enjoy. The second years allows for specialization in specific fields such as Marketing, E-commerce, Operations & Project Management, Finance, Law etc (there are 12 titles you can choose from). It's a great way to improve employability and diversity ONLY ONCE you know what you enjoy at degree-level.
The perfect recipe for success. For anyone considering the sandwich course I RECOMMEND the placement year. This is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the Universities excellent contacts with employers such as JP Morgan, IBM, Microsoft etc and allows you to showcase what you have learnt at Uni and improves your employability over other graduates by 50% (and that is the point of Uni....to get an amazing job afterwards).
The final year now allows you to write a reflective practitioner project as your dissertation.
This is a great opportunity to reflect on your placement experience and to learn from the experience to ensure you make the right move towards a successful future.
BU itself is like no other University, the people are the happiest in the UK, proven by surveys and with all those miles of beaches who wouldn't have fun living here?
Even the homeless are made into local legends (check out the Facebook group 'Gordon The Tramp'. If you want a great time and lovely community come to BU.
As for the University, they go above and beyond what is expected of any institution.
In first year I realized I wanted to study abroad and the Uni gave me a bursary to pay for the expenses to study in Germany over the summer. They strongly encourage extra curriculum activities and will support you all the way to become better rounded people.
In summary I came to Uni knowing I wanted to be a millionaire, after the first year, i specialized in operations and project management and then went to work in central london as a traders assistant at a prestigious bank. On return I reflected on my experience through my dissertation and have now found the perfect graduate job that is right for my personality and skill-set as a financial consultant. I have loved every second of Uni and truly believe it has set me up for life.
It is only what you make of it.
There is so much support for people who like anything such as sports, traveling...even a lego society.
Its about having a proactive mindset to take advantage of everything it has to offer you.
The halls of residence for first years is amazing.
A newly built accommodation right opposite the student union and placed opposite the other two massive halls of residence. The housing is perfect to get the most out of meeting new people and having fun, which is what the first year it all about.
Seconds years move to Winton, which is 15 mins walk from Uni and closer then the halls...this is because you have to WORK in the second year to get a good placement job, so a balance between Uni and fun is needed.
It is perfect location, as it has its own highstreet ranging from pizza hut, weatherspoons, pharmacy, tesco express to select, new look etc, you will never need to branch into the town centre again :-0.
There are endless computers at our Uni.
If there is a book you want to get ordered in, essential to your studies. The library are forthcoming in ordering it.
A open Access centre boasts around 100 computers and is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. SO there is no excuse not to get work done, whatever the hour.
There are cubs ranging from juggling, Law, Volunteering, Religion, Sport, Self-improvement.
And if there is not the society you are after, you are able to open up your very own one.
The student Union is great, bargain food and drink and is mainly a place for people to get brain food between lectures. It has gigs, fundraising and pub quizzes which are always busy in the evening, but suit people who live near campus and away from the clubs in town.
I have already got my graduate job.
This is because they were impressed with my overseas studying (which the Uni organised and paid for).
They also could see how I have applied myself to a real corporate job during placement.
BU has a VERY HIGH employment rate.
Bournemouth University is amazing! I would recommend it to anybody! The beast part it over the 50 nightclubs and bars and of course the beach!
The lecturers are always there to help, never feel stuck. I think it is hard to fail with all the help that is given. Best thing to do is stay organised and not fall behind.
I am currently not in student accommodation but last year it was great, bit pricey but nice to have my own bathroom and big kitchen!
Bournemouth could not get much better, everything is easy to access and always plenty to do. Only thing that could be improved is the shopping but can always get a train to somewhere like Southampton.
The library is really big over 4 floors plenty of books, could do with a few more computers though. The student union is great very cheap, lots of sports facilities.
There are many clubs and if there isn't one you like its easy enough to set up your own.
One of the main clubs in Bournemouth is actually classes as an SU so I go there almost every weekend, lots of big names play there all types of music!
only just finished second year so not too sure what I will do after, however I have heard the employment rate after leaving Bournemouth uni is excellent.
I loved the uni, every aspect. The social side of bournemouth uni is amazing with lots of opportunities, clubs or things to do in the town or nearby.The academic side is, for some subjects, unrivalled. But really it comes down to what you're willing to put in.
Most of the Uni accommodation is top end but comes with a very big price tag, too expensive for a maintenance loan..which defeats the point, no?
As a whole bournemouth is a great place, but with more opportunity there could be better shops etc, but thats the case for much of the country.
5 only after the revamp with the new facilities and the revised menu's and activities.
I would definitely recommend this university to prospective students as the facilities and lecturers are excellent.
The specialist lectures are great however, there is a lot of information in a short period if time due to the extended freshers.
There was no accommodation for couples unless you wanted separate rooms that could be on either side of Bournemouth. Private accommodation is better for couples or families that are relocating to study.
There is a wide range of facilities in Bournemouth.
The facilities especially for the Applied Science Students are excellent
As I live quite a distance from the university I haven't joined any clubs or societies.