Southbourne is a beautiful residential town situated on the south coast of England – home to some of the finest beaches that the UK has to offer; alongside three other beaches in Bournemouth, Southbourne Beach was awarded the 2016 Blue Flag status which is a mark of quality, cleanliness, safety and environmental management.
Southbourne and nearby towns also offer great nightlife to students of all ages, with great restaurants, cafes, clubs, bars and more. Deli Rocks is an Italian Deli and Espresso Bar on Southbourne Grove Road, with a range of delicious Mediterranean foods available all through the day. Smithson’s Fish & Chip Shop is one of the best examples of what traditional English food offers and students love it! Also, there are various Halal takeaway shops along Southbourne high street that give students with these dietary requirements various excellent options for eating out.
QE school, The Southbourne School of English, celebrated 50 years of quality provision in 2016. "An advantage of studying in Southbourne is that everything you need is within walking distance of the residential area, allowing students to have the freedom to pack their day full of activities, without having to travel far and wide from their houses. The beach nearby provides opportunities for fun activities such as surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, beach volleyball, football and many more", Paul Gallina, Managing Director of the school told QE.
Hengistbury Head is a short journey away from the school and is an incredibly scenic nature reserve that offers a great walk and picture opportunity for students who enjoy beach trips – there are also various cafes and restaurants that students can visit to get a bite to eat or drink.
Bournemouth Town Centre is just a short bus journey from Southbourne and offers a great deal to students all year round – students can go to music/comedy events at the Bournemouth International Centre venue, visit the local Oceanarium that provides visitors with a journey around the waters of the world, and even go indoor or outdoor ice-skating in the winter months. Russell-Cotes Art & Gallery museum in Bournemouth is a trip into the past, hosting a beautiful traditional villa filled with a fine art collection open to the public for a low entry fee. In the evening students who are over 18 can visit the incredibly popular night clubs, such as Halo, Walkabout, Cameo & Myu Bar and many more – a great place to go with friends to dance the night away.
From mid-November until the end of December, Bournemouth turns into a German Christmas Market, with the beautifully illuminated gardens, market stalls selling food, drink and souvenirs, traditional British bars, Christmas parades, a Santa’s Grotto and other festive events.
Bournemouth and Southbourne welcome lots of students from around the world – over 50,000 international students study in Bournemouth alone every year, appealing to those who want to combine their studies with great activities in an ideal seaside location. This fantastic community allows students to meet so many people from numerous different countries when they visit Southbourne and the local areas – they leave with invaluable memories and lifelong friends.