Sitting on the Southern coast of England, Bournemouth is a seaside resort immersed in a hive of cultural festivities. Home to literary masters JRR Tolkein and Enid Blyton, it’s a place to inspire.

If your ideal uni location offers the ultimate escapism when clocking off from hardcore academic labour, this home of Victorian heritage could be the place for you.

Noted for its vibrancy, the seaside town is considered a sociable setting, with a number of festivals occurring yearly that contribute to its vivacious reputation. Throughout the seasons, the town welcomes festivals such as the celebration of Jazz music, delicious food and drink, and the fast-paced ‘Bournemouth Wheels Festival’, one for adrenaline junkies or lovers of all things automotive (think monster trucks, BMX and skateboard skills); whichever hobby floats your boat, it’s sure to be satisfied at this coastal location.

Weekend plans are made easy, with an array of opportunities for relaxing amidst serious studying. Take your pick from seven miles of award winning beaches, or pack a picnic for an afternoon within 2,000 acres of gardens. The town’s cracking green landscape is the ultimate switch-off from the academic aspect of student life.

Having recently been ranked in the Times Higher Education 200 list of most international universities in the world, students are flooding to this seaside area from across the globe. With its increasing reputation for equality, diversity and education, the town is growing its population yearly. And if that’s not enough to tempt you down the UK coastline, perhaps Bournemouth’s glorious pier zip line, the world’s first ever pier-to-shore zip, will be – the perfect fresher’s bonding activity.

Perhaps your coastal home will inspire you to write a version of Lord of the Rings or Five Freshers on a Treasure Island, if not, you can simply enjoy the apparent 7.7 hours of sunshine offered per day during Bournemouth’s sunny summers.

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