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You’ve read all the tips, skimmed through all of the student guides, and so far are (maybe not) making all your lectures. But, what makes sunny-seaside Bournemouth so damn right weird compared to other Universities? Imi Byers has noticed 5 things that every B-town student should be aware of…
Firstly, and foremost, let’s talk about Boscombe. You only need a few hours in this infamous Bournemouth suburb to notice the dirty shop windows, littered streets and abundance of newspaper headlined-crimes. Every dodgy-tale always situates its location from: “just somewhere in Boscombe, you know?”
However, it does on the other hand have a beautiful beach, an awesome array of independent cafes and vintage shops hidden between the shabbiness. But, it definitely isn’t somewhere I would choose to be lost at night.
2. DO NOT WEAR YOUR BEST SHOES TO ‘INSERT NAME OF ANY CLUB IN BOURNEMOUTH HERE’
We’ve all been there. We’ve spent ages getting ready for the perfect night out. Hair and make-up: Check. Incredible shoes that make your legs look freakin’ amazing: Hells yeah. You’ve made it into the club and you’ve just ordered drink. All is going well until you notice that dark stuff from the floor growing up your feet. That’s £30 shoes down the drain.. Great.
One thing any BU girl can give you advice on is: never wear your best shoes on a night out. Relatively, most will say, don’t wear heels at all! There’s a time and a place, and groggy floors at uni raves aren’t it- for your bank account’s sake.
3. CENTRO PIZZA
You’ve left the club, disorientated and as hungry as a 1000-kilogram mammoth. You stumble into the closest thing to a restaurant in a dire need of warm food. You look up through the struggle and see ‘£4.99’ for a gorgeously greasy-pizza to soak up the alcohol and dirty memories- need I say more?
4. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS ‘QUICKLY GRABBING SOME LUNCH’
In hindsight, you may think it’s a good thing that all of the sandwiches in the Atrium are amazing. There’s barely any bad choice (apart from that egg and cress one).
However, which one is THE right choice? You may go to the counter determined to get your usual ham and cheese, but as soon as you see all of the other options an obstacle is added to the mix, and you just can’t cope! Do you stay in your comfort zone, or do you relish in the risk of trying something different? It will be no doubt the hardest decision of the day. Possibly week. People are gathering; all joining you faced with the exact same problem.
5. THE LATE WALK OF SHAME
In an ideal world, when this happens you’d be able to just sneak into your lecture, and slyly sit down at the back without attracting too much attention. But that would be too easy. Of course the door is the loudest, squeakiest and heaviest door in the whole building. Of course everyone sitting in the lecture turns around to see what the noise was, and continues to watch you as you awkwardly stumble to a seat. That’s just how it works in Bournemouth. All the more reason not to be late, I guess.
..AND ONE WE CAN’T FORGET, OF COURSE, THE BEACH
It would be impossible to forget one of Bournemouth’s best features that makes the town such a popular student destination. The glorious beach. There is nothing like ending a stressful week by wondering down to Bournemouth’s gorgeous coastline and firing up a barbecue. The most courageous of us may even go for a dip in the sea or make the most of Boscombe’s Surf Reef. Well, whatever floats your boat – the sandy shoreline is an amazing place to be.
Edited by Natalie Whitmore