22 Things You’ll Miss About Bournemouth University When You Go Home For The Summer
There’s a lot to miss about Bournemouth University when you’re home for the summer.
1. Being able to go to the beach whenever you like.
Although the novelty of living by the sea can sometimes wear off, there’s nothing like taking a stroll down to the beach to grab an ice cream from the cute little stall by the amusements, stroll along the sand, and look out to sea.
2. And how easy it is to get a 👌 picture for your Instagram feed.
Those beach huts that are laid out in perfect colour order are the epitome of #nofilter. And lets not forget the classic sunset pictures that your flatmates ask you to take for the ‘Gram as they’re looking wistfully into the distance or jumping like an idiot up in the air…
3. Beach barbecues – need I say more?
Although people only properly started having these a few months ago, you’ll really miss the group trip to Asda to buy a disposable BBQ, the 24 pack of ciders/beers, an assortment of meats (but not chicken because the risk of salmonella is too high with your tiny BBQ) and your bread rolls. You’ll miss setting up camp with picnic blankets and portable speakers, then eating your slightly-overcooked burger whilst the sun goes down. Are we on Venice Beach or Bournemouth Beach?
4. You’ll even miss the trek back up the zigzag path that usually kills you after you’ve finished.
It isn’t for the faint-hearted, but you and your mates still have a good time (even though you get back home sweating from your eyeballs.)
5. Let’s face it, Wednesday nights back home just aren’t the same as Cameo Wednesdays.
Stumbling down the steep hill opposite Yates – Bournemouth’s answer to Mount Everest – on the way there, praying that you don’t fall flat on your face and break your ankle is a winning night. Then it’s all about queuing up outside Vinyl hoping that by the time you get to the front, you’ll still qualify for free entry. You finally make it in, greeted by the dulcet tones of S Club 7, Blue, and later on in the night, The Killers – Mr Brightside.
6. And Sunday nights at your parents house? Nothing compared to Snakebite Sundays.
As delightful as it is to have a roast ready and waiting at the table every Sunday evening at home, nothing can fill the blackcurrant-cordial-beer-and-cider-shaped hole in your heart as you’re belting out Aerosmith’s ‘Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing’ at the top of your lungs.
7. You’ll even miss that Lollipop Friday goodness.
I’M NOT CRYING, YOU’RE CRYING.
8. How reliable the UniBus is.
Yes, there were times when you missed your 9am lecture because the bus didn’t turn up or the queue was too long, but in hindsight, those purple/blue, yellow/purple and red/purple double-deckers were so much more reliable than your local trains or buses back home.
9. And the awesome bus drivers!
At home, the last thing you want to do is make conversation on public transport. But in Bournemouth, you step on a Uni Bus and it’s almost alien not to hear a friendly greeting or a polite “thank you” as you tap your UniBus card over the sensor.
10. Cooked breakfasts in the Fusion building. 🙌
11. And Dylan’s.
The best way to kill time between lectures, with pizza, pints, and pitchers.
12. Not forgetting Harry Ramsden’s either.
The fish and chips or battered sausage and chips from your local chippy just doesn’t compare to Mr Ramsden’s, and probably leaves you wondering how you ever used to stomach such inferior standards of food.
13. 7bone, unfortunately, doesn’t exist back home either.
The hash brown burger and the halloumi fries are to die for. Too bad you won’t be able to eat them for several months.
14. And the Alpha Greek place on the corner next to Purbeck won’t be able to fulfil your drunk takeaway needs when you’re back home.
This place is definitely the dark horse of Bournemouth’s culinary competitors; some may even say it’s Bournemouth’s best kept secret. It certainly provides some of the nicest kebabs around for its many drunken customers.
15. There’s no food like Noodle Bar food.
Situated less than a minute away from Cranborne, Purbeck, and Chesil, you’re already missing those sweet tangy prawns, vegetable spring rolls and obviously the pad thai noodles with grilled chicken and sweet chilli sauce.
16. And there are no cocktails like Aruba cocktails.
The 2 for 1 cocktails, the totally Instagrammable interiors and obviously the view of the sea make it a great experience. Not quite the same as your local pub…
17. Being within walking distance of all of your mates, meaning you will never be stuck for pre’s.
Having Cranborne, Purbeck, Chesil and Dorchester (at a push) all within walking distance meant that if you ever got bored of the pre’s you were at, you could walk down the road to another one. Simple!
18. Speaking of, being so close to Asda and the Co-op was a godsend.
Impromptu movie nights that require snacks? Forgotten the onion for your bolognaise? Flatmate just broken up with their SO and require a tub of ice cream? Never fear, Asda and the Co-op are near!
19. Your A-List card.
Although you were certain that you had just completely wasted £20 when you first bought your A-List Card as a naïve fresher, the Domino’s deal alone is enough to make you miss the perks of living in your beloved coastal town.
20. You’ll even miss the mountain of flyers and pages of Halo wristbands that are posted through your house door every day.
This may seem like a strange thing to miss because although they did often prevent you from entering or leaving the flat quickly for fear you would slip on one and fall on your backside, there was something oddly satisfying about sliding them under your neighbour’s door every day, purely for the bantz.
21. Pub Golf.
Christopher Creeke, O’Neill’s, George Tapps, Revolution, Walkabout, Yates, Mary Shelley Wetherspoons, The Moon In The Square… That’s not even half of the route! And, don’t lie, you miss wearing those fetching visors.
22. And last but definitely not least, you’ll miss the gorgeousness that is Bournemouth Uni itself.
See you in September, my love ❤️