The Coast with the Most: Bournemouth Beach rated top in UK Best Beaches

Bournemouth beach has taken the number one spot in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2019. The seven miles of golden sands has once again proved a popular destination, and has also ranked highly as the sixth best beach in Europe and the twentieth best beach in the world by the travel review site.

In 2018, Bournemouth beach was also named one of the most Instagrammed beaches in the world. Move over Bondi and Bermuda; the Dorset hot-spot had the seventh most photographed beach on the social media site, with the hashtag #BournemouthBeach being used 75,503 times at the time of the TravelSupermarket report.

ASU President, Dan Sullivan, commented on the benefits of students living and studying in Bournemouth: “Bournemouth is a great place to live and study. Our students don't just run by the beach, they also love to surf, body-board, kayak and swim all year round. We even have a number of students who enjoy spear fishing, too! Our students like to live a self-sufficient, well-rounded lifestyle and Bournemouth offers the perfect place for this. If you can’t find any students working hard in our library, the beach is the next best place to look. You'll likely find us playing volleyball, enjoying a refreshing beverage, and making the most of Bournemouth’s micro-climate. AECC University College students truly embody the work hard, play hard approach.”

Rhianydd Haslock, ASU and Engagement Manager added, “Living and studying in Bournemouth has many benefits, especially being in such close proximity to the beautiful beaches. From clearing your mind whilst running along the coast after a busy day of studying, utilising the promenade gym stations, hitting the waves, zip-lining from the pier, to socialising in one of the many beach-side cafes with friends, Bournemouth has a lot of variety and is so much more than a seaside town. On a typical beautiful day, looking out towards the sea, you really could be anywhere in the world.”

The beach also provides a welcome doorstop experience for AECC University College staff, who often take their lunches on the clifftop or form lunchtime walking groups to make the most of our beautiful and prime location. 

Professor Stewart Cotterrill, Head of School of Psychology, Sport and Physical Activity shared his thoughts on the health benefits to students and staff: "Bournemouth beach is fantastic both in terms of physical and mental health. The beach environment helps to encourage a physically active lifestyle, with lots of beach-focused activity including sports, such as beach volleyball and paddle boarding, and really beautiful walks along the clifftops. Crucially though, there is miles of beach promenade that further encourages walking, running, cycling, rollerblading and lots of dog walking. The mental health benefits are also significant. Being more active is very good for mental health, but there is increasing research evidence showing that being active in blue environments (near water) is even better for your general mental health, mood state, and wellbeing."