Southbourne | AECC University College


Several customers in a bakery located in Southbourne

A thriving neighbourhood

Southbourne is a thriving neighbourhood, where you can experience independent shops and eateries, sip on the famous local beer, or wander to the clifftops and take in the idyllic vistas.

Bike shop and cafe sign

A great place to live while you study

Southbourne is the home of cool independent shops, edgy restaurants delivering artisan cuisine, and lots of places to enjoy a locally brewed beer or a signature cocktail.

Just a five minute stroll away from Parkwood Campus, Southbourne is also a great place to live while you study. Many AECC University College students live in the area, with easy access to public transport links and plenty of amenities on your doorstep to ensure comfortable student living.

Beyond the suburban high street, you can take a quick stroll to the clifftops where you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the bay and fresh sea air. A meander through the beautiful Fisherman Walk, a Green Flag winning park, will take you to the famous zigzags. For those of you interested in fitness and health, the seven miles of beach and promenade offer the perfect running route, and if you’re brave, the zigzags are great for an additional cardio ‘challenge’.

Baked bread at a bakery

Mixing the elegance of tradition with fresh ideas

For a more relaxed approach, a Sunday morning walk down to the beach huts may be more to your liking. Unwind by indulging in a Sunday Roast from one of the lovely local pubs. Tuck in while you enjoy freshly prepared and locally sourced delicacies.

If you’re a true foodie, Southbourne is the place for rustic deli’s and mouth-watering bakery’s, such as BH24. Wash down a tasty morsel with a trip to one of the many micro-breweries, or one of the independent coffee shops. One of our favourites is Velo Domestique, a trendy cycle cafe and a huge hit with students. Grab a coffee and do some of that all important reading, or drop by to get your bike road-ready for exploring the coast.

Keep active with Southbourne Tennis Club, who provide competitive and social tennis activities for all ages and abilities. Southbourne also offers a number of outdoor gym areas along the beach front, so you can take your workout into nature. Who doesn’t want to pump iron with the sound of waves and the sun setting in the background.

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