A popular place
to study English

Love sandy beaches? Then you’ll love Westbourne Academy Bournemouth’s beautiful seaside location, near the picturesque shopping centre of Westbourne. In this safe and friendly part of Bournemouth, you will find banks, a post office, traditional English pubs, international restaurants, and great shopping facilities. The beach is 10 minutes’ walk and Bournemouth town centre is 5 minutes away by bus. The historic town of Poole is only 20 minutes away by bus. Bournemouth and Poole are international holiday resorts where you can find many exciting attractions. Bournemouth is also a lively university town with over 30,000 students. It is the most popular place to study English in the UK, after London, and also home to many bars and clubs if you like to party!

Local Information

Relaxed, friendly and close to the beach, Westbourne is an excellent location for students. Here are some useful links and local information to help you enjoy your time with us.


Bournemouth Tourism
Information on Bournemouth and the surrounding area, events, attractions and more.

Poole Tourism
Local and events information for Poole

Ariel Taxis
A Local Taxi Company
Tel: 01202 747333

Yellow Buses
Information on local buses

Wilts & Dorset Bus Company
Information on local buses. Bus passes can be purchased at the school.

National Express
Coach company with services across the UK, including all major airports.

National Rail
Information and booking service for UK trains.






Bournemouth and Poole Beaches 
Our beaches, including Alum Chine beach, the closest to our school, have won awards for water quality, environmental management and safety

Bournemouth BIC and Pavilion Theatres
Situated in the heart of Bournemouth, these venues host concerts, comedy shows, musicals etc.

Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum
A beautiful Victorian house with a private art collection and museum.

Boat Trips
Poole’s spectacular natural harbour, Brownsea Island and the famous Jurassic coastline from the comfort of a chartered cruise.

The Lighthouse Theatre, Poole
The largest multi-space venue in the UK outside London with a very wide variety of events and performances.


Discover life beneath the waves at the Oceanarium on Bournemouth Seafront.

Fireworks on the Quay
Fireworks events take place throughout the summer on Poole Quay.

Tower Park
Large leisure complex with cinemas, a water park, bowling, bingo and many restaurants.

Poole Speedway
Watch our local team, the Poole Pirates, at the Speedway track in central Poole.

Compton Acres
One of the most important ornamental gardens in England.

Click HERE for our Leisure Activities Booklet.

We understand that it can take time to get used to a new country. So here’s some useful information on life in the UK.

Banks open at 9.30 am and close at 4.30 pm. All the major banks can be found in Westbourne. If you wish to open a bank account, please ask at the reception for a letter..

Being Polite
“Please” and “thank you” are very important in the UK!

There is one bookshop in Westbourne, on Poole Road, where you can buy English dictionaries.

Bureau Du Change
Money can be changed in most banks and the post office

Buses run regularly from Westbourne to Parkstone, Poole and Bournemouth. If you wish to take the bus to school, please ask for County Gates bus stop. Current prices are available and bus passes can be bought from the reception in Westbourne Academy.

Unlimited Travel Bus Passes (Zones A&B): 7 day – £16.00, 21 day – £43.00, 28 day – £55.00

There is a doctor’s surgery in Westbourne or ask your homestay provider for the name of their doctor’s






Food and Drink
British food and drink may be very different to the food and drink from your country, but it’s probably better than you think! Try everything and have an open mind!

Pubs are generally open from 11.00 – 24.00. Please remember that you must be 18 or over to buy or drink alcohol and to buy cigarettes.

In the UK it’s very important to be on time. Remember to leave lots of extra time when taking buses in case of traffic, and don’t be late for your classes!

Please be very careful when crossing the road: don’t forget that in England we drive on the left so LOOK RIGHT FIRST!

Most shops open from 9.00 – 17.30, Monday to Saturday. Post Office: The main post office is in Westbourne and is open from 9.00 – 17.00 on Monday to Friday and 9.00 – 12.00 on Saturday.

Telephones and Internet
Lebara SIM cards and top up vouchers for your mobile phone can be bought in the school. The school and all homestay providers also have Wifi.

The weather in the UK is very changeable. It’s also not very warm. It’s a good idea to bring an umbrella, warm clothes and a raincoat!


Accommodation & Welfare

Westbourne Academy can arrange accommodation for students who take courses at the school. Homestay providers are carefully selected for their friendliness as well as their experience in taking care of students. After the first inspection by our accommodation officer they are regularly re-inspected by the school. Most students take homestay accommodation, which involves living as a member of the home. We do not place more than four adult students in homestay accommodation.

Some students prefer ‘Private Home Acommodation’. There may be less of a family environment in these homes as there can be more than 4 students accommodated at once. Students will still experience eating together with the hosts and sharing the common living areas. If you are not happy to be placed in ‘Private Home Accommodation’ please let us know at the time of booking.

Your homestay accommodation will include breakfast and dinner every day, with snack lunches at weekends in addition to this. (Hot and cold meals are also available in the school restaurant at lunchtimes during the week.) Special diets can be arranged with the family at an extra cost. Please contact the Academy for further details.

The cost also includes one wash for your clothes each week. (Please note: There is a laundry room at Westbourne Academy for student use. The cost of this is £5.00 per wash.)

Living with local people is the best way to get extra language practice and it also helps you to understand English culture and customs.

Finally, the safety and security of all our students is a priority. In the case of problems, there are several full-time welfare officers available to give advice and help. The school also operates a 24-hour emergency telephone service for students.


31/12/2019 to 17/06/2017 and 26/08/2017 to 16/12/2017 £110
per week, single room
17/06/2017 to 26/08/2017 £134
per week, single room
per week, twin room
(sharing with another student)
16/12/2017 to 30/12/2017 £140
per week, single room

Please note that accommodation bookings are typically from a Saturday to Saturday.


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