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A Snapshot into.. Bournemouth

  • June 01, 2020

Whilst strictly speaking Bournemouth is not classified as a City, it does have a large population of 187,503, making it the largest town in the county of Dorset. Located on the South Coast of England, Bournemouth is known for it’s beautiful beaches, long sandy coastline, relaxed atmosphere and rich history.

The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (RBCH) provides healthcare for the residents of Bournemouth, Christchurch and East Dorset with a total population of around 550,000. The Royal Bournemouth Hospital has a ‘Good’ CQC rating

Facts About Bournemouth

  • Bournemouth is home to the UK’s best Beach – as voted in Trip Advisor Travelers Choice awards
  • Bournemouth Pier has the world’s first and only pier-to-shore zipline
  • Every year an average 750,000 ice creams are bought on the seven miles of Bournemouth seafront
  • After Liverpool and London, Bournemouth is the UK Town where the Beatles played the most concerts and their cover for their second album ‘With the Beatles’ was a photograph taken at the Palace Court Hotel in 1963
  • In the summer the beaches are raked by the tractors every morning and manually litter picked twice a day
  • Literary masters JRR Tolkein and Enid Blyton lived in Bournemouth
  • Bournemouth was the first place in the UK to have purpose-built beach huts, built in 1909 and marked with a blue plaque near to the east of Bournemouth Pier
  • Bournemouth experiences 7.7 hours of summer sunshine a day
  • Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was written in Bournemouth.

Cost of Living in Bournemouth

Cost of Renting Accommodation per month

One-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


One-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre



1ltr Petrol


One-Way Public Transport Ticket


Monthly Public Transport Ticket


1km Taxi Journey



Meal out for two in a local pub


Meal out for two in a mid-range restaurant, 3 courses


Cinema tickets for two people


One-month gym membership


Tennis court rental for 1 hour on the weekend


Beer 0.5ltr bottle


Coke/Pepsi 0.33ltr bottle





Time it Takes to Travel by Train from Bournemouth to Cities in the UK:


Time it Takes to Travel


 2 Hours 2 Minutes


 2 Hours 40 Minutes


 2 Hours 52 Minutes


 4 Hours 39 Minutes


 6 Hours 13 Minutes


 3 Hours 3 Minutes


 4 Hours 58 Minutes


 7 Hours 31 Minutes

Education in Bournemouth:

According to the listings on the Bournemouth Council website, Bournemouth has 29 Primary Schools and a further 13 Secondary Schools. Those living within Bournemouth may also have access to certain schools in Christchurch. To find out more information about term dates, applications, standards, curriculum and general education, visit the Bournemouth Government website here.

The town is also home to Bournemouth University which has more than 19,000 students and is ranked as one of the top 200 young universities in the world. The institution offers more than 150 undergraduate degrees and over 100 master’s and doctoral degrees. It is particularly renowned for its media courses and BU is recognised as the only Centre for Excellence in Media Practice in the UK.

Things to do in Bournemouth:


The Oceanarium is located next to Bournemouth Pier, on the beach front, just a 5 minute walk from the town centre. Complete with penguin enclosure, you can find out about all aspects of marine life in this popular, family friendly aquarium.

The Beaches

Bournemouth’s seven long miles of golden sands are great for days out, family fun and adventuring. Maintained to the highest international standards for beach cleanliness and environmental management, Bournemouth's beaches are arguably some of the best in the world. Bournemouth’s Central Beaches are situated on the Pier which offers fantastic views of the bay, children’s rides and boat trips to a number of other destinations along the coast.

Town Centre Shopping

Bournemouth town centre has a mix of department stores, well known fashion brands, high street shops and independent boutiques. Surrounded by restaurants, bars and coffee shops, there are plenty of opportunities to relax and shop. Westover Road runs alongside Bournemouth’s gardens and you can shop for designer labels, art and jewellery along its canopied walkway. The Triangle is well known for its eclectic, bohemian vibe and independent stores. Lansdowne is Bournemouth’s business district and there are florists and specialist stockists dotted among the bars and restaurants.

Leisure Centres

Bournemouth prides itself on an active population and visitors often head here in search of adventure. Close to the centre of the town, you’ll even find water slides and high wire experiences. The main sports centres in Bournemouth are run by the council and include the Littledown Centre, Pelhams Park, Stokewood, Sir David English and Queen's Park all offering their own array of sports, activities and leisure spaces.

Relocation to Bournemouth:

If you’re an international doctor looking to relocate to Bournemouth, or another location in the UK, please email your CV to [email protected] and we can support you in securing an NHS post and on your journey to relocate to the UK.

Are you a member of our Facebook group? When you join IMG Advisor, you join a community of doctors all looking to relocate to the UK and join the NHS. We post a series of vlogs and blogs to the group every day. We will also be on hand to answer all of your relocation queries.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel! We have over 60 videos on everything you need to know about relocating to the UK and joining the NHS!

Listen to BDI Resourcing on the go to IMG Advisor the Podcast. You can find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Buzzsprout. We have a number of episodes with tips and advice on relocating to the UK and the routes you can take to achieve this.



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