Arriving in the UK and Transport to Bournemouth

Bournemouth City College Transfers
Students for English Courses at Bournemouth will probably arrive at Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, or Bournemouth Airports .A representative from BCC can meet English course attendee at the airport to assist with transportation. This BCC Transfer Service must be arranged in advance.

Independent Transfers
London Heathrow Airport to Bournemouth
National Express, Service 205 F
Departs LHR bus station from 07.15 hrs and approximately
every hour and a half until 23.59.
Journey time: 2.15 hrs approx.

London Gatwick Airport to Bournemouth

Flightlink and Jetlink Services 747 and 777
Coaches leave from LGW South Terminal Coach Station.
Connections can be made at LHR central bus station and LHR Terminal 4. 1 or 2 every hour. Journey time: 3.30 hrs approx.

Central London to Bournemouth

National Express, Service 035.
Departs London Victoria Coach Station from 08.00 hrs and then at 09.30 and every hour until 20.30, then 22.00 and23.30 hrs. Journey time: 2.35 hrs approx.

Monday – Sunday: Trains to Bournemouth depart from London Waterloo Station. The journey takes 1 hr 50 mins from London Waterloo to Bournemouth.

What to bring with you.

Because you will need to travel from the airport to Bournemouth, we suggest that you bring only maximum luggage of one large suitcase and possibly a small back pack for your personal possessions. Please remember that there are strict rules now on the type of objects you can take with you on the aircraft (for example nail scissors and nail files are forbidden, as are pocket knives). Some airlines have other restrictions too, so we recommend that you check first to avoid have items confiscated or additional delays at departure.

For our English course attendee from hot climates, it is well to remember that England’s weather can be very changeable and it does rain quite a lot. Therefore you should bring some warmer clothes with you including a pullover or two and a waterproof jacket.

When you get to the Bournemouth City College

On the first day of your English course you need to report to the college reception at 9.00am. Your first day will be a Monday unless there is a holiday on the Monday, in which case your first day will be Tuesday.
Your course will begin with an all-day introduction that will include:

  • A welcome talk by the Principal or Director of Studies
  • A Placement Test to determine the level of the course you require
  • Information about your classes
  • Information about the college and area
  • An overview of college activities and excursions
  • A tour of the college and Bournemouth town centre including a visit to the beach and guidance on local facilities, including banks, shops and places of entertainment
  • Completion of forms and collection of any outstanding payments.

You will also receive information about your English course class schedule, English course classroom number, English course study level, elective course, and the hours you are to attend English course class. We will put you in the most suitable class for your level of English. Please bring your BCC documents (confirmation letter, invoice etc.), your passport, and a pen and paper for note-taking purposes.