British School of Marketing International have a choice of accommodation for your stay. These are:
1. Host family. This is where you live like a local resident for your whole stay. This is mostly full board to include: Breakfast, packed lunch and evening meal, 7 days per week. We will not put a student in homestay if there are more than three students or guests there, unless they are from BSMI and by request. The students will not share a bedroom with another student, unless the student has asked. Students will also be of different nationalities unless arranged differently. Cleaning of students’ rooms and clothes washing, including sheets and towels will be done weekly. The accommodation will be no more than 30 minutes from the college by public transport and will include areas such as Christchurch, Southbourne, Charminster and Poole. A true estimate of the cost of travel, if necessary, will be given to the student. The homestay will also treat the student as a full member of the household. Any other payment to the homestay by the student, will be made at the time of booking. Information of extra costs about special dietary requirements will be discussed at the pre-booking stage.
2. Residences. This accommodation will not be more than 30 minutes by public transport from the college. This accommodation is self-catering, and this will be made clear to all students before booking. Any other costs of the accommodation to be paid by the student, will also be made clear at the time of booking.
3. Hotels. These are all based in Central Bournemouth near to BSMI and are no more than 30 minutes by public transport. The hotels are carefully picked by BSMI and include family-run; 4 stars; all-inclusive hotels. Any other costs to be paid by the student, will be made clear at time of booking. Information of additional costs for special dietary requirements will be discussed at the pre-booking stage.
We want you to enjoy your time with BSMI. We understand that being away from home can be a challenge. Some students will miss home and friends. We are always available to offer advice and help while you are in the UK.
At BSMI, most of our students are over 18 but we also offer courses to students aged 16-18 and these students stay with homestay families. These homestays are carefully chosen, and DBS checked to make sure that they are right for our younger students. Also, students under 18 will be given extra help to make sure that they know how to get to the school and how to catch public transport. The homestays know that students must be home by 10pm at the latest.
If a student is visiting friends at any time, they must tell the homestay before they go. Also, if students travel in the late evening, past their home time of 10pm, they must take a taxi back to their homestay. The Welfare Manager will explain more about travel and transport during the Induction Day at school.
We can offer advice about the visa system, but it is important that you understand it is your responsibility to get a Student Visitor Visa (SVV) or Extended Student Visitor Visa (ESVV). It is important that you understand that people entering the UK on a Student Visa are not allowed to bring family, extend their visa while in the UK, or work in any area, paid or unpaid, while in the UK.
Transportation & Transfers
There are a lot of ways to get to Bournemouth from airports, including Heathrow (LHR), Gatwick, (LGW), Stansted (STN), Luton (LTN), London City (LCY), Southampton (SOU) and Bournemouth (BOU).
Travel times by taxi from Luton, Stansted and London City Airports is about 3 – 3 ½ hours.
From Heathrow and Gatwick, the journey times are about 2 to 2 ½ hours.
From Southampton, the travel time is about 1 hour, and from Bournemouth Airport, about ½ to ¾ hour.
Popular Transportation Methods
One of the cheapest ways of getting to Bournemouth is by taking the coach: National Express has direct connections between Bournemouth, Central London (Victoria Coach Station), Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Prices start at just £15 (if booked in advance). You can buy tickets at the National Express office at the airport. For more information go to the National Express website Click Here. The National Express coach stops at Bournemouth coach station. Students will then need to get to the place they are staying by themselves using local transport. PLEASE NOTE: The college needs to book transfers from start to finish for 16 and 17-year old students. This will be discussed at time of booking.
Getting to Bournemouth by train is very easy with many trains from London Waterloo, Southampton and many other major cities coming directly and the student not having to change trains.
British School of Marketing International can arrange a private transfer. When you arrive at a UK airport or port, a driver will be waiting in arrivals with your name on a sign. The driver will then take you directly to your homestay or your chosen accommodation. Prices below are for journeys stopping in Bournemouth.
- London Heathrow – £160
- London Gatwick – £180
- London Luton – £180
- London Stansted – £210
- Southampton – £80
- Bournemouth – £45