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This is a guest blog by Eleanor Townend.

Fresher’s is great for getting to know the people around you, the beautiful Bournemouth area and of course for making those lifetime new friends- But what if you don’t fancy drinking alcohol during week one, or maybe just need a rest from the ‘bar type’ environment, but still want to meet new people?

Well, here at BU we’ve got everybody covered. This year for Fresher’s 2018, ResLife @ BU “your home away from home” in conjunction with Club Soda have got a little something in store….

Each night in a different halls of residence, there will be a pop up bar with tasters of alcoholic free beers, ciders, wines and much more! Here, you can let your hair down in your own social spaces to make friends, socialise and truly chill out- and you won’t be waking up with a booming headache or early morning lecture- sounds perfect, right?!

BU recognise the vast variety of differing personalities and interests, and that a lot of students choose either to minimise alcohol consumption, or decide to avoid it altogether. Whatever the your reasons, no explanation needed, just get involved! For those of you who do fancy a drink during Week 1, we have learnt that you would prefer a calm and comfortable space to recuperate and regather your energy after that big night (…or nights) out! To help your time here within our accommodation, we have put some guidelines in to support you during that crucial first week.

During the week of arrivals, each September (and it is only the first week) as the new intake of student’s land, we promote all BU accommodation as alcohol free spaces. This is not to be the ‘party poopers’, but rather to provide a safe/calm space for those that do not want to drink alcohol to excess (or at all) and to give you the best chance possible to settle in to your new home. That said, if you do want to drink alcohol during this week then we urge you to get yourself to your local Student Union Bar (The Old Fire Station) where the bar will be open from early evening, and great events (link here) have been arranged for you. So not only can you grab a beverage of choice- but it will give you the opportunity to meet fellow fresher’s from other flats and halls… it’s a win-win!

Feel more than free to get involved: Check out when Club Soda will be with you below:














17 Sept 2018


Cranborne House


18.30 – 2000





18 Sept 2018


Purbeck House


18.30 – 2000





19 Sept 2018


Lyme Regis House


18.30 – 2000





20 Sept 2018


Dorchester House


18.30 – 2000





21 Sept 2018


Home Park


18.30 – 2000

BU and ResLife, have got you covered, and will always try to make your halls a home from home, so make sure to like and follow the Facebook page / @BUResLife so you don’t miss out on the hundreds of activities, events and excursions happening throughout the year. We can’t wait to meet you all soon 🙂

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