Arts University Bournemouth Buses

Arts University Bournemouth Buses

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To travel between our Talbot and Lansdowne campuses, we have an arrangement with morebus enabling you to use specially provided services.

From Monday 1 August, this bus service will be known as UNIBUS and changes will be made to the existing timetable, giving you greater flexibility.

If you are a continuing student and already have a key card from the previous academic year, you can continue to use it.

If you are a new student, who opted for a key card when you booked your accommodation, this will be provided to you by Residential Services with your accommodation keys.


During term, buses are available at least every 10 minutes during peak periods. Full details of the service can be found on the UNIBUS website. Copies are also available from BU reception desks.

The U1 bus service operates during university vacation times, running between the Lansdowne Campus, Cranborne House and the Talbot Campus up to every 15 minutes.

How to pay for bus travel

You can pay for bus travel online using the key smartcard system. This makes paying for bus travel in and around BU easier. Instead of buying a paper ticket from the driver each time you travel, you load tickets on to your ‘key’ online. The benefits of using the key card, rather than cash, include cheaper fares, convenience, security, less waste and faster boarding times.

To register for a Bus for BU Key card visit the website. Once you have registered your details online, your key card will be sent to either the Lansdowne Campus (Studland House reception) or the Talbot Campus (Poole House Reception).

If you are a continuing student and already have a key card from your previous academic year, please remember to reuse it. You can add another ten single multi-trip ticket or annual pass to an existing key card at any time – for annual passes simply choose your start date. To top up your card, visit the Bus for BU website.

Key cards can be used on the U1, U2, U3 and U4 buses for BU Services, as well as all services operating within the morebus Zone A network.

Other discounts

Students can save 10% on their bus travel in morebus zones AB & ABC. The discount is available online. Use the discount code unibus2016 at:

Child fares are available on all other morebus routes at any time by showing your student ID card to the driver. Separate fares apply on night buses.

Wi-Fi access

Free Wi-Fi is available on all BU branded buses. All you need to do is connect to UNIBUS wi-fi. Please read the Wi-Fi terms and conditions.

Yellow buses

BU students can benefit from a 10% discount on numerous Yellow Bus advanced fare adult products. A ten-trip multi ticket can be purchased from Poole House cash office.

If you would like to take advantage of this discount, visit the Yellow Buses Customer Service and Lost Property office: Avenue Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5SL. BU student ID will be required. Yellow Buses visit Lansdowne Campus on the second Tuesday of each month and Talbot Campus the on first Tuesday of each month to sell discounted tickets and answer questions.

Details of other bus routes can be found on the morebus and Yellow Buses websites. For more details, please see the UNIBUS timetable.

If you have any questions, please email the Travel Plan Group.