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Life as a BSO student in London

The BSO is a small, friendly community. Our students quickly get to know each other and their tutors, and form supportive bonds which often stay with them for life.

Our student population is diverse, and ranges from colleage-leavers undertaking their first degree to mature students who are furthering their studies or making a career change. Students come from all over the world to study with us and add to the richness of the community at the school. There is lots of interaction between year groups both in clinic and socially, and our more experienced students provide a fantastic informal support network for those new to the BSO.

Student Union

students using the SU

We have an active Student Union at the BSO that organises social events throughout the year, including parties, sports days and extra-curricular activities such as meditation. The student union is run by an elected team who plan the social calendar based on the interests of current students. Find out more about SU the team.

We also have a student society, Manus Sinstra, run by and for our past and present students. The society provides a forum for students to explore and discuss aspects of osteopathy in more detail and organises a programme of annual events and talks by guest speakers.

Student Facilities

As well as our learning facilities such as the library and ergonomic IT suite, we also have a number of dedicated spaces where students can relax and socialise together including:

  • A newly-refurbished SU area, with bar, dancefloor, sofas, pool table, ping-pong table, darts board and other games equipment.
  • A newly refurbished dining area and kitchen
  • A student common room 
  • Space for groups, clubs and societies to meet
  • Showers and locker areas
  • Quiet spaces for private prayer

Student Representatives

Our students are at the heart of what we do and we greatly value their input. Students are directly involved in decision making at the BSO through membership of the Board and committee groups and each year group has elected student representatives who liaise with the school on matters of student interest. We also have a dedicated Student Experience Officer who manages and responds to student feedback.

Living in London

London is a great place to study and live, and benefits from a multicultural and international population, a thriving cultural scene, beautiful outdoor spaces, a rich history and excellent transport links. It was recently voted the third best student city in the world (QS Best Student Cities 2017).

Scenes of London

Located just a stone's throw from the River Thames, London Bridge and the Southbank, our students have easy access to some of London's best landmarks, and our excellent transport links mean we are easily accessible from across London and the home counties.

Accommodation is an important issue for many of our students and there are a wealth of options to suit different budgets and requirements. Many of our students live together in flat and house shares and the BSO holds accommodation events and has a Facebook page to help students find suitable accommodation. We are also working with partner organisations to provide additional accomodation support, including vetted lists of properties and landlords, and advice on contracts and tenant issues - more details to follow.

Student Support

We pride ourselves on being a caring, friendly and nurturing environment for our students and our student support team provide support, advice and pastoral care to students to help them reach their full potential. For more information about the types of support available visit Supporting our Students.