ETC International College

Proud to be a part of the Triangle business community, ETC International College is a specialist English language school accredited by the British Council, inspected by the ISI and member of English UK.

Established in 1989, ETC is experienced in providing English language training and Special Purposes courses for adults, juniors and executive clients.ETC International College in the Triangle

ETC’s courses are designed:
•                For people who would like to communicate more effectively in English by improving grammatical knowledge, language skills and confidence – on our General English courses.
•                To help people in their exams and assist them to obtain the best possible results – on our Exam Preparation courses.
•                For business people, academics, specialists, technicians and professionals who would like to enhance their specialist language ability on our Special Purposes courses.
•                For junior students who would like to make the most of their holidays and learn about British culture on our Junior English courses.

The ETC campus now covers an area of approximately 3000 square metres with 5 buildings all located on the same site on West Hill Road / Durley Road at the Triangle.

Situated just 5 minutes from the town centre and the beach, ETC offers:
Its own on-site student residence with over 60 beds for international students.
Over 40 classrooms.
A Café and a Residence Dining Room serving hot and cold food, snacks and drinks.
A well-equipped Library and Resources room plus 2 computer rooms.

Students choose ETC International College because they discover a friendly, relaxed atmosphere in which to study and caring professionals who are keen to help them make the most of their time in Great Britain.  We know that our students’ needs are unique and that their time is precious.

ETC International College is always on the lookout for friendly and caring host families in the area, so our Accommodation and Welfare Manager (email: ), would be very happy to hear from people who might have a spare bedroom available for an international student.  Our host families find that taking a student into their homes is a very satisfying way to boost their income (tax free up to approximately £4,500!).

ETC International College.
22-26 West Hill Road (and 2 Durley Road),
BH2 5PG.
Tel: + 44 (0) 1202 559044.
Fax: + 44 (0) 1202 780162.

The Triangle Poll

We are running a poll to see what you would like. Below we have included a quick survey to see what the users of this site actually want to see included, and what you feel would be beneficial.

It will only take two clicks from you (three if you want to see results!!). Please take a minute and have a think about what you would like to get from ‘The Triangle Bournemouth’. Your thoughts and wishes are always welcome, if you do not see the answer you are looking for, please take the time to email us from the contact us page.

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A big Thankyou to Wilkinson, Bournemouth

A big Thankyou goes out to Wilkinson, our local Wilco in

Bournemouth town centre.

They had promised through their “Helping Hands” when we started our Garden walls project to donate a hundred pounds of materials to help local residents on St.Michaels Road, near the Triangle, so imagine our surprise when we went to collect it last week and were told they decided to double it to two hundred pounds of materials!  A big thankyou goes to Darren Noyle and all the Wilkinson staff, who really have been our good neighbours.

Wilkinson - supporting the triangle bournemouth

We have paint, paintbrushes, gloves etc amoung lots of other goodies! We have lots of ideas – so if you live on this street, please get in touch. As well as contacting us through this website, you can post a note in our suggestion box in Bournemouth Library.

ETC COLLEGE Require host families – urgently!

David Jones, principal of the ETC International Collage  22-24 West Hill Road, has told us that they are always on the look out for Host families for a vast selection of thier international students. They offer very good rates for families with high quality accommadation situated as close to ETC as possible, based either within walking distance of the college or on a direct bus route to the town centre.

ETC staff and students (charity fund raiser event)

They have accommadation officers who will come and visit to see standards for their students are being met, they try and match the students requirements with your own, taking into account such things as; if you have children, pets or private bathroom. DBS/CRB checks are required on all host families.


Please contact Kuniko Kojima Ceccolini on 01202 559044 their accommadation and Welfare officer.

Guest Houses

There are many guest houses to choose from in the triangle. Listed below are some of the houses we would recommend.

The Hedley Hotel

top1A delightful & professionally run Town Centre B&B hotel centrally located for business and leisure visitors.

Bournemouth’s Townhouse B&B hotel, The Hedley is ideally located only a few minutes walk from the Bournemouth International Centre, the Pavilion, the Beach and Seafront, the West Pier, Town Centre and all Entertainment Venues.

They are an ideal venue for both business and leisure guests and welcome the single traveller, couples, families and small groups.

For more information please visit the Hedley Hotel website or contact +44 (0) 1202 317168

Bamboo Guesthouse

Bamboo is a delightful surprise; a gem with a sparkle nestled behind a link road. An artery for both the triangle and Bournemouth.

Multi award winning- with a Silver award and four star rating in tourism. A certificate of excellence from trip advisor. This is a outstanding but well deserved achievement in such a short time span.

This six bedroom guesthouse is colourful, very stylish, clean and modern.

The rooms are varied in size and shape. We would say more but we really don’t need to, see for yourself!!

LGBT friendly.

Why not visit the Bamboo Website.                                                 Telephone number 01202 292869

Croydon Hotel

This hotel has recently been bought in October 2013. The new owners have been working round the clock to promote the new image.

Croydon Hotel

This smart and quirky hotel is now open.

Situated minutes from the beach on Westcliff, the hotel has 8 bedrooms all with on suite

However as of 2015 they have closed as a hotel and it is being run as a HMO. (House of multiple occupancy)

The Newbury Hotel

This charming victorian hotel / guest house has a range of 12 bedrooms that caters to all tastes and offers excellent value for money. It is situated on St.Michael’s road between The Triangle and the cliff top overlooking Bournemouth’s great beaches. It is surrounded by restaurants and is only 5 minutes walk from the town center.                       83 St.Michael’s Road  BH2 5DR       Telephone number 01202 297000

Latest News and update from the Triangle Bournemouth

Happy New Year to everyone in the Triangle and Bournemouth as a whole!

The team here are raring to go in the New Year and have lots of ideas for which we need your help! For ease of reading we have broken these down below into two sections one has an update on new businesses and the other is more focused on this site and how we can provide the best information/service for you.

New and expected openings in the Triangle

On an even more positive note, we have heard a number of rumours on the grapevine of additional businesses moving into the triangle. What we can tell you so far:

Rancho Steak House opening in the triangle

This will be the fourth venue in their chain, which is expected to open in the first quarter this year. We will update you with their progress.

‘G’ and also Monroes American diner have also now opened!

The Tree House Family Centre is progressing well in the former Snowtogs building on St Michael’s road. This very large building will provide a fantastic indoor children’s play area while the parents relax and have a coffee in the lounge area.

There is also a number of additional coffee/tea shops planned; we have counted a possible 5 in total. Some if given the go ahead will indeed be very small, to be located within existing premises. We shall keep you informed.

What do you want?

We are looking at what we can provide readers on the site and what we can provide our readers over the course of this year. What would you like to see on the site? Is there anything we have missed?

GET IN TOUCH!! We will obviously keep you informed as we get the news.


News and updates…On your bike

Frankie Bolton a local photographer who has kindly provided some of her excellent shots to assist with the Triangle Bournemouth Website; has signed up for a challenge to cycle 430KM through India to raise money for The Brain Tumor Charity in 2013.

A charity close to her heart, the Brain tumor charity works to make a tangible difference to the daily lives of those living with a brain tumor.

To follow her progress and help with donations please visit her just giving page.


The Triangle hosts a wide selection of shops, including a variety of independent shops, to cater to everyone’s needs. Here is just a few:




Chris and Sue opened Main News in 2013. One of The Triangles local independent traders, selling Newspapers,magazines,sweets, cigarettes, mobile phone top ups and so much more.

Also sell a selection of post cards & gifts from Bournemouth. We are glad they moved to the area.

71 commercial rd. BH2 5RT   tel: 01202 939935

SUNRISE ORGANICS           (opened August 2015)


Opened on St. Michael’s road, just a few doors up from A.N.J across the street from The Treehouse Family Play. It’s doors tucked away in a little alcove, easy to miss from commercial road. It is growing fast with a wider selection of food & goods- growing on a weekly basis. Nice place, nice people. We wish them the best.

An ideal place as not far from The Mad Cucumber Vegan Eatery on The Triangle.



A wide selection of bubbled loose leaf teas. A bright and colourful addition to the Triangle!

83 commercial Rd, BH2 5RT


Mail Boxes Etc - Bournemouth Triangle

For all your posters, print, photocopying and also Mailboxes.

The Manager Anthony Sherwood is extremely helpful.



Easy Tiger - The Triangle Bournemotuh

Not just for the boys, a fun over 18′s adult shop in which you will find that something extra, over and above Anne Summers for those fun nights in.

Winner of best Christmas window display 2011.


Watch - Watch stockists in The Triangle Bournemouth

A well established family run shop, providing elegant wrist wear, straps, batteries, watch accessories and more.




Gym Stop Sports

Nutrition Specialists






This is a must see shop in the Triangle!

It has an exciting range of Gothic as well as Burlesque clothing and accesories. Fantastic array of scary to the down right Funny.


Uptown Girl

Eastern look Clothing and accessories shop, Full of eastern promise? with far more inside than we can mention. Where do we start….. a real aladins cave, a must see in the Triangle.


Games Workshop

Games Workshop - Bournemouth Triangle

A shop for the gaming enthusiast, covering all your modelling needs and providing assistance and coaching.


The Mystic Circus

The Mystic Circus Tattooists in the Triangle Bournemouth

One of two tattoo shops in the Triangle, we like this one.

Owned by Cat & Stella, we simply like their style.

Based on St Michael’s Road next to Treehouse family play and can be contacted on:  01202 980357.



DSCN0842Dance wear and shoes, stockists of the latest styles.

What appears a small shop from the front, hides a deep shop of fantastic and large selection of foot wear, bally shoes and clothing, far more than any one could imagine in a shop – if twice its size.

10 The Triangle, BH2 5RY.      Email:

Telephone: 01202294784

Living in the Triangle Bournemouth

The Triangle, being just a five minute walk from Bournemouth town center or the cliff tops, is an ideal location to live. We have every conceivable convenience on our door step.

The Triangle has seen considerable development in recent years starting with the bold investment by the local council to build the stunning new main library in 2002. This was followed by the revamping of the triangular public open space in 2010. With major growth and investment in St. Michaels C of E primary school in 2012-13, The Triangle is gathering momentum as the place to be and live. There is the close proximity of both new Hilton hotels ( with the attached penthouse up for a cool £ 3 million) and developments such as The Summit ( which is already sold out), Palms holiday flats and Taylor Wimpey- Coast development of flats, to name just a few, a stones throw away.

2015-2016 has already seen so many exciting and changing visions for the future of the area.

Property prices are still relatively low for such a location, however they are steadily rising as the Triangle has seen a revival of its property market, in some instances small guest houses and bed sits are now being converted back into the fashionable individual houses they once were. Considering the internal square footage of such properties, the currently low prices and, of course, the stunning location, a property in the Triangle could be a wise investment. It is said that Savills in The Guardian ( 2015 ) have been predicting Bournemouth in particular to outperform London in its property price gains over the next five years!

Living in the Triangle BournemouthThe triangle is a small area, but within a short walking distance to the town center & sea. It can boast every conceivable convenience needed for day to day living on its door step. It is an area of quirky, vibrant & cosmopolitan free spirit, making an outstanding difference from the norm. A quick look will confirm – it is self evident in the many new businesses now opening, To quote Trevor Hill and JJ. Adams from The Echo on their new Mexican Restaurant Ojo Rojo – just about to open ( March 2016) The Triangle is “an independent, artisan place” that is ready for a place like ours, different for Bournemouth.

Only The Triangle could be home to both the fantastic Omelettos, the UK’s 1st Omelette bar ( 31B The Triangle. tel: 01202 610784) and The Mad Cucumber, Bournemouth’s first 100% vegan lounge ( 7 The Triangle. Tel:01202 236407) both opened in the last few years.

The Triangle can boast some of the areas finest restaurants, pubs and live music venues, it is by far also bucking the trend that has seen more than 1 in 10 shops closing in town centers across the country,

The internet has had a radical effect on British high streets and the way we purchase, but looking at The Triangle with its eclectic mix of restaurants, bars  and in particular its hair and make up salons- places it in a good position for new sustained growth.In 2011 Flirt opened its flamboyant & colorful doors, the first only true Cafe in The Triangle, with Espresso Kitchen and Starbucks soon following, there is now a further four opened or just about to open there doors in 2016!

The Triangle is a growing area with fine, diverse and individual  restaurants, shops and hotels catering for most tastes. It has a larger than average population of Spanish & Portuguese people, so it is no surprise It also has a selection of small independent European food shops.

Skazka, in Commercial road specializing in Russian, Ukrainian and Belorussian foods.A selection of Brazilian and Portuguese food can also be found in Rio, the popular internet cafe on commercial road adding a twist and scope to your usual diet.

A Tesco Express in the Triangle, Marks and Spencers on Commercial Road, and a Tesco Metro in the Square, covering the necessities -all within walking distance makes the Triangle a great and easy place to live.

There is a new revamped Post Office and also launderettes on both Commercial Road and St. Michaels Road. Gym facilities in the form of Pure Gym (open 24hrs a day) under the Bournemouth library, in addition to the leisure centers of the Marriott, Connaught, Halmark and near by Hilton Hotels.

For finding work in the construction industry there is CER on 12 Poole hill, Fresh Recruits offering a selection of job vacancies also near again on Poole Hill as well as other established consultants in The Triangle area.

Its central location makes it ideal for town dwellers, the Town Center and the sea being a five minute walk away, it is only 20 minutes to Westbourne and a half hour walk to Charminster.The Triangle Bournemouth

If you are considering moving to the area, please investigate Homes & Steeple or Foxes Estate Agents – Both based and well established in the triangle, friendly, independents with vast array of knowledge and expertise.


Welcome to the launch of The Triangle, Bournemouth – A Better Place Website.

The Triangle – Bournemouth, A Better Place Project is funded and put together in the local community by people proud to live in the triangle.

This website has been provided free and independently. It has been built to promote collectively the diversity and individuality of the triangle, its eateries, shops and hotels.

The Triangle, Bournemouth

Truly A Better Place