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Study in Bath

Bath's beautiful Georgian architecture has earnt it UNESCO status – so how do you add student-pleasing nightclubs to such a beautiful city? Build them underground of course!

Roman baths

The hot springs heat the city's alfresco pools to a balmy 38°C – perfect for public bathing.

Third year student, University of Bath

Bath is one of those places you never get over how beautiful it is. Although it is small, you can always find a new walkway or corner of town, and is never short of cafes to meet up with friends, or study in.

Pride and Prejudice

Bath was Jane Austen's home and inspiration for many of her novels.

University of Bath student

Many of the pubs and bars have a unique charm to them, such as the Roman-themed drinks at Bath Brew House. The city feels very safe and some students cycle home from nights out where it's a relatively flat ride.

Uranus

You heard correctly! The planet was discovered in Bath, 1781, by an award-winning astronomer.

Student life in Bath

Local gems, tips, and things to do, as recommended by students.
Treat yourself
The Thermae Bath Spa [was] one of my favourite things I did in my first year. They have a student discount, but it’s still on the pricey side. (University of Bath student)
Low on cash
As a student resident, you can pick up a Discovery card, which gives you free entry [to] many of the main Bath attractions, such as the Roman Baths. (Third year student, University of Bath)
Sunday chilling
The Bath Skyline walk is a National Trust route. The Royal Crescent has a nice green area in front of it, making it a popular spot for hanging out. (Second year student, University of Bath)
When family visit
Bath is a tourist spot [with] a variety of attractions, like the Roman Baths, Holbourne Museum, Sham Castle, Jane Austen Centre, and the Royal Cresent. (Second year student, University of Bath)
Feeling cultural
The Little Theatre company is an independent cinema, with cosy screens. They have [the] E4 Slackers Club, which gives out free movie tickets to students. (Third year student, University of Bath)
Catch up with mates
Boston Tea Party for white hot chocolate and comfy sofas. The Bath Brew House or The Boater have great beer gardens. (Third year student, University of Bath)
Friday night out
Definitely Bridge. A lot of people go there on Fridays. It’s kind of big compared to the rest of clubs in Bath, and it has a nice, big terrace. (University of Bath student)
Grab a bite
Chai Walla – the best Indian street food. The onion bhaji wraps and the falafel wraps are amazing. When he asks if you want all the toppings, trust me and say, 'yes'. (Second year student, University of Bath)

Bath Abbey

The heaviest bell in the Abbey, which is called the tenor, weighs about 1.7 tonnes (1,688kg) – which is the average weight of a male hippo!

University of Bath student

I loved living in Camden as it was on a hill, and we had the most gorgeous view of the whole of Bath! It was also located just by a park and only seconds away from the Royal Crescent. Being in the city centre, we were so close to everything.

Pulteney Bridge

This beautiful bridge is truly a work of art! A perfect example of Bath's Georgian architecture, the bridge opened in 1770 and is best viewed from Parade Gardens and the crescent weir.

Second year student, University of Bath

Oldfield Park – I love where I live. There’s a bus stop across from my house with a bus to the uni, or one into town roughly every ten minutes. There’s also a pub down the street and Tesco Express is a few minutes walk away. The shops in the centre of Oldfield are good. However, if you do want to walk into town, it’ll only take you around 20 minutes, and is quite a nice walk.

Bath rugby

Bath's own premiership rugby team. If you're into sport, get yourself a ticket for a home game at The Rec.

Third year student at University of Bath, 2017

'Try to start early on the house hunt, and once you found a house you like, don't hang around. The majority of students live in town or in Oldfield Park (suburbs).'

Vintage and antiques market

Held on the last Sunday of every month, this market is the perfect place to deck out your accommodation with vintage finds.

Living in Bath

Housing, travel, and budgeting tips:

Local transport*
  • £13.25
  • FirstWeek
  • (Bus)
Where you'll find students*
  • Oldfield Park
  • Bathwick Hill
  • Twerton
*Average mean rents via Spareroom.co.uk (Feb 2017). Value for money via Which? University Survey 2016. Local transport via local operators' website.

Student money tips

Bath has a market every Saturday, which has loose fruit and veg so you can obviously only buy what you need to and not waste! It's quite an expensive place, but Oldfield Park is popular for students. It’s not too expensive, and really close to the city centre. (Second year student, University of Bath)

Many places have a student discount which makes it more manageable (especially Co-op food). 

The cost of living as a student soon adds up, us our budget calculator to find out roughly how much you'll need each month.

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