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Bath

Bath is a beautiful city set in the rolling green hills of South West England. It’s famous for its natural hot springs and Georgian architecture. In fact, Bath’s so special it’s the only entire city in the UK that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

But Bath’s not only special because of its history. It’s a great place to live, learn and work.

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Innovation and growth

You’ll be surrounded by exciting opportunities in Bath. The city is home to a leading design, technology and engineering sector.

The South West of England is a growing centre for innovation and one of the leading areas in the UK for technology businesses. Recent years have seen huge growth in the electronics and digital sectors. The region has established engineering, high technology, creative/digital media and low carbon industries.

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A third of UK-owned FTSE 100 companies have a presence in the area.

Study in safety

Bath is a small but busy city, with just under 90,000 residents. The student population is around 20,000, so you won’t feel alone.

Bath is also known for its safety, with some of the lowest crime rates in the country. It’s the second safest city in England and Wales to study in (The Complete University Guide).

The University of Bath is a campus university. This means all our teaching, leisure and research facilities are in one place.

Our Claverton Down campus is one of the safest in the UK and was one of the first in the country to win a national police approved security award.

A home in Bath

The University has accommodation options for postgraduate students, mature students and couples. Read more about the accommodation offered by the University.

There are also lots of private housing options in Bath. Get help and advice finding private sector accommodation in and near the city.

Hello Student offer premium student accommodation. Read more about Hello Student’s accommodation options in Bath.

Bath and your family

Bath was recently named the best city in the UK for families. There are many good local schools and childcare options.

The Westwood Nursery is available on campus for children aged between six months and four years old. There is a charge for the nursery and places are limited. Read more about the Westwood Nursery.

TeamBath also offer holiday sporting activities for children.

Find out more about schools, nurseries, childminders, holiday playschemes and places to take your children in Bath.

International students

If you’re on a Tier 4 visa, your family (dependents) may be able to live in the UK with you. Read more about bringing your family with you.

Connectivity

A map of the UK showing Bath's location, London and the major airports

Bath’s location makes it easy to get where you want to be. Bristol Airport (serving over 100 destinations) is under 20 miles away.

Bath Spa train station is on the main line between Bristol and London Paddington. It can be reached from the North and South via Bristol Temple Meads. Approximate journey times by train:

  • to Bristol 15 minutes
  • to London 1 hour 20 minutes
  • to Birmingham 1 hour 40 minutes
  • to Cardiff 1 hour 10 minutes
  • to Southampton 1 hour 20 minutes
  • to Exeter 1 hour 20 minutes

We have a reliable bus service, great for getting to the city centre and surrounding areas.

We’re also cycle friendly. If you can get up the hill to the University, you’ll find modern shower and storage facilities.

Parking

Parking on campus is limited. If you are living in private accommodation you will be able to apply for a parking permit. Find out about costs and how to apply.

Sport, culture and standard of living

Bath is a centre for tourism, with plenty to do and we’re also close to areas of outstanding natural beauty. It hosts several big events throughout the year including The Bath Festival, Comedy Festival and the famous Bath Christmas Market. The city also has a strong international cultural sector.

Bath’s a leading centre for sport too. You’ll have access to the University’s £30 million Sports Training Village.