Our city and campus

Find out what it’s like to live and study in 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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Study in safety


Become part of our community.

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.

MBA students walking on campus

Accommodation in Bath

Find out about finding a home in Bath either on campus or in the city.


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.

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 £35 million Sports Training Village.

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Bath Abbey in the centre of Bath

Bath and your family

Find out about the facilities for families in Bath.


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 student visa, your family (dependents) may be able to live in the UK with you. Read more about bringing your family with you.

Transport

Bath has great connections to other cities and the rest of the South West.


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:

  • Bristol – 15 minutes
  • London – 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Birmingham – 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Cardiff – 1 hour 10 minutest
  • Southampton – 1 hour 20 minutes
  • 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.

Innovation and growth

Study in an evolving city.


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.

The West of England:

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