Top Reasons to Attend University in Bath
- Population 176,000
- Student population 20,000
- Bath is a compact city, with many of its facilities and attractions contained within an easily walkable centre.
- Bath Spa railway station is just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre. The station is on a main railway line, offering easy travel to Bristol to the west (20 mins) and London to the east (1.5 hrs). Bristol International Airport is 15 miles away and an express coach service connects it to Bristol Temple Meads railway station.
- There is a reliable network of buses in Bath, great for getting into and out of the centre to the many surrounding residential areas. The roads are bus-friendly with loads of bus priority lanes, so this is a great way to get around. There are also a frequent park and ride services which serve three out of town car parks for day visitors and commuters.
- The city’s outer regions and the surrounding countryside offer walkways and cycle paths, which are pleasant and user friendly. The River Avon runs through the centre of Bath and it is possible to hire punts and canoes from Bath Boating Station, 10 minutes' from the city centre.
Attractions for students
- Bath Rugby Club is considered one of the finest in the world; its grounds are near Pulteney Bridge.
- Cricket is played close to the city centre.
- Bath City Football Club is located south of the river.
- There are 10 golf courses in the local area and the University Sports Training Village has a 50-metre pool. Walking, cycling and tennis are all popular.
Culture and nightlife
- Bath is steeped in history and the Roman Baths are the main attraction.
- As a centre for tourism, the city boasts a large range of museums covering topics from astronomy to Jane Austen, and includes the Holburne Museum which houses a collection of treasures, displayed in one of Bath’s great buildings, and its uber-modern glass extension.
- Thermae Bath Spa is a modern complex in the historic city centre, where you can bathe in naturally warmed spa water – it’s the only place in the UK you can do it.
- The Theatre Royal hosts big-name productions; a more alternative selection can be found at the Ustinov Studio and the Rondo. Komedia, housed in a former cinema, offers cabaret, live music and comedy. There is a multi-screen Odeon cinema; independent films show at the Little Theatre Cinema.
- Bath has a bustling nightlife with over 150 restaurants and pubs, bars and a good standard of live entertainment. Moles on George Street is a renowned venue for gigs and quality club nights while the Comedy Cavern in the same area has a national reputation.
- Bath offers a year round calendar of events, including Bath in Fashion in Spring, the International Music Festival in early summer, and the largest Christmas market in the South West in late November.
- The city centre is compact and easily walkable with grand Georgian streets and small picturesque passageways to explore. Don't miss Milsom Street in Bath, once voted Britain's Best Fashion Street, and home to the famous department store, Jolly's.
- Shopping in the city is excellent with both independent shops and boutiques and the familiar, big name stores.
- Pulteney Bridge unusually has shops built into its structure. Independent craft can be found on Walcot and Broad Streets. Southgate and Stall Street make up the bulk of the shopping area with familiar names and designer brands.
Proximity to city centre
- University of Bath: main campus 1 mile from the centre.
- Bath Spa University: main Newton Park campus 4 miles from the centre.
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Content was accurate at the time of compilation. Population figures are compiled from the 2011 censuses for England and Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.