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Living in Bath
The campuses for both Bath Spa University and the University of Bath are a few minutes outside the city, but both have regular bus links to get you into the middle of the action. Arriving in the city centre is a bit like stepping into a Jane Austen novel...
Bath is is an extremely good-looking place to live, thanks to all the Georgian architecture, made out of the honey-coloured local stone.. However underneath the historical exterior the city is very much up to date.
The nightlife here is good, if not as hectic as in some other cities (but then you are in the West Country, not Manchester) with a good selection of clubs and bars. There’s a multiplex cinema as well as a smaller art house one, and a couple of good theatres too where you can catch a show, gig, or some side-splitting comedy.
The Big Trio of rugby, football and cricket are all represented here, and once a year the Bath Half Marathon stampedes through town with over 10,000 runners taking part. Bath is also very keen on it’s cultural side, and through the year holds Music, Film, Literature, Fringe and Beer festivals, and a great Christmas Market near the stunning Bath Abbey.
If you come into town to shop you’ve got a lot to choose from. Bath has fantastic shopping, with a mix of high street shops, cool designer outlets and smaller independent boutiques, and both indoor and outdoor markets. Anyone who has ever complained about not being able to find a good birthday present has clearly never tried to shop in Bath. The city has a reputation for being rather stately and ‘civilised’, and you’ll see a lot of tea houses and cafes selling posh cakes so you’ll be able to spoil your mum when she comes to visit. Remember to try an original Bath Bun from Sally Lunn’s, one of the oldest houses in the city.
What should I do today?
- Roman Baths: We know it sounds obvious, but Bath is called Bath because of the Baths that the Roman’s made around the natural hot spring. The site has been excavated and opened to the public, and even if you don’t normally like museums we promise you’ll like this one - it’s just that good. Visit in the winter, and watch the steam rise off the green watery depths.
- Wander: There’s so much in Bath that doesn’t even need a ticket. You can take in the famous Royal Crescent, admire the River Avon as it runs under Pulteney Bridge, or just hang out with your mates in the Royal Victoria Park
- Get out of town: Somerset is known for its green rolling hills, and both the university campuses are set in some great countryside. If you just can’t handle any more fancy tea-sets there’s a paintballing centre just 20 mins away. Go nuts.
Good to know
- Bus: The Bright Orange bus run by First travels between both the universities and the town centre. They usually have frequent traveller deals, so check the website for more info. There’s also a UniConnect bus that runs to the University of Bath camous only.
- Taxi: Abbey Taxis
- Car?: No. Traffic gets congested easily, and parking permits are hard to get hold of.
Read Bath Reviews
Great place for shopping and living location, although the prices for students is harrowing. Has a variety of local and popular shops, which makes shopping easy and fun! Although, the public transport in town is very good, outside of town is hit and miss most of the time.
Bath is amazing, beautiful and exciting. A relatively small city which offers everything you could possibly need. Yes it's expensive but it's worth it. Nights out are good but the venues are relatively small, you're better going to Bristol or London for a big night out which can be easily accessed by train or bus. Shopping and social activities are excellent as there is lots to do and see. In all, Bath is an incredible and beautiful city that has everything you could possibly need.
Quite expensive to live in Bath in terms of rent, but the quality of living here is great. Shopping is amazing and you have Bristol just a short train ride away. Night life is good and all within easy access. The public transport to uni is very frequent and reliable.