Living in Bath as a student
Come for the jokes about bathing, stay for the vibe. Bath is the largest city within the county of Somerset, in the southwest of England. Surrounded by hills and 90 minutes from London (and 15 minutes to Bristol) by train, Bath has a population of over 88,000, with one-quarter of that being students that attend the two universities, the University of Bath and Bath Spa University.
Expect to see tourists and visitors everywhere. Bath is a popular tourist spot, thanks to its selection as a World Heritage Site back in 1987. In fact, Bath is host to over 3.8 million day visitors a year, who roam its 28 square-metre area looking to explore the history of England through the architecture of the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, the Royal Crescent, and more. To cater to that demand, Bath has over 300 accommodation locations, and over 100 pubs and bars. With five theatres and a number of museums, Bath does not lack entertainment options, and is a great city for students who want to immerse themselves in history and culture. The Jane Austen Centre, for example, is dedicated to the author who lived in the city for five years and set novels such as Northanger Abbey in Bath. The University of Bath and Bath Spa University are located on opposite sides of the city, with the former’s main campus being at Claverton Down on the east side and the latter being at Newton Park on the west side.
The University of Bath has one of the top three student unions in the UK, with over 100 clubs, and the £30 million TeamBath sports facilities are well-known for being a training venue for elite athletes. Bath is known for being a safe city, so students can feel comfortable walking around the small city. Popular student accommodation areas include Oldfield Park, Widcombe, Twerton, and Southdown.