A student guide: Getting to know Bath

One of the most beautiful cities in the UK, Bath has been designated a UNESCO world heritage site. Here you can bathe in Roman Baths and you’re not far from the famous ancient monument, Stonehenge. There are two universities to choose from, a great nightlife and lots to do.

Good Areas to Live

Oldfield Park is one of the most popular areas for students in Bath. Well served by buses and only ten minutes walk from town, it also has its own high street coffee shops, supermarkets and pubs. Weston is further out, but still a popular student area.


Bath is a small city, with many of its residents finding it easy to walk around. Bath Spa train station is a few minutes away from the city centre, offering travel to Bristol and London. Bristol International Airport is also only 15 miles away. There are lots of buses with a great bus network to the outer residential areas too. If your sea-legs are sturdy, you might even want to have a go on a boat on the River Avon that runs through the centre of Bath. 


There’s a lot for potential students, with one of the finest rugby clubs and ten golf courses in the area. Cricket and football clubs are easily accessible and tennis, cycling and walking are all popular too.


As a historical city famous for its Roman Baths, Bath has many museums on offer too. From astronomy to Jane Austen, there’s a large range of topics to choose from. Thermae Bath Spa offers the only place in the UK where you can bathe in naturally warmed spa water.

If theatre is your thing, the Theatre Royal, the Ustinov Studio and the Rondo, offer Bath big name and more alternative productions


With over 150 restaurants, pubs and bars, there’s something to keep you happy in Bath. Whether you’re into jazz music at the Green Park Brasserie or cabaret at the Chapel Arts Centre, whether you’d prefer a cocktail or a pint of local ale, whether you’d prefer a quiet night in or to dance the night away, Bath has a night out perfect for you.   

Places to Eat

There are lots of places to eat for cheap in Bath. For sandwiches and snacks, try the Best of British deli on Broad Street. If you’re a vegetarian, try the Porter on George Street (they also have events like cocktail making for special occasions). For something quirky, try Same, Same But Different on Bartlett Street, serving gorgeous tapas food. If pies are your thing, then try The Raven of Bath, because they have at least nine different choices.

Places to Shop

Take a look at Milsom Street for high end shopping, with grand Georgian houses now used as shops and offices. Offering an array of boutique designer shops, high street stores like Hobbs and Cath Kidston and independent traders, as well as restaurants including Jamie Oliver, it is one of the prettiest areas in town.

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