7 reasons to study in Bath
The city you study in will define your uni experience, so it’s worth making sure it’s a good fit with your personality and interests. Does it have the live music you like? Are there a lot of opportunities to get involved in sports? Is it close enough for regular visits home?
Our reasons to study series covers all the best features of uni cities around the UK to help make your decision of where to study a little easier. In this article, we take a look at Bath. This historic southern city is a great place to study for many reasons. Here are some of the best:
1. The universities
Bath offers a choice of two universities where students can gain a prestigious education. The University of Bath took top spot in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey in 2015, scoring highest for community atmosphere, industry connections, security and more. Its excellent campus offers an unrivalled place of study, one of the best libraries in the country, and a number of communal areas where you can meet up with friends and flatmates.
Bath Spa University is known for its young, creative minds and offers a range of flexible courses and unique international opportunities. It was voted in the top 5 universities for creativity in the Which? Student Survey 2016 – perfect for students into arts, music and culture.
2. The food
Bath is a city for foodies looking for a variety of cuisines, takeaways and places to eat out. Try Yen Sushi that offers a conveyor-belt sushi bar for casual dining, visit Dough for pizza, or try Hudson’s Steakhouse for steaks and burgers.
Bath Farmers Market is open on a Saturday morning, with a range of locally sourced products on sale. For cheese lovers, The Fine Cheese Co. has a wide-ranging selection, including tasty condiments and prepared plates. Finally, Bertinet Bakery is unrivalled when it comes to sourdough and other freshly baked goodies.
3. Close to nature
Bath is surrounded by countryside, making it perfect for getting some fresh air or going on a long walk. Close to the Cotswolds, students can head for a long walk around iconic routes and escape any exam stress for the day. If you’re chasing an adventure, you can even cycle or walk all the way from Bath to Bristol along the Avon Canal. Bath offers a city feel but if you’re looking to escape the busy high streets, you’ll always be close to nature as a student here.
4. History and culture
Bath is known for being home to the famous Roman Baths, an iconic tourist attraction to discover and explore 2,000 years of history. Bath also has an abbey, quirky cobbled streets, and unique architecture. For culture, Bath has a fashion museum, a theatre, the Royal Crescent and many beautiful parks and green spaces. If you’re a lover of history and culture, this might be the city for you.
5. High Street and vintage shopping
If you love spending a day out shopping, South Gate shopping area is home to all your high street names, including Topshop, River Island and more. You’ll also find quirky vintage shops and independent stores dotted throughout the city centre - we recommend visiting The Yellow Shop!
6. The beauty
Bath is a UNESCO heritage site. Alongside its rich history and the surrounding countryside, the city itself is filled with beautiful buildings, cute side streets and numerous independent cafes and bookshops. It’s one of the nicest places to live in the UK, with friendly locals and a low crime rate. Bath is also a popular tourist destination, so you’ll get used to seeing lots of new faces and a buzzing atmosphere. During your time as a student, you’ll never get bored of the beautiful views Bath has to offer, both inside and outside the city.
7. Rugby and sports opportunities
Sports is another reason Bath is a great place to study. Rugby is a huge part of living in Bath, and despite being such a small city, Bath Rugby are one of the best teams in the country. This creates a real atmosphere during home games and a night out after the home team have won is something you won’t want to miss. Sports at the University of Bath is also huge, with many graduates going on to be successful athletes. You’ll find a range of sports teams you can join who regularly compete against other top universities in the UK.
So,if your heart’s now set on studying in Bath, our student accommodation is located in some of the best parts of the city, offering a sociable, safe place to live during your studies. If you’re still considering your options, you can find other city guides on The Common Room, including London, Bristol and Birmingham.