Our city

The Royal Crescent, Bath

A great place to live, learn and work

Bath is a beautiful city set in the rolling green hills of South West England. It’s famous for its natural hot springs and Georgian architecture. In fact, Bath’s so special it’s the only entire city in the UK that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

But Bath’s not only special because of its history. It’s a great place to live, learn and work.


Find out about postgraduate accommodation options.

You can also view a video explaining how postgraduate accommodation works at the University.

Innovation and growth

Study with us and you’ll find exciting opportunities all around you. Bath is home to a leading design, technology and engineering sector.

The South West of England is a growing centre for innovation and one of the leading areas in the UK for technology businesses. Recent years have seen huge growth in the electronics and digital sectors. The region has established engineering, high technology, creative/digital media and low carbon industries.
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The area has strong and established sectors in advanced engineering, high technology, creative/digital media and low carbon.

Safe campus, safe city

The University of Bath is a campus university. This means all our teaching, leisure and research facilities are in one place.

Our Claverton Down campus is one of the safest in the UK and was one of the first in the country to win a national police approved security award.

Read more about what our Security Team does to make the University as safe as possible.

Our campus is just over a mile from the city centre and a regular bus service runs in both directions. You can also cycle or walk to the campus.

There are lots of places to eat, drink and socialise on campus. We also have:

Bath is a small but busy city, with just under 90,000 residents. The student population is around 20,000, so you won’t feel alone.

Bath is also known for its safety, with some of the lowest crime rates in the country. It’s the second safest city in England and Wales to study in (The Complete University Guide).



A map of the UK showing Bath's location, London and the major airportsBath’s location makes it easy to get where you want to be. Bristol Airport (serving over 100 destinations) is under 20 miles away.

Bath Spa station is on the main line between  Bristol and London Paddington. It can be reached from the North and South via Bristol Temple Meads. Approximate journey times by train:

  • To Bristol: 15 minutes
  • To London:  1 hour 20 minutes
  • To Birmingham: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • To Cardiff: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • To Southampton: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • To Exeter: 1 hour 20 minutes

We have a reliable bus service, great for getting to the city centre and surrounding areas.

We’re also cycle friendly. If you can get up the hill to the University, you’ll find great shower and storage facilities.

Sport, culture and standard of living

Bath is a centre for tourism, with plenty to do and we’re also close to areas of outstanding natural beauty. It hosts several big events throughout the year including The Bath Festival, Comedy Festival and the famous Bath Christmas Market. The city also has a strong international cultural sector.

Bath’s a leading centre for sport too. You’ll have access to the University’s £30 million Sports Training Village.

Graduate in historic surroundings

You and your family will love your graduation ceremony. Celebrate your success and hard work at the historic Assembly Rooms.