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Finding your way to Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University is situated in the beautiful World Heritage City of Bath. The University’s main campuses, Newton Park, Locksbrook and Sion Hill, are easy to reach by public transport or road.

The University is committed to its sustainability policy and encourages staff, students, and visitors to travel by public transport where possible.

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Travelling to Bath

By car

If you’re travelling via the M4 motorway, leave the M4 at junction 18 and join the A46 southbound. After 9 miles, leave the A46 and at the roundabout, and take the third exit onto the A4 into Bath.

By bus

For local buses to Bath, please check the First Bus website for routes and timetables.

By train

Bath Spa is Bath’s main train station.

Bath also has a second, smaller station at Oldfield Park.

By bike

The Bristol to Bath cycle path is a lovely flat 13 mile off-road route between the two cities and is perfect for walkers and cyclists.

By plane

Bristol Airport is the closest airport to Bath and is 35 minutes from the city centre by car. 

To get to and from the airport by bus, you can plan your journey with Air Decker.

Travelling to Newton Park

By car

At busier times of year, our Newton Park campus car parks become full.

Pay and display

Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) is in operation at Newton Park Campus, and you’ll need to buy a pay and display ticket to avoid a parking charge notice. There’s a 30-minute grace period to allow you to pick up and drop off.

Free parking on visitor days

During Open Days, Offer Holder Days and Moving In Weekend there is free, limited parking available.

Blue badge holders

If you're a Blue Badge holder, you don't need to pay for parking at Bath Spa. Please ask at the security lodge for directions to the closest spaces available and display your badge prominently.

For more information about student parking, please see our terms and conditions.

By bus

The U5 service takes you from the centre of Bath to Newton Park.

The U5 operates seven days a week, running until roughly 3am Monday - Saturday.

The X39 stops by The Globe and is a 15 minute walk up the drive to campus.

By train

Bath Spa is Bath’s main train station and is located in the city centre. Hop on the U5 to take you straight to Newton Park.

By bike

In addition to bicycle bays, Bath Spa offers shower facilities at Newton Park. 

If you forget your lock or damage your bike on the way to campus, you can borrow a series of bike repair items, including a puncture kit and pump, from Newton Park Security.

If you’re planning to cycle to campus, please read our bicycle parking terms and conditions.

Travelling to Locksbrook

By car

Car parking spaces at Locksbrook Campus are limited and are for staff use only. We encourage staff to use public transport wherever possible and not to park on the streets surrounding the building.

Students are directed to park at the Bath Spa University Sports Ground car park on Lower Bristol Road. Students at Locksbrook will need to apply for a Stothert and Pitt Parking Permit through the apphub. There are two options:

  • a lump sum permit which is a one-off payment of £120 per year, or
  • a validation permit which is an initial payment of £10 followed by a £1 payment per day, paid via the JustPark app. This permit entitles drivers to park at either Newton Park or the sports ground/Stothert and Pitt car park.

When parking at the sports ground, students will be able to catch the U5 bus to Locksbrook Campus free of charge. To access the free of charge service, please contact transport@bathspa.ac.uk once you've paid for your permit. You'll then be given a unique access code to use on the mTicket app. The free code will only work on the service between the sports ground/Stothert and Pitt car park and Locksbrook Campus, and return journeys.

During Open Days and Offer Holder Days, all parking on campus is reserved for Blue Badge holders. Parking information for the event can be found in your pre-event emails.

For more information about student parking, please see our terms and conditions.

By bus

The U5 service takes you from the centre of Bath to Newton Park.

Locksbrook Campus is just a short walk from the Burnham Road bus stop.

By train

Oldfield Park station is about a 15 minute walk from Locksbrook Campus.

By bike

The Bristol to Bath cycle path runs alongside Locksbrook Campus.

If you’re planning to cycle to campus, please read our bicycle parking terms and conditions.

Travelling to Sion Hill

By car

Parking is available at our Sion Hill campus. At busier times of the year sometimes our car park will become full. A pay and display system is in operation at this car park. 

To avoid inconvenience to the surrounding community, we kindly ask that you avoid parking on the streets around the campus.

For more information about student parking, please see our terms and conditions.

By bus

You can travel to Sion Hill campus from the centre of Bath by catching the Lansdown Park and Ride bus.

By train

Bath Spa is Bath’s main railway station and is located in the city centre. You can then continue your journey by bus.

By bike

In addition to bicycle bays, Bath Spa offers shower facilities at Sion Hill.

If you’re planning to cycle to campus, please read our bicycle parking terms and conditions.

Other teaching locations

Map of University locations

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Contact us

Still have questions? Get in touch.

All enquiries: transport@bathspa.ac.uk

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