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Getting around

You've got your place. You've sorted your accommodation. Now, make sure you’re perfectly positioned to take advantage of everything Bath Spa has to offer.

Studying at Newton Park and living at Waterside Court? Need to travel from Green Park House to Sion Hill for your studies? Want to know about buses to the city centre, or how to hire a bike to get around Bath?

All our fantastic locations have their perks. Whether you’re living on campus or commuting from outside Bath, we have all the information you need to make the most of our beautiful settings.

Map of University locations

Buses

U5 and U6

The U5 service takes you from Bath Spa University to Bath Bus Station and back. Remember to bring your valid photo Student ID to get your student discount.

The U5 runs every 15 minutes during the day, with a bus every half hour in the evening until 3.10am. Get to the shops, the train station or your night out via Newbridge Road and Lower Bristol Road.

Staying at Waterside Court, Charlton Court or Twerton Mill? Your closest bus stops for the U6 are along Lower Bristol Road. If you're on the U5, you can get off and on at Windsor Bridge.

During the holidays, the U5 runs less frequently as less people need it. The U6 doesn't run in the summer.

Get a bus pass

Find out more about Bath Spa University bus services, timetables, and costs, or get the app

700 and 701

The 701 service takes in Charlton Court, Bath city centre, Sion Hill, and South Twerton – perfect for Bath School of Art and Design students. 

Catch a 700 service to Sion Hill campus from Bath city centre, starting at the bus station.

Key stops for the 700 and 701 include Lower Bristol Road, Oldfield Park, Bath city centre, and Dartmouth Avenue.

A U5/U6 term ticket also includes use of the 700/701.

Get a bus pass

Find out more about Bath Spa University bus services, timetables, and costs, or get the app

Shuttle buses

Getting from Newton Park to Sion Hill or Culverhay to Combe Down couldn't be simpler – or cheaper. We have a free intersite shuttle bus that takes you across Bath, stopping at various useful places along the way.

Intersite buses only run during term time.

Park and Ride

The Park and Ride service currently runs from the Newbridge Park and Ride lot, located near the Boathouse, to the Newton Park campus. Travel time is approximately five minutes. We recommend this as an option as parking on campus is limited. 

X39

While you're here, you'll probably want to visit Bristol, even if you're not studying at our film teaching site, Paintworks. 

You can catch the X39 service from the centre of Bath, Windsor Bridge, or from the roundabout at the bottom of Newton Park's drive (near The Globe Inn).

X31

Getting between Bath and Corsham couldn't be easier. Catch the X31 bus from Bath Bus Station. It's an eight-mintute walk from your stop at Newlands Road to Corsham Court.

Lost tickets

If you lose your paper ticket, you will need to buy a replacement. If you've paid for a year or a term ticket, this can mean a major financial disadvantage early in your studies.

Don't pay twice

Our advice? For First bus tickets, get the app. Even if you lose your phone, you'll still have your account and all your payment history.

Find out more by reading the mTickets FAQs.

Bikes

nextbike

We've partnered with nextbike to offer free bike hire for Bath Spa students and staff for up to 40 minutes between docking stations. This flexible scheme is available 24/7.

The cycle path takes you from the centre of Bath to Newton Park without having to ride on the roads. It takes around 30 minutes to cycle to Bath city centre from Newton Park campus, where you can drop off your nextbike, and collect another when you’re ready to cycle back.

The 15 nextbike stations across Bath mean it’s a great way to travel between Bath Spa campuses or teaching locations and your accommodation. We have bays at Newton Park, Sion Hill, Charlton Court, Twerton Mill, and Mooreland Road, and there are other bays around Bath.

Facilities

Shower facilities

In addition to bicycle bays, Bath Spa offers shower facilities at Newton Park (Commons) and Sion Hill.

For more information please email: environment@bathspa.ac.uk. See also our Bicycle parking terms and conditions.

Bike repair kit

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.

Parking and cars

Student parking

Parking permits

As a student at Bath Spa, you’re only permitted to park on campus if your term-time residence is outside of the restricted postcode areas, if you’re a Blue Badge holder, or if we’ve agreed to provide a Student Permit due to exceptional circumstances.

Restricted postcode areas are BA1 1, BA1 2, BA1 3, BA2 3, BA2 9 and BA2 1HB. If you're eligible for a parking permit, you'll need to apply through the AppHub.

There are two types of permit to choose from:

  • Student Validation permit: £10 (one-off annual payment) followed by a £1 pay and display ticket each time you come to campus

  • Lump Sum permit: £120 (one-off annual payment), with no further payments required.

The type of permit you choose depends on how many times a week you'll be on campus. Once you've completed Registration you can apply for your permit, but we recommend that you wait until you get your timetable.

Parking is free for a week at the start of term, so you'll have time to apply and pay online. You can collect your permit from Main House. After this time, you'll need to pay for your parking either via a permit or at the machines. 

Car share permits

Car share permits are available for students who share their car journey to the University with other Bath Spa University permit holders. Apply for your permit by email: parking@bathspa.ac.uk.

Visitor parking

Limited parking is free at Newton Park on Open Days and over Registration Weekend. Parking is not available at Sion Hill campus, but a free dedicated offsite parking facility located at Bath Racecourse is available, with regular shuttle buses to Sion Hill.

We recommend travelling by bus – the U5 service is free to everyone on Open Days and runs every 15 minutes during the day.

Bath School of Art and Design (Sion Hill campus) is accessible by the 700/701 bus, which you can catch at Bath bus station (next to the train station).

We have overflow car parks and shuttle buses at Lower Bristol Road and Culverhay.

We've also teamed up with Great Western Rail (GWR) to offer visitors to our Open Days and Applicant Visit Days a discounted ticket when you travel by train.

Disabled parking and special circumstances

If you're a Blue Badge holder, you don't need to pay for parking at Bath Spa. You'll need to apply for a parking permit through Student Support, and you can park in the designated bays providing you display this permit and your Blue Badge. 

There are two other kinds of disabled permit at Bath Spa: a permanent permit for students who are not eligible for a Blue Badge but who have a condition which may make parking in certain areas difficult, and a temporary permit for students who need a permit for a short period of time, such as if they have sustained an injury.

How to apply for a disabled permit

Permanent

Email studentsupport@bathspa.ac.uk with a description of your circumstances. This needs to be supported by evidence of your disability such as letters from hospital / your doctor regarding treatment.

If your application is approved, you'll then need to apply for a disabled permit through the online system. Students with a permanent disabled permit will be required to confirm annually that there is no change in their condition.

Temporary

Email studentsupport@bathspa.ac.uk with a description of your circumstances that outlines your eligibility for a disabled permit and indicates the period of time that you'll require the permit. This needs to be endorsed by your tutor.

If approved, you'll then be able to collect a temporary permit from Main House Reception.

Special circumstances

For students who would not normally be eligible for a parking permit, or who have financial hardship, a permit may be available. To apply, email studentsupport@bathspa.ac.uk with a description of your circumstances. This needs to be supported by suitable documentary evidence.

In all cases: 

  • Once your application has been received, it will be made anonymous before being passed to the panel.
  • The panel be made up of one representative each from Estates, Student Services, and the Students' Union
  • Once your application has been considered, it will be passed back to Student Services, who will inform you of the decision
  • If your application is passed, you'll then be able to apply for a permit
  • Permits can be collected from Commons during Welcome Week, and Main House Reception after this.

Taxis

The Safe Taxi Scheme is a Student Union initiative, backed by the University. It's designed to keep you safe and secure if you’re alone or in an unsafe situation and are worried about getting back to your accommodation. You can use the scheme without the immediate worry of payment.

How to use the Safe Taxi Scheme

Ring V Cars on +44 (0)1225 46 46 46 (or use the freephone in the V Cars office on Monmouth Street) and refer to the Safe Taxi scheme. When the taxi arrives, show the driver your valid student ID. Head to the Finance Office in Main House over the next few days to pay the fare.

Trains and planes

Bristol airport

Bristol Airport is 35 minutes from Bath Spa's Newton Park campus via car. To get to and from the airport by bus, you can plan your journey with Air Decker. Catch the bus from The Globe or central Bath.

Bath's train stations

Bath's main railway station, also named Bath Spa, is situated next to the main bus depot on Dorchester street. It has great links with other main stations such as Bristol Temple Meads, Cardiff, London and Portsmouth.

Bath also has a second station at Oldfield Park, which is handy if your accommodation is nearby, for example at Twerton Mill, Charlton Court or Waterside. Catch the train here for Bristol and Keynsham, to explore Bath's beautiful surrounding countryside, and to get you from Oldfield Park to the city centre in two to three minutes.

Contact us

Still have questions? Get in touch.

Phone: +44 (0)1225 876348
Bus enquiries: bus@bathspa.ac.uk
Parking enquiries: parking@bathspa.ac.uk
Twitter: @bathspabus and @bathspaparking

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