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

The U5 service takes you from Bath Spa University to Bath city centre (St. James’ Parade) and back. Remember to bring your valid photo Student ID to get your student discount.

During term time, the U5 runs every 10 minutes during the day, with a bus every half hour in the evening until 11.30pm. The service runs every 30 minutes on Saturday and hourly on Sunday. 

Staying at Waterside Court, Charlton Court or Twerton Mill? Your closest bus stop for the U5 is at Twerton Mill. The route also runs close to Locksbrook Road campus.

During the holidays, the U5 runs less frequently as less people need it.

Get a bus pass

Find out more about Bath Spa University bus services, timetables, and costs, or get the app. FirstBus are also currently offering up to a 30% discount on travel for any student in full time education with the use of a valid student ID.

Lansdown Park and Ride

Lansdown Park and Ride is just a short walk to Sion Hill Campus and both Bath Zone and West of England Zone tickets can be used on this service. 

This is the best bus route for accessing Sion Hill campus.

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

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. Permits are paperless and are activated once payment is made. 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

Sion Hill campus is accessible by the 700 bus, which you can catch at Bath bus station (next to the train station).

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 exceptional 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 our Transport team, and you can park in the designated bays providing you display this permit and your Blue Badge.

If you don't have a Blue Badge but have a condition which means you may need to bring a vehicle to campus, you can apply for an Exceptional Circumstance Permit. This would be suitable for students who wouldn't normally be eligible for a parking permit.

How to apply for a Blue Badge or Exceptional Circumstance Permit

To apply for either of these permits you'll need to complete this Google Form. If you have a Blue Badge you'll need to download a copy of the BB into the Google form. Exceptional Circumstance applications will need to be supported by relevant evidence from your healthcare professional.

In all cases:

  • Once your application has been received it'll be assessed by the Head of Facilities along with consultation from Student Wellbeing Services.
  • When your application has been considered, the Transport team will inform you of the decision.
  • If your application is successful you'll then be able to apply for a permit. Details will be sent in the approval email.

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.

Car charging points

Charging points for electric and hybrid cars are available and will be indicated on the campus map. You will need to download the POD Point app first before you are able to use these stations. Parking charges will apply, but the POD Points are free to use. 

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.

Bristol Airport travel guide

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. Oldfield Park Station is just half a mile from Locksbrook Road campus.

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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