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Why Bath Spa? – Bath Spa University

From our diverse and unique courses to our beautiful setting, here's why you should choose Bath Spa.

Life in Bath

Our campuses

Our inspiring campuses are steeped in history, balancing beautiful period buildings and breathtaking settings with ultramodern technology and facilities.

Did you know that you can book a campus tour? Or take a look at our self-guided virtual tour.

Student life

Being a Bath Spa student means joining our close-knit community. It’s about bumping into friends on campus, embracing challenges and genuinely caring, and it's a community that you'll be part of long after you graduate, as one of our alumni.

Our Students' Union is here to help you make the most of your University experience. As well as lots of incredible events to get involved with, you could also lead a campaign, join a club or society or make change on campus.

Thinking but where will I live? Whether you prefer city living or on-campus halls, there's something for everyone at Bath Spa.

Discover the perfect student city

Live in one of the world's most beautiful, vibrant and forward-looking cities, the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath. It's the perfect student city – not too big, and not too small - and has lots of great places to explore.

There's quick and easy access from all of our campuses into the city centre.

Safety first

Bath is ranked as the safest university city in England and Wales, and the sixth safest university city in the UK according to the Complete University Guide. It's a truly great place to live - the mix of tourists and students generates a friendly and bustling atmosphere that you won't find anywhere else.

“The campus is amazing, the lecturers are amazing, and Bath in general is amazing. The University is so welcoming and there's ample opportunity. The accommodation is cosy, the facilities are great and the nightlife isn’t half bad, either. You’ll have such a great time – I wish I could do it all again!”

Leonie Deveney, BA (Hons) Sociology

Bath Spa Cares

Student Wellbeing Services

Our Student Wellbeing Services are here for you.

They're available to offer advice and guidance on everything from mental health to wellbeing and disability support.

Careers and Employability

Our Careers team are here to help you get a head start – whether it’s exploring your career goals, getting work experience or applying for graduate opportunities.

Diversity and Inclusion

Our Equality and Diversity Committee is leading us in finding meaningful ways to work in partnership with the Students’ Union, staff and students to address issues of racism and inequality.

During October 2020, we celebrated Black History Month at Bath Spa. The Black Lives Matter campaign has highlighted the difficulties that black people routinely face, so our Black History Month celebrations focused on the experiences of prominent and ordinary black people in the UK, and on what we can all do to build a better future.

Green Focus

It doesn’t stop with the people – we care for our environment too. We're committed to becoming a certified Zero Carbon Organisation by 2030, and have a detailed Sustainability Strategy that covers everything we do as a business.

On the 27 February 2020 Bath Spa University and Bath Spa University Student's Union jointly declared a climate emergency. We're now encouraging students, staff, and the wider Bath community to make a pledge to pave the way in making a necessary change.

95% of our graduates are in work or further study fifteen months after graduation*

*based on data from HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18 for leavers from undergraduate courses

Your Bath Spa journey

Innovative courses

Entrepreneurs, scientists, musicians, dancers and writers – you'll find them all and more at Bath Spa. Which one do you want to be?

Discover our courses

Amazing tutors

Our Bath Spa academic staff are experts in their fields of study; friendly, inspiring teachers who want to share their passion.

Our small class sizes allows our staff to focus on and support you as you develop your talents and skills during your time with us.

Specialist facilities

Our campuses combine purpose-built facilities with breathtaking locations. You'll benefit from:

University services

Our dedicated teams are here to support you through your university journey.

You'll have access to teams specialised to help you with accommodation, admissions, wellbeing, careers and employability, finance, library services and more.

Get to know our amazing staff! We're shining the spotlight on Dr Jermaine Ravalier, Reader in Work and Wellbeing (Psychology). He's passionate about diversity and inclusion, and finding practical ways to support the wellbeing of public service workers.

Spotlight on: Jermaine Ravalier
Jermaine Ravalier

Bath Spa Proud

Our students become creative thinkers, doers and makers. They create and achieve amazing things. We encourage our students to think big – and outside of the box – and they don’t disappoint.

Bath Spa production brings queer history into the spotlight

A new play produced, written and performed by Bath Spa students aims to retell history. The play Violet, is based on the 1926 play The Captive by Édouard Bourdet, one of the first Broadway plays to feature lesbian characters. 

“Violet looks at relationships, love, and violence and aims to revisit queer history and put queer representation onto the stage,” MA Creative Producing student Beth Adams, the show’s producer, said.

Read the full story online now.

Student wins the 2021 ASET Student Competition

Briony Carter, a Biology Conservation student, has won the ASET Student Competition. The competition is open to students returning to their institutions after completing a placement, or work experience, during the previous academic year. 

She submitted a 900-word reflection on the value of her placement experience at Ferne Animal Sanctuary and its impact on her future.

Read more of Briony's story. 

Bath Spa student makes history as part of new British sport team

Bath Spa University now boasts a world-class athlete among its ranks. BA (Hons) Global Development and Sustainability student Matilda Revell is part of the first British women’s bandy team, which took home a silver medal in the World Championships this past March.

Bandy is an ice skating sport first developed in England in the 19th century. It’s similar to ice hockey, but played with shorter, curved sticks and a ball instead of a puck. It also uses a much larger playing field - about the size of a football pitch.

Find out more about Matilda's story.

Bath Spa University poets reach UniSlam finals

A team of Bath Spa University Creative Writing students and graduates reached the finals of the annual UniSlam poetry competition. Founded in 2013, UniSlam is the UK’s largest team poetry slam tournament, providing workshops, talks and fringe events to the next generation of British poetry talent.

The Bath Spa team consisted of students Ellie Jenkins, Tyjana Howard, Erin Green, Alexandra Turner and Emma Taylor who study a mixture of writing and performance disciplines at Bath Spa including Creative Writing. Bath Spa made it through the heats and semifinals to compete against three other finalists at The Hippodrome in Birmingham in March: Queen’s University Belfast, University of Birmingham and University of Leeds.

Read the full story online.

Bath Spa University partners with Ukrainian university to support post-war recovery

Bath Spa University has twinned with the higher education establishment, Academician Stepan Demianchuk International University of Economics and Humanities (IUEH), as part of a scheme to help the western Ukrainian University continue to survive, and thrive, beyond the current conflict the country is facing.

Proposed support from Bath Spa University includes sharing learning resources, developing a mentoring scheme and collaborating across disciplines that are studied or researched in both institutions. When possible, the two Universities look forward to facilitating staff and student exchanges.

Find out more about the partnership.

Looking back at 2021

2021 was a challenging year but that didn't hold our Bath Spa community back. We’re proud of the achievements of our students, staff and alumni over the past year!

Student tip: "Bath Spa Students' Union (SU) has over 70 societies, from the Doctor Who Society to the Christian Union, from the Baking Society to Dungeons and Dragons. There's something for everyone and like-minded people to chat to."

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