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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.

Student-led campaign signals support for the Bath Spa community

With the cost of living crisis affecting so many people all over the country, two Bath Spa University students have taken action to offer help to their fellow student community by signposting them to the wide range of available support from the University and elsewhere.

Michelle Hogarth and Penny Tate set up Student Signal, a student-run campaign to help students who are in need of information or support that in many cases already exists, but they’re simply unaware of it. 

Read the full story online.


Bath Spa University awarded Gold Accreditation by British Hedgehog Preservation Society

Bath Spa University has been awarded a Gold Accreditation from the British Hedgehog Preservation Society for being a Hedgehog Friendly Campus, just one year after achieving Silver status.

Hedgehogs are listed as vulnerable under the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List and their numbers have declined by up to 50% since 2000. The Gold Accreditation is well-deserved recognition for our staff and students who have worked hard to make our campuses safe for the prickly creatures, as well as raise awareness of the species’ decline. 

Read the full story online.

Bath Spa student Matilda Revell represents GB at the World Winter University Games

An undergraduate student from Bath Spa University represented Great Britain at the International University Sports Federation (FISU) Winter World University Games 2023 in Lake Placid, New York, in January 2023.

Nineteen-year-old Matilda Revell, who received a Bath Spa University High Performance Sport Scholarship and is currently studying for a BA (Hons) Global Development and Sustainability, was selected to be part of the GB Women’s Ice Hockey Team at the international sporting event.

Read the full story online.

Bath Spa professor and students use their creative talents in Qatar as part of a project supporting young people on the streets

Bath Spa students, along with renowned illustrator and Senior Lecturer at Bath Spa University, Tim Vyner, used their creative talents in Qatar as part of a project to support young people living on the streets.

Tim, along with three students from the Bath School of Design, captured the action from the Street Child World Cup, which took place in October in Oxygen Park in Doha, and told the stories of the young people involved, using different creative techniques.

Read the full story online.

Sustainability-savvy students create hedgehog-themed designs for reusable cup competition

Imaginative artwork depicting a hedgehog with coffee beans for its spines has won the first ever Bath Spa University reusable cup design competition, launched for students, in partnership with Huskup.

The competition, which ran throughout November and December 2022, invited the University’s students to create a hedgehog-themed design, with the winning creation being printed onto Huskups – the cups that are sold from University catering outlets.

Read the full story online.

Bath Academy of Art alumna Veronica Ryan OBE wins Turner Prize

Bath Academy of Art-trained sculptor Veronica Ryan OBE has been named as the 2022 winner of the Turner Prize.

Arguably the most prestigious art accolade in the UK, the Turner Prize is awarded in recognition of an artist’s outstanding exhibition, or presentation, of their recent developments in British art.

Read the full story online.

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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