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Getting around – Bath Spa University

Whether you’re living on campus or commuting from outside Bath, this page explains how you can travel between our locations as a student.

Studying at Newton Park and living at Waterside Court? Need to travel from your city centre accommodation to Locksbrook Campus 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.

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

The U5 operates seven days a week, running until roughly 3am Monday-Saturday. Monday-Friday there is a bus every 10-15 minutes and every 30 minutes on Saturdays. During the Christmas and New Year holiday, assessment period and inter-semester break there will be a reduced service.

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 Campus.

U5 bus timetable

For the latest timetables, please refer to the First Bus website.

Get a bus pass

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

Park and Ride

Students attending Locksbrook Campus can park their vehicle at the BSU sportsground on Lower Bristol Road and catch the U5 to campus. 

Eligible drivers will need to purchase a designated Sports Ground permit. Once you have a permit, you'll need to apply for a unique code which entitles you to free travel between the BSU Sports Ground and Locksbrook on the U5 bus. Please email for the code.

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.


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).


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



Shower facilities

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

For more information please email: See also our Bicycle parking terms and conditions.

Bike repair kit

There's a freely-accessible bike repair stand near the library, with a selection of tools and a pump allowing you to conduct easy repairs.

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. 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.

Parking and cars

On-street parking in Bath is limited, with resident parking zones enforced and limited parking on all University campuses. Students are therefore strongly encouraged not to bring a car to university and instead utilise public transport. More information can be found in our Motor Vehicle Parking Terms and Conditions

Disabled parking and exceptional circumstances

Disabled / Blue Badge parking

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.

Exceptional circumstances

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.

To apply for either of these permits you'll need to complete this Microsoft Form. For more information, see our Motor Vehicle Parking Terms and Conditions


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 Veezu (formerly V Cars) on +44 (0)1225 46 46 46 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.

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