Starting university in Bath? From the Instagrammable Georgian architecture to the first-class restaurants and bars – you’re going to love it.

In between lectures and settling into your accommodation, spend time making the most of all the city has to offer. To get you started, we’ve rounded up 17 things every student should do while living in Bath.

The Great Bath at the Roman Baths

Image - Roman Baths, credit Andy Fletcher

Head on a Sightseeing Adventure

Get acquainted with Bath’s many iconic landmarks and attractions.

Dive into the past at the Roman Baths, picnic on The Royal Crescent lawns, and take in the culture at the city’s horde of museum and galleries, for starters. Our guides to the top things to do and must-sees in Bath should inspire you to start exploring further.

As a Bath resident, you’re even able to visit the Roman Baths, Victoria Art Gallery and Fashion Museum for free – just pre-book and take along proof of residency with you.

View of the rooftop pool at Thermae Bath Spa and surrounding skyline

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Pamper Yourself at Bath’s Spas

Feeling rundown post freshers or stressed out pre-exams? You’re in the perfect place for a pick-me-up, with Bath being a world-famous spa and wellbeing destination.

While student budgets might not stretch to regular pampering, you can make the most of student discount at Thermae Bath Spa for a special treat. This is Britain’s only natural thermal spa, where you can take a dip in the mineral-rich waters of the rooftop pool, with incredible views over the city to boot.

People sat around tables drinking at The Cork in Bath

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Find Your New Local

Bath’s blessed with a cracking selection of pubs and bars, so plan in a pub crawl or two to figure out your favourites. Some of the city’s most student-friendly watering holes include The CorkBath Brew HouseThe Bell Inn, The Canon and Belushi’s.

People in Frankenstein-inspired costumes at Mary Shelley's House of Frankenstein

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Escape Victor Frankenstein’s Lair

Up for an unusual way to bond with new uni friends? Head for Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein together and attempt to solve your way out of the escape room, which is based on Victor Frankenstein’s ominous attic quarters.

You’ll encounter insane equations, strange artefacts and miscellaneous body parts. It’s not for the easily spooked!

Students get discounted solo entry as do groups of five or more.

Crowd of people dancing at Komedia's Motorcity club night

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Party at Bath’s Clubs

Take your pick of Bath’s genre-spanning student nights, many of which take place in unique underground clubs. There’s Bath institution Moles for live music and DJs, Second Bridge for glam nights out, or Komedia for a much-loved Motown night, to name just a few.

Live music at The Bell Inn

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And Explore Other Sides to Bath Nightlife

It’s not all about club nights after dark in Bath. Make your way to Komedia for comedy gigs, pubs like The Grapes and The Bell Inn for live music, or Sleight Bar for cocktails with a side of magic.

Selection of gelato on the Swoon counter

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Seek Out the City’s Sweet Treats

There’s no chance of a sweet tooth going unsatisfied in Bath, with bakeries, cafes, tearooms, confectioners, and ice cream shops on practically every corner. From the city’s legendary buns to a chocolate-themed café, check out our guide to sweet treats to get your appetite going.

Person serving champagne next to afternoon tea at No.15 Great Pulteney

Image - No.15 by GuestHouse, Bath

Indulge in a Traditional Afternoon Tea

There are excellent afternoon teas aplenty to enjoy in Bath, made extra special by unique settings – from the oldest house in Bath turned tearoom, to the grand historic Pump Room. Book in for a special treat, or for when the parents are visiting.

The Theatre Royal Bath auditorium full of people

Image - Theatre Royal Bath, credit Colin Hawkins

Spend a Night at the Theatre

Catch a show at one of the oldest theatres in the country, Theatre Royal Bath. It puts on a varied programme including dramas, operas, comedies, dance and musicals, plus there’s a concession price on student tickets.

Cocktails from Sub 13

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Go For Cocktails

Let the expert mixologists of Bath shake you up a cocktail or two. There’s no shortage of cocktail bars to choose from, with Turtle Bay, The Earl, Second Bridge, Revolutions, Opium, The Common Room and Sub 13 all popular with students.

Health and Wellbeing Centre at YMCA Bath

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Get Active at the YMCA

Keep fit at the YMCA’s Health and Wellbeing Centre, which has a special offer for students. Sign up for £25 a month and you’ll get unlimited access to the gym and classes and a free PT session. Plus, until 31st October 2021, you can get a seven day free pass to trial the facilities out.

Flowers and plants in SouthGate shopping centre

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Hit the Shops

Whether you’re into hitting high street stores, independent boutiques or flea markets, Bath is a shopper's delight.

Main shopping areas include SouthGate, a buzzing complex of over 50 popular stores – check out their website to see which stores and restaurants offer student discount. There’s also Milsom Street and the surrounding area for stylish upmarket shops and Walcot Street, known as the Artisan Quarter, for quirky independents and a Saturday market.

View from the Bath Skyline Walk

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See the City by Foot

Bath is the perfect size for exploring on foot, with lots of lush green areas just beyond the city that are easy to reach too. The Bath Skyline Walk is a must for incredible views over the city as well as woodlands, meadows, hidden valleys and sights like the Sham Castle along the way.

Get your steps in as well as a few pints by setting off on these top pub walks in and around the city.

Bath Rugby team walking out to play Leicester

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Watch a Bath Rugby Match

Home to one of the world’s oldest clubs, Bathonians are proud of their rugby heritage. Even if you’re clueless about the sport, watching a game at Bath Rugby Recreation Ground during your time here is an experience you won’t forget.

More of a football fan? You can always make Bath City FC your second team while you’re living here and cheer them on in the National League South!

Eggs benedict with avocado from The Ivy Bath Brasserie

Image credit - Paul Winch-Furness

Get Brunching

Whether you need a hangover-curing big breakfast or somewhere to study with a side of eggs, find the perfect hangout among Bath’s cafes and restaurants. Swing by The Ivy Bath Brasserie, The Botanist and Framptons for breakfast in a swanky setting, or the Bertinet Bakery and The Whole Bagel for heavenly baked goods.

The Kingsmead Kitchen, Boston Tea Party and Wild Café are all top choices for a cosy café experience.

DJ at The Bell Inn

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Delve Into Bath’s Musical Side

Discover the city’s iconic music scene through Everything Is Music. Accessed via your phone, this is a map of geo-tagged pins connected to musicians, venues and events with links to Bath.

Visit pins to unlock them and reveal photographs, video, audio, music and experiences about all things music in Bath. It will take you from Danny Byrd to Tears for Fears, Moles to Bath Carnival and more. Quite the eclectic mix! 

Cheddar Gorge

Explore Beyond Bath

Once you feel at home in Bath, adventure further afield. The scenic Cheddar Gorge, pretty Cotswolds villages or leafy Westonbirt Arboretum (especially in autumn) are all great days out in the countryside.

Bristol is just a short train ride away and has a lively music scene, buzzing student nights and fun attractions to enjoy.

A 16-25 Railcard will come in handy for exploring beyond Bath, saving you a third on train fares. First Bus also offer 30% discount for people aged 16 to 21 with valid student ID.

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