University of Bath

Facilities and learning resources to support your studies

You can use our study spaces, labs, specialist facilities and support services to help you work and achieve your academic potential.

Student studying in the Library
The Library is just one of buildings that offers students study spaces and access to specialist facilities

Places and spaces to study

Everyone has their own way of studying. At Bath you can find a space and environment that gives you the flexibility to learn in a way that’s best for you.

The Library

Our Library is at the centre of campus and is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It’s close to restaurants and cafés, so you can get food between study sessions.

There are Subject Librarians specialising in all areas of study. They can give you expert advice and help you find the books, journals and resources you need for your course. You can also get training from them on how to research a subject area, add references to your work and assess the quality of sources.

The Library has around 500 computers (PCs), fast Wi-Fi and plenty of power sockets for charging your laptop and mobile.

You can choose to work in the computer areas, quiet study areas or spaces for group work.

Computer labs

You can use one of the seven computer labs on campus when they’re not being used for teaching. Between them, they have around 300 computers.

Learning Commons

Our Learning Commons are informal learning spaces. They are set up with tables, chairs and plenty of power sockets so you can move furniture around to suit independent study or group work with coursemates. You don’t need to book these, just turn up with your laptop if you don’t want to study in your room.

The Virgil Building

You can also access network PCs and individual and group study spaces in the city. The Virgil Building is our city-centre hub and is open from Monday to Friday, 8am to 10pm, and on Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 8pm.

Graduate Commons

If you are a postgraduate student, you can also use our Graduate Commons to study and socialise with other postgraduates.

Specialist facilities

You get access to facilities that support your learning, including laboratories and specialist equipment, depending on your course. This gives you a great opportunity to put theory into practice and use some of the equipment external companies come to us for, such as the:

  • sports facilities
  • acoustics lab with sound-pressure level meters
  • artificial sky with light meters
  • automatic motion capture system
  • psychology observation suites
  • 3D printers

IT services, software and support

You can access most of our IT services with your username, which is found on your library card, or your University email address. Services include:

  • campus networked computers
  • printers, scanners and photocopiers
  • Wi-Fi anywhere on campus and in University buildings
  • free Microsoft Office 365 for your PC or Mac
  • free anti-virus software to protect your computer
  • academic software to help you with your studies

If you have a problem with your own computer you can take it to the IT Service Desk. They will help you free of charge.

Buying books and equipment

It’s easy for you to get books and equipment delivered to campus.

There is an Amazon Locker in the centre of campus, so you can pick up your orders whenever you want.

As a UK student, you can get a 5% discount when you become an Amazon Student Member though the National Union of Students (NUS).

There is a parcel room close to our campus accommodation and another in our city accommodation. If you get a parcel, the teams there will email you so you know when to pick it up.