University of Bath

Moving into University accommodation in the city for the first time

What you need to do before you leave home, when to arrive, and what to do once you're here.

A student moving into John Wood Court in the city of Bath
Moving into John Wood Court in the city

Getting ready to come to University

Confirm your arrival time

There will be lots of new students moving into University accommodation on 23 and 24 September 2017. As a result, the city will be very busy over that weekend.

To make the process of moving in easier, we'll allocate you a time to arrive in the city and will send it to the email address you gave when you applied for accommodation. If you haven't received our email by mid-September, contact the Student Accommodation team.

You must confirm your scheduled time when you have received the email.

Hello Student managed accommodation

If your accommodation is managed by Hello Student, they'll contact you directly with details of how to move into your accommodation. You do not have to wait for the email from us or confirm your scheduled time.

Your library card

Your library card is your official proof of ID on campus. You can also use it to get into buildings and buy food and drink at the University.

Before you leave home you should upload a photo for your library card. This will allow us to create your card so it's ready for you to use when you get here.

What to bring, what not to bring

Before packing your bags, look at our list of things to bring with you. You should also read our list of things you are not allowed to bring.

If you are coming from overseas, you can send your belongings to the University for collection after you arrive.

Contents insurance

If you are a student living in University-managed accommodation, you will automatically be enrolled in a contents insurance policy that covers your personal belongings.

Planning your journey

Bath is a small, busy city with two universities. The roads will be busy over arrivals weekend, so allow time for delays.

Contact the Student Accommodation team if you're going to miss your scheduled arrival time.

Find parking in the city

There is no University parking in the city centre so we suggest you use the Pay & Display car parking.

Avon Street and Southgate are the nearest car parks for moving into Carpenter House and John Wood complex and for collecting your keys.

Arrival day

When you have parked on arrival day, walk to the Innovation Centre below Carpenter House to collect your keys and library card. You can then take your belongings to your accommodation.

When to arrive

You will have an allotted time to arrive at the Innovation Centre, depending on your accommodation building. You must confirm your arrival time before you get here.

Accommodation Arrival time Key collection point
Carpenter House 1pm to 6pm Innovation Centre at Carpenter House
Clevelands Building 8.30am to 6pm Innovation Centre at Carpenter House
Canal Wharf 8.30am to 6pm Innovation Centre at Carpenter House
Pulteney Court 8.30am to 6pm Innovation Centre at Carpenter House
Thornbank Gardens 8.30am to 6pm Innovation Centre at Carpenter House
John Wood Court 8.30am to 1pm Innovation Centre at Carpenter House
John Wood Building 8.30am to 6pm Innovation Centre at Carpenter House

Early or late arrival

On arrivals weekend

The Innovation Centre is open from 8.30am to 10pm on the 23 and 24 September. If you arrive before or after this you will find out-of-hours contact details at the entrance of Carpenter House.

After arrivals weekend

Go to the City Accommodation Centre if you arrive on or after Monday 25 September. If you arrive out of the centre's office hours you will need to contact Security.

After the semester starts

You can move into accommodation after the start of the academic year if you are:

  • an exchange student
  • leaving private accommodation in Bath
  • transferring from another university

Contact the Student Accommodation team to arrange moving in after term starts. We deal with requests on a case-by-case basis and make decisions based on accommodation availability.