University is closed on Thursday afternoon and all day on Friday

In view of actual and forecast weather conditions, the University of Bath is now closed today (Thursday 1 March 2018) and tomorrow (Friday 2 March 2018).

There is heavy snow forecast overnight and we recognise that, regardless of the amount of snow which falls during the day on Friday (on which forecasts differ), this would make it very difficult for the campus to function effectively.  We have consequently now taken the decision that the campus will remain closed all day on Friday.

The Library, Virgil Building, the Student Centre and Carpenter House will remain open on card access for students to use the study spaces.  The Sports Training Village will remain closed.

The opening hours of catering and retail outlets are as follows:


  • 4W café 8 - 5.30pm
  • Lime Tree 9am – 7pm
  • Fresh Express 9am – 3pm


  • Sports Café 9 am – 5pm (assuming the STV is open)
  • Lime Tree 9am – 7pm
  • Fresh 8.30am – 10.30pm
  • Fresh Express 10am – 5pm
  • 4W Café 9am – 4pm


  • Sports Café 9am – 5pm (assuming STV is open)
  • Lime Tree 9am – 7pm
  • Fresh 11am – 5pm
  • Fresh Express 9am – 8pm
  • 4W Café 9am – 4pm

First Buses have indicated that they will continue to run services notwithstanding the University’s closure but please check their website/ twitter feed as services are likely to be disrupted by the weather and are vulnerable to variation of routes or finishing early.

Please take great care when walking around campus as thoroughfares and stairways can become slippery even with gritting if snow settles or thaws and refreezes.  Health and Safety advice is:

  • Walk – don’t run. Wear non-slip footwear. Allow more time for your journey, just as you would if driving
  • Try to leave hands free to aid balance and protect against falls
  • Stick to footpaths and avoid steep banks and inclines
  • Take care when walking or cycling up and down hills.

On no account attempt to walk on areas of frozen water, including the lake, which is extremely hazardous.

The usual advice on river safety is even more important in severe cold.

Please also see our guidance on staying safe and well during adverse weather

Mark Humphriss
University Secretary and Chair of the Emergency Management Team

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