We fully appreciate that active travel to campus may not be possible or realistic for everyone. However, for those who are able, you can plan your journey here.
Commuting accounts for 5% of University of Bath's total carbon footprint, representing a significant area where staff and students' choices can make a big impact on our road to Net Zero by 2040.
Benefits of active travel
Mixing up your commute and travelling by foot, bike or scooter can help you:
- feel better - clear your head and enjoy the wellbeing benefits of being active outside, and avoid the stress of being stuck in congestion or crowded buses
- save money - avoid costly travel and parking costs and save on a gym membership
- improve health - active travel is an easy way to fit exercise into your life. Walking from Bath city centre to campus takes just 40 minutes and clocks up 2,900 steps!
- discover great places in your local community and enjoy a commute with friends or colleagues
- reduce carbon emissions - by walking or cycling instead of driving from Bath city centre to campus for just one week (5 days), you could reduce your carbon footprint by 7kg CO2e
- improve air quality - ditch the car and help reduce local air pollution
Cycle to campus
When planning your route, bear in mind that Bathwick Hill is usually quite busy so we'd recommend cycling up North Road or Widcombe instead. Cycle down Bathwick Hill as this is the widest and best illuminated road into the city. You can read more advice to get started with a cycle commute provided by fellow cyclists.
Borrow a bike and equipment
- the SU offers bikes for hire for free with SU Sport Membership
- loan a bike from Better By Bike - regular, folding and electric bikes available to anyone, and they even offer free adult cycle training too
- members of staff and postgraduate students can hire an electric bike from Take Charge Bikes for free for up to two weeks
- for a range of alternative and accessible bike types, Wheels for All Bath and West offer regular sessions where you can try out different bikes to suit your needs
Buy a bike and equipment
You can buy fully serviced second-hand bikes from Julian House Bike Workshop in Bath - a great way to save money and support a local charity. They also sell new bikes and equipment.
If you're a student or staff member, you can buy gold standard Sold Secure D-locks online and collect them from the Security desk in the Library.
For bike maintenance, you can:
- borrow a bicycle repair kit and pump from the Security desk in the Library
- use the self-service repair station outside the Chancellors' Building, provided by the SU
- visit Julian House Bike Workshop in Bath, which offers servicing and repairs, and book a bike maintenance course to learn how to look after your bike yourself
If you're a member of staff or a student, you can join the growing community of cycling commuters at the University for advice, activities, and events by signing up to the mailing list or joining the Yammer group.
If you're a student, you can join the friendly Cycling Club and enjoy weekly activities for all types of riders.
Walk to Campus
If you don't fancy committing to walking the full route each day, consider walking half way and then catching a bus or take the bus to campus and walk home at the end of the day (a great way to clear your head after a busy day).
Plan your route
Walking to campus from elsewhere in Bath is easy if you follow one of the scenic and accessible routes in the Walking Network, put together by the University and Bath and North East Somerset Council. There are four routes that cross the city, each one passing the campus - download a handy PDF map or view on Google maps. Look out for the logo at each location marked on the map to help guide your route.
Walking down the hill from campus into Bath offers beautiful views across the city and is a great way to clear your head at the end of the day, and you can enjoy an easy walk home with friends. Widcombe Hill is a great option for this.
For a longer but more scenic route between the University and the city centre, there is The National Trust's Bath Skyline walk.
To build confidence and fitness, or if you aren't able to walk a commute and would like to enjoy the benefits of active travel, there is a beautiful and easy-to-follow woodland walk around campus.
E-scooting to campus
If walking or cycling aren't for you, you can still get your daily dose of fresh air by taking an e-scooter to campus (it's also a great way to split your route up if you want to walk through the city and just take the scooter up the last bit of the hill).
In Bath, you can rent scooters from the government-backed trial operated by Voi. To rent an e-scooter:
- Download the Voi app and register an account.
- Be over 18, hold a provisional or full driving licence, and accept Voi’s user agreement.
- Follow the instructions on the app to rent for a single trip, a day, or a month (Voi offers a 20% discount on daily or monthly passes for University staff and students).
- Plan your route - a map on the Voi app shows you the area in which you can use the e-scooter, slow zones and designated parking zones.
- Pop your helmet on and enjoy the ride.
- Park up in one of the designated parking zones shown on the app.
- End your ride in the app.
If you're new to e-scooters, read Voi's safe riding guide.
Don't miss your free £5 voucher by completing the Ride Like Voila traffic school or taking a helmet selfie after your next ride.
There are many showers on campus available for you to use when you arrive. See shower locations in:
- the underdeck
- 4 West
- 10 West
- 4 East South
As a student, you can activate your free sports pass to make use of the showers (and a wide range of other sports facilities) in the Sports Training Village for when you arrive on campus.
Lockers are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are located with all showers - you will need your own padlock to secure them.
Lockers are also available in the Sports Training Village - they do not require a padlock and can be used for up to three hours.
We recommend securing your bike with a D-lock as these are more secure than cable or chain locks. Buy Sold Secure D-locks online and collect from the Security desk in the Library.
Stay hydrated and fill up your water bottle at any of the catering outlets on campus or use this handy map to find all water refill points on campus. There is also a water fountain in Virgil Building.
Download the Refill app to find other places you can top up on campus and throughout Bath.
However you plan to travel actively, make sure you wear bright, reflective clothing and a helmet.
If travelling in the dark, remember to: