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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

Your arrival date and time

There will be lots of new students moving into University accommodation in the city on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 September 2021.

To make the process of moving in easier, we'll allocate you a date and time to arrive in the city and 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 Living team.

Aquila Court and Twerton Mill accommodation

If you are moving into Aquila Court or Twerton Mill, these providers will contact you directly with details of how to move into your accommodation. You do not have to wait for the email from us.

Your library card

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

Before you leave home, you should register online and upload a photo of yourself for your library card. We will then be able to create your card so it's ready for you to use when you get here.

This is especially important if you are in accommodation with Eat and Drink credit. You will not be able to use your credit, or get your 10% discount at food outlets, until you have your library card.

What to bring, what not to bring

We recommend that you bring a minimal amount of belongings. When you arrive, you are allowed one person to help you carry all of your belongings into the building.

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.

Planning your journey

Bath is a small, busy city with two universities. The roads may be busy, so allow time for delays.

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 Virgil Building to collect your accommodation card. You can then take your belongings to your accommodation.


We have a limited number of spaces reserved in Avon Street car park for you to park and collect your keys. When you have parked, walk to John Wood to collect your accommodation card. You can then take your belongings to your accommodation.

Early or late arrival

During the moving in period

Key collection at The Virgil Building and John Wood is open from 8.30am to 4pm, 25 and 26 September. If you arrive before or after this, contact the Security team on +44 (0)1225 385349.


If you have any questions, please contact us.