University of Bath

Travelling to our Open Days

Find out the best ways to travel to an Open Day at our Claverton Down campus.

A student ambassador helps students on an Open Day
Student ambassadors in red t-shirts will be on campus and at the train and bus stations to direct you.

Using public transport

We recommend travelling by public transport as routes into the city are very busy with traffic on Open Day. You could consider staying in the city the night before to avoid the busiest travel time and get a feel for the city.

Travelling by train

Our nearest train station is Bath Spa. You and your family can get 20% off Advance Purchase fares for most mid and long-distance GWR routes to Bath Spa train station.

You can get a bus or a taxi from the train station to the University.

Travelling by bus

First bus company runs services from Bath city centre to the University.

There is a bus stop near the back of Bath Spa train station on Rossiter Road. Student ambassadors and staff members in red t-shirts will be there on Open Days to direct you.

Bus journeys to the University from the city centre take about 15 minutes, depending on traffic. On Open Day the fare will be £1.80 single and £3.00 return.

Read more about travelling to the University by bus.

Using the park-and-ride

Directly to the University

The bus from the Lansdown Park & Ride will bring you directly to the University on the Open Day. Buses run frequently between the Park & Ride and the campus from 8am. The last bus leaves campus at 5.30pm.

If you're using Sat Nav, use the postcode BA1 9BJ to get to the Park & Ride.

Ticket prices:

  • day ticket £3.50
  • group ticket £10 (maximum of three passengers)

These tickets are valid for use on the Park & Ride, U1, and the University of Bath Open Day services. You will be able to purchase these tickets before you board the bus.

To the city centre

Bath has several Park & Ride services that will take you to the city centre. From the centre you can get a bus up to the campus.

The Park & Ride locations are:

  • Lansdown – Use BA1 9BJ in your Sat Nav for Lansdown Park and Ride
  • Odd Down – Use BA2 8PA in your Sat Nav for Odd Down Park and Ride
  • Newbridge – Use BA1 3NB in your Sat Nav for Newbridge Park and Ride

Visit Bath & North East Somerset Council website for details of locations, times and ticket prices.

Driving to campus

If you are driving to the Open Day, check the Council's roadworks map for local travel information. You should also check local travel news before you start your journey.

The roads to Bath and the University get very busy on Open Days. If you're travelling by car or coach you should allow at least an extra hour to get here. The A36 & M4 Chippenham Junction are the most likely to be affected.

Arriving by car

When you arrive on campus, use the East entrance on Claverton Down Road, BA2 7BA, then follow the signs to visitor parking.

Parking on campus is free on University Open Days. Normal parking charges apply on Applicant Visit Days.

Arriving by coach

If you're a group coming by coach you must let us know in advance so our security teams are expecting you.

Contact us on opendays@bath.ac.uk and tell us the number of visitors, size of coach, time of arrival and your contact details.

There is no parking for coaches on campus. Drivers should drop their passengers on campus as directed and collect them from the same place at a set time. Off-campus coach parking is available at the Riverside Coach Park, close to the bus and train stations in Bath. Please don't park coaches on local streets.

Accessible routes and parking

We aim to make our Open Days as accessible as possible for all of our visitors. If you have a disability and require assistance you can call us on 01225 385985 or email opendays@bath.ac.uk so we can make suitable arrangements.

The accessibility map shows locations of disabled parking and wheelchair access on campus. For more detailed advice and information visit our accessible access guide.

If you need information on the day, go to the Disability Contact Point at the Welcome Point, by the main bus terminus.

Leaving your luggage

If you are travelling with luggage and would like somewhere to leave it for the day, there is an Internet Café which provides luggage storage close to the train station. The address is 13 Manvers Street, Bath, BA1 1JH and their phone number is 01225 312685.

Prices start from £2.90, but can be anything up to £6.90 depending on how much space is required. Storage is available from 8.30am to 9pm.

Help on the day

Our Student Ambassadors and members of staff will be at the train station and Lansdown Park & Ride to help you on the day. They can help you navigate around campus and answer any questions you might have. They'll be wearing red T-shirts, so they're easy to spot.

Staying on campus

To help you enjoy the experience of campus life, and for your convenience when visiting, we are offering a range of accommodation for Open Day visitors.

All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, offer tea and coffee making facilities, a high-speed wifi connection and kitchen and communal areas.

Rooms are fully equipped with bedding, fresh towels and toiletries. All rooms are sold with breakfast and campus bedrooms are sold with dinner too.

Free parking is available on campus all weekend.

Book bed and breakfast or self-catering accommodation in Bath.

Staying in the city

Bath is packed with fantastic places to stay. From large hotels to cosy B&B’s there’s an option for every budget. It’s a good idea to book ahead – start your search now with Visit Bath.