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Visiting our campus on a self-guided tour

Plan your self-guided tour so you can explore our campus whenever it suits you and find out what it's like to study at Bath.

When to visit our campus

We have an open-campus policy, so you can come and tour the campus whenever it suits you.

The best time to visit our campus is during the working week in term time because:

  • our students are here so you get a better understanding of life at Bath
  • most of our buildings will be open and, if they're not being used, you can look inside

Plan your visit

Before coming to campus, download the self-guided tour visitors' guide to help you find your way around.

Booking appointments

Before you come to campus, you should make appointments with the relevant teams if you want to:

You're not able to look inside our student accommodation during term time, but you can see the outside of the buildings as part of your tour.

Visiting specialist facilities

If you want to see certain facilities, like laboratories, you might need to have a member of staff with you when you look around.

Contact the relevant department at least a week before your visit to make arrangements.

Finding food, drink, and toilets

Before your visit, check which of our restaurants, cafes, shops, and bars are open so you know where to find food, drink, and toilets during the day.

How to get to the city of Bath

Travelling by train

Our nearest train station is Bath Spa.

You can get a train to Bath Spa in about:

  • 15 minutes from Bristol
  • 1 hour 10 minutes from Cardiff
  • 1 hour 20 minutes from London
  • 1 hour 40 minutes from Birmingham
  • 3 hours 20 minutes from Manchester

Parking in the city centre

If you drive to Bath, you can park in one of the large car parks in the city centre. The nearest car parks to the bus station are:

Find out more about travelling to the city of Bath.

How to get to our campus

The best way to get to campus is by public transport. You should avoid driving to the campus on weekdays because the car parks get very busy.

Travelling to campus by bus

From the city, you can get one of the regular bus services to our campus.

Driving to campus

If you need to drive, you can use the visitor parking on campus.

What to see on campus

The best place to start your self-guided tour is from the Campus bus terminus.

If you haven't already downloaded the visitors' guide, you can get one at the main reception desk in the Library, which is clearly signposted from the bus terminus.

Campus highlights

The Parade

The Parade is at the centre of our campus and is the way to get to:

The Lake

The lake on campus is a popular place for students to relax, meet with friends, and get some fresh air between lectures.

The Library

The Library provides hundreds of resources for students as well as an IT support shop, the Security desk, and group and individual study spaces.

The SU (Students' Union)

The SU building contains the Student Centre, food outlets, our Students' Union bar 'The Plug', and our Students' Union nightclub 'The Tub'.

Student Support

The Student Support teams provide advice about anything you may need support with as a student at Bath. This includes therapeutic services, wellbeing advice, money advice, and disability support.

The Sports Training Village

The Sports Training Village is home to Team Bath and includes a gym, Olympic Legacy swimming pool, an athletics track, and a range of sports pitches and courts.

The Edge

The Edge is our dedicated arts, education, and events space and is the home student arts and creativity on campus.

Fresh supermarket and Post Office

The Fresh supermarket is open seven days a week and sells groceries, household goods, and a wide range of international foods. There is also a Post Office inside the shop.


If you have any questions, please contact us.

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