Bath Spa University Introduction 06 / 07Alongside award winning restaurants and quaint tea rooms you'll find plenty of 'student' pubs, many featuring regularly in the Good Pub Guide. Nightlife in Bath is good, with nightclubs, cinemas, the famous Theatre Royal, and a great comedy scene. There's also an exciting live music scene including regular sessions, day and night, at many of the pubs, bars and clubs - with plenty of involvement from Bath Spa students!"I like the street performers in Bath at the weekend." Steph, Year 2 English Literature It's also a great student city. The compact city centre has both grand Georgian streets and small picturesque passageways, packed with small independent shops and stylish boutiques as well as the familiar big name stores. "B ath is a fantastic place, ranging from quirky little shops to grand historical buildings. It's great!" Alex, Year 3 English LiteratureBath is well known as a city of festivals and the arts, with something for all tastes from Shakespeare to Jane Austen and books to boules! Bath Spa students play a key role in many of the festivals (both main stream and fringe) including the International Music Festival, Bath Film Festival, Bath Literature Festival." Bath's got everything you need as a student, and it's only 90 minutes away from London by train." Cathrine, Year 3 Creative Writing For sports enthusiasts there's the famous Bath Rugby Club as well as Bath City Football Club and Bath Races. " I love the fact that Bath's full of culture - but with a great night life!" Andy, Year 2 Performing ArtsBath is well positioned with easy access to Bristol - also popular for nights out.Bath is well known as one of the world's most beautiful cities. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site (England's only qualifying city) with stunning architectural sites such as the Roman Baths, Royal Crescent, Circus, Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey.What's Bath like?01 Bath's Christmas Market, image credit: Bath Tourism Plus02 Rugby at the Rec03 Georgian architecture04 Shops05 Thermae Spa, Bath 06 Pulteney Bridge07 Plenty of cafés and restaurants 08 Top tourist city02030405060708Sports centresBath has a total of six sports centres, including the main leisure centre on the river and the Olympic grade facilities at the University of Bath.Night clubsThere may not be a huge number of clubs, but each is unique and offers something for everyone.Square milesBath is a very compact city only measuring 11 square miles in total. This makes it very easy to get around. Places to drinkThroughout the city there is a huge choice of pubs and bars if you fancy a quick pint or a night out! Places to eatItalian, Thai, Bistro, Indian, French, Spanish, Mexican or even just fish and chips, Bath has it all. You will never struggle to find the cuisine you are looking for.
Bath Spa University Introduction www.bathspa.ac.ukWhat are the campuses like?Sion Hill campus Sion Hill campus is the main base for the Bath School of Art and Design. Sion Hill is in the Lansdown district of Bath - a residential area of the city renowned for its architecture, and within walking distance of the city centre. A recent major refurbishment at Sion Hill campus means that specialist facilities and resources for art and design students are amongst the most modern in the country. There are well equipped studios and workshops: graphic communication studios, electronic media workshops, studios for art, textiles and sculpture, workshops for wood, etching, lithography and silkscreen. You'll also enjoy the friendly community atmosphere at Sion Hill. It's is in a very peaceful setting (despite it closeness to the city centre), and is surrounded by its own attractively landscaped gardens; the site originally belonged to a nineteenth century mansion house, and although the house was destroyed in the war, the ornamental grounds remain. In June each year the site becomes a showpiece of student talent as the School of Art and Design hosts its annual degree show - an event that always draws a large audience from near and far. The School of Art and Design also has a separate teaching centre at The Circus, Bath, and this is where Fashion and Textiles students are based. In addition, there are workshop spaces and facilities at Dartmouth Avenue in the Oldfield Park area of Bath, where much of the Creative Arts programme is based. Student: Alex01Year 2, Study of Religions-"T he fresh, open and beautiful countryside in which the campus is located allows for clear thinking and relaxed studying in grounds where there is a castle, a lake and often sheep and cows! It is a striking, enriching and inspiring location which, for me, is idyllic. I still find it hard to believe that I can sit in a peace pagoda at the lakeside to read, talk, contemplate, write, sing, eat... Simply stunning." Newton Park campusThis is the larger of the two main campuses, where all courses and subjects except Art and Design are located. There can't be many universities in the UK that can rival this unique setting. It's an amazing parkland estate (leased from the Duchy of Cornwall), in an idyllic rural setting - though only four miles from the city of Bath. A mix of history and modernityThere's a nature reserve, a lake with its own lakeside walk, woods, historic listed buildings, and rolling fields. The grounds were designed by the well-known landscape architect Capability Brown in the eighteenth century. As a student you might find yourself studying in the 14th century Castle tower (the oldest building on the campus and a scheduled ancient monument) or in the Creative Writing Centre in the Castle Gatehouse, another scheduled ancient monument, but equipped with the latest computers and audio visual equipment. But it's not all ancient buildings. The campus is a real mix of the old and the new - and the two aspects are sympathetically blended. The modern buildings include a new award-winning Theatre and, a superb purpose-built concert hall, the Michael Tippett Centre - both offering music and arts enthusiasts opportunities to see (and be involved in!) performances and exhibitions.Sports and social facilitiesThere's also a recently refurbished Students' Union that forms the hub of social activity on campus. The SU has a 30 station fitness gym, and there are sports pitches on-site for rugby, football and hockey. Many of the University's sports clubs are affiliated with local clubs in the community (a good way of getting to know the locals). Sports clubs are open to all students and there are 12 teams competing regularly. Development plans There are plans to implement a major building programme on the Newton Park campus, starting in 2012. The developments are very exciting and will provide superb new facilities for students from all disciplines, with additional specialist digital and studio resources for students planning to work in the broad range of creative and cultural industries. The plans include new academic/learning space and facilities; new social space; and new residential accommodation for students. 01 Main House, Newton Park campus02-03 Drawings of the new campus development04 Refectory at Newton Park campus05 Sion Hill campus06 Lake at Newton Park0203050406