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    Got a question about what life as a student is really like? We’ve got two students currently attending the University of Bath here to help.

    Alice is a second year Management student at the University of Bath. As a Student Ambassador, Alice shares her experiences of higher education on The Student Room, offering advice to individuals who have concerns about starting university.

    Elena-Catalina is a first year student at the University of Bath, studying Management with Marketing BSc. She’s a Social Media Ambassador for the Uni, as well as a Casual Ambassador for the Applicant Visit Days.

    Please be aware all answers will be posted on Monday 12 February.
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    (Original post by Student Money Week 2018)
    Got a question about what life as a student is really like? We’ve got two students currently attending the University of Bath here to help.

    Alice is a second year Management student at the University of Bath. As a Student Ambassador, Alice shares her experiences of higher education on The Student Room, offering advice to individuals who have concerns about starting university.

    Please be aware all answers will be posted on Monday 12 February.
    Hi,

    Does Bath offer student jobs on campus? If so, what sorts of things does it involve? Does it have flexible hours and what is the pay like?

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    Can you renovate your room i.e. paint its walls a different colour or are things like this off limits?

    For work placements, is a list of employers looking for someone just given to students? How are students helped with work placements? Can you help them get a job in their specific country of choice?
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    Are there activities for singing and dancing to get involved in? Are there any for beginners or non-music/art students?
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    To give a rough quote, how much is rent weekly? How did you get used to transport in your area if your coming from a different city?
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    (Original post by Anna1029)
    Hi,

    Does Bath offer student jobs on campus? If so, what sorts of things does it involve? Does it have flexible hours and what is the pay like?

    Thanks
    Hey Anna,

    The Students' Union website advertises a lot of part-time jobs, internships and various opportunities mainly on campus. The jobs do have flexible hours and the employers are understanding as they are aware that we also have lectures and seminars and other projects. For example, you can apply to work in the Fresh store, the SU bar, the cafe at the Edge, you can choose to be a tutor or a sales fundraiser, to be an assistant or an admin and help with certain websites. It is also really easy to explore the SU website as you just have to see the current vacancies. The pay is usually like 8.28 or 8.50 with holiday pay being 9.28, some in the city pay pay from 7.50 to 8.25 I believe.

    If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to quote me.
    Elena
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    (Original post by purple1106)
    Are there activities for singing and dancing to get involved in? Are there any for beginners or non-music/art students?
    Hey!

    There are a lot of activities you can get involved in: from societies to volunteering to creating your own society and discovering a new passion! All societies are meant to teach you the basics first so if you would get involved in the dancing society or in the cheer leading sports team you would learn everything from the beginning. You could also participate in the musicals organised by the university and have some fun whilst also gaining some experience.

    If you have more questions, don't hesitate to quote me.

    Elena
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    Hey, afternoon! Are societies generally easy to join / find? Is the social life of campus relatively easy to get involved in? I've had a lot of friends complain about being lonely while they were in uni, but is it just a matter of putting yourself outt here?

    (Sorry, I don't know what happened to this post! It was all written up when I posted it initially, yikes)
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    (Original post by purple1106)
    Can you renovate your room i.e. paint its walls a different colour or are things like this off limits?

    For work placements, is a list of employers looking for someone just given to students? How are students helped with work placements? Can you help them get a job in their specific country of choice?


    Hey!

    I would advise against making any permanent changes to your room as we have accommodation checks throughout the year and when moving out to make sure the room is in the condition it started in. In many of the rooms, there are pin-boards if you want to decorate with photos and I had shelves in my room in Quads so you can definitely personalise your room.

    In terms of work placements, we have an online placements database which lists employers that are recruiting students. They are normally posted with the deadline and a link to the online application so you can apply through the company's careers website. We get emails from the placements office to remind us when certain roles are closing and also regarding 'Bath exclusive placements'. The exclusive placements are only advertised to Bath students so it means you are only competing with those at the university, rather than all over the country. I would say that most of those offered so far have been for banks.

    We also have timetabled placement talks from semester 2 in first year which run all through second year as well. In these sessions, you receive help with CVs, cover letters, interview techniques etc. and also companies come in to talk about what they do, for example, L’Oréal, Dyson, GSK, BP, PWC etc. There's always an opportunity to speak to the speaker and ask questions so these are really useful. Also, there are company talks which you can sign up to (i.e. not timetabled) - in my experience, a lot of these were advertised at the beginning of second year.

    Every year, there is a careers fair held at the university and usually over 200 employers attend. Sometimes they are accompanied by a Bath student who is currently with them on placement so this can be a good opportunity to find out about their experience and what the employer looks for in applications.

    In first year, we received feedback on our CVs which was really useful as we then had a good CV ready well ahead of applying for placements.

    During second year, you can book one-to-one appointments with the placement officers who are always happy to look over your application, cover letter, CV or even conduct a mock interview. Again, in second year, we had mock interviews with employers like Aldi, Dyson, Morgan Stanley, TJX, Mondelez etc. and they all gave us written feedback which was helpful.

    In terms of overseas work placements, there have been a few advertised. There is a dedicated team for International Management who provide these students with support in finding placements abroad, however for Management it is more down to you. I’m sure they would support you as much as they can though.

    In my experience, there is unlimited help, providing you ask for it!

    Hopefully this answers your question!

    Alice

    2nd Year Management
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    (Original post by thatsmarn)
    Hey, afternoon! Are societies generally easy to join / find? Is the social life of campus relatively easy to get involved in? I've had a lot of friends complain about being lonely while they were in uni, but is it just a matter of putting yourself outt here?

    (Sorry, I don't know what happened to this post! It was all written up when I posted it initially, yikes)
    Hey!

    Societies are really easy to join! During Fresher's Week there are loads of free taster sessions which is the best time to try things out but you can join a society at any point in the year (and in any year in fact) so there's no rush! Most societies have a membership fee e.g. £30 for the year and you can join as many as you like. There are about 90 to choose from and some are completely random like pole dancing, knitting, Harry Potter etc.

    In terms of sports, you can do pretty much anything from beginner - I started Yoga at university and I love it. The SU also offer a free sports programme which means you can just turn up week by week if you fancy it and there are things like Zumba, 6-a-side, women's football, touch rugby, yogalates and more. The sports teams do seem to have a lot of fun, especially at socials, so I would definitely say that joining one is a really great way to battle loneliness! if you play interdepartmental sport, this is a really good way to meet other people on your course and it's a bit more casual than BUCS. Also, joining sports teams and societies means you meet people from all different years at the university.

    In terms of the social life, living in halls was so much fun. It can be a little nerve-wracking at the start as you don't know anyone, but everyone is in the same position and you soon feel like you've know your flatmates forever.

    The best nights out were when I went to the SU with my flat - Klass on a Saturday is a big Fresher's night out and you can get there in 2 minutes when you live on campus which is a huge bonus. Also on a Wednesday, the SU host Score which is mostly attended by sports teams for their socials but I've been just with my house mates so this is another easy night out!

    I'd definitely say put yourself out there otherwise you might regret not making the most of uni!

    Hope this helps!

    Alice
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    To give a rough quote, how much is rent weekly? How did you get used to transport in your area if your coming from a different city?
    Hey!

    It depends whether you will be living in uni accommodation or you are going to be renting a house with others in the city. There is a variety of accommodations: from cheap accommodations to more expensive ones, it depends on your preference and your budget, but I can assure you that you can definitely find something for you. For example, at the moment I'm paying £125 a week in Norwood and I share the bathroom with 2 other people. For next year, we found a really nice 5 bedroom house for £90 a week, not including bills.

    You can get to Bath by train or by bus, there are many transport links from cities such as Cardiff, Exeter, Bristol, Leeds, but I would say that would turn out to be more expensive than living in Bath.

    If you have any more questions don't hesitate to quote me.

    Elena
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    That's the end of the webchat – thanks very much to Alice and Elena!
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    (Original post by thatsmarn)
    Hey, afternoon! Are societies generally easy to join / find? Is the social life of campus relatively easy to get involved in? I've had a lot of friends complain about being lonely while they were in uni, but is it just a matter of putting yourself outt here?

    (Sorry, I don't know what happened to this post! It was all written up when I posted it initially, yikes)
    Hey!

    I'm currently a fresher, studying Management with Marketing, and I was really scared that I would be feeling so lonely as it was my first time coming to the UK and experiencing a whole new culture is kind of overwhelming. But Bath made me feel at home from the beginning. The campus gives you such a community feeling and after freshers' week you start getting to know a lot of people and making so many friends without even realising.

    You will feel the need to get involved because you will see everybody getting involved in so many activities so even when you feel like being lazy, you can't! During the first week, a lot of societies put themselves out there, at the fair, and you get a timetable with all the tasters that take place every single day. I would definitely suggest getting involved in sports sessions weekly, you can learn a new sport or take up a new hobby as there is a lot to choose from, and definitely get involved in a society as you do have a lot of free time in your first year, so why not take advantage of it?

    The campus life is so easy as you have everything so close to you, it's like a mini city. There are a lot of opportunities and events that are organised by the SU, from movie nights, language nights, the pub quiz to Score and Klass. There is always something going on and each day can be different if you want to make it different.

    If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to quote me.

    Elena
 
 
 
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