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So I've posted about this before but I'm finding it really hard to make a decision, if anyone could help I would really appreciate it.

After visiting Bath on an offer holders' day a few weeks ago it became one of my top choices because I really liked the campusy atmosphere, the SU, quality of work placements, the course (which is better than Bristol) and the students I met seemed really friendly and it seemed like I could fit in there. The city is great, it's pretty safe, and it's somewhere I am relatively familiar with, especially compared to Bristol.

However, I've visited Bristol uni many times and also really like it. Pretty much everyone I've spoken to says that the city is better due to having a lot more to do, lots of clubs and being a really arty/vibrant and student friendly place. Something that's really pushing me towards Bristol (however misguided it might be) is the fact that it is generally more prestigious and is a red brick/RG uni. I’m torn between going to a city vs campus uni as I feel like it would be easier to make friends in a small community situation like at Bath and everything is easily accessible which is convenient, but would I get bored and regret going to a quieter uni when there is so much to do at Bristol??

To be honest, I'm a friendly person and want to go out and socialise a lot at uni, but I'm more on the reserved side; everyone always talks about the nightlife at Bristol first and foremost but tbh I don't know if a massive amount of clubbing would really be my thing. Unfortunately all the offer holders visit days were cancelled due to corona and I was going to go on one this month, after which I would have been confident enough to make my decision. I have all my decisions so need to make my choice by May. Does anyone have any advice??

BTW, I'm doing Politics and French.
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So I've posted about this before but I'm finding it really hard to make a decision, if anyone could help I would really appreciate it. After visiting Bath on an offer holders' day a few weeks ago it became one of my top choices because I really liked the campusy atmosphere, the SU, quality of work placements, the course (which is better than Bristol) and the students I met seemed really friendly and it seemed like I could fit in there. The city is great, it's pretty safe, and it's somewhere I am relatively familiar with, especially compared to Bristol. However, I've visited Bristol uni many times and also really like it. Pretty much everyone I've spoken to says that the city is better due to having a lot more to do, lots of clubs and being a really arty/vibrant and student friendly place. Something that's really pushing me towards Bristol (however misguided it might be) is the fact that it is generally more prestigious and is a red brick/RG uni. To be honest, I'm a friendly person and want to go out and socialise a lot at uni, but I'm more on the reserved side; everyone always talks about the nightlife at Bristol first and foremost but tbh I don't know if clubbing would really be my thing. Unfortunately all the offer holders visit days were cancelled due to corona and I was going to go on one this month, after which I would have been confident enough to make my decision. After Southampton makes a decision which could be fairly imminent, I have to make my choice by May. Does anyone have any advice??

BTW, I'm doing Politics and French.
Bath: AAB (ABB with A in EPQ)
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Based on your descriptions I would take Bath, especially since the course is better for you. If you go to Bath you can easily get to Bristol by train if you want to go clubbing there. On your point about Bristol being more prestigious, I think it might be a more recognisable name but I expect employers regard Bath very highly because of its placements. These links might be helpful:
https://www.theuniguide.co.uk/univer...0-01c5e6a6d322
https://www.theuniguide.co.uk/univer...0-66c502e9f0bc
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This thread has a lot of good points too:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=3242321
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Based on your descriptions I would take Bath, especially since the course is better for you. If you go to Bath you can easily get to Bristol by train if you want to go clubbing there. On your point about Bristol being more prestigious, I think it might be a more recognisable name but I expect employers regard Bath very highly because of its placements. These links might be helpful:
https://www.theuniguide.co.uk/univer...0-01c5e6a6d322
https://www.theuniguide.co.uk/univer...0-66c502e9f0bc
Thanks so much for these
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this thread should be helpful for you! If it was helpful, feel free to tell me in the thread https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6424786
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this thread should be helpful for you! If it was helpful, feel free to tell me in the thread https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6424786
Thank you for this, I used the sheet and it highlighted some useful things to consider but I’m still pretty stuck. It’s stressing me out because I don’t want to pick one and then regret making the wrong decision down the line. Just wish I had been able to go to Bristol’s applicant day

Btw I sent it to my friend who’s also stuck (between 4 unis lol) and I think she’ll find it really useful
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University of Bath Do you have any advice on the situation above? Thanks!
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Reputation really means nothing. Both are excellent universities and whilst Bristol is a long established university Bath constantly outperforms it in National rankings. They key differences are
Bristol is a city university whereas Bath is an out of town campus university.
Bristol is a bigger city whereas Bath is a much smaller university.
Much of Bristol's accommodation is off campus some 2 miles away whilst most of the accommodation for first year's at Bath is on campus.
Bath has some of the best sporting facilities on campus.
Whilst Bristol has the better nightly Bath also has nightlife and it is only a 10 minute train ride between cities.

The bottom line is you need to decide which environment and case you prefer. Do you prefer to live in a bigger city or on campus. Only you can decide that as we are all different and what one person prefers another might dislike.
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Reputation really means nothing. Both are excellent universities and whilst Bristol is a long established university Bath constantly outperforms it in National rankings. They key differences are
Bristol is a city university whereas Bath is an out of town campus university.
Bristol is a bigger city whereas Bath is a much smaller university.
Much of Bristol's accommodation is off campus some 2 miles away whilst most of the accommodation for first year's at Bath is on campus.
Bath has some of the best sporting facilities on campus.
Whilst Bristol has the better nightly Bath also has nightlife and it is only a 10 minute train ride between cities.

The bottom line is you need to decide which environment and case you prefer. Do you prefer to live in a bigger city or on campus. Only you can decide that as we are all different and what one person prefers another might dislike.
Thanks for your comment, I went over all the info last night and am really leaning towards Bath for the reasons you have mentioned.
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So I've posted about this before but I'm finding it really hard to make a decision, if anyone could help I would really appreciate it.

After visiting Bath on an offer holders' day a few weeks ago it became one of my top choices because I really liked the campusy atmosphere, the SU, quality of work placements, the course (which is better than Bristol) and the students I met seemed really friendly and it seemed like I could fit in there. The city is great, it's pretty safe, and it's somewhere I am relatively familiar with, especially compared to Bristol.

However, I've visited Bristol uni many times and also really like it. Pretty much everyone I've spoken to says that the city is better due to having a lot more to do, lots of clubs and being a really arty/vibrant and student friendly place. Something that's really pushing me towards Bristol (however misguided it might be) is the fact that it is generally more prestigious and is a red brick/RG uni. I’m torn between going to a city vs campus uni as I feel like it would be easier to make friends in a small community situation like at Bath and everything is easily accessible which is convenient, but would I get bored and regret going to a quieter uni when there is so much to do at Bristol??

To be honest, I'm a friendly person and want to go out and socialise a lot at uni, but I'm more on the reserved side; everyone always talks about the nightlife at Bristol first and foremost but tbh I don't know if a massive amount of clubbing would really be my thing. Unfortunately all the offer holders visit days were cancelled due to corona and I was going to go on one this month, after which I would have been confident enough to make my decision. I have all my decisions so need to make my choice by May. Does anyone have any advice??

BTW, I'm doing Politics and French.
Bath: AAB (ABB with A in EPQ)
Bristol: AAB
Hi there,

Firstly, congratulations on receiving offers from Bath and Bristol! I'm a Bath student but I'm doing my placement at the Uni of Bristol, so hopefully I can be of some help!
Campus vs City
In terms of liking the campus atmosphere at Bath, I completely understand as it's nice to have everything in one place. However, despite being a city uni, Bristol also has this. The majority of the Bristol uni buildings are all in one area at the top of what's essentially a little hill by the city centre, and the SU is really nearby. Having experienced both the fully campus atmosphere of Bath, and the slightly less campus-y vibe of Bristol, I personally prefer how it is in Bristol. After a while, it can feel a bit too much like a secluded bubble being on campus all the time. At Bristol, you can easily pop into a cafe or the shops in the middle of the day, or go to College Green and relax, whilst still getting the campus-vibe as the university is pretty self-contained (it just has easier access to the city than Bath). Bristol city centre is all pretty centralised, so it's just as accessible as Bath is.

I would say that both are great for meeting friends. Bath is a lot smaller, so you'll meet mostly students and see a lot of the same people as it's a very insular city. Bristol is a lot bigger, both as a uni and as a city, so you'll meet a far better variety of people both students and non-students. I personally prefer this, as I hated that I felt really stuck in a little student bubble at Bath. It's really all a matter of personal preference, but you'll easily make friends at either uni

I think the main distinction here is how much you like to explore and do new things, like go to concerts or museums and art galleries. I like having lots to do, so I found Bath a bit too small and insular and got a bit bored, but for some people Bath is perfect as they want somewhere quiet. That being said, Bath is only 15 mins by train from Bristol, so you still have the benefit of a big city nearby if you chose Bath.
General Student Life
Elaborating on the above, I'll go into some more general stuff about Bath vs Bristol.

Bath is a lot more expensive than Bristol, so it's important to take this into account. My rent is ~£90 less a month in Bristol than it was in Bath, and I also am able to live a lot closer to the uni so don't need to pay £300 a year for a bus pass. In Bristol, it's a lot easier to walk or cycle to the uni as accommodation is more central. In Bath, however, the uni is at the top of a hill so a bus pass is somewhat of an essential. A lot of people do cycle, but it's worth keeping in mind if you don't.

Bath is a lot more sporty than Bristol, and has far better sports facilities. As sports are such an integral part of Bath's uni culture, they make it easy for anyone to take part, whether you're a complete beginner or have played at a high level. The downside to this is that if you aren't interested in sports at all, it's easy to feel a bit left out at Bath since it is such a big part of uni life there. As Bristol is a more artsy, chilled uni, this isn't the case as sports aren't as heavily focused on. Again, this will depend on your personal preference, but Bath is great is you want to get involved in sports (one you already play or something completely new).

In terms of socialising and clubbing, I'd say Bristol wins here. The nightlife in Bath is good, but it gets a bit boring and repetitive at times, and most people just end up getting a train to Bristol is they want a good night out. Even if you aren't into clubbing, there's a far better variety in Bristol. There's more chilled bars such as Full Moon, or more lively places for proper raves like Motion and Lakota. There's always something new going on in Bristol, be that art exhibitions, museums, the aquarium, music gigs and more.

So, Bath wins in terms of sports, but Bristol wins in terms of being a far more fun city to live in, and in terms of cost. If you do like the sound of a quieter city like Bath, then Bristol is only 15 mins away by train, so you wouldn't be losing out.
Safety
With regards to safety, I've actually found the 2 pretty similar. I was so worried when I moved to Bristol that it'd be unsafe, but I've actually experienced less harassment from strangers here than in Bath. Overall, both are safe places to live so long as you're responsible! Bristol uni also gives out free attack alarm keyring to students, which is nice too
Prestige
I wouldn't take prestige into account too much, as Bath is still a very highly esteemed university. Despite not being RG (as it isn't big enough and doesn't offer enough courses), it's still more highly ranking than many RG unis.
Work Placements
Bath is obviously very well known for their placements programme, and the support you get from the uni is impeccable. Since Bath's programme has been around for so long, their industry connections are amazing. Bath definitely wins on this front.


Overall, they're basically the same in terms of prestige and safety. Bath wins in terms of sports and placements, but Bristol is better financially and for general fun living. It's really just a matter of you weighing up the pros and cons of each, whilst taking into account which course appeals more to you. I'd also suggest looking at the Youtube channels for both unis, as there'll be some helpful videos that can act as alternatives to Open Days (this is what I did, as I couldn't attend Open Days either).

I hope this has helped, and please let me know if I can answer any other questions
Jessica, a third year NatSci student
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Hi there,

Firstly, congratulations on receiving offers from Bath and Bristol! I'm a Bath student but I'm doing my placement at the Uni of Bristol, so hopefully I can be of some help!
Campus vs City
In terms of liking the campus atmosphere at Bath, I completely understand as it's nice to have everything in one place. However, despite being a city uni, Bristol also has this. The majority of the Bristol uni buildings are all in one area at the top of what's essentially a little hill by the city centre, and the SU is really nearby. Having experienced both the fully campus atmosphere of Bath, and the slightly less campus-y vibe of Bristol, I personally prefer how it is in Bristol. After a while, it can feel a bit too much like a secluded bubble being on campus all the time. At Bristol, you can easily pop into a cafe or the shops in the middle of the day, or go to College Green and relax, whilst still getting the campus-vibe as the university is pretty self-contained (it just has easier access to the city than Bath). Bristol city centre is all pretty centralised, so it's just as accessible as Bath is.

I would say that both are great for meeting friends. Bath is a lot smaller, so you'll meet mostly students and see a lot of the same people as it's a very insular city. Bristol is a lot bigger, both as a uni and as a city, so you'll meet a far better variety of people both students and non-students. I personally prefer this, as I hated that I felt really stuck in a little student bubble at Bath. It's really all a matter of personal preference, but you'll easily make friends at either uni

I think the main distinction here is how much you like to explore and do new things, like go to concerts or museums and art galleries. I like having lots to do, so I found Bath a bit too small and insular and got a bit bored, but for some people Bath is perfect as they want somewhere quiet. That being said, Bath is only 15 mins by train from Bristol, so you still have the benefit of a big city nearby if you chose Bath.
General Student Life
Elaborating on the above, I'll go into some more general stuff about Bath vs Bristol.

Bath is a lot more expensive than Bristol, so it's important to take this into account. My rent is ~£90 less a month in Bristol than it was in Bath, and I also am able to live a lot closer to the uni so don't need to pay £300 a year for a bus pass. In Bristol, it's a lot easier to walk or cycle to the uni as accommodation is more central. In Bath, however, the uni is at the top of a hill so a bus pass is somewhat of an essential. A lot of people do cycle, but it's worth keeping in mind if you don't.

Bath is a lot more sporty than Bristol, and has far better sports facilities. As sports are such an integral part of Bath's uni culture, they make it easy for anyone to take part, whether you're a complete beginner or have played at a high level. The downside to this is that if you aren't interested in sports at all, it's easy to feel a bit left out at Bath since it is such a big part of uni life there. As Bristol is a more artsy, chilled uni, this isn't the case as sports aren't as heavily focused on. Again, this will depend on your personal preference, but Bath is great is you want to get involved in sports (one you already play or something completely new).

In terms of socialising and clubbing, I'd say Bristol wins here. The nightlife in Bath is good, but it gets a bit boring and repetitive at times, and most people just end up getting a train to Bristol is they want a good night out. Even if you aren't into clubbing, there's a far better variety in Bristol. There's more chilled bars such as Full Moon, or more lively places for proper raves like Motion and Lakota. There's always something new going on in Bristol, be that art exhibitions, museums, the aquarium, music gigs and more.

So, Bath wins in terms of sports, but Bristol wins in terms of being a far more fun city to live in, and in terms of cost. If you do like the sound of a quieter city like Bath, then Bristol is only 15 mins away by train, so you wouldn't be losing out.
Safety
With regards to safety, I've actually found the 2 pretty similar. I was so worried when I moved to Bristol that it'd be unsafe, but I've actually experienced less harassment from strangers here than in Bath. Overall, both are safe places to live so long as you're responsible! Bristol uni also gives out free attack alarm keyring to students, which is nice too
Prestige
I wouldn't take prestige into account too much, as Bath is still a very highly esteemed university. Despite not being RG (as it isn't big enough and doesn't offer enough courses), it's still more highly ranking than many RG unis.
Work Placements
Bath is obviously very well known for their placements programme, and the support you get from the uni is impeccable. Since Bath's programme has been around for so long, their industry connections are amazing. Bath definitely wins on this front.


Overall, they're basically the same in terms of prestige and safety. Bath wins in terms of sports and placements, but Bristol is better financially and for general fun living. It's really just a matter of you weighing up the pros and cons of each, whilst taking into account which course appeals more to you. I'd also suggest looking at the Youtube channels for both unis, as there'll be some helpful videos that can act as alternatives to Open Days (this is what I did, as I couldn't attend Open Days either).

I hope this has helped, and please let me know if I can answer any other questions
Jessica, a third year NatSci student
Hi Jessica, thank you so much for this really detailed answer. I have a few other questions if you don’t mind answering.
-> what was your accommodation situation for both unis? was it catered/self catered, ensuite, shared etc? how does the accommodation compare?
-> were you used to city life before going to uni? did you find it difficult/easy to adjust?
-> how often did you go out in the city at Bath?
-> did you make most of your friends in societies/halls/lectures/other?
It’s a really hard decision because I feel like both unis are very different but they have equal pros/cons for me
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So I've posted about this before but I'm finding it really hard to make a decision, if anyone could help I would really appreciate it.

After visiting Bath on an offer holders' day a few weeks ago it became one of my top choices because I really liked the campusy atmosphere, the SU, quality of work placements, the course (which is better than Bristol) and the students I met seemed really friendly and it seemed like I could fit in there. The city is great, it's pretty safe, and it's somewhere I am relatively familiar with, especially compared to Bristol.

However, I've visited Bristol uni many times and also really like it. Pretty much everyone I've spoken to says that the city is better due to having a lot more to do, lots of clubs and being a really arty/vibrant and student friendly place. Something that's really pushing me towards Bristol (however misguided it might be) is the fact that it is generally more prestigious and is a red brick/RG uni. I’m torn between going to a city vs campus uni as I feel like it would be easier to make friends in a small community situation like at Bath and everything is easily accessible which is convenient, but would I get bored and regret going to a quieter uni when there is so much to do at Bristol??

To be honest, I'm a friendly person and want to go out and socialise a lot at uni, but I'm more on the reserved side; everyone always talks about the nightlife at Bristol first and foremost but tbh I don't know if a massive amount of clubbing would really be my thing. Unfortunately all the offer holders visit days were cancelled due to corona and I was going to go on one this month, after which I would have been confident enough to make my decision. I have all my decisions so need to make my choice by May. Does anyone have any advice??

BTW, I'm doing Politics and French.
Bath: AAB (ABB with A in EPQ)
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This might prove useful. As you can see most halls are not on campus. http://www.bristol.ac.uk/accommodati...te/residences/
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Hi Jessica, thank you so much for this really detailed answer. I have a few other questions if you don’t mind answering.
-> what was your accommodation situation for both unis? was it catered/self catered, ensuite, shared etc? how does the accommodation compare?
-> were you used to city life before going to uni? did you find it difficult/easy to adjust?
-> how often did you go out in the city at Bath?
-> did you make most of your friends in societies/halls/lectures/other?
It’s a really hard decision because I feel like both unis are very different but they have equal pros/cons for me
Hi again,

No problem at all, and feel free to ask as many questions as you need
Accommodation
To clarify, I studied at Bath for 2 years, and am now on a placement doing research in the University of Bristol. In terms of accommodation, I lived in Marlborough/Solsbury court in my 1st year at Bath - this is one of the main ensuite options, and (in my opinion) the best of the ensuite accommodations at Bath. If you go onto this thread, you can see a detailed breakdown I gave of the different ensuite accommodation options. Ensuite accommodation can be a bit pricey, but if you manage your money well this shouldn't be an issue. That being said, it really isn't necessary to go for ensuite in my opinon. All my friends who lived in accommodation with shared bathrooms said they never had any issues, and considering you can save about £50-100 a month by opting for non-ensuite, it definitely worth it. Another benefit of going with non-ensuite options, such as Norwood and Eastwood, is that the houses tend to have more people (i.e. about 10 people with 2-3 bathrooms) than ensuite flats (5-7 people, each with ensuite rooms). I've found that I felt quite secluded living in a smaller flat, whereas my friends who lived in Eastwood and Norwood made bigger groups of friends far more easily. In retrospect, I wish I'd chosen a cheaper, non-ensuite option in order to have a better time socially and save a LOT of money.

I was self-catered, and I definitely think this is the way to go. At Bath, most catered accommodation is £50 per week for Eat and Drink credit, and most people buy more groceries on top of this. As a self-catered student, I spend ~£25-30 per week on groceries. Considering how much money you save by being self-catered, and the fact you can easily choose what you want to eat, cater it to your dietary needs and how easy it is to bulk cook/meal prep, I honestly don't think catered accommodation is worth the cost.

Comparing the 2 unis, university-run halls that you live in in first year will be pretty similar between Bath and Bristol, as most uni halls are pretty standard. Unfortunately, I can't comment on Bristol halls from personal experience, as I never lived there.

In my 2nd year, I lived in a rental house in the city in Bath. This is what 99% of people tend to do - there are also privately run student accommodation buildings (i.e. not university run) but they're pretty expensive. I paid £462 a month in rent, plus gas/electric bills (~£15-30 pm depending on time of year), water bills and wifi (~£9 pm). I now live in a rental house in Bristol, and pay £337.50 per month. My house in Bath was 4 bedrooms, 1 shower room, tiny living room and kitchen, 15 minute walk from city centre. My house in Bristol is 4 bedrooms, 1 toilet, 1 big bathroom w/ bathtub, huge kitchen and standard sized living room, 10 minute walk from Bristol city centre. My point here is that it's far easier to find a good quality house for FAR cheaper in Bristol, as Bath is a really expensive city in terms of rent and living costs. Some areas of Bristol, such as Clifton, can be a bit more expensive but generally rent is cheaper in Bristol than in Bath.

Adjusting to City Life
I grew up in Marbella in Spain, so I wasn't used to a city lifestyle, but I also didn't live somewhere small - I was kind of in the middle. I liked going out, but wasn't one to go out every single weekend. I found it pretty easy to adapt to life in Bath, but it's a fairly insular city with a mostly student population, so there isn't much to adapt to. That being said, I found it really easy to adapt to life in Bristol. As I said in my previous reply, I like having the option to go and do something whenever I want, which I didn't have in Bath, but I do in Bristol. I can easily, spur of the moment decide to go out and find something to do, and there's always options. Bristol is a great choice if you are daunted by the idea of a big, bustling city like London, as it isn't overwhelming at all. Overall, I think both Bath and Bristol are easy cities to adjust to

How Often Did I Go Out
This really depended on what was happening. Some times I wouldn't go on a night out for 2 weeks, other times I'd go out 3 times in a week. It just depended on what work I had on, what my societies were doing, and what nights out were happening. As I said previously, the nights out in Bath are pretty repetitive so I got quite bored quite quickly, which meant I went out less frequently. In Bristol, I also don't go out a HUGE amount, but I have far more options as there's a lot more variety here. Bristol has a reputation for being a good place for nightlife, which is true, but I wouldn't be put off by that as there's plenty of people in Bristol who don't go on constant nights out.

All in all, I went out a fairly normal amount, but I had friends who never went out, and others who went out multiple nights a week. It's all a matter of personal preference, and nothing wrong with any of the 3 so long as people are safe and responsible. I think the only distinction between Bath and Bristol is that Bath nightlife gets a bit stale, so even if you aren't SUPER into going out, you'd find more to suit you in Bristol.

Where I Made Most of My Friends
I made most of my friends through people I knew from societies or my course - I personally didn't make a lot of friends directly from my accommodation or course. For example, I met my best friends through being volunteers together in a university society, and then via people I knew from being a Freshers' captain or from my course.I never did sports at Bath, so I missed out on that, and I moved flat midway through first year as my first flatmates were pretty horrible. This was just bad luck on my part, so don't be put off!

Overall, it's important to note that the majority of people I know at uni are really good friends with their housemates from first year, people on their sports teams, or people in a society. I'd recommend joining a sport and/or at least one society, as these are the easiest ways to make friends and there'll always be socials and meetings happening where you can all hang out. In terms of making friends on your course, I'd say to go to all the course-related events they do in Freshers' week, as that way you'll already know people when you start going to lectures.

All in all, both Bath and Bristol will be fairly similar in terms of making friends and university-run accommodation. The main distinctions are how much cheaper Bristol is for living, and the differences between them as a small vs bigger city.

I hope this has helped, and again feel free to ask any questions you may have
Jessica, a third year NatSci student
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I’m considering Bristol but also looked at bath in detail before deciding it wasn’t for me. The campus is lovely and courses are fab but for me it came down to the city itself. I’m a bit of an artsy person (not trying to sound like a ****** just trying to be straight forward) and wanted lots of creative things to do in the city. When I looked bath had significantly less clubs, pubs, and music vennues than most cities. The alt/Live music scene isn’t great, not really any galleries or quirky places to go. This is what put me off compared to somewhere like Bristol which has a more creative feel however yes there are some particularly rough parts of Bristol, where as bath is pretty safe seeming. Another reason that I was put off by bath was because it was a very sporty uni (and I am not lmao). The club on campus has a night just dedicated to sports and the sports basically run the uni. If this is your thing the. It’s probably a huge win! I think generally bath is a nice place but in my opinion a little boring with not as much going on compared to other cities, also not super diverse. It just depends on what your after! Hope this helped a little )
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Hiya,

I’m considering Bristol but also looked at bath in detail before deciding it wasn’t for me. The campus is lovely and courses are fab but for me it came down to the city itself. I’m a bit of an artsy person (not trying to sound like a ****** just trying to be straight forward) and wanted lots of creative things to do in the city. When I looked bath had significantly less clubs, pubs, and music vennues than most cities. The alt/Live music scene isn’t great, not really any galleries or quirky places to go. This is what put me off compared to somewhere like Bristol which has a more creative feel however yes there are some particularly rough parts of Bristol, where as bath is pretty safe seeming. Another reason that I was put off by bath was because it was a very sporty uni (and I am not lmao). The club on campus has a night just dedicated to sports and the sports basically run the uni. If this is your thing the. It’s probably a huge win! I think generally bath is a nice place but in my opinion a little boring with not as much going on compared to other cities, also not super diverse. It just depends on what your after! Hope this helped a little )
Hey! Tysm, it was a really hard decision but I ended up firming Bristol pretty much for the reasons you said, I love the artiness/music scene and I hate most sports lol. See you there maybe
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