Hi there! My name is Leah and I am a final year chemical engineering student at the University of Bath. Unfortunately I do not know anything about your course at Bath but I can comment on the the University of Bath.
Firstly, my biggest piece of advice is to make sure the course is right for you. Ultimately this is what you will be spending the majority of your time at uni doing, so it's important to make sure you will enjoy it. What is the exam / coursework split and does this align with your preferences? How much flexibilty do you have with the modules and do the optional modules interest you? What is the placement scheme like and how much support do you get?
Whilst being fairly close (10/15 minutes away by train), Bath and Bristol are very different places. Bath is a small city (really more of a town) whereas Bristol is a big city. I am not a big city person so Bath was a perfect size for me and I felt really at home when I went to visit. There is plenty going on – a busy high-street with lots of shops, pubs and bars, nightclubs and lots of cultural activities. As I am sure you are aware, Bath is very popular tourist attraction – it is very pretty and I love living there. Some people find that Bath can be quite small – particularly if you are used to living in a big city. You will find club nights nearly every night of the week, with 2 SU nights on campus a week. However, the clubs are fairly small. Many students will go to Bristol for a night out, where you can find much bigger clubs.
Deciding whether you want a campus or city is a tricky decision as they offer quite a different experience. Unlike a city University, all of the University of Bath buildings are located on campus (with the exception of few accommodation buildings and a study space in the city centre). This makes for a campus ‘bubble’ as I would call it. Everything you need is on campus, including shops and excellent sports facilities. There is such a lovely community feel on campus which I fell in love with when I went to visit. The Student’s Union is also very good – there are so many societies, sports and volunteering opportunities to get involved with. I would highly recommend getting involved when you start as it’s a great way to meet new people.
I hope this helps - if you have any specific questions please let me know!
Final Year Chemical Engineering