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hello! i need to apply for accommodation asap but there are so many choices, has everyone else applied already or are there people still trying to decide as well? :smile: if you have applied already, where have you chosen (and why?) and is there any way to narrow down my options when deciding which place to choose, thank you!

also, what exactly is the eat and drink credit and are there any particular benefits to it? im still not quite sure if i should consider it when thinking about my accommodation
(edited 9 months ago)
Reply 1
Hi, I've just finished my first year at bath and I stayed in Westwood, which is the best value for money with Eastwood for accom without an en-suite. If you need an en-suite, I'd say Marlborough/Solsbury/Woodland are the best value for money. Quads is fun to socialise and have pres in but the room is definitely the smallest out of all the accommodation. Norwood is convenient to get to lectures but you'll be right about the Tub so every wednesday and saturday youll hear club music til like 2am. There's no point choosing an accommodation just for eat and drink credit since you can still buy food from the cafes on campus with your debit card, that being said you do get a 10% discount if you use credit. The campus food is okay but its not something I'd eat everyday so you'll definitely be left with spare credit left by the end of the year.
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Reply 2
Original post by manaclo
Hi, I've just finished my first year at bath and I stayed in Westwood, which is the best value for money with Eastwood for accom without an en-suite. If you need an en-suite, I'd say Marlborough/Solsbury/Woodland are the best value for money. Quads is fun to socialise and have pres in but the room is definitely the smallest out of all the accommodation. Norwood is convenient to get to lectures but you'll be right about the Tub so every wednesday and saturday youll hear club music til like 2am. There's no point choosing an accommodation just for eat and drink credit since you can still buy food from the cafes on campus with your debit card, that being said you do get a 10% discount if you use credit. The campus food is okay but its not something I'd eat everyday so you'll definitely be left with spare credit left by the end of the year.


thank you this was really useful :smile:
I considered the distance of each accommodation to things like bus stops, the building mostly related to my course and other buildings like the Student Union, sports areas if you're interested, etc., or for city accommodation, then the distance from bus stops and grocery shops. You should be able to find a map of the campus from a quick Google search and also be able to find out the building of your course. But I do think factors like food and drink credit, city vs campus, ensuites and price are factors that are in more need of prioritising. You can also find pictures of the rooms on the website, I believe, so I also based my choices on which rooms I liked the layout of more!
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Original post by bloodyeclipse
I considered the distance of each accommodation to things like bus stops, the building mostly related to my course and other buildings like the Student Union, sports areas if you're interested, etc., or for city accommodation, then the distance from bus stops and grocery shops. You should be able to find a map of the campus from a quick Google search and also be able to find out the building of your course. But I do think factors like food and drink credit, city vs campus, ensuites and price are factors that are in more need of prioritising. You can also find pictures of the rooms on the website, I believe, so I also based my choices on which rooms I liked the layout of more!


hi ! thank u for the reply :smile: i already submitted my application and picked a bit of a mix, but yes i mostly picked rooms that i thought looked good, hopefully wherever i end up will be nice anyway! i tried to look at most factors but i also definitely forgot some things, also i didn’t want to go into to much detail + then start overthinking it lol
I have an insurance offer for bath does that mean that my deadline is the one in august not tomorrow?
Original post by astrostial
hi ! thank u for the reply :smile: i already submitted my application and picked a bit of a mix, but yes i mostly picked rooms that i thought looked good, hopefully wherever i end up will be nice anyway! i tried to look at most factors but i also definitely forgot some things, also i didn’t want to go into to much detail + then start overthinking it lol


I'm sure it'll all turn out okay! I'm also really hoping to get one of my top two choices at least, but regardless of what happens, I'm sure anything will be easy to adjust to with some time. In the end, it's only for first year. Good luck with getting your top pick though!
anyone have thoughts on off campus accomodation. i think i would prefer it. but unsure on getting the bus to lectures every day.
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Original post by ade123456789
anyone have thoughts on off campus accomodation. i think i would prefer it. but unsure on getting the bus to lectures every day.

I was in Carpenter House in first year – really enjoyed it, super close to town and supermarkets (Sainsbury's 6/7 mins away, Lidl about 30 mins walk or 10 mins bike) and shops etc., and I feel like I got to know Bath a lot more than I would have done if I'd been in accommodation on campus.
Buses up to campus are pretty frequent, and there is also the option of cycling (took me maybe 17 mins) or walking (took me about 35 mins) if you don't mind a bit of a hill! Plus the walk back down is very nice, especially if you go through Bathwick Fields – full view of the city from a field of buttercups on a sunny day with blue skies is loooovely :smile:
Plus in later years you won't be living on campus so it's good practice for then :smile:
Original post by bl0bf1sh
I was in Carpenter House in first year – really enjoyed it, super close to town and supermarkets (Sainsbury's 6/7 mins away, Lidl about 30 mins walk or 10 mins bike) and shops etc., and I feel like I got to know Bath a lot more than I would have done if I'd been in accommodation on campus.
Buses up to campus are pretty frequent, and there is also the option of cycling (took me maybe 17 mins) or walking (took me about 35 mins) if you don't mind a bit of a hill! Plus the walk back down is very nice, especially if you go through Bathwick Fields – full view of the city from a field of buttercups on a sunny day with blue skies is loooovely :smile:
Plus in later years you won't be living on campus so it's good practice for then :smile:


how did you find the social life being off campus? how much is a yearly bus pass? do many first years stay off campus? i wouldn't want to live with second and third years..
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Original post by ade123456789
how did you find the social life being off campus? how much is a yearly bus pass? do many first years stay off campus? i wouldn't want to live with second and third years..

Ngl I'm not a bit party-goer but other people seemed to have a pretty decent social life!

Buses:
https://www.firstbus.co.uk/bristol-bath-and-west/routes-and-maps/universities/university-bath-bath-unibus
https://www.bath.ac.uk/guides/travelling-by-bus-to-the-university-of-bath/

A reasonable number of first years live off campus – https://www.bath.ac.uk/student-accommodation/choose-your-undergraduate-student-accommodation-options/ – Carpenter House, John Wood Building and Court, and Green Park House are all city-based.

Second and third year students tend to live in non-university-owned accommodation e.g. in privately rented houses, so as a first year you wouldn't be living with them unless you decided to live in non-uni accommodation :smile:
Hello @year11student20,

Thankyou for your question and apologies for the late response - you are correct. Please rest assured that the July 01st 2023 does not apply to those holding insurance offers :smile: For people who have chosen Bath as their insurance, have found a place with us through clearing or have missed the deadline for other reasons the accommodation application opens up again on 22nd August 2023. You can find a little more info here if you wish.

Very best of luck in the run-up to results day - remember to look after yourself - and if you have any more questions please do post them on here.

Holly
University of Bath

Original post by year11student20
I have an insurance offer for bath does that mean that my deadline is the one in august not tomorrow?
Original post by bl0bf1sh
I was in Carpenter House in first year – really enjoyed it, super close to town and supermarkets (Sainsbury's 6/7 mins away, Lidl about 30 mins walk or 10 mins bike) and shops etc., and I feel like I got to know Bath a lot more than I would have done if I'd been in accommodation on campus.
Buses up to campus are pretty frequent, and there is also the option of cycling (took me maybe 17 mins) or walking (took me about 35 mins) if you don't mind a bit of a hill! Plus the walk back down is very nice, especially if you go through Bathwick Fields – full view of the city from a field of buttercups on a sunny day with blue skies is loooovely :smile:
Plus in later years you won't be living on campus so it's good practice for then :smile:


Hello @bl0bf1sh,

I am a recent Bath graduate and just wanted to jump in and say that your point about having the different supermarkets within walking distance is a really good point - thanks for sharing! :smile: The only supermarket on Campus is a small Co-Op which does sell the essentials but is quite a bit more expensive than the supermarkets in town.

If you are living on campus, one great budgeting tip me and my flatmates in Westwood found helpful was to do flat supermarket deliveries. Basically, every two weeks we'd pick a supermarket or two, then pop our personal shopping lists in our flat chat on Whatsapp, then someone would order it all in one batch online - the delivery trucks could come up the hill right up to the uni. We'd split the delivery charge (around Β£4.00 between 18 of us) and pay the person ordering for our shopping afterwards. This not only helped us all save on the food shop, but a lot of the time we ended up sharing certain items which are quicker to go off (e.g. pesto, fresh chicken, cheese, milk) rather than ordering one each.

Something to think about with your future flatmates :smile: I hope that helps a bit!

Holly
University of Bath
Reply 13
Original post by bloodyeclipse
I'm sure it'll all turn out okay! I'm also really hoping to get one of my top two choices at least, but regardless of what happens, I'm sure anything will be easy to adjust to with some time. In the end, it's only for first year. Good luck with getting your top pick though!


yes you're right! what were your top choices?
Reply 14
Original post by bl0bf1sh
I was in Carpenter House in first year – really enjoyed it, super close to town and supermarkets (Sainsbury's 6/7 mins away, Lidl about 30 mins walk or 10 mins bike) and shops etc., and I feel like I got to know Bath a lot more than I would have done if I'd been in accommodation on campus.
Buses up to campus are pretty frequent, and there is also the option of cycling (took me maybe 17 mins) or walking (took me about 35 mins) if you don't mind a bit of a hill! Plus the walk back down is very nice, especially if you go through Bathwick Fields – full view of the city from a field of buttercups on a sunny day with blue skies is loooovely :smile:
Plus in later years you won't be living on campus so it's good practice for then :smile:

thank you for the insight! i put down carpenter house as one of seven choices so this was very useful to hear :smile:
(edited 9 months ago)
Original post by astrostial
yes you're right! what were your top choices?


My top three were Polden court, Marl/Sols court and The Quads! Just hoping for an ensuite on campus lol what about you?
Reply 16
Original post by bloodyeclipse
My top three were Polden court, Marl/Sols court and The Quads! Just hoping for an ensuite on campus lol what about you?


marl/sols is my top choice ! i rly want an en-suite then my other two were the en-suite options in the city, i think it was green park and johnwood building ?

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